These Pop Superstars Actually Have Really Surprising Taste In Pop Music

LOL, Justin Bieber goes in for Metallica.

I’m a pretty strict pop fan, but sometimes I’ll pull out some Def Leppard or The Eagles. Most people are shocked to hear I listen to music outside of bubblegum pop, to which I reply, “STFU, I’M DEEP!” (OK, not really, but sometimes I think that.)

The same goes for your favorite artists. Just because they’re bubbly rays of sunshine—like Demi Lovato—doesn’t mean they can’t jam out to hardcore metal. (Demi, in particular, is a colossal Devil Wears Prada fan.) People are more than what they seem. And that includes their iPhone playlists.

Here are 10 artists with especially surprising tastes in jams. Warning: shock and awe ahead.

  • 1 Taylor Swift
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    T-Swizzle revealed to Oprah.com a few years back that she listens to the Icelandic band Sigur Rós to get the creative juices flowing. “…they make me happy and take me away to dreamland,” she said.

  • 2 Jay-Z
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    The rapper has a particular affinity for Nirvana, especially their early ’90s staple “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” “…’Teen Spirit’ rang so loud because it was right on point with how everyone felt,” Beyoncé’s main bae said, per a 2012 Huffington Post article.

  • 3 Justin Bieber
    A few weeks ago, the Biebs expressed his love for Metallica by wearing a T-shirt with the band’s name. He also raved about the heavy metal group in a 2013 interview with Q magazine. “I like Metallica’s ’Fade to Black’ and ’One,'” he said. “It’s edgy and emotional with those instruments and electric guitars and stuff.” Looks like he’s more than just a beauty and a beat, am I right?! (Alright, that’s it with the cheesy lines.)

  • 4 Britney Spears
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    While doing Femme Fatale promo in 2011, BritBrit dished she’s a closet Deadmau5 stan. However, we doubt she’s bopping at any raves. (But wouldn’t that be amazeeee?)

  • 5 Miley Cyrus
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    According to NME, this twerk queen keeps both Radiohead and Bikini Kill on her music rotation. (So, does that mean she’s over Radiohead snubbing her back in 2009?)

  • 6 Kanye West
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    Surprisingly, his favorite artist isn’t Kanye West. During a November 2013 chat with Wired 96.5, ’Ye said his top artist is electronic music producer James Blake. When asked who Mr. Blake is, Kanye replied, “He’s James Blake. Just go listen to his music and say, ’Hey, that’s Kanye’s favorite artist.'” Yes, sir!

  • 7 Rihanna
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    In April, a video surfaced of RiRi belting “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. Who knew the “Bitch Better Have My Money” empress was a Steven Tyler fangirl?

  • 8 Shakira
    The Colombian pop singer lists Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Police, The Cure, and Nirvana as some of her favorite bands. We wonder if any of them are into “Hips Don’t Lie?”

  • 9 Lady Gaga
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    She may pay the bills with dance-pop, but Mother Monster has a sweet spot for Black Sabbath. In fact, she declared herself the “biggest Black Sabbath fan on Earth” in an interview just a few years ago. She’s also a major Iron Maiden lover too, if you were curious.

  • 10 Demi Lovato
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    Believe it or not, Demi is a full-on metalhead. She’s cited Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Abigail Williams, Lamb of God, Dr. Acula, and the Devil Wears Prada as favorites. So crazy!