Harry Styles: The Most Surprising Influences Behind His Music

by Jeremy Spirogis
Harry Styles: The Most Surprising Influences Behind His Music

Harry Styles has matured into an artist earlier than the world’s eyes. Although he’s made some acclaimed music, he’s by no means been too proud to reward his influences. Here are a number of the artists who impressed his work.

Harry Styles of One Direction | Steve Jennings/WireImage

Van Morrison

Few up to date artists would cite Irish people singer Van Morrison as an affect, however Styles isn’t very similar to his contemporaries. Styles gushed over his work in a Rolling Stone interview. In explicit, he’s a fan of Van the Man’s idea album Astral Works and certainly one of its most well-known songs, “Madame George.” Astute followers will discover the duvet of Styles’ sophomore effort, Fine Line, vaguely resembles the duvet of Astral Works

Harry Styles admires Van Morrison’s Astral Works | Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

Styles mentioned “‘Madame George’ is one of my favorites — nine minutes. I’ve got some long songs but not my nine-minute one — it hasn’t quite come through yet.” He added “Astral Weeks, that’s simply the final word by way of songwriting. Melody-wise, [it’s] in [it’s] personal lane…Van, [his] freedom with melodies — it’s by no means fairly what you thought was coming, but it’s all the time so nice.”

Paul McCartney 

As a songwriter, Paul McCartney is Harry Styles’ largest inspiration | Keystone/Getty Images

Styles informed MTV Paul McCartney is his biggest supply of inspiration as a songwriter. This is becoming for 2 causes. First, the Beatles and One Direction have been in contrast to one another quite a few instances. Second, Paul was often called the lovable Beatle, and teenage ladies fell in love with him within the 1960s as teenage ladies fell in love with Styles within the 2010s. 

Beatles followers often malign Paul’s solo work, notably his work from the 1980s onward, as inferior to his work with the Beatles. Styles nonetheless enjoys his work immensely. He informed MTV Paul’s work makes him really feel a way of “freedom.” Styles added he needs that sense of freedom to return by way of in his personal music.

Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger is conscious of his affect on Harry Styles | Adger Cowans/Getty Images

Although Jagger’s model of rock is so much more durable than Styles’, the previous One Direction member nonetheless cites the Rolling Stones frontman as a supply of inspiration. Discussing Paul and Jagger with MTV, Styles mentioned “When I look at them, I don’t know what it is, but it’s this, this something special.”

Styles and Jagger have paid tribute to one another. Styles performed Jagger in a Saturday Night Live sketch. Meanwhile, Jagger had some sort phrases for the previous One Direction member. According to The Irish Times, he mentioned “He’s received it occurring. I do know him, he involves see me in a lot of exhibits.

The rock legend added “And yeah, I can see [my] influence [on him]. But I don’t say anything to him, I just tell him he looks nice. I like him. He’s very decent.” If anybody is aware of who’s “got it going on,” it’s Jagger. Styles must be very happy with his feedback.

Paul Simon

Harry Styles praised Paul Simon’s lyricism | Keystone/Getty Images

Styles certain loves the rock and people music of the 1960s and 1970s. Complimenting Simon, Styles informed Rolling Stone “’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,’ that’s the greatest verse melody ever written, in my opinion. So minimal, but so good — that drum roll.”

He added “‘The Boxer’ is a perfect lyric, especially that first verse. “I grew up in a pub for a few years when I was a kid and Simon and Garfunkel were just constantly playing, always. Every time ‘Cecilia’ started, I’d be like, ‘I think I’ve heard this a hundred times today.’”

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