Guessing a person's favorite thing is a surprisingly hard task. People are complex, unpredictable creatures that can't always be figured out easily. Even copious amounts of information doesn't always help, since the most important part of working out what a person is into is having the right information. Quality over quantity and all of that.
Knowing what kind of foods they like to eat isn't nearly as important as knowing what kind of foods they don't like to eat, because what about allergies? Or that weird genetic thing where some people think cilantro tastes like dish soap? ... Okay, anyway, we're not here to talk about food. We're here to talk about music!
There are hundreds of thousands of popular artists dominating the music industry right now. Some bands like 5 Seconds of Summer and solo artists like Post Malone are coming for the throne after hanging around quietly for years. Other artists like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Maroon 5 have been holding down their place at the top for quite some time.
With so much variety and so many options, it can be hard to properly guess that a person is into... but it's definitely not impossible! We don't think it's 100% guaranteed to nail it by asking the right questions, but we do think it's at least 45% more likely to work out than guessing blindly. Who wants to help us figure it out?
Pick or Pass: Ariana Grande
Ariana started off as Nickelodeon darling but she's made quick work of shedding that image. Her brand is built on encouraging girls to embrace their sensuality - and her raunchy, chart-topping music proves it! Her friendship with rap artist Nicki Minaj has provided the world with some great collaborative hits including their 2016 hit Side To Side.
Pick or Pass: Hayley Kiyoko
Hayley is an LGBTQ+ icon that has made a name for herself in the pop industry with a whimsical and dreamy sound. One of her most popular songs to-date is called Girls Like Girls, which is a cutesy, catchy pop song with a touching music video about a girl who's got a crush on her friend.
Pick or Pass: Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes started his musical career on Vine, where he caught the attention of Island Records and was subsequently offered a record deal. He's released three studio albums that have all debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 - but you might know him as that guy who sings that one song that's like, "I know I can treat you better than he can."
Pick or Pass: Drake
Drake started off on Degrassi but he's clawed his way to the top of the game using a beautiful blend of soulful R&B vocals and hard-hitting bars. His image has been boosted by some great collabs with artists like Kendrick lamar, a couple of fire diss tracks about Meek Mills, and his steamy relationships with baddies like Rihanna and Nicki.
Pick or Pass: G-Eazy
G-Eazy is a lot easier to say than this Oakland rappers real name, Gerald Earl Gillum. He was in a high profile relationship with fellow musician Halsey in 2017, during which they released a chart-topping song called Him & I. It was a pretty solid song that's full of Bonnie & Clyde vibes. Another song he's known for is called No Limits, which features rap sensations Cardi B and A$AP Rocky.
Pick or Pass: Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy is a four-man band that started in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. They quickly gained traction in the music scene with clever, poetic lyrics that stuck with listeners - and, of course, infamously long song titles. For over a decade, Fall Out Boy has been able to change their sound to fit into the current scene, without losing the nostalgic early 2000's charm that got them where they are now.
Pick or Pass: Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday is a band that's gone through quite a bit of metamorphosis. The list of former members is seven people long, and includes the majority of the founding members. Current lead vocalist Adam Lazzara wasn't originally in the band - but he's definitely the reason they made such a strong name for themselves and the Long Island music scene. Their sound is a mixture of alt rock, emo, and pop punk that's surprisingly unique to them.
Pick or Pass: Cardi B
Bronx rapper Cardi B came into this world as Belacalis Marlenis Almanzar on October 1992. She's Trinidadian and Dominican, with a beautifully thick accent. In June 2017, she dropped Bodak Yellow, and she's been enjoying international success ever since. Cardi B's talent lies in her bold, unflinching bars and her ability to spit lines in both English and Spanish.
Pick or Pass: Panic! at the Disco
Remember when this band had an approximately year-long phase of trying to get rid of the exclamation point? Me too. Anyway... Panic! at the Disco was originally founded in Las Vegas by a group of childhood friends, Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson. In '06, Wilson was replaced with Jon Walker. Eventually, Jon and Ryan left too, and Dallon Weekes stepped in, for a while, before being demoted to just a touring member. As of 2015, Brendon Urie is the only official member of the band.
Pick or Pass: Waterparks
This Houston, Texas band is a love letter to all things Warped Tour. Waterparks is a band made up of Awsten Knight, Geoff Wigington, and Otto Wood. Their 2018 album release, Entertainment, reached #98 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their sound is a beautiful mixture of pop punk and pop rock, with influences from other genres like hip hop, electronic, indie, punk, and even jazz!
Pick or Pass: Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper, whose actual name is Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, is a Chicago Native that can basically do anything. Rapping? Yep. Writing? Yep. Acting, record producing? Yep, yep! Having turned down record label's offers in the past, he is a truly indie artist. His third mixtape, Coloring Book, earned three Grammy awards, making him the first artist to ever receive a Grammy for a streaming-only album. He puts a lot of his money and time back into Chicago, striving to make improvements in the city.
Pick or Pass: Hozier
Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known professionally as simply Hozier, is a 28 year-old singer and songwriter from County Wicklow, Ireland. His first EP was released in 2013. One track off of it, Take Me to Church, became his breakthrough hit when it gained traction on YouTube. Hozier's music delivers a hypnotic, almost whimsical blend of indie rock, soul, folk, and blues that's somehow nostalgic, with vocals reminiscent of a church choir.
Pick or Pass: Halsey
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, better known by her stage name Halsey, was born in Edison, New Jersey in September 1994. She gained recognition for her musical talents on social media and received a record deal in 2014. Badlands, her debut studio album, was released in 2015, and is certified platinum by the RIAA. Her music is hard-hitting lyrically with a synth-pop sound to soften the blow. The inspiration behind her concept album Badlands, which centered around a dystopian society, was her mental state, and her personal struggles with Bipolar Disorder.
Pick or Pass: Miley Cyrus
She might have gotten her start on the Disney channel as Hannah Montana, but Miley has definitely put a lot of distance between herself and that squeaky clean image. After an infamous phase that included some pretty off the wall things like.. uh... dancing(?) on stage with a giant teddy bear while scantily clad, she settled into a balanced image that's somewhere between Disney damsel and degenerate.
Pick or Pass: My Chemical Romance
For a lot of the 21+ crowd, My Chemical Romance is a pretty nostalgic group that takes us back to our teen years when we were all Not Okay. The people a little younger than that might remember joining The Black Parade. Although the group disbanded in 2013, MCR's best-known lineup was Gerard and Mikey Way, Ray Toro, Frank Iero, and Bob Bryar.
Pick or Pass: Hey Violet
Hey Violet is a band made up of sisters Rena and Nia Lovelis, Casey Moreta, and Iain Shipp. Originally founded as Cherri Bomb in '08, the group started out as an all-female hard rock group, but by 2015, they had drastically changed their sound and added in a couple of boys. They were signed in 2015 by Hi or Hey Records, which was owned by 5SOS, and they played the opening act for them on their Rock Out with Your Socks Out Tour. Their current sound is a little pop punk, but also synth/electropop, with catchy lyrics and pretty vocals.
Pick or Pass: The Weeknd
Toronto born singer-songwriter Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd, is the Grammy award winning son of two Ethiopian immigrants. He's responsible for a total of eight Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits, including Love Me Harder with Ariana Grande, Pray for Me with Kendrick Lamar, The Hills, Can't Feel My Face, and Starboy. With melodic vocals and hard-hitting lyrics, his vibe is on the darker side of R&B.
Pick or Pass: Troye Sivan
South African-born Australian musician Troye Sivan started out on YouTube, where he gained a pretty significant following for his vlogs, especially a collab with Tyler Oakley, which received a Teen Choice Award. He is one of the strongest voices in the LGBTQ+ music scene, writing beautiful and open songs about his romantic relationships with other men.
Pick or Pass: Childish Gambino
Childish Gambino's real name is Donald Glover. He got his stage name from a Wu Tang Clan name generator, and decided to stick with it for his rap alter ego, which started off with just him spitting freestyles over popular beats. His 2018 song This Is America debuted at #1 on the Hot 100. He is a king of all trades, known for his writing on 30 Rock and his acting on Community. He also stars in and created a series for FX called Atlanta, and will be the voice of Simba in The Lion King (2019). He was listed as one of Time 100's most influential people in the world in 2017.
Pick or Pass: 5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer got their start as a boyband from Sydney, made up of three school friends, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, and Michael Clifford, who were joined by a locally known musician, Ashton Irwin. They were successful enough on YouTube that they were able to tour locally in Australia and New Zealand, and eventually, they were invited to be the opening act for One Direction on their world tour. The boys' success has only climbed from there, with the eponymous single from their newest album, Youngblood (2018), taking the number one spot over Jay-Z and Beyoncé!
Pick or Pass: Juice WRLD
Juice WRLD is actually Jarad Higgins, a young man from Chicago, Illinois. His original nickname on SoundCloud was JuicetheKidd, inspired by Tupac's role in the film Juice. His most known songs are All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams, and Legends. Another popular song is Wasted, which has a feature from Philadelphia rapper, Lil Uzi Vert. His sound is a genre-bending, but the best way to describe it is probably emo rap.
Pick or Pass: Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar is a rapper from Compton, California. He started releasing music when he was 16 years old and continued throughout his life, but he became a household name in 2012 with his second studio album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, when it debuted at number two in the United States and sold over 200K in its first week.
Pick or Pass: Logic
Logic is a young rapper from Maryland whose real name is Sir Robert Bryson Hall II. His music revolves around a lot of his childhood and his upbringing, as well as his experiences as a biracial man in the United States. In 2017, he released a popular song featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid titled 1-800-273-8255, which is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Line.
Pick or Pass: blackbear
In November 1990, Matthew Tyler Musto was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. He grew up to be a record producing hip hop artist called blackbear who's known for his genre-bending blend of emo lyrics and rap beats. He's worked with numerous artists throughout his career, including G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, Mike Posner, and Linkin Park. Deadroses, his first full-length album, was released in 2015. In 2018, blackbear was featured on Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park's song "About You", which was written about Chester Bennington.
Pick or Pass: Camila Cabello
Camila Cabello is a young woman from Cuba whose full name is Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao. She began to gain traction when she was a member of Fifth Harmony, a girl group that was formed during the second season of the US version of The X Factor. She released a few solo tracks while with 5H, so it was easy for her to transition when she left the group in 2016. Her music is a Latin-inspired hybrid of Pop and R&B.
Pick or Pass: Zayn
Zayn Malik, known mononymously as Zayn, was formerly a member of a boy band called One Direction. The band enjoyed international success, but Zayn still departed from them in March 2015, in the interest of pursuing a solo career that fit his personality more. He is a talented R&B singer with a silky, sultry voice.
Pick or Pass: Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa is a London born singer-songwriter who started to gain recognition by doing covers of other artists' songs on YouTube. She was signed by Warner Music Group in 2015, after which her first single, New Love, dropped. Her most popular songs include One Kiss, New Rules, IDGAF, and Be The One.
Pick or Pass: Aminé
Adam Daniel gets his professional name from his middle name, Aminé. The song that he is best known for was his debut single, Caroline, which garnered over 200K views on YouTube and reached number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He has gained notice in the community by speaking out about his political opinions during his television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Pick or Pass: Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez is another young lady who made a name for herself on the Disney channel. She played the role of Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place. In 2008, she released music with a band called Selena Gomez & the Scene, but she eventually went solo in 2013. Two of her most well-known songs are Good for You featuring ASAP Rocky, and Hands to Myself.
Pick or Pass: Imagine Dragons
Pop rock band Imagine Dragons comes from Las Vegas, Nevada. Their singles Radioactive and Demons, both from their 2012 album Night Visions, were chart-topping hits. Radioactive was even called the biggest rock hit of the year by Rolling Stone magazine. Overall, they have won quite a few awards, including three American Music Awards, one Grammy Award, and one World Music Award, as well as several others.
Pick or Pass: A$AP Rocky
Sometimes called just ASAP Rocky, Rakim Mayers is a popular rapper from Harlem, New York. His first mixtape titled Live. Love. A$AP dropped in 2011. His two following albums, Long. Live. A$AP and At. Long. Last. A$AP both debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The A$AP in his name comes from the hip hop group A$AP Mob, which he is a member of.
Pick or Pass: Ella Mai
Ella Mai is a singer-songwriter from London, England. When she was 12, she moved to New York City and graduated from The Queens High School of Teaching before she went back to England. She competed as part of a trio on The X Factor but it didn't work out. Luckily, she was later discovered on Instagram and signed by DJ Mustard. Her single, Boo'd Up, reached number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Pick or Pass: Khalid
Singer-songwriter Khalid Donnel Robinson, known as simply Khalid, spent a lot of his childhood years moving around, having spent time in many places including Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Germany, and Texas. Some of his most well-known songs include 1-800-273-8255 with Alessia Cara and Logic, Location, Love Lies with Normani, and The Ways with Swae Lee, with the former two being included in popular films Love, Simon and Black Panther, respectively.
Pick or Pass: Frank Ocean
Singer-songwriter and rapper Frank Ocean's full name is Christopher Francis Ocean. He got his start as a ghostwriter, meaning that he could write songs for other artists to claim as their own, but he eventually found his way to a hip hop group called Odd Future, where his contributions were very well-received. In 2012, his first album, Channel Orange, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and quickly received certified platinum status. Fans of Frank waited impatiently for his second studio album, Blonde, which finally released (and went platinum) in 2016.
Pick or Pass: Poppy
While she may be known as That Poppy and Poppy, this woman's name is actually Moriah Rose Pereira. Her career as Poppy began in 2013 when she joined forced with Titanic Sinclair to produce a series of abstract YouTube videos that gained notoriety and thus, popularity. She signed to Island Records in 2015. Her debut EP was called Bubblebath. One of the songs on it, Money, was so popular that a Simlish language version it was featured in The Sims 4: Seasons expansion pack.
Pick or Pass: Lil Uzi Vert
Philadelphia rapper and singer-songwriter Symere Woods, known by his stage name of Lil Uzi Vert, first started to make a name for himself in the mainstream music scene with his single Money Longer. The first single of his to reach the US Billboard Hot 100's top ten was XO Tour Llif3, which reached number 7. His first studio album was called Luv is Rage 2 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in August 2017, before achieving certified platinum status.
Pick or Pass: Lana Del Rey
This singer-songwriter's real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant. She was born in June of 1985, making her a Gemini, although her sign is often debated by her fans. Whimsical, nostalgic, cinematic, and melancholic are all words that could be used to describe Lana's heavily stylized music that embraces themes of glamour, tragic romance, life on the run, and vintage Americana '50s and '60s pop culture.
Pick or Pass: Post Malone
Austin Richard Post, better known under his stage name of Post Malone, is a rapper and singer-songwriter who was born in New York but raised in Texas. He got the Malone in his stage name by using a rap name generator, which he combined with his surname, Post. His most well-known songs include White Iverson, Go Flex, Congratulations featuring Quavo, Rockstar featuring 21 savage, and Psycho featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
Pick or Pass: Nicki Minaj
Onika Tanya Maraj is better known by her professional name, Nicki Minaj. She was born in Trinidad and Tobago, but moved to New York when she was 5. Before her career took off, she worked at a Red Lobster in The Bronx, but lost her job due to discourtesy, which is something she says she was fired from numerous jobs for. Some of her most known recent hits are from her 2018 album Queen, including Chun-Li, Barbie Tingz, Bed featuring Ariana Grande.
Pick or Pass: Paramore
Formed in Franklin, Tennessee in 2004, Paramore is a rock band that consists of Hayley Williams, Taylor York, and Zac Farro. Zac's brother, Josh Farro, was also in the band previously. Hayley Williams has been the only consistent member of the band throughout the past 14 years. Popular Parmore songs include Misery Business, Crushcrushcrush, That's What You Get, The Only Exception, Still Into You, Ain't It Fun, Decode, Hard Times, Rose-Colored Boy, Ignorance, and Fake Happy.
Pick or Pass: SZA
Singer-songwriter Solána Imani Rowe, known as SZA, was born in Saint Louis and raised in New Jersey. Her music falls into the alternative R&B genre with soul, and hip hop influences. Her sound has an overall nostalgic vibe to it, similar to Lana Del Rey. Some of her popular songs include Love Galore, Broken Clocks, The Weekend, Supermodel, and Drew Barrymore. Another popular song made with Kendrick Lamar, All The Stars, was featured on the soundtrack for Black Panther.
Pick or Pass: 6ix9ine
6ix9ine or Tekashi 6ix9ine is actually a 22 year-old from New York City whose name is Daniel Hernandez. He is a controversial rapper that has managed to break the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 with his song FEFE, which includes a lengthy Nicki Minaj feature and was produced by Murda Beatz, a Canadian man who has worked with the likes of Drake and Cardi B.
Pick or Pass: lovelytheband
This indie pop band was formed in Los Angeles, California in the year 2016. Their single Broken quickly racked up millions of streams on Spotify in early 2017. In August 2018, it reached number 69 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the same month, they released their debut album, Finding It Hard To Smile. Their first headline tour, Broken Like Me, started on August 15th 2018, and they will be acting as the opening act for the Europe dates of 5 Seconds of Summer's Meet You There Tour
Pick or Pass: twenty øne piløts
This Grammy Award winning band is an alternative hip hop duo made up of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They were originally part of a four person band with Nick Thomas and Chris Salih, but the other members of the band left in 2011. In 2015, their fourth studio album, Blurryface, was immensely successful, earning them international recognition. Their single Heathens was featured on the soundtrack for Suicide Squad.
Pick or Pass: Rihanna
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a singer-songwriter and actress from Barbados. The song that most people remember hearing from her first is Umbrella, which featured Jay-Z, but she has since made quite a name for herself in the music industry with hits like S&M, Take a Bow, Diamonds, We Found Love, Stay, Work, The Way You Lie with Eminem and Live Your Life with TI. She is Spotify's most streamed female artist of all time and she holds many awards, including nine Grammy Awards. She launched her own makeup line in 2017 called Fenty Beauty, which has been making waves in the beauty industry.
Pick or Pass: Beyoncé
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is a Houston, Texas born singer-songwriter who's known simply as Beyoncé. From the time she was a child, Beyoncé fought to make a name for herself in the music industry, and she finally got her chance with Destiny's Child, one of the all-time best-selling girl groups. After the group disbanded, she went solo, and her first album called Dangerously In Love debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. She has held her place at number one for most of her adult life with songs like Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) and numerous collaborations with her husband Jay-Z. She holds 22 Grammy Awards as well as countless others, including the title for the most awarded artist at the MTV VMAs.
Pick or Pass: Travis Scott
Travis Scott is simply a stage name for a boy from Houston, Texas named Jacques Bermon Webster II. He is the father of Kylie Jenner's daughter, Stormi. Astroworld, his third studio album which is named after an amusement park in Texas, was released in August 2018. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Pick or Pass: Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa is the stage name for Cameron Jibril Thomaz, a singer-songwriter and rapper born in North Dakota. He was a military brat that spent time in Germany, the UK, and Japan before he finally settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a child with model and actress Amber Rose. Some of his popular songs are KK, Black and Yellow, We Dem Boyz, Real Rich, We Own It, and See You Again, the latter of which were featured in the Fast & Furious film series.
Pick or Pass: Kanye West
Kanye West, known to most as simply Kanye, was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His initial claim to fame was as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records where he worked with Jay-Z, Ludacris, and Alicia Keys. However, he quickly made a name for himself as a rapper when he dropped The College Dropout in 2004, which featured hit single Jesus Walks. He is a controversial figure who thinks of himself as the greatest rapper of all time, who married reality television personality Kim Kardashian in 2014.
Pick or Pass: Migos
Georgia-founded hip hop trio Migos consists of Kirshnik Khari Ball AKA Takeoff, Quavious Keyate Marshall AKA Quavo, and Kiari Kendrell Cephus AKA Offset. The three men were raised together and are related to one another: Quavo is Takeoff's uncle, and Offset is Quavo's cousin. Their debut single Versace earned them a name in the rap game, which was more than doubled when Drake, a Canadian rapper, remixed the song. Quavo has been featured on a few chart-topping hits, including Congratulations with Post Malone.