Unafraid to tackle the big subjects, artists like Curtis Mayfield and Kendrick Lamar are as brave in their music as they are in their politics.
They share colourful visuals, a knack for canny collaborations and a penchant for anthemic hits. If You Like Cher… You’ll Love Katy Perry.
The natural successors to original New York punk icons Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ update of the original art-rock template remains effortlessly cool.
Snoop Dogg’s versatility and omnipresence in hip-hop has been much like Tory Lanez’s today: versatile and prolific, both are masters with staying power.
Though emerging in very different eras, Las Vegas quartet Imagine Dragons and trailblazing Aussie rockers INXS could easily be contemporaries.
They’re both unpredictable, overwhelmingly prolific, and sometimes wilfully obtuse: if you like Neil Young… you’ll love Ryan Adams.
Erudite, unafraid of asking the big questions, and ever evolving to follow her creative muse, Laura Marling is the natural successor to Joni Mitchell.