Top Ten Artists that Were Influenced by Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John was an Australian pioneer that (along with David Bowie) influenced a generation for countless artists to make & sing the music they made. Some of the songs we hear today were clearly or apparently inspired by her music. She (along with David Bowie) also pioneered versatility of styles & use of genres in pop music worldwide. R.I.P. to the original queen of pop (1948-2022).
The Top Ten
1 Kylie Minogue Kylie Ann Minogue is an Australian-British singer and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson.

She's Australian & she admitted she "wanted to be all Newton-John" who was 1 of her biggest inspirations (along with Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson & Madonna) for her music & she continued making music with multiple genres including dance, country & contemporary to this day.

2 Madonna Madonna Louise Ciccone, known professionally as Madonna, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears. She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically ...read more.

She was clearly influenced by her (along with David Bowie & Michael Jackson) & continues exploring so many genres (like dance genres along with jazz, country, contemporary & many more) & became the main queen of pop for it.

3 One Direction One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) were a British-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records ...read more.

Their hit What Makes You Beautiful was an obvious interpolation of Summer Nights (with John Travolta) from Grease & became their biggest hit to this day.

4 Pat Benatar Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, known professionally by her stage name Pat Benatar, is an American singer, songwriter, and four-time Grammy Award winner.

Her song Hit Me With Your Best Shot was clearly influenced by Summer Nights (with John Travolta) from Grease.

5 Doja Cat Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini, known professionally as Doja Cat, is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter from Los Angeles. She is known for her songs "Mooo!", "Juicy", and "Say So", the latter of which reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Her vocals in Kiss Me More (with SZA) interpolated Physical & it's her biggest collaborative hit.

6 SZA

The vocals in biggest hit Kiss Me More (also by Doja Cat) interpolated Physical.

7 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Hemsworth (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known as Miley Cyrus, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on November 23, 1992, in Franklin, Tennessee, to Tish Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus. Her voice type is Mezzo-Soprano and has 4 octaves. She became a teen idol starring as the ...read more.
8 Dua Lipa Dua Lipa (born 22 August 1995) is an English singer and songwriter. Dua Lipa was born in Westminster, London, to Albanian parents.

Her song Physical was influenced by Olivia's same-titled song & Prisoner (with Miley Cyrus) interpolated her song. Plus We're Good was apparently influenced by There Are Worse Things I Could Do (with John Travolta) from Grease.

9 Coldplay Coldplay are a British pop rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

Their song My Universe (ft. BTS) was apparently influenced by Summer Nights (with John Travolta) from Grease). It uses 3 chords instead of 4 though.

10 Victorious Cast Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 through February 2, 2013 . The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, a teenager who attends a performing arts high school called Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her ...read more.

The vocals at the end of their song It's Not Christmas Without You were apparently influenced by You're the One That I Want (with John Travolta) from Grease.

The Contenders
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12 Delta Goodrem Delta Lea Goodrem is an Australian singer-songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, she enrolled in dancing, acting, singing and piano classes at a young age.

She was related & preferred her rock music. Therefore her main genre is rock.

13 Tegan and Sara Tegan and Sara are a Canadian indie pop band formed in 1998 in Calgary, Alberta, composed of identical twin sisters Tegan Rain Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin. Both musicians are songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. The pair have released eight studio albums and numerous EPs.

The lyrics in their song Closer was based off of Physical, so they were obviously influenced by her.

14 The Corrs

Their song Summer Sunshine is an apparent indication they were inspired by her. It resembles Summer Nights (with John Travolta) from Grease & it has summer in the name. Plus Baby Be Brave sounds like Magic.

15 Cyndi Lauper Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years.

Apparently she's been trying to use her music style & versatility.

16 Emeli Sande

Her song Next to Me has vocals somewhat similar to You're the One That I Want (with John Travolta) from Grease, indicating she was apparently influenced by her.

17 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. ...read more.

Liv did You're the One That I Want (with John Travolta) from Grease, which apparently inspired Emeli Sande to do Next to Me, which in turn inspired Taylor Swift to sing Me (ft. Brendon Urie). The vocals tell all.

18 Brendon Urie Brendon Boyd Urie, more commonly known as Brendon Urie, was born April 12, 1987, in St. George, Utah. He is an American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is best own as the lead singer of the American pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco. He is the only original remaining member. ...read more.

Taylor Swift's song Me (which he was featured on) was inspired by Emeli Sande's Next to Me which in turn was apparently inspired by You're the One That I Want (with John Travolta) from Grease.

19 Little Mix Little Mix are a British girl group formed in 2011, consisting of members Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson.

The melody in their uptempo anthem Breakup Song was apparently influenced by Summer Nights (with John Travolta) from Grease. The 1st chord was removed & the last chord was extended in the melody.

20 Joshua Bassett

His song Telling Myself was apparently influenced by Physical in vocals & it came out shortly after Prisoner by Miley Cyrus & Dua Lipa which obviously interpolated the vocals.

21 Ava Max

The melody of her song So Am I was apparently influenced by There Are Worse Things I Could Do (with John Travolta) from Grease.

22 Bangtan Boys (BTS) BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment.

The song My Universe by Coldplay (where they were featured on) was apparently influenced by Summer Nights (with John Travolta) from Grease. It uses 3 chords instead of 4 & the last chord is extended to double time.

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