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 the tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. She also appeared in films such as Street Fighter, Moulin Rouge!, and San Andreas.

She's Australian and she admitted she "wanted to be all Newton-John," who was one of her biggest inspirations (along with Prince, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and Madonna) for her music. She continues making music in multiple genres including dance, country, and 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 Olivia Newton-John (along with David Bowie and Michael Jackson). She continues exploring many genres, including dance, jazz, country, and contemporary. She became the main queen of pop for this versatility.

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. It 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.


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

7 Miley Cyrus Miley Ray Cyrus (born Destiny Hope Cyrus), known professionally 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 spans 4 octaves... 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 song of the same title, and Prisoner (with Miley Cyrus) interpolated her song. Additionally, 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
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
11 Bella Poarch
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.
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 were based on Physical, so they were obviously influenced by Olivia Newton-John.

14 The Corrs

Their song Summer Sunshine is an apparent indication they were inspired by Olivia Newton-John. It resembles Summer Nights (with John Travolta) from Grease and has summer in the name. Additionally, 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 Olivia Newton-John's music style and 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 Olivia Newton-John.

17 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Swift is best known for writing personal songs and has won 13 Grammy Awards... read more

Olivia Newton-John performed You're the One That I Want (with John Travolta) from Grease, which apparently inspired Emeli Sandé to do Next to Me. This, 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 Sandé's Next to Me, which 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.
20 Joshua Bassett
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 the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed in Seoul in 2013. RM is the leader and the other members are V, Jimin, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, and Jungkook
23 Mandy Moore Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Moore first came to prominence with her 1999 debut single, Candy, which peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100... read more
24 Britney Spears Britney Jean Spears, born on December 2, 1981, is an American former singer and actress. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. As a child, she performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows, such as "The Mickey Mouse Club," before signing with Jive... read more
25 LeAnn Rimes Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American country and pop singer.
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