Breaking news: Famous people listen to music too
James Moore

12:25 8th September 2015

That's right, people. Celebrities, be they actors, comedians or directors listen to music as well. We know, we're as shocked as you. We thought it was our little civilian secret and that they were too busy living it up somewhere. Alas.

We've rounded up a collection of celebrities and gathered some quotes and insights into some of their favourite bands, artist and musicians. 

From a Weeping, Spice girl induced Emma Stone to Hugh Grant's philosophical musings on Otis Redding's 'Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay', here are 10 celebrities' favourite musical acts and why they value them so highly. 

  • From Emma Stone and The Spice Girls to Steve Coogan and Louis Armstrong, here are 11 celebrities speaking about their favourite bands.

  • John Cusack - The Clash: The High Fidelity star is reported to be an aficionado in all things The Clash. "There was nobody like Joe Strummer. I remembered just how grateful I was that he showed up on earth while I was around."

  • Bill Nighy - Bob Dylan: Speaking about 'Things Have Changed', Nighy says, "the fact that I find this song inspiring could indicate that I am not in very good shape, given that it contains some grim observations of how bad things can get. What is uplifting is to know that you are not alone in these matters."

  • Brad Pitt - Radiohead: "What is so important about Radiohead is that they are the Kafka and the Beckett of our generation. What comes out in them I don%u2019t think is anything they could actually articulate, but I would say it's that which we all know is true somewhere in our deepest sleep."

  • Simon Pegg - The Strokes: Pegg explained that 'Hard To Explain' was his favourite track from the band. "I actually became friends with their manager when I was in New York, and we hung out at the place on 11th Street where they formed. The guys weren't around, but their office was full of guitars and I geeked out a bit."

  • Steve Coogan - Louis Armstrong: On BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, Coogan spoke fondly of the legendary jazz musician and explained that he'd take 'We Have All The Time In The World' along for his lonesome island life.

  • Hugh Grant - Otis Redding: Mr Grant gave a mini lecture on his love for the late legend's 'Sitting on the Dock of the Bay'. "Great melody. Great singing. Brilliant encapsulation of the meaningless and the pointlessness of existence.  Perfect for an existential party."

  • Bill Murray - Girlpool: While not explicitly his favourite band, we're not going to pass up the opportunity to tell you that Murray was spotted at their SXSW show, sipping a whiskey and trying to get a better view. Their lives are now complete.

  • John Waters - Slipknot: This is almost certainly our favourite quote, with John Waters answering a question about Corey Taylor and co. "Yes! That's the last heavy metal concert I went to, and I am a fan now of Slipknot and I would even go to a Slipknot cover band concert." He's even go and see a cover band. That's commitment right there.

  • Ricky Gervais - Cat Stevens: Choosing 'Lilywhite' as his BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs track, Ricky went on to explain that Teaser And The Firecat was the first album he ever bought. Nifty.

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