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If You Like Jon Bellion, You Need These 5 Artists on Your Playlist

If you are as obsessed with Jon Bellion’s discography as I am, then you know how the effect of his unique sound is hard to find in other music. Even if you don’t listen to Jon Bellion or didn’t wait impatiently for his sophomore album, Glory Sound Prep, to drop two years after The Human Condition, you’ve probably heard some of his music without even knowing it. He’s best known individually for his multi-platinum single, “All Time Low.” However, he also sang in Zedd’s “Beautiful Now,” wrote the chorus for Eminem’s “The Monster” featuring Rihanna, and co-wrote and produced “Trumpets” by Jason Derulo. He’s a highly accomplished artist, and I would highly recommend checking out his solo albums as well as his “The Making of” videos on YouTube, which show you his process for writing and producing many of his popular songs. If you have already listened to all of his songs on repeat, however, and are looking for something new but similar, here are some other great artists that need to be on rotation on your playlist.


AJR is one of my favorite bands, and in my opinion, they’re highly underrated. This group of three brothers has brought us hits like “I’m Ready” way back in 2013, when the lead singer was only 16 years old. More recently, they have produced songs like “Weak” and “Sober Up.” AJR, much like Jon Bellion, writes and produces their music from start to finish, and they also make short “How We Made” videos on YouTube. They also have a new album, titled Neotheater, which will be released on April 26th, 2019.

Quinn XCII

Quinn XCII is definitely on my list of favorite artists as well, and while I would describe his sound as (typically) more laid back than Jon Bellion’s, there are definitely similarities between the two. If you want to get into Quinn XCII, I highly recommend listening to “Straightjacket” and “Stung.” “Life Must Go On” is also a must-hear song from his most recent album, because Quinn XCII actually collaborated with Jon Bellion on it.

Christian French

Christian French seemed to come out of nowhere with “By Myself,” which now has a little over 19 million streams on Spotify. He released a collection of the singles that he had released so far called “natural colors” in 2018, and recently released “heavy snow” in March of this year. He also has another single, “breaking all the rules,” coming out on April 19th, 2019. Christian French is also currently opening for Quinn XCII on his North American tour for his most recent album.

Jeremy Zucker

Jeremy Zucker is perfect for Jon Bellion fans who are looking for some good #sadboihours music. One of his more popular songs, “all the kids are depressed,” is one of my favorites and is definitely a great addition to any variation of a sad playlist. He also collaborated with blackbear on “talk is overrated,” and “comethru” is a solid groove that isn’t as sad as some of his other songs.


MAX has some solid bops that you should definitely be aware of, but if your childhood was anything like mine, you might also know him as Zander from Nickelodeon’s How to Rock, or as the main character in the Nickelodeon original movie Rags. However, he is also the voice behind “Lights Down Low,” and he has many other more upbeat songs that are super fun to listen to. MAX’s newest single, “Love Me Less,” is my absolute favorite song at the moment, and unsurprisingly (because that man is everywhere), Quinn XCII has a feature on the track as well.

Hopefully, if Discover Weekly wasn’t helping you fill the void until Jon Bellion’s next album, some of these artists will!


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Morgan is a senior at Boston University studying public relations with minors in art history and political science. She loves fall, cafés, and exploring Boston. She is a frequent art museum goer and an ardent Bruins fan. Besides writing, Morgan's hobbies include curating Spotify playlists, cheering on the BU Terriers at hockey games, and exploring independent bookstores.
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