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Harry Styles’ Musical Influences Include Everyone from The Beatles to Shania Twain

Jeff Daly/NBCLeading up to One Direction’s album release on Friday, Entertainment Weekly revealed Louis Tomlinson’s musical influences Monday for their Soundtrack of My Life feature. Today, it’s Harry Styles’ turn to discuss some of his favorites.

Harry tells EW the first album he bought with his own money was rocker Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell, which seems like an unusual choice for the pop star. “I used to listen to a lot of my dad’s music and my mum’s music,” he explains. “They already had that album that I listened to, and then my dad lost his Bat Out of Hell so I went out and got one.”

His parents’ taste introduced him to an eclectic group of  artists who have inspired him over the years. “My dad was a big [fan of] The Beatles, Elvis Presley, [The Rolling] Stones, Fleetwood Mac, that kinda stuff,” he says. “I think if you grew up listening to that, a child can’t not be influenced…And then my mum was crazy into Norah Jones and Shania Twain, so I have that side, too, which is fun.”

He also admits the first song he ever performed in public was “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. He sang it karaoke-style in a pub when he was nine years old.

Harry says the song he wishes he had written was "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon, but he’s particularly proud of some One Direction songs too. He cites “Infinity” and “Drag Me Down” as the songs he’s most proud of from Made in the A.M., and says he was most proud of “Stockholm Syndrome” from the album Four and “Happily” from Midnight Memories.

Tomorrow, EW will be revealing Niall Horan’s picks.

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