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18 Talented Teen Musicians Who Will Make Your Playlists Better

Get to know music's next generation.

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1. Shawn Mendes

Island Records

If Shawn was a normal high school student, he would... be elected homecoming king three years in a row.

Recommended if you like: Ed Sheeran, acoustic guitars, Vine covers, polite Canadians

Song to start with: "Stitches"

2. Willow Smith

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If Willow was a normal high school student, she would... spend all of her free time in the art room, talking about conspiracy theories with the ceramics teacher.

Recommended if you like: Erykah Badu, Dev Hynes, long conversations about consciousness, using crystals to ward off bad vibes

Song to start with: "F Q-C #7"

3. Bea Miller

Hollywood Records

If Bea was a normal high school student, she would... hold regular jam sessions in the parking lot after last period.

Recommended if you like: raspy vocals, when pop stars go through an "alternative" phase, Kelly Clarkson

Song to start with: "Force Of Nature"

4. Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara / Via instagram.com

If Alessia was a normal high school student, she would... be the quiet type who surprises everyone with a legendary performance at the senior talent show.

Recommended if you like: Hermione Granger, anti-social pessimists, singer-songwriter R&B

Song to start with: "Wild Things"

5. Sabrina Carpenter

Hollywood Records

If Sabrina was a normal high school student, she would... be the really popular girl who is nice to everyone.

Recommended if you like: Disney-era Aly & AJ, gold glitter, #hairgoals

Song to start with: "Eyes Wide Open"

6. KLOE

IAMSOUND

If KLOE was a normal high school student, she would... be one of those kids who seems to live a double life — normal in class, wild at parties.

Recommended if you like: SoundCloud pop, sneaking out after curfew, neon lights

Song to start with: "Touch"

7. SOAK

Soak / Via instagram.com

If SOAK was a normal high school student, she would... be one of the sensitive introverts who stays home and Tumblrs instead of going to prom.

Recommended if you like: Cat Power, minimalism, black-and-white Instagram filters

Song to start with: "Reckless Behavior"

8. Jacob Whitesides

Double U Records

If Jacob was a normal high school student, he would... always be serenading his girlfriend with a guitar cover of a pop song during lunch period.

Recommended if you like: boys with guitars, Snapchat flirting, John Mayer's Room For Squares

Song to start with: "Magic Bullet"

9. Maggie Lindemann

Maggie Lindemann

If Maggie was a normal high school student, she would... be the girl who mysteriously knows what's cool months before everyone else.

Recommended if you like: Tinashe's mixtapes, Selena Gomez's Revival, pink pastels, perfect eyebrows

Song to start with: "Things"

10. Diamond White

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If Diamond was a normal high school student, she would... be one of those shy but super-driven kids everyone knows is going places.

Recommended if you like: Kelly Rowland, jewel tones, sad teens with happy faces

Song to start with: "Lie On The Night"

11. Jimin Park

JYP Entertainment

If Jimin was a normal high school student, she'd... get the solo in every choir performance.

Recommended if you like: Sia-like ballads, pop stars who can really sing, goofy Instagrams, K-pop

Song to start with: "Hopeless Love"

12. Max Wonders

Max Wonders / Via Facebook: maxworkswonders

If Max was a normal high school student, he would... never be seen without his headphones.

Recommended if you like: Chicago rap, songs that take their time, hyper-personal lyrics

Song to start with: "88 Changes"

13. Sophie Beem

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If Sophie was a normal high school student, she would... be one of those worldly girls who seems to spend every weekend in the city with cool older people.

Recommended if you like: things Beyoncé likes, slinky R&B pop, In The Zone-era Britney Spears

Song to start with: "I Got It (ft. Fetty Wap)"

14. Madison Beer

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If Madison was a normal high school student, she would... be the captain of the cheer squad.

Recommended if you like: Justin Bieber-approved singers, EDM-inflected pop, Bebe Rexha, ultra-glam selfies

Song to start with: "All For Love (ft. Jack & Jack)"

15. Daya

Daya

If Daya was a normal high school student, she would... be one of those rare upbeat and outgoing artsy kids.

Recommended if you like: viral sensations, unapologetically sweet pop, Hilary Duff

Song to start with: "Sit Still, Look Pretty"

16. Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith / Via Instagram: @christiaingrey

If Jaden was a normal high school student, he would... be one of those brilliant stoner types.

Recommended if you like: prolific experimenters, moody blue vibes, Childish Gambino

Song to start with: "Scarface"

17. Billie Marten

Billie Marten / Sony Music

If Billie was a normal high school student, she would... scribble poems in the margins of her homework.

Recommended if you like: old souls, intimate folk music, sparse poetry, Lucy Rose's "Shiver"

Song to start with: "As Long As"

18. Trevor Moran

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If Trevor was a normal high school student, he would... be president of the drama club.

Recommended if you like: Adam Lambert, theatrical flourishes, pop singers who respect the importance of a choreographed music video

Song to start with: "Let's Roll"