It’s no secret that the minds behind The Wicked + the Divine love music. It’s also no secret that many of the characters in the series are directly inspired by specific artists (and in some cases, more than one). Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have done numerous interviews about their inspirations and subsequently, what sort of music they’re into themselves as the unofficial Go To Music Nerds of Comics.

On a personal level, music was one of my first loves in my life. I didn’t really have regular access to movies, TV or video games so the thing that I bonded with my dad over was music (I swear he had mixed tapes that all looked the same and yet he always knew exactly what was on each and how far he had to skip to get to the song he wanted to listen to). He introduced me to everything that he loved and in turn, I have a penchant for 80s new wave and alternative and other such inspiring things. Of course, that has turned into a love for many other things that draw from that style as their inspiration and I like to think that I have pretty decent taste in music. Of course, taste is subjective but still.

I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of characters from The Wicked + the Divine, researched the inspirations (as mentioned by Gillen and McKelvie) and I have additionally come up with some other musical suggestions based on those artists.


Inspired by: Kate Bush, Florence + the Machine, Stevie Nicks, Bjork
You May Like: Paloma Faith, Marina and the Diamonds, La Roux, Bat for Lashes, Ladyhawke, Regina Spektor, Oh Land


Inspired by: Siouxsie and the Banshees, My Chemical Romance
You May Like: Esben and the Witch, The Irrepressibles, Zola Jesus, Hole


Inspired by: Rihanna, Grace Jones
You May Like: Cheryl Cole, Nicki Minaj, Leona Lewis, The Noisettes, Janelle Monae, Lulu James


Inspired by: David Bowie
You May Like: Talking Heads, Blondie, Echo and the Bunnymen


Inspired by: Nick Cave
You May Like: Leonard Cohen, PJ Harvey, Mark Lanegan, The Cramps, Gang of Four


Inspired by: Daft Punk, deadmau5
You May Like: Justice, Kavinsky, Wolfgang Gartner, Nero, Rusko, Knife Party, Skrillex


Inspired by: Kanye West, Drake, Bo Diddly
You May Like: The Weekend, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Tyler the Creator


Inspired by: Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift
You May Like: Grimes, Kesha, Lily Allen


Inspired by: Elastica, Savages
You May Like: Jarvis Cocker, Happy Mondays, Anna Calvi, Souls of Mischief

Kieron Gillen has made a Spotify playlist for you if you want to give a listen to a number of choice songs that helped inspire the characters. Find it embedded below:

Stephanie Cooke
Stephanie is a Toronto based writer and editor. She's a comic book fan, avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, and sarcasm. She is a purveyor of too many projects and has done work for Talking Comics,, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, and more. Her writing credits include "Home Sweet Huck" (Mark Millar's Millarworld Annual 2017), "Lungarella (Secret Loves of Geek Girls, 2016), "Behind Enemy Linens" (BLOCKED Anthology, 2017), "Home and Country" (Toronto Comics Anthology, 2017) and more to come. You can read more about her shenanigans over on her <a href="">personal web site</a>.

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