Lots of pop stars dress well or churn out catchy singles. But who would you actually want to hang out with on a Friday night (assuming magic was possible and they weren’t surrounded by paparazzi)? Here are 6 female pop stars ranked from who we’d wanna be besties with, to who we’d avoid backstage at the AMAs.
This one’s obvious. Girl is funny, kicks ass, and doesn’t take herself too seriously. Jennifer Lawrence talks about food, loves bad TV, and photobombs other people.
You just get the feeling that you could hang out with JLaw in your PJs, eating Cheez-Its and laughing hysterically.
And now, she’s technically a pop star — “The Hanging Tree” song from Mockingjay Part 1 debuted at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. A little unusual, considering the song is about a hanged man who’s an alleged murderer, but stranger things have happened. It already has a dance remix, natch.
JLaw is either the awesomest, most down-to-earth pop star slash actress alive right now…or a creation of a market research team to win our hearts and circumvent our collective bullshit detectors. But let’s go with the first one. Slumber party with boxed wine at my house?
Lorde has the same refreshing, original vibe as Jennifer Lawrence, but she’s a little edgier and more badass (plus also, you know, being a legit pop star rather than an actress).
Ella Yelich-O’Connor — her real name — seems smart, mature, and a bit of a rebel despite hanging with Taylor Swift. In fact, before they were friends, she said, “Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don’t think it’s breeding anything good in young girls.”
Plus, she’s got style. Lorde’s undoubtedly got a killer collection of dark purple lipstick you could rifle through. But the pop star isn’t pretentious. “I totally know I look like Gollum when I perform, so it’s cool,” she wrote in a Reddit AMA.
She represents all us gothy nerdy weirdos. “As a young teen, I went to a lot of David Lynch films, I read a lot of strange books, I loved to go to the museum all day,” she told Interview magazine. You just know she’d be down to watch Orphan Black, go thrifting, and try that new Ethiopian restaurant.
This pop star and former Disney pipsqueak is incredibly honest and open about having a nervous breakdown, going to rehab, and struggling with bulimia, bipolar disorder, and cutting. (Almost like if Britney were allowed to talk about things, or if Miley got her sh*t together.) Demi’s fans love her for her killer voice and candor about her struggles. She seems like someone who’d keep your secrets and listen to you without judging.
Demi comes off as warm, compassionate, and real. “Very, very skinny girls were on the cover of every magazine, and…that’s what I had to idolize. I don’t want that for young girls,” she told Ellen several years ago. Now she wants to be a healthy role model: “There was nobody out there for me to look at and say maybe this is unhealthy…I want to be that for a 13-year old girl at home deciding whether or not to eat dinner.”
We’ve gotta give her snaps for kicking bad influences out of her life (rumor has it, she distanced herself from Selena Gomez due to dating douchey Justin Bieber). And yet Lovato stays classy. As she said about Miley Cyrus: “I don’t have anything in common with her anymore, and I wish her all the best.” Ruh-spect. Although she wouldn’t go crazy partying with you, I bet she’d be there for you in a crisis.
It’s easy to hate on TSwift. There’s her fake-surprised face, monotonous focus on exes, and her insistence on playing the victim. And the international pop star seems pretty clueless about feminism and racism.
But the odds are ever in her favor. She loves cats and her friends, and plus her songs are hella relatable to the preteen suburban white girl set. She named her two kitties after female characters on Law & Order: SVU and Grey’s Anatomy.
If the pop star doesn’t have a good heart, she’s sure doing well at keeping her pristine image on lock. She’s been known to surprise her fans just for the hell of it. And she’s built her brand on being dorky — there’s even a Tumblr dedicated to her awkward dance moves.
So if you had a bad day and just wanted to chill in your sweatpants with some white wine and cookie dough, who else would you rather hang with?
Make no mistake, partying with Miley would be epic. Girl loves getting stoned and being crazy — well, if you define making out with Paris Hilton as “crazy” and not “eye-rollingly obnoxious.” Post-Disney, Miley’s definitely not shy about embracing her sexuality (although that often comes with appropriating black culture). This pop star wouldn’t judge you for making some questionable choices.
So yeah, hanging with Miley would be fun…until she got so high she forgot to return season 5 of The Walking Dead for three months, and when she did, it was covered in congealed Dr. Pepper and Cheeto dust.
Here’s another Disney darling turned pop star…but Selena needs to figure her sh*t out. The singer and Spring Breakers actress tried rehab earlier this year but left two weeks in, and rumors are that the Biebs is behind her problems with drinking and cocaine. She’s no stranger to cultural appropriation, either.
Her new song, “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” is about her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber too. EWW. Even Taylor Swift gave up after Selena ignored her advice to break up with Bieber. As far as imaginary celeb BFFs go, Selena’s not looking like a good pick.