Rod Stewart Reveals He's Not a Fan of Ed Sheeran: 'I Don't Know Any of His Songs'

In a recent interview, Stewart opened up about which current musicians he thinks will stand the test of time — and Sheeran is not one of them

<p>David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty, Sama Kai/Dave Benett/WireImage</p> Rod Stewart; Ed Sheeran

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Rod Stewart; Ed Sheeran

Rod Stewart isn't a fan of Ed Sheeran.

In a new interview with The Times, the 79-year-old "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" icon opened up about which current musician are likely to stand the test of time — and he may not think Sheeran, 32, is one of them.

The topic arose when Stewart was asked if he thinks musicians are still producing timeless songs today. "I’m sure they are," he told the outlet, before referencing his own 1971 hit: "You mean like 'Maggie May'? Songs that will be played in 50 years?"

<p>ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty</p> Ed Sheeran in New York City in June 2023


Ed Sheeran in New York City in June 2023

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"I like whatshisname," continued Stewart, forgetting a certain musician's name. "Oh f---ing great, Rod. Well done. He’s British, really talented and his songs will be around."

The Times reporter asked if he was looking to recall Sheeran's name. "No, not Ed, I don’t know any of his songs, old ginger bollocks. Jesus," responded Stewart, still trying to remember another artist's name.

He then began singing the lyrics, "I’ll be riding shotgun," which the journalist recognized as George Ezra's 2018 hit "Shotgun."

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"Yes! I think he writes really tremendous songs," said Stewart of Ezra. "He’ll be around for quite a while."

Elsewhere in the interview, the Faces alum spoke about why he thinks striving for success as a musician is a different beast today than it was when he debuted in the 1960s.

"We were brave in those days to go into the music business," said Stewart. "We didn’t know where it would take us but record companies were different. They would give you a try."

<p>Stefan Hoederath/Getty Images</p> Rod Stewart

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Rod Stewart

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These days, he suspects artists' intentions aren't as pure as they once were. "Also, the people I came up with — the Stones, Elton — we all came into it because we loved the music," added Stewart.

"Money and fame didn’t factor — it was a burning ambition to sing. That may have changed," he continued. "Now it’s more, ‘Ooh, let’s have a go at music. I don’t even have to play well. Maybe I’ll get rich.’ Fame comes before everything. All kids want is fame."

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