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In this weekly column, MC/DJ Hesta Prynn pairs pop culture stories with an original playlist.

He's the new lightning rod, and whether you love him or hate him, he's the hot topic. Yes, it's Pope Francis, the NKOTB. As his photo has been impossible to avoid, I noticed that the similarities to certain musical icons in the visual department seemed too obvious not to comment on. Do the artists featured in this weeks Five 'n' Five draw their fashion inspiration from the Pope, or is it, perhaps, the other way around? Some might say that poking fun at the Pope is the new low-hanging fruit. I would say, respectfully, that that is his cross to bear.

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1. Stevie Nicks - "Edge of Seventeen"

A short list of things that Stevie and Francis have in common: Long white robes. Giant crosses. White winged doves. A penchant for music that sounds "hauntingly familiar."

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2. Elton John - "The Bitch is Back"

For a man so grossly opposed to marriage equality, the Pope certainly seems to be serving Elton John realness on the regular. NBD but Elton John invented the remix on giant hats and thick, square framed glasses, so step the f back.

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3. Liberace - "I'll Be Seeing You"

Pomp and circumstance? An over-the-top home filled with priceless art? A tricked-out car? If the Pope was ten times more fabulous and could play piano he would basically be Liberace.

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4. Elvis Presley - "A Little Less Conversation"

The Pope of Vegas, Elvis could likely relate to Francis's having to deal with screaming throngs of hysterical fans. Both also had to learn to maneuver multiple layers of clothing while performing complicated and physically demanding routines, as well as to endure having the entire news media dissect their each and every move. "A little less conversation, a little more action," please.

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5. Prince - "Purple Rain"

Just last month on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis represented in this very Prince-esque purple ensemble. It's almost as if the lyrics were written for this moment: "Honey, I know times are changing. It's time we all reach out for something new. That means you too. You say you want a leader... let me guide you to the purple rain."


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