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The 10 Best T-Shirts to Make People Sing or Quote Movies

The 10 Best T-Shirts to Make People Sing or Quote Movies

The graphic tee is nowhere near extinction. There's something about a good, comfy, and interesting graphic tee that's just so appealing.

Not only that but graphic tees are great conversation starters. But how can one pick the best graphic tee for starting a conversation without getting too cheesy or too out there?

We put together a list of the best t-shirts to wear in the new year to start pop culture conversations, make people sing, or make people quote popular films. What a great ice breaker!

Check out these 10 best t-shirts for starting conversations!

The 10 Best T-Shirts For Starting Pop Culture Conversation in 2017

Music and films are the best conversation starters. It's a good way to break the ice and see if you and
another person have something in common.

Let's look at five of the best t-shirts you can wear for each.

Music T-Shirts

Get people to sing when they see these awesome t-shirts!

Grateful Dead

You can't go wrong with a good old classic Grateful Dead tee.

This California-based rock band was known for their eclectic style that fused elements of country, folk, reggae, rock, and psychadelia together as well as their extensive performances. Active mostly through the sixties and seventies, the Grateful Dead left their mark on American music history.

They're known for their trademark rainbow teddy bears and lightning bolt emblazoned skulls, and there are a ton of variations of the band's logos.

David Bowie

The wound of David Bowie's passing is still fresh, but his music (as well as his legacy) will continue to live on for years to come.

Bowie was a prominent figure in the music world for over fifty years but is regarded particularly highly for his work in the seventies. Innovative, creative, and one-of-a-kind, we may never have an
artist like Bowie ever again.


If you were a teenager in the nineties, you probably owned at least one Nirvana tee. Luckily, there's still plenty of new and vintage Nirvana tee designs out there!

Nirvana was an American rock band formed by Kurt Cobain in the late eighties and rose to fame in the nineties. Kurt Cobain tragically died in 1994 at the age of 27 and Nirvana disbanded.

What remains is the innovative work of a band that transformed and manipulated the grunge genre of rock music that still holds power to this day. Give "Nevermind" a listen.

Joy Division

You've probably seen the iconic Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures" album cover art on many shirts. This design is incredibly popular, and if you haven't listened to this English rock band, you should.

Active through the seventies until the early nineties, Joy Division was considered the definitive post-punk band. Their music was often soaked in tragedy and despair, making them the quintessential "sad kid" band to listen to.

Well, sad kids grew up, and they'll probably have a good laugh at your shirt. You should also listen to "Unknown Pleasures" at least once if you haven't already.

The Beatles

The Beatles will never go out of style, and neither will their wearable merchandise.

The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool that formed in 1960 and built a musical empire that lasted ten years before the band's breakup.

There's just something about the Beatles-- they started out as an enormously popular pop culture phenomenon but grew into sophistication towards the end, making them almost an embodiment of 1960's counterculture. Historic, legendary, and still awesome to listen to today.

Movie T-Shirts

Get people to throw out their favorite quote with the best t-shirts that feature movies.

Star Wars

2016 was a big year for Star Wars. Rogue One came out this year and Carrie Fisher, who portrayed
Princess Leia in the film franchise, tragically passed away this year as well.
There's going to be a lot of Star Wars talk in the next year, so be ready with an awesome Star Wars t-shirt.

The Big Lebowski

This cheesy yet iconic cult classic is still a popular film to this day-- if you haven't seen it, you really should at least once.

If you're a fan of The Dude, be sure to rock a Big Lebowski shirt this year. It's one of the most quotable movies of all time.

Show off your love for our favorite lazy guy in a robe with a Big Lebowski t-shirt!

Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is an iconic horror-musical known for its iconic logo- a pair of big red lips.

If you're a fan of Rocky Horror Picture Show or musicals in general, this is a good shirt to wear to weed out other musical fans. They won't be able to resist quoting the movie!


Ghostbusters will always be cool. Who can forget the campy original 1984 spooky classic?
After the all-girl Ghostbusters reboot came out this year, there was a lot of buzz about the film and everyone seemed to have Ghostbusters fever for a while.

With rumors floating around about a possible sequel to the remake, there may be another wave of Ghostbusters fever in 2017 as well.


Get a little abstract with a t-shirt featuring this 1990 teen musical romantic comedy from director John Waters.

In the film, Johnny Depp portrays a teen rebel who falls in love with a "square" named Allison in 50s Baltimore. The film is ridiculous in the most John Waters way possible, and worth watching-- and wearing a Cry-Baby t-shirt.

Even though Cry-Baby isn't as well-known as the rest of the films on this list, it's definitely one of the most quotable.

Where Can I Get The Best Graphic T-Shirts?

There are tons of places to find niché shirts that feature our favorite quotes from movies and musicians. The best by far when it comes to price, quality, and sales is Old School Tees.

Not only do we carry a wide range of movie and music t-shirts, they also carry sports, television, and comic book t-shirts as well.

Get Graphic!

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