Pop culture encompasses everything from celebrities, to film, to music that has dominated our society at a particular point in time. Being a fan of pop culture doesn’t mean having to keep up with crazy viral videos or the latest trends; if there’s an era you wish you were born into, or hope to go back to, it’s the popular culture at that time you yearn to experience.
Let’s check out these awesome iOS and Android apps you can use to relive and enjoy the many aspects of pop culture.
Reface allows you to swap your face with a fictional character or celebrity. Be Madonna in her “Vogue” music video. Star as either Jack or Rose in Titanic. Have your portrait published on the cover of GQ, Time, and Vanity Fair. All you need to do is upload a selfie and the app will take care of the rest.
The effect is hilarious and realistic. Besides movie GIFs and the like, you can also use the app to make memes. Simply replace your face in templates by using Reface’s face editor and morphing feature.
Download: Reface for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
Wondering why no one compliments your resemblance to Emily Blunt? Looking for some confirmation that Zac Efron is indeed your long-lost twin? Celebs is an app that identifies your celebrity lookalike. You can find out which famous person you share the greatest physical resemblance with. Using machine learning technology, Celebs compares your photo with thousands of celebrity pics. Who knows? You may even have an unexpected doppelgänger out there…
Once you get your similarity percentage and result, you can easily share the news of your newfound famous “twin” on Instagram and Snapchat directly from the app.
Download: Celebs for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
3. Heads Up!
Re-enact iconic moments in pop culture with a game of charades. Heads Up! has a long list of categories for you to choose from: anime characters, hits from the 80s, Harry Potter, Marvel heroes, Stranger Things, and many more.
Select your preferred category, tap Play, and hold your phone to your forehead. Have hours of fun with friends and family as each of you takes turns making the correct guess.
When it’s your turn to act and give gestures, go all out and put your acting skills to work! Present a late 80s classic by attempting a 45-degree lean or wear an invisible ring on your finger with a maniacal possessive glint.
Download: Heads Up for iOS ($1.99) | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
4. Song Pop 2
Song Pop 2 is a multiplayer music trivia game that quizzes you on your knowledge of songs. You can select your favorite genres and decade of music. So, don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of songs post-2010s. Just go back to the 90s or early 2000s! Once you’re done, put on your earphones and get ready to get your groove on. You can challenge your friends or play online with fellow music lovers all over the world. The faster you guessed the correct song, the higher your score.
Song Pop 2 is also a fun way to discover new music that suits your unique tastes and identify top hits that you may have heard of, but always wanted to know the title.
Download: Song Pop 2 for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
On BoxLunch, you can shop merchandise from your favorite fandoms. TV shows, movies, anime—BoxLunch has it all covered for you. However, do note that some products are not licensed.
Know of an Avatar: The Last Airbender fan? Get that tea-loving friend a ceramic Uncle Iroh mug. If there are no tea lovers in your circle, you’ll never go wrong with a Sokka cactus juice T-shirt either. Whether you’re a fan of Star Wars, Studio Ghibli, or other works out there, you’ll likely find a product for you here.
Download: BoxLunch for iOS | Android (Free)
6. Celebrity Voice Changer Parody
Celebrity Voice Changer converts your voice to a celebrity voice within a few seconds. Pick a famous person, tap the Record button, and start talking into your phone’s microphone. The app’s result is surprisingly spot-on, especially when it comes to producing the particular manner in which some words are pronounced by the individual.
Use Celebrity Voice Changer to prank your friends or record a nice birthday message. The content is all up to you! Of course, to get the most accurate recording, try your best to imitate how the famous person speaks. Otherwise, the result tends to be a little robotic, as though they have entirely lost their accent and can only talk in a monotonous voice.
Download: Celebrity Voice Changer Parody for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)
EverNews provides an overview of events and happenings that took place each day in history. The topics covered include culture, art, and science, so the app is a combination of both history and pop culture. EverNews sources its information from Wikipedia. If you’re interested in learning more details about a particular person or incident, simply tap your screen once to get the Wikipedia link for the full article.
Each entry contains a brief headline, a date, and a location pointer to show when and where the event took place. There are usually several entries every single day. The compilation on EverNews provides a fascinating insight into how different events coincide on the same day, albeit at different times.
Download: EverNews for iOS (Free)
Enjoy Film, Music, and All Things Pop Culture
Pop culture plays a significant role in shaping how life was collectively experienced at a particular point in time. Today, you could be a Gen-Z-er grooving to disco from the 70s or a Millennial loving the early 2000s aesthetic. Regardless of your age, feel free to enjoy what you love and feel nostalgic for.
If you’re looking for a hit of ’90s nostalgia, here are 12 of the most popular websites from the naughty nineties still up and running today.
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