->''"I hadn't known you were a connoisseur of Kdatlyn artwork."\\
The puppeteer scratched idly at the floor with one of its fore-hooves. Beowulf ignored it, concentrating on the touch-sculpture. The exhibition was supposed to be some of the greatest works by the Kdatlyno sculptor, Loobee. It was an impressive sculpture, to be sure, but nothing really to write home about visually. He ran his hand across it, vaguely feeling the surface texture of the work. "It's not bad, but I don't know if I'd call it a masterpiece" he said finally.\\
The puppeteer turns its heads to look itself straight in its own eyes, a gesture Schaeffer had come to associate with Puppeteer humor. "Perhaps you're not getting the full intended effect," it said. "Try touching it with your tongue. Your tongue is much more sensitive than your fingertips."''
-->-- "The Borderland of Sol" by Creator/LarryNiven

RubberForeheadAliens as applied to aesthetics rather than physiology, or alternatively the cultural counterpart to NoBiochemicalBarriers, Alien Arts Are Appreciated when SpeculativeFiction depicts arts and entertainment made by one species as finding an audience among aliens. As for how likely this would be to occur, ask yourself the following: What human being would appreciate the works of a species that communicate by emitting scents, with the closest equivalent to a novel being a device that emits smells in order to tell a story, or a "sculpture" consisting of a single scent? Or a painting made by a being blind in the spectrum visible to humans but sighted in frequencies humans cannot perceive? Of course, there are also the psychological differences: What would a species with no concept of fate make of the ''Iliad'', for example?

But hey, who knows? One species might become inexplicably fascinated with some minor part of another species' culture in the way that GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff. It should also be noted that all of the above only applies to StarfishAliens, there's no reason to assume an alien species with enough in common with humanity couldn't appreciate the arts.

Common in SpaceOpera. When done by an alien to humans this is KlingonsLoveShakespeare, which may be a result of IntriguedByHumanity; when done by humans to aliens, it may be because the character/group in question is TheXenophile. When this is applied to TV, it's AliensStealCable. When applied to human music or cuisine, this can overlap with SenseFreak. See also HumansThroughAlienEyes.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* It's unclear exactly how much exposure [[spoiler:Kaworu Nagisa]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has had to human culture, but he does specifically cite music as the Lilim's crowning achievement, claiming that it "cleanses the soul".
* A huge part of the plot in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''/''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. One major reason that humanity wasn't wiped out by their vastly more numerous foe was that many Zentraedi were interested in human entertainment and didn't want to see it disappear. This gets amusing when humanity figures this out and essentially ''weaponizes pop music''.
* This is the premise for ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan''. Aliens love human entertainment - specifically {{anime}}, {{manga}} and VideoGames - so much that it's become a controlled substance within the galaxy. The titular [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Nyarko]] is an alien sent to track down and prevent illegal smuggling from Earth, and ends up spending most of her time enjoying herself with all this Earth entertainment.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* In ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'', a Gallifreyan collector of alien art asks whether the owner of a mobile phone composed that "wonderful tune" himself, when it plays the default Nokia ringtone.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/NewMutants and ComicBook/XMen supporting character Lila Cheney is an Earth-born folk rock musician who uses her mutant power to teleport interstellar distances to include alien planets on her concert tours.
* In ''ComicBook/ElEternauta'' a "[[RubberForeheadAliens Mano]]" starts ranting on beauty after seeing a coffee pot.
-->"Pass me that sculpture, please. In that neck's grace lay centuries of art. [...] Are men aware of all the wonderful things that surround them? Do they have any idea of how many inhabited worlds there are in the universe, and how few of them have flowered with objects such as this one? "
* In ''ComicBook/{{Nexus}}'', the strange sculptures dug up on Ylum prove to be tremendously popular throughout the galaxy, and command high prices. That's partly a result of the fact that the artifacts in question are made of unidentifiable materials. Also, it's not unreasonable to think that people might be interested in the artifacts of an otherwise unknown alien civilization.
* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'': Buck is informed by his uncle Frakkus that many species on Gallimaufry Station that are indifferent or even hostile towards humans and their affairs still attend their parties -- they're in it for the popsicles, humanity's great contribution to galactic culture. One particularly alien species likes to stuff and mount their popsicles. Even the other StarfishAliens think they're weird.
* By volume two of ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', Marvel Boy has become something of an alien hipster. He enjoys close-harmony girl groups and Nina Simone (who Norse God Loki also likes).
* In the IDW [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] Transformers series, after spending an extended amount of downtime on Earth, Thundercracker has become so enamored with a tv drama called 'Nurse Whitney', that he's started working on [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/4663230.html his own screenplay.]]
** He needs to start looking online for an agent.
** Bluestreak likes human movies, and brought a few along with him when he joined the Lost Light.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Human arts are generally quite well received in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', with the exception of Shakespeare's tragedies, which Celestia bans Nav from transcribing and selling after they cause a lot of upset.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Asgardians are apparently somewhat addicted to coffee.
* In a [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/111816/sneak-peek-at-hie-project fragment]] of a never-completed ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic by D. G. D. Davidson, there's a niche fandom on Earth for the pony movies from "Applewood", which apparently resemble "{{Bollywood}}, except with ponies."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Music/DaftPunk's ''Anime/{{Interstella 5555}}: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem'' features a blue-skinned alien quartet who are kidnapped by [[BigBad Earl de Darkwood]] and disguised and brainwashed to perform for humans, who completely love their music and instantly make them a world-wide phenomenon. Their fans are not fazed when the truth comes out. It even turns out that many music legends, from [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Mozart to Jimi Hendrix]], are also aliens who were similarly kidnapped.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', the aliens think the eponymous TV show portrays actual events... and base their entire culture on them. They have no concept of "fiction", and assume any story is either true or a lie. It's understandably confusing to them why [[HumansThroughAlienEyes intelligent beings would lie to each other for fun]]. Even ''lying'' is new to them; they apparently had no concept of deception until they met [[GalacticConqueror Sarris]]. In contrast, Sarris laughs his ass off when he finally sees the "historical documents".

* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** Grand Admiral [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]] uses his appreciation of alien art to [[AwesomenessByAnalysis get inside its creators' heads]] and come up with tactics to fight them more efficiently, ideally making them submit rather than be wiped out. In ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' he also demonstrates that he can determine the visual ranges of these creators and how many arm joints they have. Thrawn considers it [[MyGreatestFailure his greatest failure]] the one time where he was unable to do that with a race and was forced to destroy them. Bear in mind, it's not the destruction of an entire species that bothers Thrawn. It's the failure of his analysis.
** In ''[[AllThereInTheManual The New Essential Guide to Alien Species]]'' it is explained that [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Zeltrons]], who are offshoots of humanity, write some of the best erotica. To be fair, Zeltrons are also a FreeLoveFuture race with empathy abilities, so it makes sense for them to have a good understanding of the subject.
** In the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'', an insectile species called the Vratix, which trusts its sense of touch over all others, has a role. Vratix art never comes up, but it's shown that the insides of their homes, created by mixing mud and chewed leaves with their saliva, are covered in intricate texturing, which seems to call up an emotional response in the human touching it. She likens it to a symphony, except that in choosing to stroke which way she could choose what to feel in what order. This fuses with function, since near the doorhole there are many raised bumps to evoke caution.
** Some of the barriers to this trope are shown (sort of) in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones the second movie]], according to some EU sources, those bare, plain walls that all rooms on Kamino had, turns out they were actually all covered in grand, colorful murals. It's just that you have to be able to see into the ultraviolet spectrum to notice them. Similarly, another X-Wing book has a Gand character painting his X-Wing. To humans it looks plain white, but characters who can see ultraviolet comment that it's a work of art.
** During ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'', Luke and Leia see a performance the alien Coway put on. Luke doesn't like their music, finding it wailing and discordant, but likes their dancing for its aggressive physicality. Leia, who as a former Senator is far more cosmopolitan, enjoys the performance without reservations.
** ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Swarm'' has its protagonists visit a world whose natives are enormous insects who like gardens. The studious Tash likes the gardens and the variety of plants in them, while her younger and more tech-minded brother is bored. They meet a local poet who composes in "[[BugBuzz wingsong]]", which neither human can understand.
---> Sh'shak fluttered his wings. As he listened, Zak heard the soft ''skrrrrrrrr'' sound change its tone and pacing. By moving his wings at differing speeds, now rubbing them together, now fluttering them apart, Sh'shak created a series of intricate tones and humming noises. Even Zak had to admit that it was beautiful.
*** Then-captain Thrawn is also there and appreciates the gardens and how plants are arranged, but... see above, he ''would''.
* Ax of ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is the only alien on the team. His species consumes food by absorbing it through their hooves, and have almost no concept of taste. Once he gains a human morph, it takes no time at all for him to become a SenseFreak, to the point where he once crawled around the floor of a movie theater, looking for "brown globules" (Raisinets). And his favorite television programs are "These Messages".
** On the other hand, he considers human music awful. All of it. [[FridgeLogic Even though almost all commercials, which he apparently loves, feature music.]]
** In the epilogue, it's even stated that humans have begun trading with the Andalites: Cinnamon buns for advanced technology. It's so successful, that Cinnabon has plans to open up a branch on the Andalite homeworld.
* Creator/LarryNiven:
** In the Literature/KnownSpace 'verse, the Kdatlyno "touch-sculptor" Lloobee is a celebrity throughout human space. The Kdatlyno "see" using sonar, so their sculptures are impressionistic masses with all sorts of interesting micro-angles and shapes that are pretty much invisible to the naked eye. Humans ''can'' enjoy a touch-sculpture by, as the name implies, touching the things. Especially if they use their much more sensitive tongues to do the touching...
** ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' has an aversion of some interest: the Moties' color vision works differently from humans', so to humans the colors in their paintings all look off.
*** Sadly the subjects of the artwork eludes the humans. The museum appears to be uncensored with scenes of devastation and massacres but the visiting humans do not realize that all the information they need to warn them of what is coming is right there for them to see.
* In the ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' universe, several alien species are enamoured with human literature and poetry (including old science fiction pulp novels), because [[HumansAreSpecial the human languages present a high degree of ambiguity of meaning and pronunciation which is not present in the artificial languages used by galactic society]]. Just as many species revile human culture [[BrokenBase for the exact same reasons]], of course. Also, whale songs are considered an art form beyond peer by some aliens, to the point where once an alien ship once held a Terragen ship hostage until they transmitted several whale songs.
* In an obscure German vignette nominally set in the Literature/PerryRhodan universe (although that's not central to the plot), a Terran ship encountering an alien beacon that seems to broadcast an invitation to an art exhibition sends a shuttle to the indicated world. The shuttle crew (including an actual professional art critic) find the exhibition hall empty. It eventually turns out they weren't invited as ''visitors''...
* In ''Literature/IMarriedAnEarthling'', Earth's TV broadcasts are the subject of academic study on the planet Zeeron.
* An ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' example can be found in the short story "The Grand Tour". There are very few intelligent alien species, only about 12 known ones in human space, and none currently advanced enough for space travel. One species which died out was advanced, and are simply known as the Alphanes. There are large crystal pillars that remain of their architecture which are considered quite beautiful.
* In ''The Tangled Strings of the Marionettes'', certain humans become so enamored by the local StarfishAliens' [[spoiler:[[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt epic]]]] ballet/ritual suicide that they resort to extreme body modification to make themselves nimble enough to perform the moves. As the title suggests, they only have limited success.
* In James P. Hogan's novel ''The Legend That Was Earth'', Hyadean films (which are mostly exercises in social engineering) fail to make a splash on Earth. Human films, on the other hand, are becoming very popular on the Hyadean homeworld.
* Creator/MurrayLeinster's classic short story "First Contact" is centered around the dilemma of a human and alien ship, meeting unexpectedly for the first time, who can't possibly trust each other because they have no shared frame of reference, so they can't be certain that they're interpreting anything the other side says or shows correctly. While the captains agonize over this, two low-level crewmembers somehow manage to swap dirty jokes.
** The problem isn't that the two sides don't understand each other; ironically it's that they're too similar, so both sides know that the other will look for any advantage to insure the survival of their own species, even if that means wiping out the other.
* In ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' by Creator/ChinaMieville the character Lin is a khepri (basically a human woman with a large beetle for a head) sculptor. Her art consists of chewing colored sticks and extruding a resin of some sort out of the back of her beetle head's body and using the beetle's hind legs to form it into statues. She's commissioned by [[{{Transhuman}} the (arguably) human]] Mr. Motley to create a sculpture of himself.
* In Creator/RogerZelazny's ''This Immortal'', the aliens view original-formula Coca-Cola as humanity's second-greatest contribution to galactic culture. The first being a new and interesting problem in the social sciences, namely, what to do with a species who managed to ruin their own homeworld. (They also apparently appreciate poetry).
* Often in the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'':
** In ''Literature/StarTrekExMachina'', the government of Lorina has decorated its public buildings in a wide variety of alien art forms, most of them from the Federation. The public speakers even play Andorian music. One of the art styles on display is Tellarite Erotic Abstract (introduced as part of a CrowningMomentOfFunny in ''Literature/StarTrekMillennium'').
** In the ''Literature/StarTrekATimeTo'' series, Klingon Councillor [[SmugSnake Kopek]] decorates his office with items of art from across explored space. Among the paintings, artifacts and sculptures are those created by humans, Vulcans, and Betazoids-- this despite the fact that Kopek despises those races (to be honest, he probably justifies them as "trophies").
** In ''Literature/StarTrekTheLostEra'', one book shows Enabran Tain, a Cardassian, admiring human stained-glass windows, while another Cardassian (Danig Kell) hangs Lissepian paintings in his office.
* Played with in Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/TroyRising'' series, along with NoBiochemicalBarriers: the Glatun traders, barred from buying the platinum-group metals they ''want'' by the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Horvath]] warship in Earth orbit, buy a load of human artistic masterpieces (including, but not limited to "Starry, Starry Night" and the Venus de Milo). It's described as the equivalent of European explorers reaching various "primitive" cultures and buying the local glass beads and seashells. They are, however, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff big fans of the protagonist's webcomic]]. And while [[TakeThat Coca-cola]] is deadly poisonous to them, [[NoBiochemicalBarriers maple syrup is some sort of ambrosial booze equivalent]]. (They sell the masterpieces back, plus more computing power than in the whole of Silicon Valley, for a semi-truck load of maple syrup)
* Invoked in ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' by Creator/SergeyLukyanenko. Earthlings end up as a [[PunyEarthlings Lesser Race]] in a galaxy full of ScaryDogmaticAliens. As such they are restricted on imports of any pieces of advanced alien technology (primary-purpose usage only-- the protagonist mentions there is a large supply of superstrong [[SharpenedToASingleAtom monomolecular]] string that the worm-like aliens they get them from use for their version of a C-section, which Humans are perfectly welcome to use for the same purpose, but not to build a SpaceElevator)-- but apparently allowed alien art. Humans use this loophole to get their hands on things like decorative plating that is, conveniently, more durable than any human-made material. Hey, it's not a crime if you want your body armor and starships pretty, is it?
* In another Lukyanenko novel, ''Literature/LineOfDelirium'', the massive bear-like Bulrathi are BlessedWithSuck by evolution to have extremely-high-pitched voices. Certain establishments, however, hire Bulrathi singers as tenors, although you have to have a lot of self-control to avoid laughing at a huge bear singing falsetto (that is, if you care about your life). The protagonist also visits the Bulrathi homeworld of Ursa, which features gift shops for tourists, run by humans.
* In the Creator/AlanDeanFoster novel ''Nor Crystal Tears'', the Thranx, a species of intelligent insectoids, makes an alliance with Humanity. One poet notes that this development is not only fascinating to contemplate, but also gives him a new audience as well as we see him take a bow from an enthusiastic human audience to one of his readings.
** The Thranx poets are thrilled by the range of human artistry. In ''Phytogenesis'', a small-time crook who's never been particularly into human art sees a Thranx poet's spontaneous recital, spawned by the poet's reaction to seeing the man eat a fish, and despite the fact that the performance is whistling and clicking in a language he can't understand, accompanied by expressive gestures he also can't understand, the crook finds it amazingly beautiful.
** On the flip side, the thranx are fascinated by the unparalleled flexibility afforded by humans' internal skeletons, and teams of human gymnasts and dancers quickly find huge audiences among them.
* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'': Near the end of the book, Richard [=MacDuff=] is awed by the alien music he hears playing aboard a spacecraft, thinking it's the most beautiful thing he's ever heard. When he returns home, he hears the same music playing. Professor Chronotis had gone back in time and given the alien music to Bach. And now you know where the piece of music "Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ," comes from.
* In the ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' series, members of the Diplomatic corps are generally forced to ''pretend'' this trope applies, even though it is almost always averted. It simply wouldn't be appropriate to ''admit'' that more than two minutes of Groaci nose-flute music invariably causes a splitting headache, or that the delicate interplay of shades of ultraviolet in a painting are outside our visual range.
* This is basically the point in ''Literature/YearZero'' by Rob Reid. The rest of the universe loves (really loves, 'like literally die from the happy' loves) our pop music. The problem is they also respect our copyright laws...
* One of the characters in Literature/TechnicHistory is Christopher Holm a human scholar who is adopted into a [[TheClan choth]] of Ythrians and helps write a history of the founding of the dual-race Human-Ythrian colony Avalon(in other words the stories of Van Rjn and David Falkayn) and writes a translation of a Ythrian hunting song.
* There are no aliens in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga but there are [[TranshumanAliens genetically modified humans]] who have their own peculiar forms of art. Miles is impressed by the Quaddies' null-grav ballet. Miles and his friends seem to be more ambiguous about Cetagandian art, which is fascinating and requires a great deal of skill but kind of creepy.
* Averted in the ''Literature/ChanurSaga'' by Creator/CJCherryh. For the color-blind kif art consists of objects with bumps, concavities and varying textures which is appreciated by feeling it with your hands. For the stsho art consists of interior art and abstract paintings, both of which are done in infinite shades of white.
* The Tendu of ''Literature/TheColorOfDistance'' speak with color-changing skins. Their favored art form is qabirri, dancing to music while flashing bright, elaborate words in patterns. A visiting human is enthralled by a performance. One of her Tendu friends, seeing her watching, thinks unhappily that she's not appreciating it correctly - she's too new to their language to understand the fast-moving formalized words or the history on display.
** In ''Through Alien Eyes'' some Tendu visit Earth. Art forms with an emphasis on harmony, including some well-planned gardens, appeal greatly to one. He also takes a liking to improvisational jazz music and enjoys a joint performance with musicians, their playing and his qabirri skills together. A different one is extremely interested in Japanese plays.
* ''The Big Time'': The Place contains an "Art Gallery", a collection of art made by soldiers undergoing recuperation. Since a lot of these soldiers belong to various diverse alien species, the art gallery contains many exotic or bizarre (by human standards) works which are nevertheless appreciated for their beauty.
* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDask'', it's stated that few alien species have as wide a variety of art forms as humans. Many understand painting, sculpture, architecture, culinary arts, but fiction appears to be a mostly human invention. Most aliens think that using written symbols or live actors to portray something that is made up is a sign of mental disorder bordering on schizophrenia. Only the [[SpaceElves Lo'ona Aeo]] have figured out the importance of fiction and actively trade for all forms of it. One novel is mostly devoted to a member of a human delegation searching for someone who understands forms of art like this on the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Haptor]] homeworld.
** In the first novel of spin-off ''Trevelyan's Mission'' series, Ivar Trevelyan travels to a HumanAlien planet stuck in MedievalStasis. He pretends to be a WanderingMinstrel and frequently translates songs and ballads from Earth into the local language, passing them off as his own, impressing the natives, whose own songs are not as well-developed. This is especially evident in love songs, where Ivar utterly dominates.
* In ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown,'' it turns out that the one thing that almost all alien races (at least the ones with a sense of hearing) agree that humans are genuinely good at is making ''music.''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In some versions of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', human adolescents appreciate Klingon heavy metal. It is apparently pretty much the same thing as our heavy metal, except that Klingons do it and it's in their character, so it becomes "alien". Their opera, on the other hand, is supposedly without any direct real-world equivalent.
** The trope runs both ways in ''Star Trek'', as Klingons have a particular affinity for the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare, and often say that to get its full effect, it must be read "in the original Klingon." The single exception to this is ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', which is actively despised by Klingons. Whereas humans see it as the tale of two tragic, star-crossed lovers doomed to die, Klingons see it as a story of two children act like honorless ''ptaq'' who put "love" ahead of family loyalty and duty and thereby dishonor their parents (which, btw, is TruthInTelevision; in Shakespeare's time, that was the IntendedAudienceReaction).
** There's an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' in which a technically-minded alien race is entranced by the Doctor's singing, an art that they'd never experienced before. It later turns out they have distinctly non-human tastes in this department; they are impressed by technically hard pieces that have no rhyme or reason to them.
** And then of course, there is ''Star Trek IV'', when aliens threaten to destroy Earth because they cannot hear whalesong.
** After figuring out that Tamarian language is based on metaphors from their own mythology, Picard attempts to connect with Dathon by reciting the Epic of Gilgamesh.
** The TNG episode "First Contact" (not to be confused with the film) reveals that it's standard Federation procedure to pirate a selection of entertainment programs of a civilization about to discover faster-than-light technology, to help them get a sense of what the race's society is like. One of the people contacted in the episode is quite embarrassed at this idea, and Picard admits that they give an "incomplete" picture of the society.
** A ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode has the crew encounter a race of HumanAliens with three sexes. The alien captain turns out to be a huge fan of plays, going through Shakespeare and Sophocles in a matter of hours.
** Played with in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' in the case of the Vorta, who apparently have no appreciation for any aesthetics at all, leading to [[CloudCuckooLander Weyoun]] asking Kira if one of Ziyal's paintings would look better if it were blue.
*** Ziyal's paintings themselves are a somewhat extreme case, as apparently mixing Cardassian and Bajoran painting techniques somehow ends up producing works that are appreciated by both cultures.
*** Also played with in the episode ''The Wire''. Garak gives Dr. Bashir a Cardassian novel to read and Bashir thinks it's terrible (and from the description we get of it he's right). Meanwhile Garak reads Julius Caesar and is thoroughly unimpressed, commenting that Caesar should have known Brutus was going to betray him from the first act.
** In the ''Voyager'' double episode where the ship returns to 1990s earth, Neelix and Kes are seen thoroughly enjoying a SoapOpera they've found being telecast. The humans themselves actually relate to it less, finding it hard to watch a show without taking part in a Holodeck.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', Teyla really has a thing for popcorn. She and Ronan, however, do not seem to understand the attraction of TV. Also, Nerus, a Goa'uld, is fascinated with such Earth delicacies as chicken, seedless grapes, and cupcakes.
** Teal'c in ''Series/StargateSG1'' is a big fan of ''Franchise/StarWars'', and apparently has seen a number of action movies, including ''Film/DieHard''.
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "A Day in the Death" had a music box/light show thing, which was explicitly the originating species' equivalent of music. It is primarily visual, but pretty.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** The Narn and the Centauri each have their own forms of opera, equally detested by the other. Then again the two are at each other's throats all the time anyway, so this may just be simple prejudice. But human culture, especially humor, is generally agreed among aliens to be about as incomprehensible as the Vorlons. \\
The Narn opera is briefly heard during the series, and apparently sounds like loud screeching. The human humor is considered odd by many alien characters, but others are shown to like it - they seem to imply that the Marx Brothers-style slapstick is once again the most popular form of comedy on Earth.
---> "Zooty-zoot-zoot!"
** While Human humor often relies of physical injury or embarrassment, Minbari humor centers on failure to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Or puns. Or inappropriate greeting protocols.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGIfH7to_LQ Centauri opera]] is also heard - Vir and Londo sing a bit at the beginning of a season 2 episode - and although it's in Centauri language it still sounds rather human. Londo later studies Human music and finds "remarkable composers" and "astonishing symphonies", but after a solid week of study cannot make any sense out of the Hokey Pokey. Amusingly, the Minbari he complains about the latter to mentions later that he had personally enjoyed the song.
** Ambassador G'Kar is depicted singing while he prepares dinner in ''Parliament of Dreams''. The song is from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta ''Theater/{{Iolanthe}}''.
** In the prequel "In The Beginning" Londo says that human "art, trinkets, and eccentricity" were what got the Centauri interested in the Humans in the first place.
** In the last episode of the fifth season, Vir mentioned that he and Londo heard some Pak'ma'ra singing. And that it was beautiful.
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Lorne is a native of the dimension of Pylea, which doesn't have singing or music of any kind, although they do have dancing. ("Numfar! Do the dance of joy!") When he finally went to Earth, he loved music so much that he opened a karaoke bar. He can also read peoples' futures when they sing. When he revisits Pylea, it turns out that singing causes excruciating pain to other Pyleans.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor himself seems to appreciate human art. On the other hand, Romana didn't seem as impressed when they visited the Louvre in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]".
** He also likes their jelly babies and edible ball bearings, but that could just be the GeniusSweetTooth talking. In the case of the latter, he's amazed that humanity are the ''only'' race in the entire galaxy to come up with such a thing!
* An example that doesn't leave Earth: Lily from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is having no success selling her abstract paintings (one trendy gay couple makes a purchase just to get the frame). When she throws them in the trash, they are found by a veterinarian who discovers that her work has a remarkable calming effect on dogs, even in the midst of operations. Birds, however, just didn't get her work, and would even kill themselves in efforts to dive bomb her paintings in hatred.
* ''Series/AlienNation'':
** One of the TV movies had Cathy moving in with Matt and decorating the place with clown paintings and figurines. It turns out that clowns are pretty popular with the Tenctonese, partly because they're so colorful, and partly because the Tenctonese have never seen anything like them.
** In the series, Cathy can't understand how Matt can watch something as violent as ''Film/TheThreeStooges'', and recommends a really great movie... ''Film/TheLoveBug''.
* Almost every episode of ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' - All the aliens love earth television, in "The Art of Dick" we learn that Harry can paint, the aliens like a number of human foods, and are seen to enjoy dancing.
* Lister from ''Series/RedDwarf'' apparently enjoyed reading Cat's books which were basically lines of scents. Granted one of those books, their holy scripture, was about him.
* One episode of ''Series/SesameStreet'' has the yip-yip aliens [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_trSIBCgF0 investigate a radio]]. It takes them four tries to find a channel they like, but they do it - one that sounds suspiciously like static.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In {{Traveller}} K'kree perfumers are famous. K'kree have the best sense of smell of all the "major races" and so their perfume can sell well to others.
** Aslan epics and decorative weapons are lovingly described in ''Alien Races 2'', although it is not said whether humans find them popular. However, some Aslan ship designs are rather liked by Solomani humans and there were tales of human warbands in the past who [[GoingNative affected the customs and dress]] of the Aslan [[WorthyOpponent even when fighting them]]
** One of the straightest examples in {{Traveller}} is the J'aadje. They are obsessed with beauty and what looks beautiful to them will often look beautiful to a human. Not least of these reasons is that popularity tends to be the goal so symbolism is downplayed among them to make sure that the works are as impressive as possible to the uneducated. Therefore there is no need to worry about inscrutable and untranslatable cultural concepts.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The alien artifacts in ''{{Freelancer}}'' start out as nothing but nice-looking, highly expensive engraved lumps of stone, crystal and metal. Their sudden ban is one of the things that cause Junko and Lonnigan to suspect something's wrong.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The asari are said to be the foremost exporters of culture among the species of the known galaxy. It also works the other way round; at one point, we hear that the elcor plan to stage a production of ''Hamlet''. Since elcor speak veeerrry sloooowly and preface all their lines with a [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry statement of emotional content]], since other species can't read their body language or inflections, this is one of the funniest moments in the game. And yes, the sequel includes an advert showing clips.
--->"Nostalgic Melancholy: Alas poor Yorick. I knew him, Horatio."
--->"Be sure to see it live. An unforgettable fourteen-hour experience."
--->[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Insincere endorsement: You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have heard him in the voice of elcor."]]
*** One of the ads for the play states the (human) director had hoped this would cause the audience to judge the character Hamlet on his actions instead of the emotion behind it.
*** Said director pops up in the Citadel DLC in the third game, eagerly promoting his next project: a production of ''{{Theatre/Macbeth}}'' with a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]] in the titular role.
** Also the exploitation movie "Blasto", which parodies DirtyHarry with a Hanar in the lead role, a race of pacifist, philosophical jellyfish aliens. As of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Joker mentions that "Blasto 6" is currently in cinemas, apparently a [[BuddyCopShow buddy movie]] in the style of ''Film/LethalWeapon''. In the Citadel DLC Shepard and Javik get roped into cameoing in the next one.
** And there was a multi-species production of ''ThePiratesOfPenzance'' we get to hear second-hand from Mordin Solus, [[Funny/MassEffect2 who played the equivalent of the]] ModernMajorGeneral.
** ''Stolen Memory'', a piece of DLC, involves going into someone's art gallery. Kasumi, your companion, can remark on various pieces, saying for instance that asari go wild for ancient Egyptian relics, and being disparaging towards an abstract turian work which appears to be a few steel girders randomly welded together..
** In ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'', you get to wander around [[AdventurerArchaeologist Liara's]] apartment, where she keeps a lot of Prothean relics. Justified because she used to be an archaeologist with a fascination with the Protheans.
** A small joke in the second game involves a salarian video game store shopkeeper being distracted by a fascinating human game--Solitaire.
** The same shopkeeper also mentions that human sports games are really popular among the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan]]. Mention is made elsewhere of krogan players on American Football teams, which does seem like a sport the krogan would enjoy.
** Another of his games is an MMO that apparently contains elements of least three races' mythologies. Which your robot companion is an avid player of.
** One of the reports for CerberusDailyNews says that the asari and the [[ProudMerchantRace volus]] have embraced Valentine's Day, due to its focus on reproduction and commerce.
** In the Citadel DLC Tali brings over one of her favorite musicals, a quarian-turian romance. Which, if you romanced her, you'll notice she stole lines from in the previous game.
* In the 1997 PointAndClick AdventureGame ''VideoGame/TheSpaceBar'', the films of Jerry Lewis are considered to be the pinnacle of comedy and are universally loved by all species across the galaxy, besides humans.
* The [[TheGreys Reticulan]] ambassadors that were [[{{Area51}} stationed on Earth]] prior to the attack in ''VideoGame/UFOAftermath'' apparently had an appreciation for human art, and traded for it with small samples of their advanced technology.
* The Unggoy in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' have a black market built around human soap operas, sitcoms, and the like. This probably has more to do with them being tasked to monitor UNSC communications and their superiority at learning (and therefore familiarity with human language) compared to the rest of the covenant than any fondness of humanity.
** One Forerunner assigned to guard the quarantined San'Shyuum homeworld took to collecting sculptures their ambassadors gifted to him. Subverted in that it's one sign that he's not really in his right mind: the Didact clearly isn't as receptive of his former enemies (though he likes their liquor), and the sculptures have crowded the command deck so that slight changes will shuffle and shift them around.
* The Thraddash in ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' are a race of ChaoticStupid [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Warriors]] who have bombed themselves back to the stone age multiple times, only to develop a new "Culture" that tries (and fails) to fix the problems with the last one. If you defeat enough of them, they are so impressed that they request your help in coming up with their next Culture. So you send them some Film/TheThreeStooges films, and they like them so much they they reinvent their entire civilization around emulating them.
* VideoGame/{{Startopia}} has an interesting take on this, each race has its only sculpture (nine in total) and while some are universally adored others can produce a negative reaction in some races. There are also three piece not linked to any race that are liked or tolerated by all.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In a ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' strip, curator Vanderbeam wanders into Jinx's quarters for the first time and praises the artistry in the crystalline structures he's decorated it with- whereupon Jinx mentions that he has the Cirbozoid equivalent to a human's head cold.
* ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' shows how one can appreciate art intended for senses one doesn't have, using [[http://www.rhjunior.com/QQSR/00053.html a robot and an ice cream sundae.]] Said robot also states that Quentyn lacks antennae or electromagnetic sensors, but still enjoys certain sculptures made by a race that has both.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Karkat, who typically [[CulturalPosturing derides human culture as primitive and simplistic]], considers ''Film/{{Serendipity}}'' one of his favourite movies, partially because of its resonance with troll ideals of [[OneTruePairing romantic destiny]], and partially because he has [[GuiltyPleasures pretty bad taste in movies]].
** Judging by some movie posters we see in Karkat's hive, troll movies are at least superficially similar to Earth movies (the posters are more or less direct copies of real movie posters with horns added to the actors), except that troll movie ''titles'' are actually more like plot synopses.
* Webcomic/KevinAndKell plays this straight, with canines having a scented candle novelization.
* Some [=AIs=] in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' order human foods that they can't consume out of appreciation for their aromas or aesthetic qualities. For an android with military-grade olfactory sensors, a cup of tea is [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3147 quite an experience]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Generally averted in ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'': alien minds just work too differently to really appreciate each other's art.
** The To'ul'h greatly enjoy something called "polmusic", which is apparently political debate mixed with opera. Most Terragens (Earth-origin beings) don't really understand how that can even be a thing.
** There's mention of a [[UpliftedAnimal provolved mollusk]] that wrote a poem lovingly describing a patch of sand on the ocean floor. According to other intelligent mollusks, this poem is beautiful. To everyone else, it's just weird.
** And there are the transapients, whom nobody understands to any great degree anyway. It's believed that the Kedric Incident, in which the questionably-sane archailect Kedric for some reason kidnapped billions of intelligent beings and re-engineered them all into some strange bio-mechanical construct, may in fact be an example of transapient "artwork".
* Zig-zagged in ''Literature/TheJenkinsverse''. While Amir claims that other species' cultures aren't as rich and varied as Earth's, it's also implied he hadn't been looking very hard, since he was trying to make a point that HumansAreSpecial. Xiù notes that Gaoians have a rich culture, but as most of her time on their planet was spent learning the language she never got past their version of SesameStreet.
** Human art, however, is widely appreciated, with alien characters quoting StarTrek, collecting a garden of Earth plants, and even playing DungeonsAndDragons.
** Meanwhile, Locayl architects are widely regarded as the very best in the galaxy, and Qinis fashion is beginning to make an appearance on Earth's catwalks, even if it is far too risque for the high street.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Lrr, the perpetually angry and warlike ruler of Omicron Persei 8 is a fan of modern-day Earth sitcoms like ''[[Series/AllyMcBeal Single Female Lawyer]]''. Although ''Series/{{Friends}}'' doesn't make sense to him. He doesn't understand why Ross, the largest, doesn't eat the other five.
*** They were saving it for ''Series/{{Sweeps}}''.
** Then there was this gem of a tale:
---> '''Brain Ball #2:''' ''The Elders tell of a young ball much like you. He bounced three meters in the air. Then he bounced one point eight meters in the air. Then he bounced ''four'' metres in the air. Do I make myself clear?''\\
'''Henry Kissinger:''' ''Mr. Ambassador, our people tell the same story.''
** Again in the episode ''Three Hundred Big Boys'', there is a showing and sale of the loot Zapp Brannigan won over the spider people of a foreign world. Their silks and art are appreciated, including the tapestry depicting Zapp invading their homeworld, woven ''while'' he was invading it.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Bulkhead, the resident [[TheBigGuy big guy]] of the Autobots in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', develops an interest in art and eventually gets a gallery show of his own. The humans are very impressed with his abstract work...even though his best one was basically an accident with a blowtorch.
** [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1 Autobot]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Pipes Pipes]] has a fondness for human knick-knacks and made a collection of "nose hair trimmers, patent rulers, and other worthless but fascinating ephemera of the throwaway society."
** Several of the [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 G1]] Autobots are fond of a soap opera called ''As the Kitchen Sinks.''
** And of course, the Junkions based their entire language on [[AliensStealCable Earth's TV broadcasts.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Knock Out likes his human vehicle form, and takes part in human drag racing. Later episodes show him having an interest in human horror films (he goes to drive-in theaters). PlayedWith in that he appreciates human culture but strongly dislkes actual humans.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' are not immune. The younger ones break into movie theatres to watch ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'', Hudson develops a fondness for television, and [[GeniusBruiser Goliath]] raids the library for [[Creator/FyodorDostoevsky Dostoevsky]].
* A variation applies in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon with Lydia Deetz's mother Delia. Delia's weird sculpture art is laughed at by the living people in the Outerworld, but it's a smash hit with the dead ghosts of the Neitherworld.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* While not alien in the sci-fi sense, there are [[http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_i_0?rh=i%3Apopular%2Ck%3Awhale+song&keywords=whale+song&ie=UTF8&qid=1274350917 hundreds of CDs]] dedicated just to whale and dolphin songs, so someone out there must appreciate them. What's more, paintings done by elephants sell for hundreds of dollars: [[http://www.elephantartgallery.com/paintings/]]
* Åke "Dacke" Axelsson, a journalist at the Swedish tabloid Göteborgs-Tidningen, came up with the idea of exhibiting a series of paintings made by an ape, under the presumption that they were the work of a previously unknown French artist named "Pierre Brassau", in order to test whether critics could tell the difference between true avant-garde modern art and the work of an ape. "Pierre Brassau" was in fact a four-year-old Common Chimpanzee named Peter from Sweden's Borås djurpark zoo. Critics praised the chimp's works, with Rolf Anderberg of the morning Posten writing, "Brassau paints with powerful strokes, but also with clear determination. His brush strokes twist with furious fastidiousness. Pierre is an artist who performs with the delicacy of a ballet dancer." One critic, however, panned the work, suggesting that "Only an ape could have done this". After the hoax was revealed, Rolf Anderberg insisted that Peter/Pierre's work was "still the best painting in the exhibition." A private collector bought one of the works for US$90.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS_6-IwMPjM This beluga whale]] apparently enjoys mariachi music.
* [[http://www.world-science.net/othernews/090430_rhythm.htm Scientific studies]] have confirmed that parrots have a sense of rhythm like humans. A cursory search on Youtube will [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF7xTTvU2sM bring up]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bt9xBuGWgw a slew]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaOvUeqmIWQ of dancing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTl1asCDOgs parrots.]]