Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s prompt is Books and Music. These are two of my favourite things, but I rarely put them together (except for the thing I wrote here). So I’ve decided to make a list of songs that are based on literature/authors and/or make literary references.
I know there are a lot more out there – especially David Bowie and Radiohead and The Cure and whatnot – but I limited the list to songs I’m really familiar with.
1) “Resistance” – Muse; based on George Orwell’s 1984
2) “Time to Dance” – Panic! at the Disco; based on Chuck Palahuick’s Invisible Monsters
3) “Legendary” – The Summer Set; references J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan
4) “Painting Flowers” – All Time Low; references Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
5) “Weight of Living (Pt. 1)” – Bastille; based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
6) “To the End” – My Chemical Romance; based on William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily
7) “Win Some, Lose Some” – You Me At Six; references Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games
8) “Back to Life” – Paradise Fears; references S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders
9) “Bukowski” – Moose Blood; refers to the author, Charles Bukowski
10) “Sowing Season” – Brand New; the second verse is inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”, and the title of the song comes from Stephen King’s Secret Window, Secret Garden
I’m positive I’m missing really obvious ones from my music collection, but those were the ones I came up with (of course, there would have been more if I repeated artists, such as All Time Low’s “Somewhere in Neverland”, Bastille’s “Icarus”, and Paradise Fears’ “Stories in the Dark”, etc).
Let me know in the comments if you think of other songs that could make this list!