Hello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.
Today’s topic is ‘Books and Music.’ You can do anything that relates to a combination of these two things, whether that’s book theme songs, or songs that remind you of books, etc. I decided to showcase some great songs with some great stories that would be sick as books. This is such a great, unique topic and I can’t wait to dive into it.
Note: these are not in any particular order. Also, this selection turned out to be a lot darker and a lot more rock-oriented than I had originally anticipated. I guess I just like reading darker… books. I’m not a sociopath, I promise.
1. Remembering Sunday by All Time Low | Listen on YouTube
I’m still not sure what this song means. Is it about a guy who met a girl, fell for her, spent days looking for her only to find that she’d moved away? Or did she kill herself? Either way, this song paints such a vivid picture of love and loss.
2. Boston by Augustana | Listen on YouTube
A song about a girl who wants to move to a busy city because her relationships have gone to shit. Getting lost in a city, starting over, making new friends, meeting someone new, finding yourself. Man, I live for that crap. I know a ton of books exist with this premise, but this song has this strange nostalgia that gives it a distinct feel, and the book will be distinct too. I know it.
3. I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! at the Disco | Listen on YouTube
This would be a great short story.
4. Okay, I Believe You but My Tommy Gun Don’t by Brand New | Listen on YouTube
I don’t know why I want this as a book, but I do. Maybe it has to do with the title. A guy going on a revenge spree to discover that things aren’t what they seem, but hey, it’s too late so boom. I’m sorry- there’s something wrong with me.
5. Viva La Vida by Coldplay | Listen on YouTube
A ruler who falls from grace. Sign me up.
6. Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People | Listen on YouTube
Very morbid, but school shootings are such an interesting and tragic thing to read about if they’re done well. Only if they’re done well though. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult is a good example.
7. Arsonist’s Lullabye by Hozier | Listen on YouTube
A guy obsessed with fire because of childhood… stuff. Kind of reminds me of Fahrenheit 451, in a way, but not really. This song would be great as a book.
8. Closer by Kings of Leon | Listen on YouTube
This song is one of my favorite songs ever, by the way. It starts off with a haunting premise: “stranded in a spooky town / stop lights are swaying and the phones lines are down.” Moves on to a different time of desertion: “leaving me stranded all in love on my own.” WHAT. This song is amazing, and it’d be a great book.
9. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen | Listen on YouTube
I actually can’t believe it took me this long to list this one down. In all honesty, it should probably be #1 because geez, would this make a great story. “Mama, I killed a man / put my gun against his head / pulled my trigger, now he’s dead. / Mama, life was just a game / and now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.” And then religious voices fighting for the sinner’s soul. Ugh, someone write this already.
10. The Unforgiven Trilogy by Metallica | Listen on YouTube
These songs, when played in succession, are an epic tale. Imagine a cohesive novel with this story, a similar tone to the songs. I’m pretty sure it’d be one of my favorite novels of all time. Personally, Unforgiven I is my favorite when it comes to lyrics and everything, but I prefer Unforgiven II in terms of music.
That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! What are some songs that YOU think would make brilliant books? Do you agree with my choices or do you disagree? Let me know in the comments down below, and happy reading. <3