This weeks Top 5 Wednesday post is the top 5 songs that you associate with certain books. This can be something that is a part of the movie adaptation of the book, a song you were listening to at the time of reading, a song that fits with a tone of a book or lyrics that match the story. I personally do not really associate songs to books because I cannot listen to music while I read at all, but I thought this might be interesting. I tend to associate music to time periods in my life and events, I’m not sure how this will work with books!
Asleep by The Smiths – The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
How could I do a list of theme songs without having this on there? I cannot listen to this song anymore without being reminded of Sam, Patrick and Charlie and get a little bit emotional about their friendship. This is one song I definitely do relate to a book.
All Of The Stars by Ed Sheeran – The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I couldn’t write a theme song post without involving the true God of YA movie theme songs could I? No matter what, All Of The Stars will always remind me of crying my little heart out in the cinema at the end credits of Fault (and also crying on my way to the cinema listening to it the second time I saw the movie!) I absolutely am in love with this song, it’s so simple and fits the book so well.
Starman by David Bowie – The Martian by Andy Weir
Not only is Mark Watney stranded on Mars with next to no chance of survival, but he is left with only the music that his Commander loves and he despises – disco. The film perfectly comprised a soundtrack of disco classics to mirror this element of the book, including Starman and others such as Hot Stuff by Donna Summer and Waterloo by ABBA. If Starman ever plays, I can only think of The Martian and Watney’s sarcastic narration of his passionate hate for disco music.
Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
This is slightly different to the others as it isn’t a theme song for the movie or associated with it at all. I remember listening to Cosmic Love and relating the lyrics to Ron and Hermione’s relationship when he leaves in the Deathly Hallows. This has stuck with me for a few years now and every time I listen to the song, I can only think of this rather strained point in their story!
All the Things Lost by MS MR – Room by Emma Donoghue
I first heard this song on the Room film trailer and I fell completely in love with it. Both the tone and the lyrics of the song are melancholic and fit the story of both the film and the novel beautifully. Whenever I play this song, I can’t help but think about Ma and Jack and their emergence into the outside world and struggle to fit in and explain their tragic ordeal.
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Your picks for Perks and The Fault in Our Stars are so on point! Two of my favorite books. Great list!