Certain songs make you feel a type of way and so do John Green books. As I have said before, I love it when you read a book and there are songs that fit the ‘mood’ of the book. When I read John Green books, I listen to mostly indie, alternative music. Because I feel that that is the type of music that fits his books the most. I also feel like John’s characters would be the types of people to listen to indie/alternative music.
Here, I’ve compiled a playlist of 10 songs each for four of John Green’s novels. I’ll list down the title of the book along with the ‘theme’ of music that I think most suits the story/mood of the book.
(I know that TFIOS and Paper Towns have their own movie soundtracks, and both are really good soundtracks. But I enjoy making my own playlists)
1. The Fault in our Stars //Heartbreaking Love Story// These are songs that give the listener a ‘heartbreaking love story’ feel. The kind of songs that ‘pluck on your heartstrings’ - Bloom by The Paper Kites - One Day by Kodaline - Firefly by Ed Sheeran - Paint by The Paper Kites - King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men - Pretend We’re in a Movie by New Politics - Stardust by New Politics - Halcyon by The Paper Kites - Vanilla Twilight by Owl City - What You Wanted - One Republic
2. An Abundance of Katherines //Carpe Diem// These are the songs that give you the desire to jump up and carry out the latin phrase ‘Carpe Diem’ which means ‘Seize the day’ or ‘make the most of each moment’ - Trojans by Atlas Genius - Heroes by David Bowie - Simple Song by The Shins - Whatever by Oasis - Smile by Mikky Ekko - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel - The World is Watching by Two Door Cinema Club - A Comet Appears by The Shins - Something Good by alt-J - Save Rock and Roll by Fall Out Boy
3. Paper Towns //Roadtrip// Basically, songs you’d listen to while on a roadtrip with your friends. These songs also give you that ‘In a car with the windows rolled down and the wind on my face’ kind of feel. - Chocolate by The 1975 - Different Colors by Walk the Moon - Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones - Take a Walk by Passion Pit - Houdini by Foster the People - It’s Time by Imagine Dragons - Tear in my Heart by Twenty One Pilots - The Kids Aren’t Alright by Fall Out Boy - Another Night on Mars by The Maine - Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queen) by New Politics
4. Looking For Alaska //Teen Angst// Songs about raging demons, self-hatred, regret, bitterness, depression, things Alaska Young might listen to. - Kitchen Sink by Twenty One Pilots - The Mess by The Naked and Famous - Youth by Daughter - Me by The 1975 - Never Let Me Go by Florence and the Machine - Carmen by Lana Del Ray - Asleep by the Smiths - Conversation 16 by The National - Under the Gun by The Killers - Walk Away by Dia Frampton
So that was another one of my ‘Book Playlists’ I hope you guys liked it. And I will be posting a hell of a lot more of these because I love making them. The two things I love combined, music and books.
Grab your best friend or your favorite pair of running shoes and sway away at the funk, hippie vibes of this playlist. Perfect for all the indie lovers who want to lose it to upbeat tunes, without sacrificing the alternative feeling. Enjoy here!
Help Me Lose My Mind - Disclosure ft London Grammar
So Far (It’s Alright) - The 1975
Rather Be ft Jess Glynn - Clean Bandit
Stayin’ Alive - Capital Cities
4th Dimensional Transition - MGMT
You’re Not The Only One - Sky Ferreira (Little Daylight Remix)
sea, sun and sand | a three part playlist for the summer
part i.sea 1. we move like the ocean - bad suns / 2. west coast - the neighbourhood / 3. luna - bombay bicycle club / 4. hold back the river - james bay / 5. luv, hold me down - drowners / 6. seaside - the kooks / 7. hold me down - halsey / 8. oceans - coasts
part ii. sun 1. she moves in her own way - the kooks / 2. gold - imagine dragons / 3. love like this - kodaline / 4. lost boys - the 1975 / 5. mardy bum - arctic monkeys / 6. kids - mgmt / 7. cocoon (acoustic) - catfish and the bottlemen / 8. i’m good - the mowgli’s
part iii. sand 1. dancing on quicksand - bad suns / 2. stolen dance - milky chance / 3. laura palmer - bastille / 4. blue jeans - lana del rey / 5. tiptoe - imagine dragons / 6. houdini - foster the people / 7. buzzcut season - lorde / 8. jump into the fog - the wombats
it all starts here // magic manrollercoaster // bleachersocean // coastseyes on fire // blue foundationall the boys // panic! at the disco lungs // chvrchesoblivion // grimescool kids // echosmithcosmic love // florence + the machine ghost // halseythe kids aren’t alright // fall out boyaquaman // walk the moon houdini // foster the people i wanna get better // bleacherscraving // james bayitchin’ on a photograph // grouplove falling for you // the 1975new americana // halseydrunk // ed sheeranthe lucky ones // little sealost boy // 5 seconds of summerthe love club // lordestolen dance // milky chancetonight you’re perfect // new politicscasual affair // panic! at the discowonderwall // oasisbullet // steel trainlove like you // rebecca sugarsweet disposition // the temper trapcould it be another change // the sampleswonderland // taylor swifttear in my heart // twenty one pilots i think ur a contra // vampire weekendlet’s dance to joy division // the wombats shirtsleeves // ed sheerananna sun // walk the moondisconnected // 5 seconds of summeri’m not in love // 10ccwest end kids // new politicstexas // magic manyou // the 1975