10 songs and artists to listen to while reading – The State Hornet


Intense instruments, powerful vocals and a multitude of songs

Julie Blunt

Music from artists like Bring Me The Horizon, Cody Fry and Adele is best listened to while reading. Listening to music while reading creates a more vivid and emotional connection to stories. (Created in Canva by Julie Blunt)

Dear Diary, reading is fun on its own, but listening to music can be a totally different experience.

Listening to music with heavy orchestral instruments, soulful lyrics, or powerful vocals creates heightened emotions when playing fight scenes, love scenes, and moments of female emancipation. Here is a playlist of songs and artists that can enhance your listening experience.


More often than not, in my playlists, there are no repeat artists or albums. I tend to only like specific songs because of their listening aesthetics and not every artist or album maintains the same aesthetic with their other songs.

However, a few artists keep a consistent tone in a playlist and most of their songs fit the vibe I’m looking for when playing. These artists include 2WEI and Cody Fry.


German composers Christian Vorländer and Simon Heeger, also known as 2WEI, are an integral part of my “music to read” playlists. Their covers of Coolio’s “Gangsters Paradise” and Britany Spears’ “Toxic” create the perfect feeling of power to listen to in the middle of a battle scene from a fantasy novel.

Their Destiny’s Child cover of “Survivor” is another song that’s great to listen to during intense battle scenes with the song’s lyrics and vocals creating a sense of strong female power.

It’s best to listen to 2WEI’s songs when the climax of the story reaches its climax and the scenes are tenser than ever. Their music can completely dramatize a story.

Cody Fry

Cody Fry is an American singer, songwriter, and songwriter who gained popularity on TikTok after his song “Eleanor Rigby” started trending on the app. I immediately fell in love with the dramatic breakdown and instrumentals after hearing the song for the first time.

The climax of the instrumentals and lyrics emphasizes those heartbreaking emotions created when you read a plot in a book and it automatically makes your stomach drop.

Cody Fry’s song “Underground” begins as a happy melody with soft lyrics. However, as usual with his music, the instrumental climax of the song takes you out of reality. At first the song begins with acoustic instrumentals but slowly becomes more orchestral with different string instruments until eventually the song reaches its climax.

Individual songs

“Bad Girls” by MIA

MIA is a British rapper who is best known for her song “Paper Planes” which exploded in the late 2000s. The song “Bad Girls” is great to listen to when there is a female lead character who displays strong personality characteristics. ‘heroin.

Whether she’s in a fight scene or making sarcastic comments to her nemesis, the song embodies her “kickass” personality.

“As the World Crumbles” by Sarah Cothran and Matt Maltese

This song has two versions which both work to experience different emotions when playing. Matt Maltese’s original song should be listened to when there’s a moment in a book that feels like “the world is falling apart”; when a beloved character dies or a hero has been defeated and there is no one to save.

However, Sarah Cothran’s cover is more for romance readers. His cover of the Maltese song is for when the two main love interests reach breaking point in their relationship. Playing this song when the main character’s heart breaks is a perfect way to experience the heartache for yourself.

“Can You Feel My Heart” by Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon’s “Can You Feel My Heart” creates the perfect sense of heartbreak and anticipation for love books in particular. It creates that feeling you get when you watch two loving people dance around their insecurities and insecurities in order to come together. It also works well for books with the enemies-to-lovers trope, where two enemies suddenly discover their common feelings for each other.

“Achilles Come Down” by Gang of Youths

The book “The Song of Achilles” by Madaline Miller is a reimagined story about the love between the Greek hero Achilles and his close companion Patroclus. After reading the book, I listened to Gang of Youths’ “Achilles Come Down” on repeat, reliving their heartbreaking relationship while crying into my pillow.

The book is from Patroclus’ point of view while the song goes between what I imagine to be both Achilles’ and Patroclus’ thoughts. In the novel and in mythology, there are times when Achilles acts irrationally after the death of Patroclus during the Trojan War, causing people to worry about him. The song’s lyrics act as the spirit of Patroclus speaking to Achilles in hopes that he will listen, which makes the song even more heartbreaking.

Adele’s “Skyfall”

Adele has one of the most powerful voices in the music industry. His song “Skyfall”, which was written for the 007 movie, is a song that can be heard during several scenes in a book. The background vocals of the choir create a more dramatic sound that would fit better with the betrayal in a novel; when a friend becomes an enemy.

Some people may find it hard to read and listen to music at the same time, but for me, it’s one of the best experiences that comes with reading.

Sincerely, a bookworm.


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