A playlist for… songs that sound like movies

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For this week’s playlist, I wanted to make a collection of songs that feel like stories to me. Music is my favorite thing and writing has always been my favorite part. I like songs that have the most random names and locations. The ones that may not be related at all, but still feel very personal due to the specificity of the songwriting. Stories about running away to Mexico, being the metaphorical killer in a relationship, or even the most mundane love resembling the most romantic. Maybe you know someone called Johnny. Maybe you desperately want to leave Ohio. Maybe you’re Taylor Swift’s boyfriend humming in the kitchen (probably the least likely). Otherwise, these stories are still so specific that they demand your attention. These songs are like poems to me, with foreground songwriting and musical backdrops that are often the underrated gems of the album they’re on. Obviously every song is basically a story anyway, but these are some of my favorites. Bonus points if the song itself directly mentions poetry or any writing, in general. See: “Writer in the dark”.

“Poison Oak” by Bright Eyes

“Writer in the Dark” by Lorde

“Killer” by Phoebe Bridgers

Mortals by Tommy Lefroy

“Break” by Maya Hawke

“Too in Love to Die” by Julia Jacklin

“Acolyte” by Slaughter Beach, Dog

“Love Dogs” by Kate Bush

“Age Difference” by Christian Lee Hutson

“Creator, Destroyer” by Angel Olsen

“Anything” by Adrienne Lenker

“Happy Birthday, Johnny” from St. Vincent

“Hot and Heavy” by Lucy Dacus

“Sweet Nothing” by Taylor Swift

“Kill Her Freak Out” door Samia

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