Music in literature

The Playlist

In honor of Mother’s release, we’ve put together a list of the songs referenced throughout the novel. We found that music helps define our characters and we hear lots of it as our characters stroll Morning Glory Circle. Some are surprising - who knew the Portendorfers were metalheads? Some music plays, some is hummed, some are chapter titles, one is a doorbell ... and some tunes are associated with nightmares and other horrors, but all are pertinent to the story.

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American Pie - Don McLean

American Woman - Lenny Kravitz

Ave Maria - Johann Sebastian Bach and Charles Gounod

Barracuda - Heart

Big Shot - Billy Joel

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

Candle in the Wind - Elton John

Chariots of Fire - Vangelis

Children of the Grave -  Black Sabbath

Close to You - The Carpenters

Colorado Rocky Mountain High - John Denver

Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree - Andrews Sisters

Fever - Peggy Lee

The Fishin’ Hole (Andy Griffith Show Theme) - Earle Hagen and Herbert Spencer

Fun, Fun, Fun - Beach Boys

Hello - Adele

How Great Thou Art - Carl Gustav Boberg

I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

I Put a Spell On You - Bette Midler

In-N-Out Burger Theme

Invisible - Clay Aiken

Jupiter Symphony - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Little Boxes (Made of Ticky-Tacky) - Pete Seeger

Magic Flute - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Magic Man - Heart

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett

Misty - Johnny Mathis

One Way or Another - Blondie

Pleasant Valley Sunday - Monkees

Psycho Killer - Talking Heads

Rocky Raccoon - Beatles

Row, Row, Row Your Boat - Traditional

Run for Your Life - Beatles

Silver Springs - Fleetwood Mac

Stand by Me - Ben E. King

The Star-Spangled Banner - Francis Scott Key

Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon

Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra

Strawberry Fields Forever - Beatles

Surfin’ Bird - The Trashmen

Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver

Teddy Bear’s Picnic - Henry Hall and His Orchestra, 1932

That’s Amore - Dean Martin

Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen

Tiny Dancer - Elton John

We are Marching to Pretoria - The Weavers

White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

White Wedding - Billy Idol

Witchy Woman - Eagles