Playlist of the Month

Like many writers, I enjoy composing my work with a kickin’ playlist in the background. Because sometimes–whether you’re writing an action scene, a dramatic scene, a scene with all kinds of rage–the right tune can put you in the right mood and let the words flow. While for a given book or chapter or even scene within this series I have specific playlists I veer toward, every month I try to change it up with some new music that particularly speaks to me. For all you fellow writers out there looking for some sweet new jams to type away to and get the inspiration going, try these suggestions and freshen up your playlist today!


November 2018

“Higher” — Taio Cruz
 “Sax”— Fleur East
“Instruction”— Jax Jones, featuring Demi Lovato
“Break Your Heart” — Taio Cruz
“Breath of Life” — Florence and the Machine

October 2018

“Ghostbusters” — Walk the Moon
“Thriller / Heads Will Roll” —  Glee Cast
“Toxic” — Britney Spears
“Calling All The Monsters” — China Anne McClain
“Ghost” — ZZ Ward

September 2018

“In My Head” — Jason Derulo
  “Sledgehammer”— Fifth Harmony
“Get up!” (A Cowboys Anthem) — Kelly Clarkson
“Waves” — Tristan Prettyman
“One of My Kind” — Hilary Duff

August 2018

“Thunder” — Imagine Dragons
  “No Excuses”— Meghan Trainor
“This Kiss”— Carly Rae Jepsen
“Around You” — Ellie Goulding
“Shut Up and Dance” — Walk the Moon

July 2018

“Working It Out” — James Blunt
“White Lies” — The Him
“Sugar”— Wild Culture vs. Karmin
“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” — CHVRCHES
“One Foot” — Walk The Moon

June 2018

“Son of Man” — Phil Collins from the movie Tarzan
“Bang Bang” — K’naan
“Counting Stars”— OneRepublic
“Wrong Love” — Alex Aris
“Paris” — The Chainsmokers

May 2018

“No Excuses” — Meghan Trainor
“My Kind” — Hilary Duff
“Hello Hurricane”— Switchfoot
“Next Year” — Two Door Cinema Club
“Saturdays” — Twin Shadow (feat HAIM)

April 2018

“Sit Still, Look Pretty” — The New Barden Bellas (Pitch Perfect 3)
“Tell Me You Love Me” — Demi Lovato
“Catch Us If You Can”— Elle King
“Love Is A Battlefield” — Holly Knight’s Story of O (feat. Sara Skinner)
“Pacific Rim Main Titles” — Ramin Djawadi & Tom Morello (Pacific Rim)

March 2018

Some of my favorite love songs.

“America’s Sweetheart” — Elle King
“Run for Cover” — The Killers
“Survivor”— 2WEI
“Someone New” — Hozier
“Delicate” — Taylor Swift

February 2018

Some of my favorite love songs.

“Love” — Matt White
“I Will Follow You” — RIVVRS
“Turn”— The Wombats
“Gone, Gone, Gone” — Phillip Phillips
“A Love That Will Last” — Renee Olstead

January 2018

Start your new year off with this poppin’ mix. Great for working out and working IT!

“Come And Get It” — John Newman
“Found My Place” — Oh, Hush! feat. Jeff Lewis, The Lego Ninjago Movie
“Body Like A Back Road” (Haroxis Extended Remix) — Sam Hunt
“Comeback Kid (That’s My Dog)” — Brett Dennen
“Mountain Sound” — Of Monsters And Men

December 2017

So with some of these songs I couldn’t fine clean YouTube links to use for all of them. Meaning I got full clips of the scenes in which they were featured in TV movies. But download them on iTunes or whatever if you like them. They’re awesome as standalone songs. Plus, I included a sixth number in this month’s playlist as a Christmas bonus!

“That Christmas Feeling” — The Cast of Phineas & Ferb
“It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas” — Johnny Mathis
“All I want for Christmas” — The Snowbelles, The Mistle-Tones
“Please Come Home” — The Mistle-Tones
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” — Rachel Platten
“Carol of the Bells” – Lindsey Sterling

November 2017

“Came Here for Love” — Sigala & Ella Eyre
“Dreams” —  Life of Dillon
“HandClap” — Fitz & The Tantrums
“Closer” — Tegan and Sara
“Call on Me” (Ryan Riback Remix) — Starley

October 2017

“Ghostbusters” — Walk the Moon
“Thriller / Heads Will Roll” —  Glee Cast
“Toxic” — Britney Spears
“Calling All The Monsters” — China Anne McClain
“Ghost” — ZZ Ward

September 2017

“Southern Nights” – Glen Campbell
“Country Girl”- Luke Bryan
“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” – Creedance Clearwater Revival
“Life Is A Highway” – Rascal Flatts
“Old Time Rock & Roll / Danger Zone” – Glee

August 2017

“Perfect Storm” — Tristan Prettyman
“Gold” —  Britt Nicole
“We’ll Go from There” — (from Anastasia, the Broadway Musical) — Official Cast Recording
“Drive” — Oh Wonder
“Most Girls” — Hailee Steinfeld

July 2017

“Lush Life” — Zara Larsson
“Summer” — Calvin Harris
“I Don’t Like It, I Love It” — Florida (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White)
“Americano” — Lady Gaga
“Silhouettes” — Colony House

June 2017

“Put a Little Love in Your Heart” — The Flash (Music From the Special Episode: Duet)
“Get Lucky” — Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers)
“Good Time” — Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
“Play Hard” — David Guetta (feat. Ne-Yo & Akon)
“22 Jump Street” (Theme From the Motion Picture) — Angel Haze

May 2017

“Hold My Heart” — Lindsey Sterling
“Good Kid” (from The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical) — Chris McCarrell
“Kinks Shirt” — Matt Nathanson
“I Really Like You” – Carly Rae Jepsen
“High Dive” — Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness

April 2017

“Not Your Hero” — Emanuel Vo Williams & Cut One
“Blood’s Thicker than Water” — Bobby Bazini
“Human” — Of Monsters and Men
“The Writer” — Ellie Goulding
“Love’s Just a Feeling” — Lindsey Sterling

March 2017

“You Won’t Go It Alone” — Andrew Galucki
“Who Will Carry You?” — Adam Jones & K.S. Rhoads
“I Want It That Way” — Backstreet Boys
“(What a) Wonderful World” — Sam Cooke
“Dancing in the Moonlight” — King Harvest

February 2017

“Love” — Lana Del Ray
“It Ain’t Me” — Kygo & Selena Gomez
“Cold” — Maroon 5 (feat. Future)
“Hooked Again” — Laidback Luke
“Chained to the Rhythm” — Katy Perry (feat. Skip Marley)

January 2017

“Tell It to My Heart” — Taylor Dayne
“Want to Want Me” — Jason Derulo
“Wake Me Up” — Avicii
“Oops!… I Did It Again” — Britney Spears
“You & I” — Colony House