Top Ten Tuesdays was created by The Broke and Bookish, but is now hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl and anyone is free to participate! This week’s topic is an audio freebie! I did a list like this in the past and it was so fun! I listen to music often, and my favorite songs are the ones that contain a catchy melody and a strong narrative—it’s probably why I liked Taylor Swift’s songs so much. Ironically enough there aren’t any Taylor Swift songs on this list (but there are on my previous one!), but I’m always looking to branch out and listen to new music. I listen to the same stuff too much. The second half of the playlist below has all these songs! Alright let’s go!

  • No One Else Like You by Adam Levine | Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
    This song reminds me so much of Macey and Elliot because for these two childhood friends, there really is no one else in the world for either of them. I love Macey and Elliot’s love story as children, and then how they found their way back to each other as adults. It was one of the best childhood-friends-to-lovers I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a LOOOOOOT of Shojo manga.
  • 5 Years Time by Noah and the Whale | What’s If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
    Although this song is about two people in a relationship who are wondering if they are going to be together in 5 years time, it seriously makes me think of WIIU because of the “will they won’t they aspect”. Ultimately the last line of the last chorus after saying “in 5 years time we might be doing this or that or the other thing” is “in 5 years time, you might just prove me wrong” as in we’ll still be together. It’s kind of how I picture Arthur and Ben who SERIOUSLY AFTER STILL BEING FRIENDS LIKE TWO YEARS LATER ARE NOT TOGETHER AND I JUST *holds in angst*. Anyway, in 5 years time I can totally see them together after they graduate and are trying to (again) figure their shit out in NYC and they bump into each other. And this time summer school and friends and distance doesn’t keep them apart.
  • Sucker by Jonas Brothers | Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
    This song makes me think of two people who don’t necessary have a lot in common, but still love each other for so many different reasons. It makes me think of Lizzie and Darcy because even though they think they don’t like each other, they really would die for each other and it’s great. It’s just a great hate-to-love song.
  • Boys by Charli XCX | Always Never Yours by Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley
    Seriously if you’ve read this book and listened to this song there can only be one thing really. I loved this book so I’m not hating on it, but Megan was SO boy enthused. I really love her honesty with herself, I think that’s one of her best qualities. But she seriously was thinking about a boy ALL THE GD time.
  • Sorry not Sorry by Demi Lovato | The Wicked King by Holly Black
    I mean, NO ONE in Wicked King was that sorry.
  • Perfect by Ed Sheeran | On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
    I’m not a huge fan of Melina Marchetta, but I really loved On the Jellicoe Road. Taylor and Jonas were SO perfect for each other. And the story takes place in like the 80s. So the feeling of the song really sells it. Perfect for me is a very nostalgic song. It makes me think of sunlight and dust filled rooms and longing. I mean I know it’s supposed to be a happy song but whatever.
  • Poor Unfortunate Souls by Pat Carol To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo
    Yeah yeah yeah, if you’ve read this book then you know it’s a cop out, but I actually feel like the song represents both Lira and Elian as well as the tone because it is pretty dark (in a good way). The Little Mermaid was my mom’s favorite movie when I growing up and so I vividly remember the story, so yes I am a fan.
  • Twinkling Lights by Annalise Emerick | Running with Lions by Julian Winters
    I think this song reminds me so much of Running with Lions because of the summer vibes. This song is basically about a group of friends who live (I can only assume) in a place like Martha’s Vineyard although it mentions “Maine” and just mess around, all summer long. While that’s not exaaaaaactly the plot of Running with Lions, camp just feels so much like summer that I couldn’t help but thinking of the book.

What are some of your favorite underappreciated artists? Let me know so I can listen to some new stuff!