TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Songs I Wish Were Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week is all about music and books and I’ve taken the idea of songs you’d like to see turned into a book and run with it.

You Don’t Own Me – Grace feat. G-Eazy

I could imagine this song becoming a book about a young person who gets out of an abusive relationship and realises that they deserve to be happy. Side note: this is currently my favourite song.

Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

This would be like a party book. Maybe the story is all set over one night, crazy things happen and the lead isn’t sure if they’ll ever get that job or into that college that they desperately want but it doesn’t matter that one night.

Hello – Adele

It would be easy to say this is about a romantic relationship but in my mind I’ve always seen it as about a lost friendship. Friendships can be just as important as romantic relationships, so seeing the breakdown of a deep and important friendship in a novel could be heart-breaking.

Bad Reputation – Joan Jett

Can I just have a book about a bunch of teenage rebel girls who are in a biker gang? They look out for each other, won’t take any nonsense from anyone and no matter how tough they may appear, they are soft and caring around each other and towards those who deserve it.

Echo – Jason Walker

This song would probably turn into a very sad book. This guy is all alone, how did he get like that? Maybe he lost everyone he loved, maybe he is locked away from everyone, either physically or mentally? Just this song would probably end up being a tough book to read. Side note, is any of you know the character Aaron Livesy, this song sums him up perfectly.

Kidz – Take That

I always imagine this song could be a great dystopian story. The government is corrupt and controlling and it’s the kids who are the ones who stand up and fight. Whenever I hear this song I can see I big battle on a city streets in my head.

Rock & Roll Queen – The Subways

This song makes me think about a group of women on the wrong side of the law, maybe con artists or gangsters and they are totally in charge of everything and everyone. Then there’s a guy who’s would do anything for them and they kind of keep him around because they like the attention.

Good To You – Marianas Trench and Jessica Lee

This would be a great love story. The guy is just trying to be enough for the girl, and to show her that they would be good for each other and he’d always put her first. She’s not sure about it because she’s not sure who she is anymore. It could be an epic love story.

Supergirl – Suzie McNeil

I see this song being a book about a young teen starlet who’s on stage performing and loving every minute even though she’s sometimes a bit of a disaster in her everyday life.

Take a Hint – Victoria Justice and Elizabeth Giles

While this song is from a TV show so you can kind of already see the scenario play out, I still think it would be amazing book. The book would be able to cover rape culture, feminism and sexism and it’s such a good way at showing that when a woman says no, she means no.

So do you think any of these songs would make great books? And what about some of the songs you love, do you ever think of stories for them in your head when you’re listening to them?


  1. Ahh these are such good picks – I never thought of Tonight Tonight in a written context, but on second-reflection, it would make for such an exciting book! I love that you took the effort to really dissect the song and transform that into a plot line 🙂 Awesome job!!

    *takes a minute pause to praise Adele*

    Also, I lovedddd Kidz by Take That – it would make such a good theme song to any dystopian novel; perhaps the Charlie Higson series of kid-related books? (not sure if you’ve read them!)

    1. Thanks! I love putting stories to songs, or imagining here that song would play in a movie or something so this TTT was perfect for me!

      Adele = Queen!

      Exactly! Kidz the perfect dystopian song! I’m waiting for the day it’s used in a film trailer to be honest. 😉 Haven’t read any books from Charlie Higson, I might check them out though 🙂

  2. Love your idea for Bad Reputation! That book would be so cool. Also, love the song Supergirl and I think you have such an awesome idea for it! I’d never even heard of Take That before, I can totally see Kidz making a great book! (And I’m totally going to check out more of their songs, because I kind of love that song.)

    My TTT

    1. Thanks! I’m always looking for books about tough girls or just girls being awesome in general.

      Take That are a British boy band from the 90’s and when they split up Robbie Williams went solo. They then reformed as a four piece “man band” like 10 years later and had loads of hit songs, Robbie came back for a bit and now there’s just three of them in the band, Gary, Mark and Howard. And there’s a quick history of Take That! 😀 Hope you enjoy their music. 🙂 Patience, These Days, Never Forget, Shine and Rule The World are some of my favourites 🙂

  3. I haven’t heard of all of these songs, but it looks like I have some new artists to listen to, yay! That Take That song always reminds me of Mark Owen’s solo stuff *sigh*

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