Like I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be posting creative things like this. When I’m reading or writing, I like to put on a few *modern-radio* songs that I love, or that relate to the mood of the story or scene, such as action/adventure, sorrow/grief, happiness/excitement, suspense, sudden realization, peace/relaxation, secrecy/betrayal, romance, horror/thriller, pretty much music for every scene you can think of. I even have apocalyptic music (warning: don’t turn the volume up too high for those)! I have a super-long playlist for each mood, so here are some top picks:


My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up) – Fall Out Boy

Chasing The Sun – The Wanted

Evacuate The Dancefloor – Cascada

I Dare You – Bea Miller

Roundtable Rival – Lindsey Stirling (I encourage you to watch all her songs, they are absolutely amazing.)

We Are Giants – Lindsey Stirling ft. Dia Frampton

Spooky/Suspenseful/Just Downright Depressing

Apologize – One Republic

Heathens – 21 Pilots

Shatter Me – Lindsey Stirling

Renegades – X Ambassadors

Glowing In The Dark – Girl and the Dreamcatcher

Centuries – Fall Out Boy

Only You – Ellie Goulding (While this is a sort of love song, it does provide a spooky and/or suspenseful beat/rhythm/background.)

Clocks – Coldplay

Titanium – Sia ft. David Guetta

Moon Trance – Lindsey Stirling

30 Minutes of Instrumental Halloween Music – Peder B. Helland


Two Young Hearts – Sabrina Carpenter (Many of Sabrina’s songs are romantic, so if you want, those a good to check out too.)

A Drop In The Ocean – Ron Pope

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Electric Love – Borns (This is a little more upbeat.)

Bright – Echosmith

Post-Apocalyptic (Listen at your own risk!)

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Young Blood – Bea Miller

Beggin’ For Threads – Banks (The lyrics may not be the best if you actually pay attention, but this background music just triggers an apocalyptic adventure-sort scene in my mind.)

Sail – Awolnation (Oh, yes, definitely. You ABSOLUTELY don’t want your volume up too high for this.)

Disturbia – Rihanna (Insanity >;D)

Something Completely Random

Fireflies – Owl City

People Like Us – Kelly Clarkson (This is very inspirational for writing speeches n stuff. Gives a good vibe.)

Everything’s Okay – Lenka

Something Wild – Lindsey Stirling ft. Andrew McMahon – from “Pete’s Dragon” (I know this is supposed to be hopeful but I just find this so emotional, so I just put it in the randomness category.)

Surrender – Cash Cash

Me and My Girls – Fifth Harmony (?????)

In The Rain – Miraculous Ladybug (This is a TV show with this instrumental that caught my attention.)

Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield (Perfect for writing. The lyrics completely capture what it’s like to be a writer, a speaker, a storyteller.)

So that concludes my list, for now. Obviously this isn’t everything, but I have hundreds, and these are just the top. There are so may songs I haven’t heard, too! It gets so hard to choose. I love them all..

If there’s anything you’d like to add, please comment below! I love hearing new suggestions. Different music sparks different ideas, you know, and eclectic styles lead to even better writing. Even when reading, there are so many different – and awesome – types of music that can enhance your reading experience! After a while you get used to it. And for all you silence readers out there – I used to read in complete silence, I could not have any music playing while I read. Then I began to listen to music more often, during which I picked up a book and started reading. Now, I can do hardly anything without desiring my music in the background! If I can do it, so can you.