NaNoWriMo Playlist


The Write-A-Thon rocked.  I bumped up my word count, but my real joy was listening to my NaNoWriMo playlist.  Fantastic!  The music might just be the best part of NaNo.  It’s strange because I usually prefer writing in silence, but music and the push to productivity go hand in hand.  It’s halfway through NaNo.  Some of us are struggling.  Let’s put together a NaNoWriMo playlist.

What songs do you write to?  What do you think other people might find inspiring?  Leave your music suggestions in the comments, and I’ll add them to the list.  That way we can look them up and add them to our playlists if we find ourselves in need of inspiration. Moody, atmospheric, fun…what do you think that we’re missing out on?

1.Suicide Sports Club- “0220 Boy”

2. Muse-“Starlight”

3. Emily Bindiger-“Aura” (.hack soundtrack)

4. Breaking Benjamin-“Evil Angel” “Diary of Jane” (acoustic version)

5. AFI- “Silver and Cold”

6. Placebo-“Infra-red”

7. Rayzd-“Sora”

8. Celtic Music

9. Sigur Rose () album

10. Big Band Music

11. Zoe Keating’s “Natoma” album

12. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement

13. Hans Zimmer soundtracks (Pirates II)

14. Bach’s cello suites

15. Pantera “10s”

16. Kittie “Spit”

17. Misfits “Bullet” “She”

18. Amanda Palmer “Runs in the Family”

19. Less Than Jake “How’s My Driving Doug Hastings?”

20. Gogol Bordello “Start Wearing Purple”

21. Sweaty Nipples “Coma”

22. Sneaker Pimps “6 Underground”

23. Carbon Based Lifeforms

24. Aes Dana (not the death metal band)

25. Cell

26. HUVA Network

27. Solar Fields

28. Lustmord

29. Tim Hecker

30. Vibrasphere

31. Ludo “Love Me Dead” “Broken Bride”

32. Locksley

33. Faded Paper Figures

34. The Kooks

35.  The Bravery

36. Imogen Heap

37. Metric

38. Meatloaf

39. George Thoroughgood

40. Nickleback

41. Evanescence

42. Portishead

43. Queens of the Stone Age-“Nobody Knows”

44. Bodyjar-“Hazy Shade of Winter”

45. Dresden Dolls-“Coin-Operated Boy”

56. Bob Dylan-“It Ain’t Me, Babe”

57. The Strokes-“Last Night”

58. Them-“It’s All Over Now Baby Blue”

59. Tex Perkins-“I Know You Know I Know”

60. The Meat Puppets-“Back Water”

61. Brian Eno “On Land” “Another Green World”

62. Robert Rich-“Stalker”

63. Neverending White Lights

64. Jeff Buckley

65. Nick Drake

66. Peter Bradley Adams-“Longer I Run”

67. Bon Iver-“Skinny Love”

68. Good Old War-“Weak Man”

69. Murder By Death-“Until Morale Improves, The Beatings Will Continue”

70. Pink-“Funhouse”

71. Ingrid Michaelson-“Be OK”

72. Rodrigo y Gabriela-“Diablo Rojo”

73. Lady Gaga-“Poker Face”

74. Ewan McGregor-“El Tango de Roxanne” (Moulin Rouge Soundtrack)

75. -Rachmaninoff-“Allegro Scherzando” piano and cello duet

76. Yo-Yo ma-“Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major”

77. Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon

78.  Roxy Music-Avalon

79. Beatles-Love

80. Ludovico Einaudi- “Divenire” Primavera”

81. Pearl Jam-“Jeremy” “Black”

82. Ryan Adams- “Two” “I Taught Myself to Grow Old”

83. Rob Thomas-“Cradlesong” “Fire on the Mountain” “I Am an Illusion” “All that I Am”

84. Tyrone Wells-“Sea Breeze” “In Between the Lines” “More”

85. Hurt

86. Garfield Mayor-“Softly Softly”

87. Darren Hayes-“Words” “Walk Away”

88. Brendan James-“Early Morning April” “Green”

89. Black Stone Cherry-“Things My Father Said” “Blind Man”

90. Leona Lewis-“Take a Bow”

91. Bon Jovi-“One Wild Night”

92. Fleetwood Mac

93. Asp

94. Project Pitchfork

95. Bella Morte

96. Faith and the Muse

97. IAMX

98. The 69 Eyes

99. Deathstars

100. Eisbrecher

101. Oomph!

102. Das Ich

103. Kaizer’s Orchestra

104. The Exploding Boy

105. A Perfect Circle-“Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums”

106. Starflyer 59

107. Black Signature

108. Mew

109. Angelspit

110. Ego Likeness

111. Rammstein

112. Megaherz

113. Tumor

114. Porcelain and the Tramps

115.  Marilyn Manson

116. Cruxshadows

117. Steinkind

118. Wumpscut

119. Cattletruck

120. Front 242

121. Miss Kittin and the Hacker

122. Oaeeene-89

123. Ministry

124. Drowning Pool

125. Kaizer’s Orchestra

126. Corrosion of Conformity

127. Collide

128. Collide

129. Blutengel

130. Arritmic

131. Dead Can Dance

132. Autumn Tears

133. Nightwish

134. Sufjan Stevens “Concerning the UFO sighting near Highland, Illinois” “John Wayne Gacy Jr.”

135. The Horrors-“She is the New Thing”

136. Emily Bindiger-“Fake Wings”

137. Elbow-“The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver”

138.Saudade-“I Have Come to Claim My Throne”

139. Beirut

140. Gogol Bordello

141. Man Man

142. Balkan Beat Box

143. Andrew Bird


0 Comments on “NaNoWriMo Playlist”

  1. I’m not gonna be any help here, because I mostly work in silence. But if I’m in a coffee shop or the break room at the hospital, I have a very soft Celtic music playlist I listen to to drown out the voices around me. Also, I’m anti-social.

  2. I like Big Band music which most people under the age of sixty-five find nauseating. But hey, cats, it’s great for when you write light-hearted, free-wheeling stuff.;-)

  3. I have different playlists for the mood I’m writing…if it’s kind of thoughtful or solemn or if I just need to not hear words:

    -Zoe Keating’s entire Natoma album
    -Beethoven’s 7th symphony 2nd movement
    -Hans Zimmer soundtracks (Pirates II)
    -Bach’s cello suites

    If I’m in something more aggressive:

    -Pantera “10s”
    -Kittie “Spit”
    -Misfits “Bullet” “She”

    More playful fare:

    -Amanda Palmer “Runs in the Family”
    -Less Than Jake “How’s My Driving Doug Hastings?”
    -Gogol Bordello “Start Wearing Purple”
    -Sweaty Nipples “Coma”
    -Sneaker Pimps “6 Underground”

    Anyway, that’s a smattering of my weird playlists…

  4. I’m all about ambient music while writing. Sometimes slow & moody, sometimes trancey and upbeat. Bands of choice include Carbon Based Lifeforms, Aes Dana (not the death metal band), Cell, HUVA Network, Solar Fields, Lustmord, TIm Hecker and was just introduced to Vibrasphere. I’m on Imeem if you wanna listen 🙂

  5. You’re missing some Meatloaf, George Thoroughgood, Nickleback, Evanescence, anything from the Etheral genre and I’ve become quite partial to a lot of stuff from the Gothic Electronica genre.

    You’ve already included heaps of classical stuff and then, for light-hearted stuff, almost anything that featured on a soundtrack from the 1980s!

    The Celtic stuff sounds cool – I’ll have to check that one out. Suggestions?

  6. Ray-Anti-social? I’ll see it when I believe it. Also, what do you do at the hospital? I bet I’m there almost as much as you are. 😛

    Masonian-you were playing something in the Lair last week that I wish I’d asked the name of. Before Belle and Sebastian. CURSES, that chance may never come again!

    Becca-Swing was really huge when I was in college. Big band music every Friday!

    Jeremy D- You did that on purpose. You know how many crazies are going to stumble across this blog after searching “sweaty nipples”? But hmmm, I’m going to check out these bands.

    Mary-Great bands! I’m so checking out your link after 1000 more NaNo words! Thank you. 🙂

    BT-Wait, what? Ethereal genre? Gothic Electronica? I’m not familiar with these terms, but I SO WANT TO BE!!!

    Also, as to the Celtic…hit up Ray because he even plays the stuff, but go to and type in Celtic. More Celtic ANYTHING than you can possibly imagine.

    Riley-You didn’t type anything here. But your email so rocked. He suggested songs 32-37. And is my awesome brother. And is 6’8″ so don’t tick him off or he’ll step on you.

  7. I have been enjoying Mark Knopflers “sailing to philadelphi recently.I normally like the moody Celtic/folk mix while writing.

    For flute I like Will Millar’s “Lark in the Clear Aire.” (you may remember him from the Irish Rovers).

    I also like the Local Hero soundtrack.

    For Newfoundland traditional music, I’d recommend Great Big Sea’s “The Hard and the Easy.”

    For easy listening Celtic Harp I listen to Ed Kavanagh which has great traditional Newfoundland tracks with flute and/or cello (I may be a bit biased here as he was my night school instructor in creative writing.)

  8. Be OK” by Ingrid Michaelson – LOVE IT
    “Diablo Rojo” by Rodrigo y Gabriela
    “Poker Face” by Lady GaGa
    “El Tango De Roxanne” by Ewan McGregor in “Moulin Rouge”
    “Allegro Scherzando” piano and cello duet by Rachmaninoff… Read More
    “Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major” played by Yo-Yo ma

    That’s my random list of favs.

  9. Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”
    Good Old War – “Weak Man”
    Murder by Death – “Until Morale Improves, the Beatings Will Continue”

    These are probably three of the most played on my song writing playlist

  10. You definitely forgot about Jeff Buckley. How dare you? and with that voice! :p Nick Drake for the soft, soothing voice, while keeping it nearly haunting for many of his songs. Peter Bradley Adams is a good one to add, his Longer I Run is beautiful. Hm. There are many others but once you get me going on music, I can turn out a lengthy list pretty quickly.

  11. There is one more I must add for you, Mercedes, because I think you’ll love them: Neverending White Lights.

    You have to love that name. It’s fantastic.

    “It’s true we’re always covering our lies
    Like a body slowly dies
    Bound to fall, you call your angel down
    But she won’t be there…no
    Some of us change
    Some of us just grow so strange

    Please say you know that, you know that
    You won’t come back
    Please say you know that, you know that
    You won’t, you won’t
    Please say you know that, you know that”

  12. I’m a Brian Eno junkie (especially _On Land_ and _Another Green World_. Love that ambient music. _Stalker_ by Robert Rich and Lustmord is amazingly dark and atmospheric, too.

  13. Okay, this is my playlist for my NaNo book:

    Nobody Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
    Hazy Shade of Winter – Bodyjar
    Coin Operated Boy – Dresden Dolls
    It Aint Me Babe – Bob Dylan
    Last Nite – The Strokes
    It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Them
    I Know You Know I Know – Tex Perkins
    Backwater – The Meat Puppets

  14. I haven’t heard SO MANY of these! I’m going to look them all up, eventually.

    Shad-listened to Poets of the Fall the other day and thought of you.

    Danielle- “Coin Operated Boy” is such a fun song! I dressed up like Amanda Palmer in that video for Halloween one year.

    Keep the songs coming, everybody! This is amazing!

  15. “Ewan McGregor-”El Tango de Roxanne” (Moulin Rouge Soundtrack)” Amen.

    I don’t listen to music when I write, but if I did the above would be top of the list along with:

    Take a Bow – Leona Lewis
    One Wild Night – Bon Jovi
    Fleetwood Mac.

  16. Mercedes –

    Aha. I’m glad to be thought of when serenading yourself with tastefully observant music. 😉

    If we’re to listen to classical, though, we should add Ludovico Einaudi. His Divenire and Primavera are wonderful compositions.

    Pearl Jam is a must have on the list, specifically, their songs Jeremy and Black.

    Ryan Adams: Two and I Taught Myself to Grow Old

    Rob Thomas: Cradlesong, Fire on the Mountain, I am an Illusion, All that I am.

    Tyrone Wells: Sea Breeze, In Between the Lines, More.

    Hurt (it’s a band that you can look up with such songs as Well, Ten Ton Brick, and Rapture).

    Garfield Mayor: Softly Softly (Piano)

    Darren Hayes: Words, Walk Away

    Brendan James: Early April Morning, Green (this song, in particular, Mercedes, I think you’ll adore).

    Black Stone Cherry: Things My Father Said, Blind Man.

    I think that’s enough to keep you busy for a while. 😛

  17. I hope you realized that the last post was me. Apparently, my wordpress account kept itself on the information fill-in.

  18. Gothic Electronica is lovely!

    My writing playlist(currently)includes:

    Project Pitchfork
    Bella Morte
    Faith and the Muse
    The 69 Eyes
    Das Ich
    Kaizer’s Orchestra (seriously quirky, catchy and fun.)
    The Exploding Boy

  19. Ah, Jeremy Brooks gets ultimate cool points for suggesting Sweaty Nipples. Such a great band!

    I tend to write to very atmospheric music—Dead Can Dance, Autumn Tears, Epica’s “Score” album, the instrumental/orchestral version of Nightwish’s “Dark Passion Play.”

    For instance: (Dead Can Dance) (Autumn Tears) (Nightwish)

    Then I also love writing to prog-rock/metal. Without the verse/chorus/verse structure, it almost focuses me more. It’s a bit too complex to start air-drumming to, you know.

  20. We were listening to Black Signature and Mew.

    Yes I have the magical power of wombatery.

    Please add: Starflyer 59 to the list. remind me to show them to you. It’s wonderfully shoegazey.

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  23. Since no one has said it yet, have you tried The Horrors? They’re great– in a terrible way. “She Is The New Thing” has an awesome video, and was totally the inspiration for a story I wrote once.

  24. Oh yeah, and another new discovery: I Have Come To Claim My Throne by Saudade.
    Their sound is described as a sound-tracky take on pop ambient/haunt music.
    whoa. yes please.

  25. I’ve been listening to Eastern European-esque, gypsy sorts of music– Beirut, Gogol Bordello, Man Man, Balkan Beat Box, some Andrew Bird… and of course there’s Bon Iver, St. Vincent, and Fleet Foxes. You’ve already got a couple of those.

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