Songs To Set The Mood

One of my idiosyncrasies is how I am easily moved by music. I can be perfectly happy and suddenly burst into fat, sloppy tears with the right, or wrong, song.

Because of this, I have playlists for almost every emotion.

Do I need to get motivated? Playlist 3.

Do I need to feel sad? Playlist 2.

Do I need to go back to happy? Playlist 4.

Do I need to feel grief? Playlist 1.


Why would I want to put myself in a sad or grief-stricken mood?

To Write.

When I am trying to write a complex and emotionally driven scene, I often find myself too disconnected from what is going on. At this point, I stop writing and listen to a few songs that help me get into the mindset I need to write the scene.

Of course, listening to a song about grief does not truly put me into the dank, shallow hole of grief; however, the song lets me touch the emotion just enough to empathize and write the emotion as vividly and realistically as possible.

Here is a short list of songs and the emotions they bring up for me. Of course, the same song can bring out different emotions for people. Some love songs bring about anti-love feelings due to them being connected to past failed relationships.

Do you have any songs that you use to put yourself in the mood, while writing of course. Post your favorites in the comments. I am always looking for new music.



Heart Break

Adele – Someone Like You

Brian Adams – I’m not supposed to love you anymore

Hinder – Better than me



Alison Krauss – Whiskey Lullaby

Boys II Men and Mariah Carry – One Sweet Day



Dan Fogelberg – Same old Lang Syne

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell

Inkubus Sukkubus – Necro Maria


The Clovers – Devil or Angel

Halestorm – I’m not an Angel

Usher – U got it bad


Creepy Murder-like?

Blue October – The End

Heather Dale – Mordred’s Lullaby


Anger/Screw Society?

Dixie Chicks – I’m not ready to make nice.

Amaranthe – Drop Dead Cynical

Tarja – I walk alone

Delain – We are the others

The Cranberries – Zombie



Hannah Montana – The Climb (don’t judge me)

India.Arie – Break and Shell 

India.Arie – I am light

ReVamp – I lost myself

Arch Enemy – The world is yours


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