My Playlist – A List


People often ask me what music I listen to while I write. I have some eclectic tastes along with some mainstream ones. I also don’t have a lot of “new” music on my writing playlist. To make that list, a song has to move me the first time I hear it. The first time I heard Don’t You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, I teared up a bit. So it is on the playlist. I also have to be able to listen the songs over and over and over again and not get tired of them. For this reason, Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson is also on the playlist. However, there are only 118 songs on the list and like my best friend has commented that she can’t believe it’s so low… I have over 100,000 songs in my music collection to pick from and yet, only 118 are on my writing playlist. So here it is, in the order it shows up in my phone:

  • Hero – Chad Kroeger
  • The Sound of Silence – Disturbed (I also have the original by Simon & Garfunkel, but I love the lead singer of Disturbed’s voice for this song)
  • You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
  • The Unforgiven – Metallica
  • Renegades – X Ambassadors
  • Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  • Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
  • Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
  • Picture – Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
  • In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
  • The Final Match – Oomph!
  • Das Letzte Streichholz – Oomph! (This is the “original” of the song The Final Match – the English version was released on a different album from the German Version)
  • 45 – Shinedown
  • Wilder Wein – Rammstein
  • Wild Boys – Duran Duran
  • The Warning – Nine Inch Nails
  • Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
  • Vergissmeinnicht – Eisbrecher
  • The Truth – Jason Aldean
  • Tomorrow, Wendy – Concrete Blonde
  • Theme Song (Phantom of the Opera) – Original Cast Recording
  • Sunspots – Nine Inch Nails
  • Spring – Rammstein
  • The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
  • Sonne – Rammstein
  • Somewhere With You – Kenny Chesney
  • Silent Lucidity – Queensryche
  • Send Me An Angel – Scorpions
  • Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  • Stupid Girl – Garbage
  • Stirb Nicht vor Mir – Rammstein
  • Sehnsucht – Rammstein
  • Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
  • Sin – Nine Inch Nails
  • Return of the Phantom Stranger – Rob Zombie
  • Remedy – Seether
  • Reise, Reise – Rammstein
  • Rein Raus – Rammstein
  • Ready to Blow – KMFDM
  • Professional Killer – KMFDM
  • Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode
  • Patience – Guns n’ Roses
  • Outside – Staind
  • Only – Nine Inch Nails
  • Ohne Dich – Eisbrecher (this is a completely different song than the Rammstein version, just FYI for those that don’t speak German)
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  • Fallen Angel – L’Ame Immortelle
  • My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms – Bon Jovi
  • Mein Teil – Rammstein
  • Moskau – Rammstein
  • Megalomaniac – KMFDM
  • Maiden – Wumpscut
  • Love Is Not Enough – Nine Inch Nails
  • Lord’s of Salem – Rob Zombie
  • Looking for Strange – KMFDM
  • Go To California – Rob Zombie
  • Royal – Lorde
  • Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie
  • Links 2 3 4 – Rammstein
  • Labyrinth – Oomph!
  • Kissed by a Rose – Seal
  • Juke Joint Jezebel – KMFDM
  • It’s Been Awhile – Staind
  • Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
  • If I Die Young – The Band Perry
  • Ich Will – Rammstein
  • Just Like You – Three Days Grace
  • Highwayman – The Highwaymen
  • Hemorrhage (in my hands) – Fuel
  • Hau Ruck – KMFDM
  • The Hand that Feeds – Nine Inch Nails
  • Glycerine – Bush
  • (Ghost) Riders in the Sky – Sons of the Pioneers
  • Gasoline – Seether
  • Fine Again – Seether
  • Black Jesus – Everlast
  • Everything Zen – Bush
  • Engel – Rammstein
  • Dream On – Aerosmith
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson
  • Don’t Cry (Alt Lyrics) -Guns N’ Roses
  • Dance With You – Live
  • Cry Little Sister – Blutengel
  • Crimson & Clover – Tommy James & The Shondells
  • Close My Eyes Forever – Ozzy Osbourne & Lita Ford
  • The Chemical Between – Bush
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  • Blurry – Puddle of Mudd
  • Blue on Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Black Metallic – Catherine Wheel
  • Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
  • Benzin – Rammstein
  • Behind Blue Eyes – The Who
  • The Beaches of Cheyenne – Garth Brooks
  • Be My Druidess – Type O Negative
  • Summer Breeze – Type O Negative
  • Cinnamon Girl – Type O Negative
  • Bad Company – Bad Company
  • Angry Johnny – Poe
  • All The Love in the World – Nine Inch Nails
  • Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright (his voice is my favorite for this song, even if it isn’t my favorite version)
  • Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  • I Think We’re Alone Now – Tommy James & The Shondells
  • American Witch – Rob Zombie
  • Whiskey Lullaby – Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss
  • Sail – Awolnation
  • Home – Three Days Grace
  • Every Day Is Exactly The Same – Nine Inch Nails
  • Eisbrecher – Eisbrecher
  • Brennende Liebe – Oomph!
  • Sweet Dreams – The Eurythmics
  • Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Augen Auf – Oomph!
  • Always – Saliva

On a side note, I used to have a wider variety of Nine Inch Nails on the list. But I really loved the album Hand that Feeds for some reason, so many of them were replaced by the songs from that album. Sin has always been one of my absolute favorite NIN songs though. I’m also a sucker for a good operatic duet, which is why Whiskey Lullaby, Brennende Liebe, Stirb Nicht vor Mir, Close My Eyes Forever, and Don’t You Wanna Stay are among the most commonly played songs on my playlist.

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