Intense music you love? I want to hear it!

Posted on November 13, 2013

First of all, congrats to the winner of the ARC of STEADFASTL Way to go, Georgia! But there are more books to be had, and winning has never been easier. All you have to tell me is what music I should be listening to these days. 


Sound too good to be true? It isn’t. Basically, I’m putting together new book soundtracks, which means I need new songs. I tend to like alternative and electronic music, but have pretty eclectic tastes. Some of the songs on my current “just fun” playlist include:


“What I Wouldn’t Do” by Serena Ryder

“Signs” by Bloc Party

“Generals,” the Mynabirds

“Future Starts Slow,” the Kills

“I’ll Follow You” by Shinedown

“Jump In The Pool” by Friendly Fires

And lots of MSMR, Lorde, Emeli Sande, and Natalia Kills. Plus I don’t understand why Florence + The Machine can’t release an album at least once a month. I tend to really love Florence Welch’s intense, dramatic sound (which I hear a bit in MSMR and Bat For Lashes) and would especially love more in that vein.

Any suggestions for me based on those, or just in general? Tell me what you love? I’ll pick one winner at random on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and they’ll receive both CJ Lyon’s BROKEN and Kathleen Peacock’s THORNHILL! I’ll ship to anyone anywhere, so enter wherever you’re from. Be sure your entry includes a way for me to contact you! I’d rather you posted your entries here to this blog.

OK, hit me with some songs!

18 Responses to “Intense music you love? I want to hear it!”

  1. Erin S

    You might like Marina & the Diamonds. Everyone else I would suggest you already listen to 😀


    • claudia

      I actually love Marina and the Diamonds! So far my favorite of hers is “Shampain.” What are your favorite songs of hers?

  2. Tracey

    Two albums I listen to when I’m writing are:
    Real Life by Evermore
    The Ghost Who Walks by Karen Elson
    It’s the unique vocals and calming, ethereal music that I love. They have some stellar songs on them and you can listen to them in full and not be disappointed by any of the tracks. They are my go-to albums when everything else just doesn’t cut it 😉

  3. Sarah/appifanie

    BASTILLE. I love the crap out of Bastille. They have original stuff that’s great and they have some AMAZING remixes of great things like No Scrubs and Rhythm is a Dancer. Plus, they’re a-freaking-dorable.

    Also, Chvrches, the1975, RAC, The Colourist, American Authors, Smallpools, The Neighbourhood (in a CAR. ). And have some The Boxer Rebellion.

    MUSIC. <3

    • claudia

      I have a couple of Bastille songs but see I need to check out more! Also I have some Boxer Rebellion – but the others are new to me and will now be checked out. 😀

  4. Jimena Cuello

    Hi again! You should listen ” La Vie in rose” from Louis Armstrong or if you want more movement you should try “A light that never comes” from Linkin Park or my favourite one these days: “Un día de sol” from Los Claxons. [with the las one you could practice your spanish, but includes english].

    • claudia

      LOVE the Klaxons and Louie Armstrong. Will check out this Linkin Park song!

  5. Baillie Puckett

    I personally have been getting into this band called “Kitten”. they have a weird, unique sound that my mother cannot stand but I love. Ummm, I love their song “Kitten with a Whip”–but that could just be me.

    I also like hellogoodbye, but they are more pop-y music.

  6. Bethany

    Sorry in advance for the length of this reply:
    I don’t know if all of these are really what you’re looking for, I figure some of them might be but I’m just going to chuck ’em in and you can take your pick! Although, I did * the ones that maybe you should listen to first if you’re for something specific before venturing forth – this playlist is hella eclectic, like, I have basically every genre (except, like, heavy metal and classical) represented on here n_n

    Imagination – New Empire

    Million Voices – Otto Knows

    Homewrecker – Marina & The Diamonds

    Yayo – Lana Del Rey

    I’ll Be Dancing – Liberty Deep Down

    Icarus – Madeon

    Boston – Augustana

    The Writer – Ellie Goulding *

    Spies – Coldplay

    Young Blood – The Naked and Famous

    Volition – Ruby Frost *

    The Drug – Kids of 88

    Fuzzy Blue Lights – Owl City

    Fire and Rain – Birdy

    Cars and the Pixies (Happy New Year) – The Rocket Summer

    I Love You – The Ramones

    Light Surrounding You – Evermore *

    Set Me On Fire – Bella Ferraro

    Little Liar – Paper Lions

    Problematique – Hot Chelle Rae

    Aftermath – Adam Lambert

    Gold On The Ceiling – The Black Keys

    Smile Like You Mean It – The Killers

    Good Morning Sunshine – Alex Day

    At Least I’m Not As Sad – Fun.

    Sunshine & City Lights – Greyson Chance

    Toothpaste Kisses – The Maccabees *

    La Lettre – Renan Luce

    Knock Knock – Lenka

    Naive – The Kooks

    The Way It Was – Wolfgang Gartner

    Everything – BriBry

    One (Your Name) – Swedish House Mafia

    Out Of My Limit – 5 Seconds of Summer

    These New Knights – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

    Midnight City – M83 *

    Winter Beats – I Break Horses *

    The Average – Breathe Electric

    Bipolar Baby! – Forever The Sickest Kids

    Young – Daughter *

    Lost At Sea – Zedd

    Ready to go – Initial SHE Version – Martin Solveig

    Warrior – Kimbra *

    More Than You Know – Stereo Skyline

    Durban Skies – Bastille *

    Television Rules The Nation – Daft Punk

    Unison – Porter Robinson

    Stars – The xx *

    Blind Faith – Chase and Status

    Propane Nightmares – Pendulum

    Our War – Neon Trees

    Nobody Rules The Streets – Brodinsky

    Adiago for Strings – Danny Howard

    Disco Nap – A-Track ft. Oliver

    Tennis Court – Lorde

    Magic Dance – David Bowie

    Trash- The Whip

    Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Radio Edit) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    This Is Why We Fight – The Decemberists

    I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs

    Song 2 – Blur

    (If You’re Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To – Weezer

    My Body – Young The Giant

    Internet Killed The Video Star – The Limousines

    Of The Mountains – Dan Deacon *

    The Shores – The Sea of Cortez *

    Turn It Off – Phantogram *

    People Like You – Weinland *

    Shine – Heavy Young Heathens

    Helsinki Art Scene – Satellite Stories

    Best Supporting Actor – One For The Team

    Take On The World – Wavves

    Tongue Tied – The Antlers *

    Angel Bath – Miniature Tigers *

    oOoO – Oberhofer

    Stone In My Heart – Grafitti6

    Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra) – The Vaccines

    My Darling – Lucy Schwartz *

    Change of Scenery – Val Emmich

    I Can’t Wait – Little Red *

    Jump In – MNDR

    Black Dove – The Daylights

    Filthy Halls – Apple Horse

    Get Some – Lykke Li

    Sun Of A Gun – Oh Land

    Work – 1,2,3

    Anywhere Place – Katie Costello *

    Shangri-La – YACHT

    The Dark Red Roses – Our Broken Garden *

    Ends In The Ocean – Avalanche City *

    Next Time – Harrys Gym *

    WALL of DEATH – Make The Girl Dance

    Short and Entertaining – Jamaica

    Only Human – Parade of Lights *

    Show Us Love – Taxicab Racers *

    All I Want – Kodaline *

    Dangerous Times – Wildife

    Basically, I – Robert DeLong

    House of the Rising Sun – Lauren O’Connell *

    Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis

    Chrome Lion – Unicorn Kid

    Finders, Keepers – Miriam Bryant

    Safe and Sound – Capital Cities

    Ready for the Weekend – Icona Pop

    Take Me Into Your Skin – Trentemøller

    New Lands – Justice

    The Stick Up – The Filthy Pillows

    True Romance – Citizens! *

    Dream About Changing – Sally Seltmann *

    Boom Boom – Donora

    Easy Water – Caveman *

    Crave You (Adventure Club Remix) – Flight Facilities

    Also – ‘The City’ ‘Technicolor’ ‘Icarus’ by Madeon, ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ by Armin van Buuren and ‘Alive’ by Krewella are excellent >:3

    • claudia

      WOW. Awesome list! I am only familiar with a handful of these, so now I have TONS to search through. 😀 Thanks!

  7. Tenisha

    I’m addicted to Matt Corby’s music at the moment. Especially his song Brother. Plus he’s an Aussie which makes him even cooler!

    • Tenisha

      Also Theo James (the guy who plays Four in Divergent) has some pretty good original songs that he sings on his youtube account, shere khan.

  8. isabelle

    Hmm… as for me, though I don’t have any specific song by an artist to pinpoint, I do a have few bands and singers that I love listening to, some for a very long time, some that I discovered in the past year.
    Those that I listen to a lot are Metric, Muse, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding (she’s really good live!), Florence + the Machine, Bat for Lashes, Kate Nash, Lily Allen, Lykke Li, Within Temptation (it’s a Dutch band, really good!), Tarja Turunen, A Fine Frenzy, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire.
    Hope it will help!