In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, here's a seven-song playlist that will inspire you to punch the keys and write the next "can't put it down."
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"Paperback Writer" is the eleventh single by the Beatles. Released in 1966, it topped the charts in seven countries. Paul McCartney wrote it after his aunt asked him to write a song that wasn’t about love. He chose books. The lyrics are a letter to a publisher from an aspiring author. John Lennon said "Paperback Writer" was the 'son' of the song "Day Tripper".
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“Yertle the Turtle” was released by Red Hot Chili Peppers for their second studio album, Freaky Styley (1985). The song is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ children’s picture book, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories (1958).
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“Everyday I Write the Book” was written by Elvis Costello and recorded by Elvis Costello & The Attractions for the 1983 album, Punch the Clock. The song peaked at No. 28 in the UK and became the band’s first US hit, topping Billboard Hot 100 at No. 36. The lyrics draw parallels between romance and the process of writing a book, and the music video was directed by Don Letts and has been called a classic MTV hit.
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“Dancing in the Dark” was written by Bruce Springsteen and was released from his album, Born in the U.S.A. (1984). The song spent four weeks at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy. The music video was directed by Brian De Palma and features a young Courteney Cox dancing on stage after Springsteen picks her out of the crowd.
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Written and produced by Lady Gaga and RedOne from The Fame Monster (2009), “Bad Romance” is about being attracted to doomed relationships. It landed at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100, won two Grammy awards, sold over 12 million copies worldwide, and RIAA has certified it platinum 11 times. The music video was nominated for 10 awards at the MTV VMAs, winning seven including “Video of the Year.”
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Based on the 1928 children’s book The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne, “House at Pooh Corner” was written by Kenny Loggins and first recorded by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970 for the album, Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy. Loggins and Messina recorded it in 1971 for their album, Sittin’ In. The song is told from the perspective of both Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin and is an allegory for the loss of innocence.
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Written by Emily Saliers, “Virginia Woolf” is from Indigo Girls’ fourth studio album, Rites of Passage (1992). It was inspired by The Diary of Virginia Woolf, a gift from Saliers’s mother who was a librarian. A live version of the song is included on the album, 1200 Curfews (1995).