Playlists: Bittersweet, The Difference Between You and Me

For the I Heart Daily playlist contest, we’re asking you to create a soundtrack for your favorite book–which could win you an iPod shuffle preloaded with $50 worth of musical goodness!

Want some inspiration? Check out Sarah Ockler’s playlist for her novel, Bittersweetand Madeleine George’s soundtrack for her novel, The Difference Between You and Me.


Sarah Ockler’s Bittersweet playlist:

Bittersweet” – Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Ching-A-Ling” – Missy Elliot
You Can Do It” – Ice Cube
You’re Crazy” – Guns N’ Roses
Blue in Green” – Miles Davis
Gagging Order” – Radiohead
Pale Green Stars” – Everclear
How Blue Can You Get” – Buddy Guy
Worst Day Since Yesterday” – Flogging Molly
Werewolves of London” – Warren Zevon
Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
Just Like Heaven” – Katie Melua
First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes


Madeleine George on her The Difference Between You and Me playlist:

Here’s the classic rock soundtrack to the love story in my book.  We follow Jesse from the first moment we meet her–trying to start an revolution in her school while still stealing time to make out with her secret girlfriend, Emily–through her transformative friendship with the quirky, brilliant Esther, to the moment when she realizes that no matter how much she wishes she could have all of Emily, they can’t be together if Emily won’t be honest about their love.

Revolution” The Beatles (Jesse’s Theme 1)
Meet Me in the Morning” Bob Dylan (Jesse Loves Emily 1)
You Are My Sunshine” Aretha Franklin (Emily’s Theme)
Touch of Grey” The Grateful Dead (Huckle’s Theme)
The Wind” Cat Stevens (Esther’s Theme)
Can’t Find My Way Home” Blind Faith (Jesse Loves Emily 2)
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” Laura Nyro & LaBelle (Jesse Loves Emily 3)
You’ve Got a Friend” Carole King (Esther and Jesse 1)
Into the Mystic” Van Morrison (Esther and Jesse 2)
For What It’s Worth” Buffalo Springfield (Jesse’s Theme 2)

Listen to Sarah’s entire playlist on Spotify and Madeleine’s playlist on SpotifyThen feast yourself all of our other great author soundtracks:

Melissa Walker’s Unbreak My Heart

Alecia Whitaker’s Queen of Kentucky

Nina LaCour’s The Disenchantments

Michelle Zink’s A Temptation of Angels

Lisa McMann’s Dead to You

Matthew Quick’s BOY21

Robin Wasserman’s The Book of Blood and Shadow

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