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Hate List: The Playlist

One question I've been asked a lot is what songs I would include on a HATE LIST playlist. The truth is, music and creativity are so intertwined in me, there really was a "soundtrack" of HATE LIST going through my mind during the writing process, and even beyond. Below is the unofficial soundtrack of HATE LIST, and the songs that inspired the story, kept me writing, and even reminded me of the story after it was written.

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1) "If Everyone Cared" by Nickelback -- This was the song that inspired HATE LIST, with the simple lyric, "Amen, I... I'm alive."

2) "Love Story" by Taylor Swift -- For the obvious references to Romeo and Juliet, which is how I saw Valerie and Nick from the beginning.

3) "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult -- Even though my first thought is "cowbell," my second is that it helped bring Nick's thoughts clearer to me... and also that I grew up loving this song.

4) "World Full of Hate" by Dropkick Murphies -- Mainly because I just love the song. And do "corrected mistakes in a world full of hate" really change anything? Hmmm (I think so!)...

5) "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley -- Ran through my head on a loop while writing the hospital and therapy scenes.

6) "I Am a Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel -- Come on, just read the lyrics. That's Val, through and through. ...Or is it?

7) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day -- Ahhh, I love Green Day, and it was, admittedly, a very tight race between this song and "Jesus of Suburbia" for the playlist.

8) "If I Ever Leave this World Alive" by Flogging Molly -- Because Nick and Val were Flogging Molly fans!

9) "Untitled" by Simple Plan -- Because Teen Goddess, after reading HATE LIST, declared this Valerie's theme song.

10) "Haunted" by Kelly Clarkson -- Lyrics so perfectly suited to HATE LIST it almost freaks me out a little.

11) "Let it Be" by The Beatles -- Because... well... the part about "broken-hearted people"... isn't that sort of what it's all about?


Great list!! love all the songs!

Additional songs

I know you already have a Taylor Swift song on there, but I would add 'Breathe' from the same album.