Music Inspiration - Part 5

This is the fifth and final collection of Trailer Music songs that I use for inspiration while writing. Take a listen and see if anything strikes you. If you like what you hear, delve into Trailer Music and see if it helps with your own creative efforts. 

And that's my list of Top 25 Trailer Music songs!

Like I said way back at the start, I've got a list that's a lot longer than this and I just let it play as I write. Hopefully you've heard a tune here that's made you feel something, or sparked an idea for a scene that's been bugging you.

Just chuck on auto-play and see where the music takes you, there's something out there for everyone and every story they're working on. It may not be right for your current story, but it could be right for the next. 

Music Inspiration - Part 1

I listen to a lot of music while I'm writing, which is weird because I was never had a CD collection or went to live shows when I was younger. Somehow Trailer Music became popular with the advent of YouTube, and somehow I stumbled into it... and it's been a pretty happy pairing ever since.

Trailer Music is basically what it sounds like - it's music that's made for movie or television show trailers. It has to emotive because it's usually only going to be used in a quick ad and it needs to really beef up whatever it is the show is trying to convey. This makes it perfect for a writer who is trying to come up with a suitably heavy scene. I love to get this music playing in the background, tap into the feels, and go to town. Whatever emotion you're going for, there is going to be a slew of Trailer songs out there that express it perfectly. 

I don't know about anyone else, but I use YouTube's "like" function as a sort of personal playlist, not to actually show my appreciation or support of creator's content. Which is terrible, now that I've written it down... but anyway! While I've got over 300 likes, I'm not going to drown you in each and every one.

So with that in mind, I've gone through and selected my top 25 Trailer Music songs that I use for inspiration. I'll drip feed them to you over the next... however long, I'm not sure yet. Most of these will be new to you, but it's likely you'll recognize at least some parts of a few of them. They are used in trailers, after all.

Post Apocalyptic Music

A lot of authors have this thing where they've spent so long working with a character, that they start to hear songs that they use to help define them. If an author spends long enough working on a project then they're likely to end up with a whole goddamn mixtape that they think perfectly defines their character and their fictional struggles. 

Funnily enough, Britney's post apocalyptic song was released just ten days after the world ended in my story.

Funnily enough, Britney's post apocalyptic song was released just ten days after the world ended in my story.

Well, as some of you know I spent the worse part of 7-ish (I forget exactly) years on Days Too Dark, and during that time I encountered quite a few songs that I thought fit quite well with the story and themes I was trying to put forward. Some of the songs were actually mentioned in the book itself for this reason, others were just songs that worked really well with the overly angsty crap that the main character is drowning himself in. 

Below is a list of songs that I felt meshed well with Mars and Days Too Dark as a whole, the specific number of them is curious and not just because there's almost enough for a stand alone album here. So, without further ado... the Maralinga Marquardt Mixtape!

  1. Battle Cry - Imagine Dragons
  2. New Divide - Linkin Park
  3. Down Under - Men at Work
  4. What I've Done - Linkin Park
  5. Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen
  6. Thunderstruck - ACDC
  7. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
  8. Paint it, Black - The Rolling Stones
  9. Monster - Imagine Dragons
  10. The Unforgiven - Metallica
  11. Carry on Wayward Son - Kansas
  12. House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
  13. Back in Black - ACDC
  14. Demons - Imagine Dragons
  15. Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
  16. Gary Jules - Mad World
  17. Knocking on Heavens Door - Guns'n'Roses
  18. Silence - Marshmello

Now... there's an obvious theme there, one that I'll get into at a later date. But even with a cursory glance one could tell that these songs speak of conflict, torment and a shitty self-esteem. There's a few hints in there at where the story is going to go too, so if one were to listen to each of these songs they might have an idea of the roads that Mars is doomed to walk.

Imagine Dragons' song 'Radioactive' is a great post apocalyptic song, with a video that's a little more lighthearted than you'd inititally suspect.

Imagine Dragons' song 'Radioactive' is a great post apocalyptic song, with a video that's a little more lighthearted than you'd inititally suspect.

Funnily enough though, the song that I think speaks for Mars the best is the last addition - Silence, by Marshmello. There's a kind of sorrow about things that've happened, but also a regret about the choices that've been made in response to those troubling events. That's exactly the kind of mood I was going for with Mars, he's someone who has legitimately been through some seriously fucked up shit, but his own choices haven't made his situation any better. It's a great song, and if you haven't heard it then you should definitely give it a listen.   

These are just the songs that have lyrics that I think suit what I was going for with Days Too Dark, and will be going for with the subsequent books in the series. There's a whole other slew of songs that I've got saved on YouTube that're pure inspiration, but I'll get to them in another blog post.