Literary Pop Songs
The writers of these songs were influenced by some of the biggest names in literature. Can you guess them all? Good luck!
Which 1969 Led Zeppelin song was influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings"?
Bring it on Home
Whole Lotta Love
The Beatles 1967 song, "I am the Walrus" was influenced by the 1871 poem, "The Walrus and the Carpenter" written by this author.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Taylor Swift's 2008 song "Love Story" references this famous couple.
Bonnie and Clyde
Marc Antony and Cleopatra
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
Romeo and Juliet
The metal band Metallica has been influenced by literature on many occasions. What Ernest Hemingway novel inspired them to write a song by the same name?
For Whom the Bell Tolls
A Farewell to Arms
The Sun Also Rises
The Police wrote the hit "Don't Stand so Close to Me" and included the lyric, "He starts to shake, He starts to cough, Just like the old man in, That famous book by Nabakov". Which famous book are they speaking of?
Billy Joel's 1989 song, "We Didn't Start the Fire" is full of pop culture references, but it only names three novels by title. Can you guess all three?
Valley of the Dolls
On the Road
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Catcher in the Rye
Believe it or not, the song, "Whip It" by Devo, was inspired by a literary work. The song was written to mimic limerick and poem parodies in this Thomas Pynchon novel.
The Crying of Lot 49
The Secret Integration
"Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll is the inspiration for this classic song by Jefferson Airplane. What is it?
Somebody to Love
We Can Be Together
"Rocket Man" by Elton John is based on a story by the same name in a collection of short stories titled "The Illustrated Man". Who was the author of that collection?
Arthur C. Clark
Guns N' Roses smash hit "November Rain" was loosely based on the short story "Without You" by this author.
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