Trail of Dead Soundtrack

You may be thinking, “gosh, Melissa, why do a soundtrack for a book?” The thing is, I’m very interested in the idea of adding two kinds of media together to create a new, fuller experience. The idea here is that if you’re the kind of person who listens to music while you read, you can have this on in the background as you read Trail of Dead. The soundtrack plus the book equals a different experience than either thing alone. If, like me, you prefer not to listen to music while you read, this is also a fun way to keep your head in the book’s moods while you’re not actually reading it. A few of these songs were in my brain from the very beginning, and many of them were chosen later to correspond with the message I was trying to send with the book.

Most of these songs correspond to a specific scene in Trail of Dead, but I’m not going to tell you which is which, because I don’t want you obsessing too much, music fans, and also because I don’t want to reveal spoilers. They’re pretty much chronological, though, so if you’re really dedicated you should be able to figure it out. I will say that (extremely mild spoiler alert) “I Wish I Was the Moon” has always been the song playing when Scarlett sits on the steps in front of the house, “Season of the Witch” is just the perfect tune for Scarlett at the party, and “I Want Some of What You’re On” is a good theme song for Molly the vampire, both because it suits her weird cheerfulness, and because she’s always trying to figure out what a human experience should be like.

I also did something different for this: with the exception of “Paperweight,” by Schuyler Fisk and Joshua Radin (which is exclusive to the Last Kiss soundtrack), all of these songs have been added to a Listmania! List on Amazon, which you can find here. That way if you’d like to buy or sample them all at once, you can.

Finally, a very special thank you to Tracy Tong, Rebbecca Keville, and Brittany Weidenfeller for contributing songs to this list. I would never claim to have excellent taste in music or be knowledgeable about it in any real or professional way, so the input was greatly appreciated.

Come On by The PanderersTrail of Dead Playlist
Call it Off by Teagan and Sara
I Want Some of What You’re On by The Mates
The High Road by Broken Bells
Cracks by Freestylers
Just Tonight by The Pretty Reckless
Paperweight by Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk
Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Patron Saint by Regina Spektor
Put the Gun Down by ZZ Ward
Paralyzed by Sixpence None the Richer
Make Me Wanna Die by The Pretty Reckless
It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
Belong by Cary Brothers
Never Been Hurt by Sara Melson
Modern Day American Girl by Patty Medina
All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers
A Million Ways by Ok Go
Since You’re Gone by The Pretty Reckless
Temptation Waits by Garbage
All I Wanted by Paramore
I Wish I Was the Moon by Neko Case
They Never Got You by Spoon
Save Me from Myself by Christina Aguilera
Season of the Witch by Karen Elson
Cells by The Servant
Leave My Body by Florence + the Machine
Rise by Azure Ray
King of Yesterday by Jude
Madness by Muse
Only Happy When it Rains by Garbage
Seconds Until Midnight by Ambulette
I Hear the Bells by Mike Doughty
Hate to See Your Heart Break by Paramore

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