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The complete list of topics alphabetically listed is below. Each links to their topic pages where you will find the Play List for that topic and links to the blog and column at The Guardian website.

A-Z by Topic Complete List


a capella

accents accidents actors addresses
adolescence adventure advertising advice Africa
afterlife, the afternoon ages aliens ambiguous songs
ambition America ancient history angels anger
animals anniversaries anti-Christmas anti-love anti-work
anxiety apologies arguments arguments, heated army
art & photography art, works of ascension Asia assassination
austerity Australia autumn aviation  


B sides

babies and childbirth

bad weather bass lines, best Beatles
Beatles covers Beatles, solos by beauty beds beer
being alone bells bereavement biblical songs bicycles
birds birthdays black blood blue
books books (2) boredom brands brass
bravery breathing bridges bright and beautiful brothers and sisters
buildings buses      



call & response Canada capital punishment Caribbean
carnivals & funfairs cars and driving cats celebration celebrity
celestial bodies change change # 2 change of mind character songs
chicken and egg songs children children's songs children performing chocolate
Christmas circles classical songs cleansing climate change


coast cocaine & heroin coffee cold colours
comeback songs comics and cartoons coming home coming of age command or instruct, songs that
companies and corporations concerts confusion and delusion consolation control
cooking covers better than the originals covers by the opposite sex covers, unlikely cricket
crime criminals crosses crowns cruel songs
cry, songs that make you crying curves and spheres    


dance styles


dancing, songs that trigger dates dawn, set at
death debuts deception decisive songs deep voices
departures desperation dialogue disappointment discordant songs
discovery divorce doctors dogs domestic songs
doors dreams drinking duets  


ears and hearing eavesdropping eccentric songs elections embarrassment
end of the world environment escape estimates of distance and time euphoria
Europe, places in excess exile eyes and sight  


faces failure fairgrounds faith falling
false endings falsetto, songs with fame, effects of famous last words famous people
fantasy farming fashion fate & destiny fathers
feet feminism fetishes fictional places films, inspired by or about
films, redefined by films, recorded for fire flavour flirting
flowers flute, pipe or whistles flying food fools
foreign language versions forgetting forgiveness freedom French songs
fresh starts Friday & Saturday friendship fruit funerals
funny songs futility future, the    


gambling games gardens geometrical shapes getting older
ghosts gifts and giving girl's names glamour & style glass
God and the Devil gold goodbyes gossip greed
guests, special guilt and apology guns    




handclaps hands hangovers
hatchet jobs hats healing heart, the heat
heat # 2 heaven and hell hero worship historical events historical figures
holes holidays home homelessness homosexuality
horses hospitals hotels hunting  


I Am Songs

illness impermanence impressive intros indecipherable songs
independence infidelity inheritance innuendo insects
instrumental soundtracks instrumentals instruments, musical instruments, odd sounds and insulting songs
internet Ireland islands itinerants and migration  

J, K


Jesus jokes Jones and Joneses journalism
joyous songs justice keys and locks kindness kissing


la, songs that go last night law enforcement laziness leaving
left or right lessons in life letters, emails, etc. lies light
limbo list songs literary songs London long songs
long titles losers love, devoted love, falling in love, first
love, unrequited luck      


machines, robots & computers

magazines magic making things mammals
man or woman, being a manual labour marriage meat melancholy songs
memory men, named after mental illness Mexico & Central America middle eights, great
midnight minimalist songs miracles mirrors misanthropic songs
misheard, nonsense or inaudible lyrics missing someone mistaken identity mistakes modernity
money monkeys and apes mood-changing music moon morning songs
mothers motorbikes mountains moving on Mr. and Mrs.
multilingual songs murder music genres musically adventurous myths & legends


na-na-hey-hey songs narcissism nature neighbours nerds and geeks
New England new year songs New York newspapers night & darkness
nightclubs noise Nordic Countries Northern England nostalgia
nuclear war numbered 1-10 numbers    


obstacles odd couples old age one hit wonders

one night stands

opening album tracks optimistic songs orchestral string instruments organ, songs featuring other musicians
other songs overturning the odds      

P, Q


parties and going out

pathos peace percussion, outstanding
pets philosophers photographs piano songs, best please & thank you
poetry, inspired by police politicians politics, left wing poverty
power precious stones prisons procrastination promises and choices
prostitution protest pubs and bars queens questions




rain rallying cries recipe songs
reckless consumption records red refusal regrets
rejection repetition reptiles resolutions, new restaurants & cafÚs
resurrection revenge reversing revolution riffs
rivers roads and streets rodents royalty running
rural songs        


safety and danger saints and martyrs sampling and recycling saxophone schadenfreude


scary songs school science sci-fi and space
Scotland sea, the secrets secrecy seduction

self-referential songs

separation September sexy songs shadows
Shakespeare sharp objects ships and boats shoes shopping
short songs showing off shyness siblings silence
sinners sky sleep and insomnia small things smells
smiling and laughing smoking smuggling and stealing so bad they're good  


social class songs songs that build sound effects South America
space specific or obscure places speed spoken word sport
Spring spying star signs stick it to the man stiff upper lip
stops and starts storytelling strangers stupidity suburbia
summer sun, the super solos superheroes surreal songs
surveillance survival sweary songs sweet foods  


talking, songs that contain taxis teachers teenage self, songs for teenagers
telephones television ten words or fewer theatre three
time, passage of times of day tiredness towns, named after toys
trains trash travelling treachery & betrayal trees, grass and flowers
truth TV themes twist, songs with a two - part 1 two - part 2

U, V

unemployment uncertainty unsettling songs upbeat break-up upbeat breakup # 2
US cities & states US Presidents Valentine's Day Songs vegetables vibrato, tremolo or oscillations
vices, secret victory villains villages vim
violence visitors      

W, X, Y, Z

walking and running wanting to be someone else war warnings water
wealth weddings weekend, the Welsh songs whisky
whispering songs wilderness wind wine with or without you songs
without a chorus women, named after words work Yorkshire
youth cults zeitgeist      

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