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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

accidents actors addresses adolescence
adventure advertising advice Africa afterlife, the
afternoon ages aliens 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 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 clothes


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


dance styles


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 fetishes fictional places films, inspired by or about films, redefined by
films, recorded for fire 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 glamour & style glass God and the Devil gold
goodbyes gossip greed guests, special guilt and apology




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 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
list songs literary songs London long songs long titles
losers love, devoted love, falling in love, first love, unrequited


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
missing someone mistaken identity mistakes modernity money
monkeys and apes mood-changing music moon morning songs mothers
motorbikes Mr. and Mrs. multilingual songs murder music genres
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 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        

P, Q


parties and going out

peace pets philosophers
photographs piano songs, best please & thank you poetry, inspired by police
politicians politics, left wing poverty 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
repetition reptiles resolutions, new restaurants & cafés resurrection
revenge reversing revolution riffs rivers
roads and streets rodents royalty running rural songs


safety and danger sampling and recycling saxophone


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

self-referential songs

September sexy songs shadows Shakespeare sharp objects
shoes shopping short songs showing off shyness
siblings silence 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 speed spoken word sport Spring
star signs stiff upper lip stops and starts storytelling strangers
stupidity suburbia summer sun, the super solos
superheroes surreal songs surveillance sweary songs sweet foods


talking, songs that contain taxis teenage self, songs for teenagers telephones
television ten words or fewer theatre three times of day
tiredness towns, named after toys trains trash
travelling 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 US cities & states
US Presidents Valentine's Day Songs vegetables vibrato, tremolo or oscillations vices, secret
victory villains villages vim violence

W, X, Y, Z

walking and running 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 youth cults  

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