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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 addiction
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 anticipation anxiety apologies arguments
arguments, heated army art & photography art, works of asafaraes
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
bodily fluids books books (2) borders, barriers, walls & fences boredom
brands brass bravery breathing bridges
bright and beautiful brothers and sisters broken promises 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 collaborations and side projects
colours comeback songs comics and cartoons coming home coming of age
command or instruct, songs that community 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 Elvis
embarrassment end of the world environment escape estimates of distance and time
euphoria Europe, places in excess exile extraordinary vocals
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
fear feet feminism fetishes fictional places
fighting films, inspired by or about films, redefined by films, recorded for finish where they begin


flavour flirting flowers flute, pipe or whistles flying
food fools foreign language versions forgetting forgiveness
forgotten follow-ups freedom French songs fresh starts Friday & Saturday
friendship fruit funerals funny songs futility
future, the        


gambling games gardens geology geometrical shapes
getting older ghosts gifts and giving girl's names glamour & style
glass God and the Devil gold goodbyes gossip
greed green 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
hobbies holes holidays home homelessness
homosexuality hope and resilience horses hospitals hotels


I Am Songs

illness impermanence indecipherable songs independence
infidelity inheritance innuendo insects instrumental soundtracks
instrumentals instruments, musical instruments, odd sounds and insulting songs interlopers
internet intriguing narratives (see also storytelling) intros, impressive intros, surprising 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 laughter law enforcement laziness
leadership 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 lust


machinery, industry & technology

machines, robots & computers

magazines magic making things
mammals man or woman, being a manual labour marriage meat
melancholy songs memory men, named after men's names mental illness
Mexico & Central America middle eights, great midnight minimalist songs miracles
mirrors misanthropic songs misheard, nonsense or inaudible lyrics missing someone mistaken identity


modernity money monkeys and apes monsters 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
never 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

one word titles opening album tracks opposites optimistic songs orchestral string instruments
organ, songs featuring other musicians other songs out of tune overturning the odds

P, Q


parties and going out

pathos patterns & sequences 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




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


safety and danger saints and martyrs sampling and recycling saxophone schadenfreude


scary songs school science sci-fi and space
Scotland screams, howls, grunts & shrieks sea, the secrets secrecy

self-referential songs

separation September sexy songs
shadows Shakespeare sharp objects ships and boats shoes
shopping short songs showing off shyness siblings
silence sinners skin 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 songwriting sound effects South America
space specific or obscure places speed spoken word sport
Spring spying star signs starting over stick it to the man
stiff upper lip stops and starts storytelling (see also intriguing narratives) 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 tools 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 winners
with or without you songs without a chorus women, named after words work
Yorkshire youth cults zeitgeist    

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