“War and Peace”; it was a beast. To sweeping epics such as this, one song just doesn’t capture the overall feel. This big dog gets its own playlist.
For me, music and literature go hand-in-hand. As a reader, I find myself gravitating toward songs that fit my book of choice. When I’m writing, I’ve got a special song or playlist on repeat to help me stay in the groove.
Categorized by my favorite themes and storylines, Here are some songs for the people and events that stood out the most to me during “War and Peace”.
“War and Peace” begins in the salon of socialite Anna Pavlovna. It’s an ongoing party hosting the “who’s who” of St. Petersburg society.
“Beautiful” (Moby) and “Gold on the Ceiling” (The Black Keys)
Skip to the giant party scene at the Kuragin’s with Dolokhov and people hanging out the window. Straight up baller status. These people didn’t have much to worry about.
“Bottom’s Up” (Trey Songz)
Helene and Pierre
When you’re a super awkward 5 and she’s a solid bitchy 10, you should probably see disaster coming. Here are some songs for Pierre about his lying, cheating, self-absorbed wife.
“I Want Out” (Young Guns), “What Goes Around…Comes Around” (Justin Timberlake), Spare Me the Details” (The Offspring)
And just for Helene: “Bad Reputation” Joan Jett
Dolokhov’s betrayal of Pierre (by sleeping with Helene) and of Nikolai Rostov (by cheating him at gambling) and the gun duel inspired these additions:
“Bad Blood” (Taylor Swift), “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People
Continually swept under the rug, this girl overcomes her low self-esteem to bring a lot of peace and happiness to other people. This girl is more than amazing to me. Here are her songs:
“If I Were a Boy” – Beyonce, “Roar” – Katy Perry, “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
I identify most with this heartful heroine. All she wants is to find love and peace in her world. Here are her songs:
“Single Ladies” – Beyonce, “Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyonce, “Dreaming of You” – Selena, “Saved the Best for Last” – Vanessa Williams
Just for Napoleon: “Centuries” Fall Out Boy
The Russians fought back, HARD. Their solution: burn everything! There are so many songs about fire and burning, but I trimmed down the list a little. Here are some songs for the war and the brotherhood felt during it.
“Uprising” – Muse, “Burn” – Ellie Goulding, “Fix You” – Coldplay, “Brother” – Gavin Degraw, “Bring Him Home” – Les Miserables
Poor Andrei is still figuring out what he wants, and he leaves heartbreak in his wake. By the time he realizes this and wants to make amends, it’s too late and he’s dying.
“Angels” – Robbie Williams, “Apologize” – One Republic
And for Everyone
“1812 Overture” (Tchaikovsky) – You really can’t have this playlist without this song, since it’s 1: written by a Russian contemporary of Tolstoy 2: is about the “War” part. The Napoleonic wars impacted all of Europe, and the year 1812 sticks out in Russian history.
The overall message in “War and Peace” is that everyone can be redeemed if they act nobly. All of my favorite characters fought selflessly for something, and gained redemption in the process.
“Fight Song/ Amazing Grace” – The Piano Guys
|Gold on the Ceiling||The Black Keys|
|Bottoms Up||Trey Songz|
|I Want Out||Young Guns|
|What Goes Around…/…Comes Around||Justin Timberlake|
|Spare Me the Details||The Offspring|
|Bad Reputation||Thin Lizzy|
|Bad Blood||Taylor Swift|
|Pumped Up Kicks||Foster the People|
|If I Were A Boy||Beyonce|
|Best Thing I Never Had||Beyonce|
|Dreaming of You||Selena|
|Saved the Best for Last||Vanessa Williams|
|Centuries||Fall Out Boy|
|Brother||NEEDTOBREATHE (feat. Gavin Degraw)|
|Bring Him Home||Josh Groban (from Les Miserables)|
|Fight Song/ Amazing Grace||The Piano Guys|