WORLD BOOK DAY: 10 SONGS BASED ON LITERATURE


WORLD BOOK DAY

To celebrate World Book Day we look at 10 songs that have been based on literature.

Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush

An obvious choice, but a great one none the less. The songs encapsulates Cathy's childish and haunting obsession, with Kate's mature lyrics and complex music it's a stunning paean to Brontë's novel.

Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)

The duo wrote the entire score for Michael Radfords film, but it's this song that stands out from the soundtrack. For those of you familiar with Orwell's Newspeak the song takes on whole new meaning. For those who don't, it's a stonking 80s dance track.

The Shining - Black Sabbath

Loosely based on Steven King's story the song creates a creepy and terrifying atmosphere of a decent into insanity with Tony Martin offering a macabre and haunting vocal to boot.

The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner -Iron Maiden

An epic track by the mighty Maiden. Steve Harris has taken the lyrics from the Coleridge poem and put down a juggernaut of a musical backing to go with it.

Tales Of Brave Ulysses -Cream

Martin Sharp drew inspiration from Homer's Odyssey for this Cream track. The tracks memorable riff and Clapton's use of the Wah Wah peddle create the atmosphere of adventure and peril.

Romeo and Juliet -Dire Straits