Franzen Comes Alive: Songs About Books and Reading

What’s the best thing in the world? READING BOOKS. And the second-best thing? All things pertaining to books. Here’s an eclectic playlist of songs about our spiny little friends to brighten up your ears.


“Books Written For Girls” by Camera Obscura “He likes to read books written for girls,” she sings. Spoiler: He will disappoint you. YouTube Preview Image


“They Write Books About This Sort Of Thing” by Say Hi To Your Mom “Because we can play some Pac-Man, or go to the library. We can order some pad thai without the MSG.” YouTube Preview Image


“Wrapped Up In Books” by Belle and Sebastian YouTube Preview Image


“Bookstore” by Chris and Tad A tailshaker, for sure. Sorry, no video available.


“The Book of Love” by The Magnetic Fields Simply one of the most gorgeous songs ever recorded. Bonus video: Peter Gabriel’s amazing cover. YouTube Preview Image YouTube Preview Image


“I Could Write a Book” by Harry Connick, Jr. “If they asked me I could write a book about the way you walk and whisper and look. I could write the preface on how we met so the world would never forget.” From When Harry Met Sally. Don’t let yourself think about how old that movie is now. YouTube Preview Image


“A To Z” by Darren Hanlon Super sweet love story about the alphabet! YouTube Preview Image


“Pressed In a Book” by The Shins Okay, this barely has anything to do with books, but it’s a great song. YouTube Preview Image


“Open Book” by Cake “She’s writing, she’s writing, she’s writing a novel. She’s writing, she’s weaving,
conceiving a plot.” YouTube Preview Image


“Every Day I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello & The Attractions YouTube Preview Image




“Your Library” by Ludwig Von Drake “Hoo hoo, look at all the books!” Sorry, no video available.




“Read, Eat, Sleep” by The Books The Books automatically win everything, because they have the best name. YouTube Preview Image


“The Accident” by Barry Louis Polisar This is a hilarious little warning about the dangers of reading. If you’ve never heard Barry Louis Polisar, you’re missing out. He writes delightfully twisted songs for children, plus he is the singer of the wonderful song “All I Want Is You,” featured in the movie Juno. Sorry, no video available.


“My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors” by Moxy Fruvous “Who brought the cat? Margaret Atwood!” This kinda rules. YouTube Preview Image


You can check out most of the songs on Spotify – here’s the Franzen Comes Alive playlist.


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