While a book is created and enjoyed through written text, music can have a powerful interaction with it. Songs can inspire the writer, change a mood, capture a moment, crystalize a character, or deepen the experience of the read. There is science behind the way music affects your brain, but it is something any writer and reader instinctually knows.

Below are some of the various songs that did so for us, as we built the world of Burn-in. If you enjoy them, please check out more by these great artists.

No Doubt | “Just a Girl”
Oh I’m just a girl
Take a good look at me
Just your typical prototype
Oh, I’ve had it up to here!

Rhianna | “Disturbia”
Throw on your break lights
We’re in the city of wonder
Ain’t gonna play nice
Watch out, you might just go under
Better think twice

Florence and the Machine | “Shake it Off”
I tried to dance with the devil on your back
And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It’s a final mess but it’s left me so empty
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Mazzy Star | “Fade into you”
I want to hold the hand inside you
I want to take the breath that’s true
I look to you and I see nothing
I look to you to see the truth

Phil Collins | “Mama”
Now I can’t see you, mama
But I know you’re always there
You taunt, you tease me, mama
But I never, never, never can keep away

Sneaker Pimps | “Six Underground”
Don’t think ‘cos I understand
I care,
Don’t think ‘cos I’m talking
We’re friends
Overground, watch this space
I’m open to falling from grace

Justin Timberlake | “Can’t Stop the Feeling”
And under the lights when everything goes
Nowhere to hide when I’m gettin’ you close
When we move, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine

Nine Inch Nails | “The Frail/The Wretched
She shines in a world full of ugliness.
She matters when everything is meaningless

The XX | “Islands”
Underneath and unexplored
Islands and cities I have looked
Here I saw
Something I couldn’t over look

Live | “Pain Lies on the Riverside”
I have never taken Life
Yet I have often paid the price
And you, you are a victim of this age

Big Data | “Dangerous”
You understand, I got a plan for us
I bet you didn’t know that I was dangerous

Muse | “Madness”
I, I can’t get these memories out of my mind
And some kind of madness has started to evolve
I, I tried so hard to let you go
But some kind of madness is swallowing me whole, yeah

Linkin Park | “What I’ve done”
Put to rest what you thought of me
While I clean this slate
With the hands of uncertainty
So let mercy come and wash away
What I’ve done

Sponge | “Plowed”
Will I wake up
Is it a dream I made up
No I guess it’s reality
What will change us
Or will we mess up
Our only chance to connect
With a dream

Silversun Pickups | “Lazy Eye”
I’ve been waiting
I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life
But it’s not quite right

Johnny Cash | “You Are My Sunshine” (Cover)
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

Fleetwood Mac | “The Chain”
“Listen to the wind blow, down comes the night”

The Flys | “Got You Where I Want You”
“I think you’re smart
You sweet thing
Tell me your name
I’m dying here”