Topic by theme

An attempt to organise the hundreds of Readers Recommend and Song Bar topics into common themes. The categorisation is somewhat subjective, but it’s hopefully of some interest – and a way of sparking ideas for future topics.

Part A covers topics about musical or structural characteristics, use of language or narrative, the tone or feel of a song, the circumstances of its recording or publication, and so forth.

Parts B-I cover ‘songs about …’ topics, i.e. where the theme is the subject matter of the lyrics or title:

    • Part B: songs about music, art & literature
    • Part C: songs about people & relationships
    • Part D: songs about history, geography, religion & magic
    • Part E: songs about animals, nature & time
    • Part F: songs about food, drink, sport & leisure
    • Part G: songs about physical objects & media
    • Part H: songs about messages, activities & behaviours (doing and saying stuff)
    • Part I: songs about feelings, conditions & qualities
PART A: MUSICAL, LINGUISTIC OR TONAL CHARACTERISTICS
A1. MUSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Vocal characteristics  
Instrumental characteristics  
Sonic characteristics  
Genre or influence  
Structural characteristics  
Performer characteristics  
Covers & samples  
Publishing characteristics  
Time of recording  
Geographic origin  
A2. LINGUISTIC CHARACTERISTICS  
Use of narrative or language  
Song titles  
A3: TONAL OR AFFECTIVE QUALITIES  
Tonal qualities  
Affective qualities  
Songs for particular times or occasions  
Quality of song  
PART B: SONGS ABOUT MUSIC, ART & LITERATURE
B1. MUSIC & MUSICIANS
Music
Musicians  
B2. DANCING
B3.LITERATURE & WRITERS
B4.ART, PHOTOGRAPHY & DECORATION
B5.FILM, TV AND THEATRE
PART C. SONGS ABOUT PEOPLE & RELATIONSHIPS
C1: FAMILY, FRIENDS & RELATIONSHIPS
Family & friends
Stages of life
Relationships
C2: TYPES OF PEOPLE
General
Tributes or hatchet jobs
Positions & occupations
C3: NAMES & TITLES
PART D: SONGS ABOUT HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, RELIGION & MAGIC
D1: HISTORY
D2: GEOGRAPHY
Specific places
Types of place
D3: RELIGION, SUPERSTITION & MAGIC
Religion
Myth & superstition
Magic & supernatural
E: SONGS ABOUT ANIMALS, NATURE & TIME
E1: ANIMALS
E2: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Anatomy
Physiology
E3: THE NATURAL WORLD
E4: SCIENCE & PHYSICAL PHENOMENA
E5: CHEMISTRY & GEOLOGY
E6: COLOURS
E7: MATHEMATICS
Numbers
Geometry
E8: TIME
Times of day & week
Times of year
Time
F: SONGS ABOUT FOOD, DRINK, SPORT & LEISURE
F1: FOOD, DRINK & DRUGS
General
Food
Drinking
Smoking & drugs
F2: SPORT & LEISURE
Sport & games
Leisure
G: SONGS ABOUT PHYSICAL OBJECTS & MEDIA
G1: TRANSPORT
G2: CLOTHING & FASHION
G3: OTHER MANUFACTURED ITEMS
G4: MEDIA
H: SONGS ABOUT MESSAGES, ACTIVITIES & BEHAVIOURS (SAYING & DOING STUFF)
H1: MESSAGES & COMMUNICATION
Types of message or communication
Songs with a message for other people
H2: SOCIETAL ACTIVITIES
Work
Commerce
Agriculture
Healthcare
Education
Politics, crime & punishment
Warfare & revolution
H3: PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
Movement
Travel
H4: EVENTS & BEHAVIOURS
Positive events & behaviours
Negative events & behaviours
Other events & behaviours
I: SONGS ABOUT FEELINGS, CONDITIONS & QUALITIES
I1: FEELINGS
Love
Positive feelings
Negative feelings
I2: CONDITIONS & STATES
I3: QUALITIES
Personal identity
Position
Physical qualities
Temporal qualities
Positive qualities
Negative qualities
Other qualities