Literary Earworms: Books With Popular Song Titles

Romance author Erika Kelly, rocker Eddie Van Halen and British group The Kinks appear to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, but have one thing in common. Can you guess? Kelly’s Rock Star Romance series begins in January 2015 with the novel, You Really Got Me — a song by The Kinks, covered by Van Halen — and just one of many books titled after popular songs. Thanks to this fusion of the music and publishing industries, we’ve come up not only with a TBR list of recent and upcoming titles, but also a playlist of pop, classic rock, oldies tunes and more. Happy reading … and listening!

Book: The Way You Look Tonight by Bella Andre | August 26, 2014
"The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

Rafe Sullivan is a private investigator who believes that true love is hard to come by, especially after catching cheaters in the act. But when he returns home to his family’s lake house, will things change? Once reunited after 10 years, will Rafe feel a glow just thinking of the way Brooke Jansen looks tonight — just the way Frank Sinatra used to sing?

Book: I Want it That Way by Ann Aguirre | August 26, 2014
"I Want it That Way" by Backstreet Boys

Nadia Conrad has one thing on her mind: her future. When she moves into a new apartment and meets Daniel Tyler — the boy who became a father at twenty — she suddenly opens herself to the possibility of dating — even though dating doesn’t seem to fit in to either one of their schedules. Will love blossom between neighbors, or will Nadia find herself singing “Tell me why/Ain't nothin' but a heartache/Tell me why/Ain't nothin' but a mistake/Tell me why/I never wanna hear you say/I want it that way/” like the 90’s sensation, the Backstreet Boys?

Book: Mercy by B.J. Daniels | August 26, 2014
"Mercy" by Duffy

U.S. Marshal Rourke Kincaid is on the hunt for a killer. When he finds his suspect, he’s not expecting her to be quite so … charming. Will the rule-follower follow the law or give up everything for Callie Westfield? We don’t know what Callie did, but she did it well. Rourke is under her spell — just the way pop singer Duffy sings.

Book: It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis | August 26, 2014
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)" by Cher

Things heat up in Lucky Harbor when Becca Thorpe meets boat builder and investment expert Sam Brody. Perhaps this simple lifestyle away from city living isn’t so bad for Becca. Is it love? If it really is, it’s there in Sam’s kiss. Don’t worry Becca, Cher can tell ya!

Book: He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis | September 30, 2014
"He’s So Fine" by The Chiffons

Olivia Bentley has no problem keeping her past at bay in Lucky Harbor, where she runs a vintage shop. But things change when she is forced to save a drowning victim, Cole Donovan. But can she hide the past — and the truth — from the boy she finds so fine? Remind anyone of a 60’s song?

Book: As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre | September 30, 2014
"As Long As You Love Me" by Backstreet Boys

Lauren heads back to Nebraska after losing her college scholarship and finds herself looking for her best friend’s brother, Rob Conrad. Though nothing seems to be going quite right for Rob, will Lauren change all that? In the words of BSB, “I don’t care who you are/Where you’re from/What you did/As long as you love me.”

Book: One in a Million by Jill Shalvis | October 14, 2014
"One in a Million" by Bosson

Callie runs a wedding website … and was left at the altar. She returns to her hometown and reunites with her high school crush, deep-sea diver Tanner, who has some skeletons in his closet. Will the two be able to start over fresh — together? Will Tanner be Callie’s one in a million, who made her discover one of the stars above us? Cue Bosson here!

Book: Another One Bites the Dust by Chris Marie Green | November 4, 2014
"Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen

Jensen Murphy is a ghost using her other-worldly powers for good with psychic Amanda Lee. When a girl seeks advice from Amanda, asking how her friend should handle a boyfriend who easily flies off the handle, dark forces make this task a challenging one. Will readers find themselves channeling Freddie Mercury after this book? “And another one gone, and another one gone … ”

Book: The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre | November 25, 2014
"Shape of My Heart" by Backstreet Boys

Courtney Kaufman thought she found her soul mate in high school, but she lost him at 17. Years later, when she journeys with her roommate, supposed bad boy Max Cooper, to his hometown, the roommates seem to develop into something more. Max played his part, kept her in the dark and is ready to show her the shape of his heart, just like our favorite 90’s boy band.

Book: Broken Open by Lauren Dane | November 25, 2014
Song: "
Broken Open" by Cold War Kids

Tuesday Eastwood refuses to invest her feelings in a relationship. Then the damaged girl meets Ezra Hurley, a musician and rancher with a past of his own. Will she be broken open by this all-consuming bond? Cue the Cold War Kids anthem. 

Book: Love Me Tender by Susan Fox | December 2, 2014
"Love Me Tender" by Elvis

Inn owner Dave Cousins is cautious when it comes to love, careful not to let some woman break his heart again. But when free spirit Cassidy Esperanza shows up, will she have Dave singing “Love Me Tender/Love me true/Never let me go” like Elvis once did?

Book: You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly | January 6, 2015
"You Really Got Me" by Van Halen

Emmie Valencia knows the music industry well, but when the band manager lands a spot in big Texas festival for Slater Vaughn’s group, will the rocker distract her from her work? He’s a bad boy, but determined to show Emmie he wants the real thing — with her. She’s got him so he can’t sleep at night!


Take a listen!


*Bosson's One in a Million is, sadly, absent from Spotify, so here's the video! Yay Bosson!

So what tune is stuck in your head, readers?