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official crossed playlist!

This is a pretty long playlist because I was writing this book for a year and a half, so I had a lot of time to find good songs. While I don’t listen to music while I’m writing, I do listen to it when I’m editing and often I’ll listen to songs before I start writing to get me in the right mood (and to transition me from mom-of-three-with-messy-house to writer). Most of the time, I find these songs after I’ve written the part in the book to which they connect; in the case of Bruce and Neil they were, of course, known to me before I started writing.

I often thought of this as Ky’s book as I wrote it (though the story certainly belongs to Cassia and Xander too), and I think that is really reflected in the playlist for the book–lots of songs about searching, loving, and becoming.

Anyway. I wanted to wait a little bit so that you had a chance to read the book BEFORE you listened to the songs, as they’ll mean more then…and CROSSED has been out for three weeks…and I can’t wait any longer! And please, if you enjoy these artists’ work, BUY their songs to support the arts and music.

1. Empty by Ray LaMontagne
The melancholy and beauty in this song made this the #1 most-listened to song while I was writing CROSSED.

2. A Dustland Fairytale by The Killers
There’s a such a story in this song, and the chorus is unbelievable.

3. Edwin’s Tale–1862 by Peter Breinholt & Big Parade
The perfect song for Ky as he’s out in the decoy villages, and for anyone left behind.

4. Violet Hill by Coldplay
The mention of snow is especially perfect for the book. It’s what I picture playing in the background during Chapter 3.

5. Blue Lips by Regina Spektor
One of the songs I discovered at the very end of editing CROSSED. I especially like the part where she sings about “all the pictures in his mind” because that’s how Ky thinks. And the blue references throughout the song have a lot of resonance for the color blue, which is emphasized in this novel.

6. Doubting Thomas by Nickel Creek
I’ve always thought of this song particularly as Ky’s song, because it’s hard for him to believe sometimes that someone like Cassia could really love him.

7. The Ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen (the version w/o Tom Morello)
This song has haunted me since it was first released back when I was in high school, and it kept coming back to me as I wrote Ky’s journey during CROSSED.

8. Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson
This song felt like what Cassia would be thinking/singing to herself as she searched for Ky.

9. Yazala Ambambuti by Samite
Simply beautiful.

10. If I Should Fall Behind by Bruce Springsteen
This one makes me cry just about every time. You can picture the farmers in CROSSED gathering around a campfire to sing it. (And how great is it that it’s Bruce and his wife singing to each other?)

11. Sinner’s Sonnet by Andrew Whitman
A great song about searching and love.

12. The Climber by Neil Finn
His voice and the words are lovely, but it’s the background that really gets me every time.

13. Captain of a Shipwreck by Neil Diamond
My all-time favorite Neil Diamond song. This song is not just something Ky would sing to Cassia, but I also think of it as a song that Xander would love.

14. Crossfire by Brandon Flowers
For me, this song really fits Chapter 35 and how Ky is feeling then.

15. Set the Fire to the Third Bar by Snow Patrol and Martha Wainwright
Ky and Cassia, maps, poems, trying to find a way to each other in spite of everything. In spite of themselves.

16.In for the Kill by La Roux
How Cassia feels near the end of her book when she makes her decisions about the Rising and about Ky.

17. The Rising by Bruce Springsteen
If you’ve read the book, you’ll know exactly why I picked this song.

18. This Hard Land by Bruce Springsteen
See above.

19. Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford & Sons
A last-minute addition to the playlist, but it’s the perfect Sisyphus stone song. And everything about it fits Ky in this book.

20. Every Time It Rains by Charlotte Martin
There’s a particular scene near the end of CROSSED that this fits, but it also calls back to things that happened in MATCHED and to what will happen in Book 3. It’s the ideal song to end the playlist.

And I often listen to a soundtrack or two as well. This time, it was the soundtrack to HERO by Tan Dun.

I hope you enjoy the playlist, and have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!!!

+ comments (45)
  • Katie
    November 22, 2011

    We have very similar tastes in music, Ally. I love A Dustland Fairytale…the Killers get me every time.

  • Jordan Finch
    November 22, 2011

    Love this playlist! And I’m so excited that you have Nickel Creek on here! Love that group and love that song. I definitely agree that it’s a very Ky song.

  • Jessika
    November 22, 2011

    You find the best songs!! I made a spotifiy playlist to this too! But I couldn’t find that edwins tale-1862 there or youtube….

  • Bethany(youngbooklove)
    November 22, 2011

    Great playlist! πŸ™‚ My tastes lean to the electronic side, so I’ll take Skrillex’s remix of In For the Kill – so good!

  • Maddy
    November 22, 2011

    Hey ally I’m just gonna say you should name the third book Mixed

    • Emily
      November 27, 2011

      Just a question. why would it be called mixed?

    • Cait
      November 27, 2011

      I think it should be Crushed

    • Readerchic
      November 29, 2011

      Twisted or Risen but both only make sense if you know my theories for the next hook…

    • Savi
      December 29, 2011

      thoses are awesome names

  • Nellie
    November 23, 2011

    This. Is. EPIC!
    So many favorites of mine once again… Wonderful songs, Ally. I will listen to this when I’ll read Crossed again.

  • Aileen Renteria
    November 23, 2011

    Omg violent hill by Coldplay is also one of my favorite song and thanks to you know i like crossfire by Brandon Flowers

  • janessa
    November 23, 2011

    i was listing to rise against “re-education” and it is a good song for Matched & Crossed.

  • MiriamBarton
    November 24, 2011

    Awesome music, Iike your style πŸ™‚

  • Cait
    November 24, 2011

    Loved the books, when I read Crossed I kept on listening to “IF I DIE YOUNG” by Band Perry, the book included a lot of young children dying and I thought it really fit especially with it saying “make me a rainbow” (referring to Vick)

  • Emily
    November 26, 2011

    OMG!!! I love Mumford and Sons!!!

  • sarah
    November 26, 2011

    Great selection – might have to make a mix Cd out of this list πŸ™‚

  • Marissa
    November 27, 2011

    I’m thrilled that Set Fire to the Third Bar is one of them. That is one of my all time favorite songs, and it’s been playing through as I’ve been reading Crossed. I’m on page 150 or so… I love it so far!

  • Readerchic
    November 29, 2011

    I’m excited to listen to these songs, the ones I don’t know anyhow. And to follow the theme I think the next book should be called Risen but that sounds a like being resurrected…. Or maybe Twisted but those both only make sense if you know my theories about the next book! πŸ˜‰

  • Alyssa
    December 1, 2011

    Love the playlist…have been listening to them after I finished the book (which was in 2 days, couldn’t put it down). The songs merge well with the words you wrote. Can’t wait for the next book… and I’m sure for the movies to follow. Thank you for writing such an interesting series!

  • Grace
    December 3, 2011

    I bought Matched at my schools book fair, and I finished it today and Crossed was advertized at the back of the book so I looked it up and realized that it came out two days ago.Now I’m going crazy trying to find it! Matched was the best book I’ve read the entire year of fifth grade, even though I would have prefered if Xander and Cassia stayed matched and everything is alright to them in the end.So Ally,if you’re listening,good job,but if your third book is your last,please make it to were Cassia and Xander are married and everythings alright for them and they’re one big happy family.

    • Nellie
      December 4, 2011

      Are you kidding me? That’s just… It doesn’t fit! This whole story is based on the love between Cassia & Ky because they’re “breaking the system”. If Cassie had stayed with Xander, it wouldn’t have been two more books, and the story wouldn’t have been as much interesting.
      Just sayin’ πŸ˜‰

  • Ameera
    December 3, 2011

    So i was listening to the radio, and this song called uprising by the band muse comes on, and IT WAS PERRRFFEECCT!! Some of the lyrics were like we will not force us, they will stop degrading us, they will not controll us, we will be victoriuous, and it was perfect! listen and you will see!

    • River Girl
      January 31, 2012

      I agree that Muse’s “Uprising” is SO CORE to the Matched/Crossed story!

      I heard it this morning when I was driving around too, and everything about it made me think that this song would be playing in the background of Cassia’s turning points.

      I especially think that this song will completely fit once the 3rd book comes out, when the Rising takes on the Society! πŸ˜‰

  • Jessica
    December 5, 2011

    When will we know more about the movie? Will it be released in 2013? Because I can’t wait for it πŸ˜›

  • Ashley R.
    December 5, 2011

    Okay, so I just finished Matched on Saturday, and it was so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it so much.
    I am going to have to agree with Nellie, Cassia’s love for Ky and his love for her is what makes the story.

    Ally, if you think Xander and Ky are equally matched, how are you going to choose one in the end?
    I like Ky better. But I love Xander as well.

  • Alexa
    December 6, 2011

    Hi Ally (and anyone else who may comment to this post),

    Where can I find Yazala Ambambuti to listen to [from the “Crossed” playlist]?? I can’t seem to find the song on youtube and was wondering if it is anywhere else.


  • TsigheredaMesfin
    December 7, 2011

    Hi Ally,
    I agree with Nellie, Cassia choosing Ky( the guy she barely knew) over Xander( her best friend and the guy she’s practically known for her entire life). i mean that’s just what makes the story amazing and juicy.

    I just finished reading crossed and i have to say it is just amazing, but i feel kind of sad for Ky because he can’t be with Cassia plus they would’ve made a great couple.

    BTW I love the playlist, you have great taste.

  • Mattie
    December 23, 2011

    I know this doesn’t directly have anything to do with your play-list but there is this games that really struck me as the story of Cassia and Ky. And the music (<–only relation) was perfect. So if you have any time, I highly suggest you play it. The name of it is 'One and One Story' you can play it for free on Kongregate.com. That's all, nice play-list by the way.

  • kara
    December 24, 2011

    I feel like ellie goulding-lights would match to either of these book.

    and i love coldplay! πŸ™‚

  • Alejandra
    December 27, 2011

    I just got done reading this after I got done reading Matched, and I love it! I’m so exited to know what’s going to happen next! πŸ˜€

    • Aida
      December 27, 2011

      Do you know when Ky says he puts himself into Cassias matching pool?
      is it in the first or second book and when??

  • Valeria
    December 30, 2011

    Hey guys!
    I made a youtube playlist if you want to see it! Except for one of the songs which I can not find. But the rest is there!
    Just to save you guys the trouble(:


  • Emily
    January 4, 2012

    The Matched trilogy are the greatest books I’ve EVER read, and I’ve read a lot of books!

    I also love the playlists; they almost exactly suit the books!

    I am so excited for the third book to come out, but I guarantee I’ll be gutted for it too end!

  • ama
    January 24, 2012

    Wow, Blue Lips by R. Spektor really reminds me of Ky!! Great playlist!!

  • Natascha
    January 28, 2012

    Set the Fire to the Third Bar is exactly the song I already listened to when I read the last chapters of Matched. And again in Crossed. I think it’s so beautiful and fitting. πŸ™‚

  • Jessie07
    February 20, 2012

    After listening to the last song a couple of times I feel like I have a pretty good idea where book three is going to take us! I CAN NOT WAIT to learn more about book three.

  • xiomari
    March 1, 2012

    ally condie you are a great auother i hope to find more storys about cassia and ky keep up the good work

  • dani
    May 13, 2012

    i hope that ally condie will write a forth book about cassia and ky:):):):):):):):)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kevie
    May 25, 2012

    im in love with thess books and im sooo excited about the last one you have no idea im seriously in the best mood!

  • Coletta
    May 31, 2012

    I love the Killers!

  • Annie
    June 20, 2012

    I adore Roll Away Your Stone and Blue is very apt. Thanks for including the vein of color symbolism throughout these books. It’s a nice touch that the effects of the tablets correspond with the mood/covers of the books (at least in a general sense and on a severity scale: green-calming, suppressing the sinister, blue-numbing, slowing down away from society, and red-forgetting/eliminating . . . well, I look forward to seeing how you use that one). I think its details like this combined with the refreshing introspection of Cassia and Ky that makes me prefer your teen romance dystopia compared to a lot of others in the field. The lovers aren’t drowning in their angst, the society is plausible, and things aren’t so black and white . . . done babbling.

  • Brandee
    August 6, 2012

    I just heard Here to Stay by Lenka and I think it goes along with the Matched Trilogy really well.

  • sammi
    September 20, 2012

    I love both of the playlists you created. Every time I read a book I always think of songs to go with them. these are perfect. I just finished reading the books for the second time and i re fell in love with them. i cant wait till reached! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren
    January 2, 2013

    I just listened to A Dustland Fairytale and I can see why you chose this song. It really goes with the mood of the story.

  • Addi
    February 16, 2013

    Oh my gosh I <3'd Matched and am on page 360 or something of Crossed totally my fave book series EVER so far! I'm excited about Reached too I'm just hoping its a good conclusion.

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