A Slaughterhouse-Five Playlist

Below are a few songs I found related to Slaughterhouse-Five in a somewhat thematic fashion, at least in terms of time. Enjoy!


Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams

“Oh, when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Yeah, I’d always wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life”

This song, filled with nostalgia for the past, completely rejects the idea of the non-linearity of time. Like most people, Bryan Adams thinks of time as linear, and though he yearns to go back to that summer, he says he doesn’t have the choice.


Things We Lost in the Fire – Bastille

“Things we lost to the flames
Things we’ll never see again”

Another song, this one dealing with loss of things, and by extension, memories, looking back at what once was. This song is so caught up in its own grief that it doesn’t think of what else could be, only what they know in that moment.


History Has its Eyes on You – Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton Original Broadway Cast

“You have no control
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story”

This song deals with fate, agreeing with Slaughterhouse-Five in the sense that our lives are not entirely up to us. However, in this case, it is more that after we die, our lives are essentially no longer in our hands.