Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hamlet -- The Playlist

One of the creative projects I often have my GT kids do for a book is to create a playlist for either the book as a whole or else for the main character.  When I first dreamed up the assignment a few years ago, before I'd ever tried it out on a class to see how it worked, I decided to create a playlist for Shakespeare's Hamlet, just to see how it would go.  I chose songs for the action of the play and songs for various characters and put them more or less in order of when the songs would be appropriate during the play.
I'd forgotten about this playlist for quite awhile until I ran across it again a few days ago, so I'm presenting it to you now in its entirety.

Oedipus Rex Tom Lehrer An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer
Does Your Mother Know? ABBA Thank You For The Music #2
Her Majesty The Beatles Abbey Road
Killer Queen Queen Platinum Collection
Maxwell's Silver Hammer The Beatles Abbey Road
When I Get Home The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
A Worried Man The Kingston Trio The Essential Kingston Trio I
Yesterday The Beatles Help!
One More Angel In Heaven Andrew Lloyd Webber Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Tainted Love Soft Cell 80s Pop Culture #3
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away The Beatles Help!
Stop! In The Name Of Love Diana Ross & The Supremes America's Top 10: Motown's Greatest Hits
Run For Your Life The Beatles Rubber Soul
Help! The Beatles Help!
Show Me The Way Styx  Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology
Madness (Is All In The Mind) Madness Madness
Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton Hot Tracks 1981
Happiness Is A Warm Gun The Beatles White Album I
Time For Me To Fly REO Speedwagon The Hits
San Francisco (Flowers In Your Hair) Scott McKenzie America's Top 10: The Folk Years
Where Have All The Flowers Gone? The Kingston Trio The Essential Kingston Trio II
Good Riddance (time of your life) Green Day Nimrod
I'm A Loser The Beatles Beatles For Sale
That'll Be The Day Buddy Holly
Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002
We're Not Gonna Take It  Twisted Sister 80s Pop Culture #5
Don't Stop Me Now Queen Platinum Collection Rock
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word Elton John Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Good Night The Beatles White Album II

What are your thoughts?  Did I leave out any obvious songs for Hamlet, Gertrude, or Ophelia?  What songs should I have included for Horatio?  Are there any songs where you can't figure out why I included them?
Your turn: Name a song you'd put on a playlist for MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer, or Othello.


  1. Love the concept! Bet a lot of the kids enjoy the assignment too.

  2. Well, given the choice between this and writing an essay, guess which one they'd pick.

  3. Now that is creative teaching.

    I'd choose Juliet by Robin Gibb for Romeo and Juliet, mainly because of the line 'This kind of loving you don't forget'. You can hear it on youtube.