A selection of the tracks mentioned in 31 Songs


‘All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don’t like them as much as I do’
— Nick Hornby

‘A collection of music-as-metaphor essays—like a diary in mix-tape form’
Entertainment Weekly

‘A joyful meditation on 31 of Hornby’s favorite pop songs—Hornby is excellent at dissecting what makes a song tick, and doing so in an accessible way. [An] embracing, even life-affirming approach to music criticism. Songbook will send readers not only to his favorite songs, but back to their own with fresh ears’
The Capital Times (Madison)

‘The writing isn’t music criticism: Hornby isn’t all that interested in trends in music—He is interested in no, taken by songs’
The New York Times

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