I'm always looking for ways to supplement a class reading of popular literature. I might hear a song on the radio and think that I could use that song to get my students to think a little more about characterization, conflict, theme, or author's craft.
For example, after readig Chapter 1 and 2 of "The Outsiders," I might play Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild" and ask my students to explain how the song relates to the characters.
Or before reading "Of Mice and Men," I'll have my students listen to J. Cole's "Love Yourz" and write a journal prompt about the idea of loneliness and success.
There are plenty of ways of using music with literature.
In this 2-page PDF, I've compiled a list of songs that pair well with popular literature.
The literature inclues:
"The Great Gatsby"
"Lord of the Flies"
"The Scarlet Letter"
"Of Mice and Men"
"Romeo and Juliet"
the works of Langston Hughes
"To Kill a Mockingbird"
"Catcher in the Rye"
Each novel is paired with about 4 songs. In total, I have listed 63 songs.
Have fun listening!