The Outsiders Soundtrack

Nathan H.

Through the Fire and the Flames

Through the Fire and the Flames by Dragonforce very closely relates to the burning church dilemma from The Outsiders. One quote in the song relating to the book is, "We're banished from a time in a fallen land to a life beyond the stars." This can be interpreted as how Johnny and Ponyboy were forced out of the Greasers territory, "a fallen land", to the distant church, "a life beyond the stars." Another quote from the song is, "In flames of death's eternal reign we ride towards the fight." This relates to how Ponyboy and Johnny fearlessly ran toward the fire. This is supported in chapter four, “I started at a dead run for the church… Suddenly, in the red glow and the haze, I remembered wondering what it was like in a burning ember, and I thought: Now I know, it's a red hell. Why aren't I scared?"

Dragonforce - Through The Fire And Flames (Video)

Some Nights

Some Nights by FUN describes how Ponyboy felt before the rumble between Socs and Greasers. This song shows how the singer is not sure why he is doing this fight and asking what will it accomplish, similar to how Ponyboy felt. A quote from the song to support this is, "What do I stand for?" Another similarity between the song and the book is when the song says, "I miss my mom and dad for this?" The quote also lines up with how Ponyboy has no parents, and misses them. It also lines up with how Ponyboy's parents would want him to stay safe, yet he is going to a violent rumble. In addition, both the song and the book describe how they have to go to the battle, even if they didn't know what it would do. In chapter 9, Ponyboy says, " Right then the most important thing in my life was helping us whip the Socs. Don't let him make me stay home now. I've got to be in it."
Fun.: Some Nights [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Eye of the Tiger

The song Eye of the Tiger by Survivor can describe the large rumble between the Greasers and the Socs. A quote from the song supporting this is, "It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight risin' up to the challenge of our rivals." This talk about the trill of the fight, similar to how Ponyboy asked his friends why they fought in chapter 9, "How come you like fights, Darry."
Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger


Demons by Imagine Dragons can be interpreted as how Ponyboy thought kids were being exposed to far too much and turning tough at young age, also explaining why he wrote the book at the end. Supporting this is a quote from the song, "Look into my eyes,
it's where my demons hide." This quote is closely related to chapter 8, when Ponyboy said, " Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the sights you want to see." Another idea the song is close to is how everybody didn't want Ponyboy to get tough. One quote from the song to follow this is, "Your eyes, they shine so bright
I want to save that light." This is similar to chapter 9, when Johnny said, " Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold…"
Imagine Dragons - Demons (Official)


Sail by Awolnation can be used to describe Dally's state of mind during his death. He was broken after Johnny's death and can be shown in chapter 9 as,"Damnit, Johnny..." he begged, slamming one fist against the wall, hammering it to make it obey his will. "Oh, damnit, Johnny, don't die, please don't die…" Johnny was the only thing Dally loved, and now that he was gone, he had nothing. This relates to the song because of the lines,"This is how I show my love… This is how an angel dies," and, "Maybe I should kill myself." Dally was lost and confused, lining up with the song's theme. His death can be represented by the line, "Sail with me into the dark."