Midsummer Night Dream Playlist
Song #1 Let it Go by Idina Menzel
The theme of this song is sadness and bitterness. I believe that this connects to Helena in the beginning of the play because she was not happy and very bitter towards Hermia because Demeitrius' love towards Hermia. She was constantly cold and icy towards Hermia because of this. To me, that is what this song is about.
Disney's Frozen "Let It Go" Sequence Performed by Idina Menzel
Song #2 Grenade By Bruno Mars
After we delve a little deeper into the play, we find out that Helena plans to betray Lysander and Hermia. Her motive for this is to please Demetrius. I think this song accurately portrays betrayal. I also think that it hits on the idea that Helena is desperate for Demitrius, and would go to great extends to help him even for small things. This song also covers what Lysander and Hermia feel after they find out that Hermia betrayed them.
Bruno Mars - Grenade [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Song #3 Stay With Me By Sam Smith
Later, Helena still feels worthless because Demetrius is still ignoring her in pursuit of Hermia. I chose this song because I think it shows her desperation. It also shows what she thinks what life would be like with Demetrius. Overall, this song is sad themed with hints of other emotions, just like Helena was; sad, with other emotions mixed in.
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Song #4 My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark By Fall Out Boy
Next, Helena is angry because she thinks that Lysander is mocking her. This song kind of fits that theme because the song is themed around anger. I think she would direct her feelings and blame them on Hermia because she would never blame Demetrius, and Hermia is the person that Demetrius likes.
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) - Part 1 of 11
Song #5 Radioactive By Imagine Dragons
After Helena gets over her initial anger, she is still simmering and is at the point that if anything sets her off, she is ready to explode, just like radioactive elements such as Uranium that are unstable compounds. This song fits that theme and emotional instability of Helena at the time. I think this song would be directed towards Lysander as a warning call for what may come if he continues in the same way.
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Song #6 The Lazy Song By Bruno Mars
After Helena cools down, she is kind of neutral and is calm with herself. This song encompasses that feeling of a neutral happiness a little bit, but she was more just being content with where she is and what she is doing. I think this feeling is spread to everyone evenly.
Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Song #7 Happy By Pharrell Williams
After Helena is at peace, Demetrius starts to love her and she becomes happy, just like the title of this song. She is elated that Demetrius finally loves her back. This song would be directed towards Demetrius, because he is why she is happy.
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video)
Song #8 Could Shoulder By Adele
After Helena realizes that Lysander still loves her, she is kind of cold-hearted towards him and Hermia. I think this song encompasses her icy shoulder. This song would be directed towards everyone except for her true love; Demetrius.
ADELE - 'Cold Shoulder'
Song #9 God Only Knows By Beach Boys
At this point in the story, Helena loves Demetrius and Demetrius loves her back. Lysander also loves Hermia and Hermia loves him back. With that in mind, I thought the theme of the next song would be best as a classic love song, and this song is a lot like the scenario in the play at the time; mutual love.
God Only Knows- Beach Boys Lyrics
Song #10 All Of Me By John Legend
At the end of the play, everyone is happy with their lover, and Helena and Demetrius are going to get married. I think this song goes along with that theme of absolute love quite well. I also think that Hermia and Demetrius would do anything for each other, and the lyrics "all of me loves all of you" really enhances the theme of total and absolute love.
John Legend - All of Me