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Maddie + Max Songs From the Book

What do the Beach Boys and Metallica have in common? They’re both referenced in the novel, Maddie + Max as a way to illustrate the shift in feelings as Maddie and Max go through the various stages of love. The author captures that moment of first falling for each other, to songs full of desire, followed by heartbreak, and finally, loss. 

From the light-hearted song Kokomo when the two first meet to Nothing Else Matter decades later when Max refuses to acknowledge Maddie’s existence, the book is filled with classic songs from across genres. 

The Maddie + Max playlist includes seventeen songs from late eighties and the early nineties.

  1. Kokomo – Beach Boys
  2. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
  3. Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt 
  4. Dreams – Van Halen 
  5. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
  6. Rump Shaker – Wreckx-N-Effect
  7. Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex
  8. Double Wide Trailer – Sammy Kershaw
  9. Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
  10. Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
  11. I Hate Myself for Loving You – Joan Jett
  12. Poison – Alice Cooper
  13. Nothing Else Matters- Metallica
  14. Until Your Love Comes Back Around  – RTZ
  15. Sweet Child O’Mine – Guns N’ Roses
  16. Hells Bells – ACDC
  17. Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks 

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