Haruki Murakami’s body of work is definitely eclectic. The characters are young, old, men, women, small, tall, etc. The settings range from Japan’s coastal villages to the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene hills near Kyoto. Some may be tinged with the surreal while others bask in it.
But one thing that remains the same is Murakami’s singular taste in music. Here’s what he likes: The Beatles, Radiohead, classical music, and jazz. Those are the sorts of music Murakami listens to, and, honestly, that’s pretty close to my taste in music, though I am much less sophisticated.
And do you want to know the greatest thing that will bring you enormous amounts of joy? On Murakami’s author website, there is a list of every song or piece of music he mentions in many of his books, along with iTunes links. It also includes where the music was specifically mentioned. Check that out here.
But we know many of you are past iTunes and now use Spotify. So I have put together a playlist of some of Murakami’s most notable tunes to get you through the day. So go ahead and live your life the Murakami way, and use his music as your daily soundtrack.
“Bird as Prophet” by Robert Schumann from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Serenade for Strings by Pyotr Tchaikovsky from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Piano concerto no. 1 by Franz Lizst from Sputnik Sweetheart
“Pretend” by Nat King Cole from South of the Border, West of the Sun
“The Star-Crossed Lovers” by Duke Ellington from South of the Border, West of the Sun
“Norwegian Wood” by The Beatles from Norwegian Wood
“Michelle” by The Beatles from Norwegian Wood
“Wedding Bell Blues” by Laura Nyro from Norwegian Wood
“Motion Picture Soundtrack” by Radiohead from Kafka on the Shore
Sonata in D Major by Franz Schubert from Kafka on the Shore
“‘Round Midnight” by Thelonious Monk from Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
“Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” by Three Dog Night from The Elephant Vanishes
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