In this song, Twenty-One Pilots explains the struggle of internal strife and conflict of interest. The idea that if they expose what is in their mind and mental state is portray as being a catastrophic event. They allude to the idea that, "I can make Pandora's Box content like non-violent". This supports the idea that the challenge of self discovery and personal enlightenment is a risky process.
In the diss track Back to Back by Drake he states that, "This for y'all that think that I don't write enough/ They just mad ‘cause I got the Midas touch." This allusion is in reference to the story, in Greek Mythology, of King Midas. In the king's case everything he touch would turn to gold. While this may sound like a blessing, the trait was actually given to him as a curse. Referring back to the song, it is entertaining to see whenever there is a conflict between to rappers and/or singers that it is more likely for the more well-known artist get attacked. While Drake may see his status as a blessing, it also puts a target on his back (a curse).
This particular song by Of Mice and Men does not have a direct allusion to any literature, but the band's name is an allusion to John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men". A personal theme that one has pulled out of the novel is the idea that whether someone is as small as a mice or as smart as an intelligentsia, in this world there comes as time where everyone is equal. In the story, each character, that was on the farm during the Great Depression, had their own personal struggle and backstory. Because of this Of Mice and Men is a fitting name for the alternative band. Since they express the notion of internal struggle and separation from society, they share common themes with the text.
"A Tale of 2 Citiez" by J. Cole is depiction of societal issues that are presented to the black community and black males in particular. The constant conflict between rich/poor and reality/appearance are the subjects that J.Cole confronts throughout the song, which are similar topic made in Charles Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities".
In "Love Story" by Taylor Swift, she uses two classical story-lines to convey the theme of her song. Her reference to "The Scarlet Letter" and "Romeo and Juliet" in these line "'Cause you were Romeo,/ I was a scarlet letter/ And my daddy said stay away from Juliet" cause her audience to recall the themes those two stories shared. She used to these two works so her listeners would understand the idea of forbidden love that lead to death.
Hallelujah is a American Classic that has been remade several time by many notable artist. The original singer that presented this song was Leonard Cohan, and he wanted to express the idea that, "Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means 'Glory to the Lord.' The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It's a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion." At 0:00 Cohan speaks of King David, which is a Biblical allusion. He also states "she tied you to a kitchen chair/ She broke your throne, and she cut your hair/ and from her lips she drew a hallelujah" at 1:16. This is another Biblical allusion to the story of Sampson and Delilah. While there are other references to the Bible throughout this song these two share the same theme of women who used the sexuality to deter and disintegrate men of power.
Lana Del Rey is known for her promiscuous songs and topics related to sexual content. She has published many songs sharing the same ideas found in Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita", like her songs titled "Lolita" and "Carman". However, the reason why this particular song made the curation is because at 0:38 Lana refers to the opening lines of "Lolita" when she sings, "Light of my life, fire of my loins".
This particular song, by The Police, illustrates the picture of a young male teacher being tempted by one of his female students. At 2:12 they state, "It's no use, he sees her/ He starts to shake and cough/ Just like the old man in/ That book by Nabokov". This is a literary reference to the novel "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov, where a literature professor begins to have sexual relations with his 12-year old step-daughter.