Earlier this week, we spotted a great list of the most mentioned songs in literature over at PWxyz. They’d gotten their info from Small Demons, a fantastic website devoted to connecting books to each other and to the world in interesting ways. Inspired, we did some exploring of our own, and came up with a snapshot of the pop cultural landscape — at least if our books can be believed. Though all of these lists are of necessity always changing as new works get added to the database (and the world), we still think they give a pretty good picture — click through to see the artists, musicians, songs, films and even clothing brands that get most mentioned in literature printed in English, and let us know if you think the book world reflects our culture accurately in the comments.
The 10 Most Mentioned Songs in Literature:
1. “Hey Jude,” The Beatles
2. “Heartbreak Hotel,” Elvis Presley
3. “Stairway to Heaven,” Led Zeppelin
4. “We are the World”
5. “Dancing Queen,” ABBA
6. “Blue Suede Shoes,” Carl Perkins
7. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” The Beatles
8. “Eleanor Rigby,” The Beatles
9. “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana
10. “Macarena,” Los del Rio
See more at Small Demons.