My latest playlist is inspired by several pieces of artwork depicting a skater punk Rey and a ballet dancer Ben. These artworks are a twist on the popular song, Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne. If you aren’t into Reylo, this playlist works as a general enemies-to-lovers style playlist!

Initially I wanted to make my own artwork, maybe a painting as my contribution to the “she was a punk, he did ballet” idea. Then I thought I could maybe write a short fic. Before I start on a story I usually make a photo storyboard or a playlist to help the flow of ideas. In this case, I spent a whole month choosing the right songs that I felt properly expressed the mood and tone of a skater punk Rey (angry, wild, a bit insecure) and a dancer Ben (confident, arrogant, quick to fall in love).

This playlist contains six sections, each separated by an instrumental. Each instrumental is meant to act as a song that Ben would be performing to as a ballet dancer. Here’s the playlist.

Part 1: Introductions

Bad Reputation by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco
Ain’t It Fun by Paramore
I’m Shakin’ by Rooney
brutal by Olivia Rodrigo
Pas de Cheval by Panic! at the Disco

Part 2: One-sided Enemies

Instrumental: April by The Lumineers

Campus by Vampire Weekend
abcdefu by GAYLE
Sweet Talk by Saint Motel
Therefore I Am by Billie Eilish
Tear in My Heart by Twenty One Pilots
crushcrushcrush by Paramore
Irresistible by Fall Out Boy, Demi Levato

Part 3: Crush

Instrumental: Amy by Alexandre Deplat

Rose-Colored Boy by Paramore
It Had To Be You by Motion City Soundtrack
Gorgeous by Taylor Swift
this is what falling in love feels like by JVKE
Crush by Tessa Violet

Part 4: Acceptance

Instrumental: Planetarium by Justin Hurwitz

Tell Me It’s Okay – Demo by Paramore
Invincible by OK Go
Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Electric Love by B├śRNS
ME! (feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco) by Taylor Swift

Part 5: Together

Instrumental: Honeymoon (Overture) by Hellogoodbye

Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie
The Only Exception by Paramore

Part 5: Epilogue

Instrumental: Once Upon a Dream by Emile Pandolfi

All I Wanted (feat. Mark Hoppus) by Avril Lavigne
Shut Up and Dance by WALK THE MOON

Check out the playlist on Spotify: