Basket Case by Green Day
The song shows how Holden introduces himself in the beginning of the book and that story about a part of his life is not that much important. In the beginning of the chapter he exclaims that "If you really want to hear about it [his life], the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like"(1 Salinger). Obviously, from this quote Holden is not very interested in talking to the reader about his life but talks about it anyway. The song also show the similar aspect as this line says, "do you have the time, to listen to me whine, about nothing and everything at once." This illustrates that the speaker thinks that the story that he is going to talk about is not that interesting similar to what Holden says.
Dancing with Tears in my Eyes by Kesha
This song illustrates how Holden feels when is little brother, Allie, dies from leukemia and his reaction in the garage. In chapter 5 Holden talks about his explosive reaction to when Allie died when he was 13 years old: "I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddamn windows with my fist"( 39 Salinger). This showed psychologically how he really cared for Allie and that he did not want him for to die but, unfortunately Allie soon dies and it hits Holden hard but he does not really express it. On the other hand, the song shows how he feels inside where it says," welcome to my funeral, without you, I don't even have a pulse, all alone, it's dark and cold." The song shows that inside after Allie's death he feels dark and cold inside as if something was taken out of him and it is killing him slowly. To summarize, the quote from Holden shows how he felt like on the outside but, the song shows how he really felt like on the inside.
Miss Atomic Bomb by The Killers
This song shows Holden's strong feelings for Jane and how he feels when he finds out when she is messing around with his most despised enemy, Stradlater. After Ackley falls fast asleep Holden tells us his thoughts: "I kept laying there in the dark... trying not to think about old Jane and Stradlater in that god-dam Ed Banky's car. But it was almost impossible," then he goes on trying to think out Stradlater's techniques (48 Salinger). This shows that he had really heart felt feelings for Jane, but when he finds out that Stradlater is with her he begins to wonder 'why not me?' or 'how is that even possible' and grieves that he had probably lost her forever. The song similarly shows Holden's grief as this line says," all that I wanted is a little touch, a little tenderness, the truth, I didn't ask for much, no." This song shows that the singer was in love with a young beautiful girl but soon gets stabbed in the back when the girl goes off with another man and he feels like he missed his chance for love. In other words the song shows that Holden is grieving for missing his chance for Jane's love.
Bad Reputation by Joan Jett
In this song, it represents how Holden does not care about his reputation that he takes for being a phony and making up lies everywhere he goes. In the beginning of chapter 3, Holden quotes," I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life... somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera" (16 Salinger). He is explaining that it's a habit for him to lie to people which psychologically show that he does not care about his reputation or what happens to it when he leaves those lies laying around. On the other hand, a line from this song says "and I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation, never said I wanted to improve my station." To clarify the song relates to how Holden knows that he is a terrible liar, however he never says that he is going to stop lying because in reality he does not care who he is lying to and what the lies do.
Mr. Brightside by The Killers
The beginning of the song relates to the awkward moment at the end of Chapter 9, when Holden is inside the hotel room. As Holden stares out of his hotel window he notices," a man and a woman squirting water out of their mouths at each other," at first he thinks this is a weird a funny thing but, he soon notices that the woman is "pretty good looking" and he starts talking about all the dirty stuff that his mind keeps thinking of if he had the opportunity; unfortunately, he does get a chance when he calls Faith Cavendish and almost sets up a date before he chickens out (62 Salinger). This shows that the adult like interactions that Holden witnesses as he stays in New York and how he wishes to get the opportunity but knows that he does not have the "guts" for it. The song starts off with "now I'm falling asleep, and she's calling a cab," then it says "but she's touching his chest, now, he takes off her dress, now." This relates to Holden's interaction in the hotel because the first line shows Holden's unsuccessful chance for a date and the second line shows what Holden is looking at in the window. To summarize, this song compares to Holden's mature but childish actions during that moment in chapter 9.