On Rotation: November 2023

Celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang! Check out our curated playlist of fire-themed songs, featuring hits like The Prodigy's "Firestarter", Elton John's "Rocket Man", and Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Burning". Whether you're enjoying a fireworks display or hosting your own celebration, this playlist will add an extra spark to the festivities. Give it a spin for a fiery musical experience!


Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire

Callum (#1 Bruce Springsteen fan)

Plucked from the seminal ‘Born in the U.S.A’, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’ is an iconic ballad packed with his typically slick and schmoozing lyricism. Sadly a rarity nowadays when it comes to live performances from The Boss, the track is a huge fan favourite and certainly one of the first Springsteen songs I remember hearing! Covers from the likes of Soccer Mommy, The Staves and Johnny Cash are wonderful, too!

Honourable mentions:
Bruce Springsteen - Streets Of Fire
Bruce Springsteen - Fire
Bruce Springsteen - Into The Fire


The Prodigy - Firestarter 


The Prodigy's 1997 hit, "Firestarter," topped the U.K. Singles chart for 3 weeks and reached #30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The controversial track, known for its confrontational lyrics and eerie video filmed in London’s abandoned Aldwych Tube station, marked a shift for the band away from the rave scene. The wah-wah guitar riff was sampled from The Breeders' "S.O.S." Kim Deal's "drone" sound inspired the song's "evil" build. Despite the rage-filled lyrics, the band insisted their music aimed to evoke an energetic response rather than convey political messages. "Firestarter" became The Prodigy's first UK number one single, altering their image with a bold mix of rave and rock.

Honourable mentions:
Tom Jones version - Burning Down the House
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Burning
Blur - Bang
Katy Perry - Firework


Elton John - Rocket Man


"Rocket Man" is a widely known Elton John song, and his default nickname. The fantastical 2019 biopic even adopted the song's title as its own. It's now considered one of the 1970s definitive songs, and over the years, it's been widely covered and sampled. Notably, Kate Bush's 1989 version for the tribute album 'Two Rooms' features a gentle reggae sway, while My Morning Jacket's 2004 rendition creates a haunting effect, and Heaven 17's 2015 electro take adds a bass-heavy, reggae-inspired twist.. A mark of a good song can be seen in how many people want to cover it, but hearing the original as you watch fireworks fill the sky is a must this bonfire night.

Honourable mentions:
The Doors - Light My Fire
Bastille - Things We Lost in the Fire
Kasabian - Fire
Ash - Burn Baby Burn


Black Pumas - Fire


'Fire’ is the fourth song on Austin soul duo Black Pumas’ debut album, released in 2019. In my opinion, it is one of, if not the best contemporary soul album to ever surface – making it a pretty legendary first offering. I also, once again, first discovered it in November 2020, so it very much feels like the theme track to this time of year.

Honourable mentions:
Gengahr - Burning air
Palace - Fire In The Sky


Sincere Engineer - Fireplace 


‘Fireplace’ was the first single off Chicago native Sincere Engineer’s latest offering ‘Cheap Grills’. Sincere Engineer’s approach to songwriting is candid and honest, both lyrically and in sound. Her vocals are raw and the sound she creates is unfiltered and unapologetic. A definite must in my autumn playlist.

Honourable mentions:
Watsky - Fireworks
Billy Joel - We Didn’t Start the Fire
John Parr - St Elmo’s Fire

Drake and Alicia Keys - Fireworks


Drake's debut LP, "Thank Me Later," kicks off with a "monologue" addressing common interview questions. The track, produced by Noah "40" Shebib and featuring Alicia Keys on the hook, is chosen as the opener because Drake sees it as a significant indicator of the album's overall vibe. He explains that the song, particularly the first verse, reflects his current life at the time and sets the tone for the album, providing listeners with an initial glimpse into the narrative.

Honourable mentions:
Atomic Kitten - Eternal Flame
Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande - Bang Bang



Elvis Presley - Burning Love


Released just one year before he died, Elvis Presley’s 1972 track ‘Burning Love’ was his 40th and final Top 10 hit. With lyrics like ‘temperature rising’, ‘brain is flaming’, and ‘you’re gonna set me on fire’, I figured this definitely fit the Bonfire Night brief! It’s a song that reminds me of growing up around my Grandad who constantly had Elvis blaring through the house, and it’s a track I’ll never skip.

Honourable mentions:
Charles Bradley, Menahan Street Band - The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
Jimi Hendrix - Fire
Adele - Set Fire To The Rain
Sean Kingston – Fire Burning



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Hey, I'm Izzy, I'm a lover of all things music and fashion! I'm happiest at a festival or by the sea. You can probably find me with a whisky in my hand or taking pictures of King Arthur (my bunny).

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