Coffee Break: Romeo + Juliet

A production of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'
A production of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' at the Lyceum in London (W. & D. Downey / Getty Images 1895)

Listener Renae wrote in with today's topic idea - songs that mention Romeo and Juliet. She says "the classic tragic tale from William Shakespeare pops up in songs quite a bit - some songs tell the tale and some just reference it."

Written in the late 1500s, it's certainly true that this popular play makes a guest appearance in many songs, and let's come up with a playlist of the best ones today.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention Romeo and Juliet?

Respond with your song ideas in the comments below.

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Songs played

Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet
The Reflections - (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet
Madonna - Cherish
Bruce Springsteen - Fire
Michael And The Messengers - Romeo And Juliet
Basement Jaxx - Romeo
Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor


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