The (almost) Complete Cassandra Clare Character Playlist

Guess what book is coming out SUPER SOON? I mean, based on the name of this post, you might have already guessed. Anyway, the Dark Artifices is coming to a conclusion with Queen of Air and Darkness and I’m never going to be ready 😭 I’m actually very concerned for these character’s lives.

But to get into a full Cassie Clare mood™️, I’m going to be creating a Cassandra Clare Characters Playlist! This playlist has taken MONTHS to write. And I’m quite serious about the months part, I started writing this post back in April. It just takes THAT long to figure out the perfect songs for these special characters.

And of course, you might disagree with me and the music I’ve picked for each of these characters. That’s okay, as long as you tell me what song you’d choose instead!

The Mortal Instruments Characters

Jace Herondale – Demons by Imagine Dragons

This song is one of my favorites of ALL time. And fun fact, one of my favorite characters in my first WIP completely owned this song. Seriously, it was his theme.

But anyway, back to Jace. Poor Jace. Demon obsessed family thing happening. Yeah, this song kind of definitely goes with Jace.

I want to hide the truth
I want to shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide

Also, I think this song is actually the Herondale family theme.

Clary Fray – Sinner by Andy Grammar

I’ve been throwing stones, waiting by the river
I’ve been on my own, praying like a sinner
And you’ve been gone too long
I’m waiting out the winter
And I’ve been on my knees, praying like
Praying like a sinner

The style of thing just resonates so much with my idea of Clary. And I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest Clary fan. At least, compared the other books and other characters.

But I am excited for what happens with Clary and Jace in Queen of Air and Darkness! Also, I like how Clary and Jace are in TDA, but definitely not the main focus.

Simon – Something Just Like This by the Chainsmokers

I’ve been reading books of old
The legends and the myths
Achilles and his gold
Hercules and his gifts
Spiderman’s control
And Batman with his fists
And clearly I don’t see myself upon that list

Simon starts out on the outside of ALL the fairy tales and slowly works his way into the heart of the story. And then he looses all of it, and has to start from square one all over again. Not fair! Anyway, this song just reminds me of him.

Alex Lightwood – Dangerously by Charlie Puth

Alex is a control freak, ok? I can kind of sort of empathize because I’m also an older sibling and having responsibility can make you super bossy and controlling. Like Alex.

Dangerously is all about how love forces you to take chances and do things you’d NEVER do. Which is totally Alex and Magnus. Perfect theme for Alex.

Usually, I hold the power with both my hands
Tied behind my back
Look at how things change, ’cause now you’re the train
And I’m tied to the track

Cause I loved you dangerously
More than the air that I breathe
Knew we would crash at the speed that we were going
Didn’t care if the explosion ruined me
Baby, I loved you dangerously

Isabelle Lightwood – Praying by Kesha

*handclap for my fav*

Isabelle is such an incredibly strong character and one of my absolute favorites in The Mortal Instruments. I just feel like Kesha and her strength mirrors Isabelle and her life journey.

And you said that I was done
Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
‘Cause I can make it on my own, oh
And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known
I’ll bring thunder, I’ll bring rain, oh
When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name

Infernal Devices Characters

Will Herondale – Happier by Ed Sheeran

Ain’t nobody hurt you like I hurt you
But ain’t nobody love you like I do
Promise that I will not take it personal, baby
If you’re moving on with someone new
‘Cause baby you look happier, you do
My friends told me one day I’ll feel it too
And until then I’ll smile to hide the truth
But I know I was happier with you

I admit, Will Herondale inspired this post.  Because the moments I heard this song on the radio, I immediately screamed WILL!!! Because it is Will’s theme. That is ALL. Don’t argue, ok?

And yes, I’ve been blubbering about this song and Will Herondale for forever. Before I finally decided ot be the ultimate fangirl and write this post.

Jem Carstairs – Seeing Blind by Niall Horan

Oh, my, my, you just took me by surprise
And I can’t believe my eyes
Oh, I must be seeing blind
Oh no, now you’re too good to be all mine
Now I’m looking in your eyes
Oh, I must be seeing blind

Is this NOT the Jem Carstairs theme? This is just his heartbeat in Clockwork Prince. And every time I hear this song, I think of Jem.

And I don’t think this is just Jem’s feelings regarding Tessa. Jem, who feels unworthy of such friends like Will and Charlotte and the world because of his health. He doesn’t ever want to cause anyone pain and never feels good enough. But he is absolutely perfect.

Tessa Gray – Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

I’ll admit it was a struggle to find Tessa’s song. I needed the right mood, the right rhythm. And it was just HARD. Then I heard this song, and it just sounded right? I still don’t think it 100% Tessa, but I honestly haven’t found anything more Tessa like 😂

So, obviously the name of this song fits with Tessa immediately.

Now that I’m strong I have figured out
How this world turns cold
And it breaks through my soul and I know
I’ll find deep inside me
I can be the one
I will never let you fall
I’ll stand up with you forever
I’ll be there for you through it all
Even if saving you sends me to heaven
Also, this art makes me happy. 

Magnus Bane – Half Light by Banners

Sometimes I join you
Let you wash over me
When we’re in the darkness
Only the blind can see

When you’re in the half light
Oh, it is not you I see
And you live a half life
You only show half to me

Magnus has seen so much and he just needs people to be truthful with him. I hate how Magnus has been used and his heart hurt so many times. And I think the heartbeat of this song fits him so well.

Also, I put Magnus down here instead of just under the Mortal instruments because he starts significantly interacting with Shadowhunters in this series. And I read The Infernal Devices firsts, so there’s that.

The Dark Artifices Characters

Emma Carstairs – Drag Me Down by One Direction

I got a fire for a heart
I’m not scared of the dark
All my life
You stood by me
When no one else was ever behind me
All these lights
They can’t blind me
With your love, nobody can drag me down

I’ve got fire for a heart, this just screams Emma at me. Though I suppose I could be persuaded otherwise? Anyway I am semi-amused that both Julian’s and Emma’s song is a one direction anthem. It was NOT purposefully done. I chose this songs at different times. Very different times. And then I realized 1D fit both Jules and Emma. Okay, I’m forever a One D fan, so of course, I’m going to find a way to plug their music.

I just love how thing song anchors the characters fire in the love of those backing her up. Isn’t that Emma?

Julian Blackthorn – 18 by One Direction

Okay, truthfully, Julian has loved Emma for a long time before he’s ever turned 18. But still, the message is still the same. That boy loves that girl and his family more than life itself. You simply can’t separate family and Emma from Julian. 

So pour me a drink oh love,
Let’s split the night wide open and we’ll see everything
We can live in love in slow motion,

I have loved you since we were 18
Long before we both thought the same thing
To be loved and to be in love
And all I can do is say that these arms are made for holding you

Mark Blackthorn – Numb by David Archuleta 

I don’t wanna feel numb
Falling over all of my shadows
Yeah I’m all done
‘Cause none of that ever really mattered
It hurts to live so wide awake, oh
But it’s a chance I can take
I won’t run 

This song just screams MARK at me. Because Mark has been separated from his family and feels so cut off. He’s begging for a second chance in the Shadowhunter world & feels so browbeat and emotionaly broken.

And this song??? It makes me cry and feel all the feels for poor half-faerie Mark. 

Think I’ll take a second chance
I won’t be passing by these waters again
Wanna feel redemption’s hand
And see this life only for what it is

Someone out there’s on my side
It’s not my place to question why…

… I hear the whispers in the stars
The words that tell us more of who we are …

I don’t want to run ’cause I don’t wanna feel numb. 

I’m tortured waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness just to know what happens to darling Mark. He deserves happiness after so many hard years.

Kieran – Chains from the Sweeplings Remix

I gave all my heart but she won’t heal my soul
She tasted a break and I can’t get more
You got me in chains, you got me in chains for your love
But I wouldn’t change
No I wouldn’t change this love
You got me in chains, you got me in chains for your love
Tryin’a break the chains but the chains only break me
Kieran is fighting so many literal chains – his family ties to the Unseelie King and his ties to the Hunt, and his ties to Christina and Mark.
And yes, Kieran can make some bad choices™️. But I LOVE him. He is definitely one of my favorite characters in the entire Dark Artifices series.
(PS. this randomly played on Spotify and I had never heard any Nick Jonas songs before? Because I was a sheltered child, okay. And Nick was a thing back when I was like 12. Now, I’m listening to ALL his music and it’s so good???? Also, he’s only 2 years older than me so I really was 14 when the Jonas brothers were a thing, and I wasn’t allowed to touch the radio until I was 17)

Christina – Believer by Imagine Dragons

I almost put Curious from Hayley Kiyoko for Chrsitian’s theme. But though I think the idea of Curious fits Christina, the lyrics don’t quite work.

Then I heard Believer and I just knew it was Christina.

First things first
I’ma say all the words inside my head
I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been,

Second thing second
Don’t you tell me what you think that I can be
I’m the one at the sail, I’m the master of my sea

Third things third
Send a prayer to the ones up above
All the hate that you’ve heard has turned your spirit to a dove

Last things last
By the grace of the fire and the flames
You’re the face of the future, the blood in my veins

Now, wow, that was a lot of characters + music. and I know I didn’t do ALL of the shadow hunters world characters. I mean, I’m definitely missing some great people from this list, Kit and Ty and Diana and Sophie and Charlotte. But if you’re really disappointed that I didn’t include these characters, tell me what songs you’d pick for them in the comments!

Also, the fanart in tis post came from Tumblr or Pinterest! I don’t know the original artists, but I linked the art back to where I found it. 😊

Also, for some reason, Spotify isn’t wanting to work 😭 I’ve tried linked the playlist in here but it keeps not working. Ergh. But HERE is the playlist if you want to check it out!


lets chat

Do you like picking music for your favorite Characters? Are you looking forward to Queen of Air and Darkness? Do you have a favorite shadowhunter character? Or a favorite shadowhunter series? 


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