Poor little fool. It's only make believe.
Interesting premise for a story, right?
There's tons of ideas to play with using this technique. For instance, check out 1993:
Weak! Can't help falling in love. I'd do anything for love! Informer.
That's the start of a great romantic thriller right there--someone who can't help falling in love, maybe with the wrong person, and who ends up in over their head, becoming an informer.
For whom? The FBI? Or for a rival gang? The possibilities just start racking up.
And the best part is, you can rearrange these and reinterpret in any number of ways.
Let's try 1977, stringing the titles together to a full prompt:
Undercover angel, don't leave me this way when I need you.
Another possible romantic thriller! If that's not your thing, what about "Southern nights, dreams. Got to give it up." Sounds like a drama in the works.
Make It Work for You
Pull together five or six of these, either from single years or from across the decades, then see which one gets your creativity flowing the most.
If you're still stuck, try hopping on Spotify or YouTube to play the songs you've chosen--if the title combinations don't get you on track, maybe the lyrics will!
When you've settled on a story prompt, sit down and write it out. Don't jump in and out; give yourself a solid chunk of writing time and blast out a story.
Personally, I like to set a timer for an hour. If I'm writing full-throttle when it goes off, I can continue, but no matter what, I have to write for that full hour.
Usually, when the timer dings, I've got a short story!
This is a great way to get yourself in the habit of writing more and to unshackle yourself from the idea of "the muse," writing only when the spark hits.
Instead, teach yourself to find a spark in anything, even old songs.