Could Be Worse I Guess: A Lara Croft Playlist Great songs for escaping near death experiences

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The Tomb Raider Reboot was not kind to Lara Croft. Scarred both mentally and physically, the adventurous young woman was hardened in a way only people who’ve been trapped with a murderous cult on a virtually inescapable island can understand.

I like to think that along with about 3 pairs of pants and a lifetime supply of ponytail holders, Lara might have also carried an iPod with her from hideout to hideout. When things got especially hard, this is the playlist our favorite Cool Female Protagonist might have listened to:

1. “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is essentially Lara’s running motto. Shot in the leg, shot in the other leg, maimed by a bear, it doesn’t matter. It didn’t kill her. (Well, it probably did, but you saved the game beforehand, so)

2. “Never Surrender” by Corey Hart

Lara Croft could have given up, like, a lot. She broke out of at least four different types of cages and/or other modes of imprisonment. Remember that time she was hanging upside down next to like four dead bodies? Yeah, Lara sure does.

3. “James” by Sam Brookes

Don’t try to tell me Lara Croft doesn’t enjoy some occasional soft, oddly specific indie music. Our girl definitely nursed a case of all-encompassing frostbite while listening to this one.

4. “One Day / Reckoning Song” by The Mojos

Hope is an important thing to have on a deserted island. Lara didn’t have much of it. (I don’t blame her).

5. 10 Hours of White Noise

Lara is tired. It’s hard to sleep with the constant sound of extreme human suffering in your right ear.


Think of any that I’m missing?  What other music does Lara tap her foot to between sessions of running off cliffs, fighting, and being an all-around bad ass?


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Celia Lewis

Staff Writer at New Normative
Celia is a games and entertainment writer with a love of media that gives a voice to unheard perspectives. She has a strong belief that fictional worlds should reflect the diversity of reality. Besides that, she just really likes dragons and swords and aliens and stuff.

  • I’m gonna go ahead and say that Lara would be down with Rise by Katy Perry.

  • zero

    Very corny article.