This is a list of songs which retell, in whole or in part, a work of literature. Albums listed here consist entirely of songs retelling a work of literature.
- "The Tain" is a song/concept EP by The Decemberists that retells the Irish epic "Táin Bó Cúailnge"
- "Tales of Brave Ulysses" is a single by Cream that retells Homer's The Odyssey.
- "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" is an LP by The Alan Parsons Project which retells several Edgar Allan Poe stories
- "Tea in the Sahara" by The Police is about The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles. King Crimson also has a song called "The Sheltering Sky" about the same book, although it is an instrumental work.
- "Terror Train" by Demons & Wizards is sung from the perspective of Blaine the Mono, a character in Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, and recalls part of the plot of the books.
- "The Thing That Should Not Be" by Metallica is based on H. P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu
- "Thumbelina" by Nightmare of You is based on Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins.
- "Time to Dance" by Panic! at the Disco has several indirect and direct references to Chuck Palahniuk's novel Invisible Monsters ("Boys will be boys/hiding in estrogen and wearing Aubergine Dreams...")
- "Timeless Skies" by Al Stewart is about The Silmarillion
- "The Tomahawk Kid" by Alex Harvey (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band), is based on characters from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
- "To Be Or Not to Be" by B. A. Robertson is based on William Shakespeare's plays
- "To Tame a Land" by Iron Maiden tells the story of Dune by Frank Herbert
- "To The End" by My Chemical Romance retells the gothic horror story A Rose for Emily
- "Tom Joad, Parts 1 and 2" by Woody Guthrie retells The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- "Tom Sawyer" by Rush is about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- "Tommyknockers" by Blind Guardian is about The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
- "Traveler in Time" by Blind Guardian is about Dune by Frank Herbert
- "A Trick of the Tail" by Genesis is based upon The Inheritors by William Golding
- "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden was inspired from The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson.
- "Turn a Blind Eye" by Half Man Half Biscuit is a parody of Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten (First they came...) by Martin Niemoller
- "Turn, Turn, Turn", by Pete Seeger, notably covered by The Byrds, takes its lyrics from chapter three of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Holy Bible ("There is a time for everything...)
- The Sibl Project has a similar goal that is more inclusive, creating a list of songs which simply refer to a work of literature