What are some songs that have to do with Sodapop and "his" horse and Johnny's death in "The Outsiders"?

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First, examine the situations.  Sodapop loves his horse Mickey Mouse, and Ponyboy says that they were alike (Soda and the horse).  They were both michievious and full of energy.  A song about this type of personality would work, as would a song about strong bonds between friends.  Also, Soda loses his horse, so a song about separation would work.

Johnny is a troubled kid who suffers for things that aren't his fault and who dies after being a hero.  Songs about abuse, about dying young, and about being misunderstood would work.

Sodapop and Mickey:

You've Got a Friend; Goodbye My Friend; I Will Remember You; Lean On Me; Live Like Horses; Wildfire; Four Legged Friend

Johnny's death:

Only the Good Die Young; Goodbye My Friend; Angel; How Can I Help You Say Goodbye; Oh Very Young; The Crossroads

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