A soundtrack can make or break a film. Look at The Breakfast Club, for example: nothing more memorable than John Bender pumping his fist into the air to the sound of ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’. In the case of popular new Netflix original To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the modern soundtrack definitely helped the film become such a major success. Here are 10 of the best tracks from the film.
#10. The Velveteins – Daydreams
The Velveteins’ dreamy track plays when Lara Jean’s older sister, Margot, leaves her family behind to go to university in Scotland. This means LJ has to fulfil the role of big sister now, and without a mum around, she will have extra responsibilities.
#2. Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
LJ feels nervous about going back to school and finds herself in unknown territory. She is uncomfortable and insecure without her sister. On top of that, she clearly isn’t very popular either, because she can’t find a seat in the cafetaria on her first day. ‘You’re Not Good Enough’ plays as a suitable backing track to this scene.
#3. Erin McCarley – GOOD
Suddenly LJ finds herself in the most dreadful situation imaginable: past crushes show up with love letters she wrote them, but never sent. Unfortunately, her big sister’s recent ex-boyfriend Josh is one of them. All in all, a recipe for disaster. She freaks out and tries to find the old box with letters when she gets home, but they’re not there anymore. When she asks her dad if he’s seen the box, he says it might’ve gone out to Goodwill.
#4. Caleb Hawley – Little Miss Sunshine
When another one of her old crushes, Peter, approaches Lara Jean, she tries to explain what happened. Peter is in an unfortunate situation himself: his girlfriend has just broken up with him and he wants her back. So, he comes up with plan. He suggests getting together as a fake couple to fool Josh and Peter’s ex-girlfriend. When LJ accepts his offer, we hear the determined sounds of ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ playing.
#5. Confidence Man – Boyfriend
A funky tune for Lara Jean and Peter’s first time in public as “boyfriend” and “girlfriend”. To make it all seem real, LJ has agreed that Peter may put his hand in her back pocket, and he can write her notes in school.
#6. Viigo – Beautiful
As part of their plans to fool everyone, LJ and Peter attend a party together. This is not something LJ would usually do. At the party, she finds herself in another new environment, and she notices that her fake relationship with Peter has put her elsewhere on the social map. One of the most popular girls in school even wants to talk to her.
#7. The Four Mints – You’re My Desire
‘You’re My Desire’ plays when LJ has dinner with Peter’s family. A significant event, because why undertake such a serious move in a fake relationship? Considering that LJ and Peter only really have to fool people in school, there seems no need to include their families in the deal. LJ has a good time nonetheless.
#8. Anna Of The North – Lovers
Things get real. LJ is obligated to come onto the school ski trip with Peter, where romance is bound to blossom. The two find themselves in the hot tub together and they kiss – for real – for the first time. Perhaps the relationship is not so fake after all.
#9. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Things do not go as planned at all, and right when everything seems to be falling apart, LJ goes out with her dad to the diner. They talk about her mum, whom she misses a lot and could definitely use right now. Her dad says he and her mum used to come to this diner, and her mum would always dance to ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’.
#10. Matthew E. White ft. Natalie Press – Cool Out
When Lara Jean realises Pete and her were not-so-fake, she goes to find him on the lacrosse field and kisses him. Finally, they are an official couple. ‘Cool Out’ is the ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.