Various Artists – 13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack) [iTunes Plus AAC M4A] (2017)

13 Reasons Why Series Soundtrack iTunes Plus AAC M4A

The 13 Reasons Why Soundtrack Is Dark, Evocative, and Hauntingly Perfect

13 Reasons Why Series Soundtrack iTunes Plus AAC M4A

It goes without saying that Netflix’s13 Reasons Why is an emotional rollercoaster. Based on a book from 2007, the show uses dual timelines to unravel the story of its tragic teenage protagonist Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) in the wake of her suicide. Her final days play out in flashbacks, their narrative arc orchestrated by Hannah herself via a series of cassette tapes she leaves behind in lieu of a suicide note.

The show’s soundtrack is full of sharply chosen, evocative songs that add psychological texture, especially when it comes to Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette). Clay is the show’s other protagonist, a fellow high-schooler who always harbored a crush on Hannah and is now haunted by whether he could have helped her. Songs, and their lyrics, become as important as dialogue as Clay struggles with his memories of Hannah, his unexpected role in her confessional tapes, and the strange, dangerous drama that’s unfolding around them.

Take the twitchy, paranoid thrust of Woodkid’s “Run Boy Run” as Clay begins to suspect there’s something shady going on with Tony (Christian Navarro), and rides away into the night as fast as he can. Or Lord Huron’s mournful almost-love song “The Night We Met” as Clay flashes back to dancing with Hannah at a high-school formal where he wishes he’d said more (”I had all and then most of you / some and now none of you / I don’t know what I’m supposed to do / haunted by the ghost of you”).

Selena Gomez, who was originally signed on to star in a movie version of 13 Reasons Why and ultimately served as an executive producer on the series, also has two pretty heartbreaking songs on the soundtrack as well.

You can fire up your metaphorical Walkman, put on some old-school headphones, and listen to the full season’s soundtrack via the playlist below. Read More at Cosmopolitan

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or visit their website.