The 'Normal People' Soundtrack Is Your Next Favorite Spotify Playlist

Josh St. Clair

From Men's Health

  • Normal People (based on the novel by Sally Rooney) is now available on Hulu.

  • The series follows Marianne and Connell as they navigate young adulthood.

  • Here is every song from the soundtrack, broken down by episode.

Just two years after publication, Sally Rooney's Normal People found life on the small streaming screen with a pair of electrifying leads (Paul Mescal as Connell and Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne) and a soundtrack just as euphoric and then melancholy and then melodramatic and then soul-crushing as the novel. The filmmakers totally nailed this one.

And capturing the tone of Rooney's novel (a literary sensation both in Rooney's native Ireland, where the novel is set, and on this side of the pond) was no easy task.

Normal People reads like Jane Austen but with texting instead of snail mail (and that's not meant to be a dig; quite the opposite). It's a novel with such attention to its characters' confused and hormonal thoughts, that a cinematic adaptation (without such internal attention) might just look, outwardly, like soft-core Oxygen network porn.

But somehow it's not softcore Oxygen porn. In fact, the series, aided no doubt by the involvement of author Sally Rooney, manages to not only convey literarily-rich character (and without showing texts or hearing thoughts), but also captures perfectly the tone of the novel, something like: euphoric melancholia. Not easy.

Helping them adapt tone is an original score by Stephen Rennicks and a massive Spotify-sized playlist of music. Check the songs out below in order of episode.

Episode 1

“Hate Dah” by Super Silly

“Dear SJ” by Alex Gough

“Neverending Circles” by Chvrches

“Warped Window” by Anna Mieke

Episode 2

“Did It To Myself” by Orla Gartland

“Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap

“Men Behind the Wire” by The Barleycorn

“Crazy World” by Aslan

“Horn” by Nick Drake

“Angeles” by Elliott Smith

Episode 3

“Maybe” by SOAK

“Hey Now (Arty Remix)” by London Grammar

“Gimme Life” by THAN and Victoria Liv

“I Never Got Off the Bus” by Tebi Rex

“Disco Inferno” by SUPERfreak

“Hate Dah” by Super Silly

“Havin’ a Party” by Flipside

“Only You” by Yazoo

Episode 4

“Atomos XI” by A Winged Victory For the Sullen

“Locked In” by The Lock-In

“Talk About Nothing (Not Your Dope Remix)” by Cadre Cola

“Deep Blue” by Mango x MathMan featuring Lisa Hannigan

“You and I” by Caribou

“Drop” by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

“Tell Me So” by The Orioles

“Highs and Lows” by August Roads

“Undertow” by Lisa Hannigan

Episode 5

“La Lune” by Billie Marten

“Dance 4 Sorrow” by Francis Lung

“Go Wild” by Friedberg

“Nikes” by Frank Ocean

“Skate” by Tycho

“Make You Feel My Love” by Ane Brun

Episode 6

“Too Much” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“I’m Happy Without You” by Ann Byers

“Smoke” by Gia Margaret

“It’s Alright” by delush featuring Strange Boy

“I Know” by August Roads

“We Played Some Open Chords And Rejoiced, For The Earth Had Circled The Sun Yet Another Year” by A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Episode 7

“It’s OK With Me” by Broadway Express

“Metroma” by The Sei

Episode 8

“Dandelion” by Jealous of the Birds

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Nerina Pallot

Episode 9

“Rare” by Selena Gomez

“Old Bear” by Cloth

“Klangfall” by Joep Beving

“99 Luft Balloons” by Nena

“Groovy Train” by The Farm

“Berlin” by RY X

“Scene Suspended” by Jon Hopkins

Episode 10

“Love Really Hurts Without You” by Billy Ocean

“Cannibal Tree” by Yenkee

“Good Times” by Ellie Mae Rose

“Everything I Am is Yours” by Villagers

Episode 11

“Breathe” by CamelPhat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke

“Strange Weather” by Keren Ann

Episode 12

“The Subterranean Heart” by Mount Alaska

“No Such Thing” by Yumi and the Weather

“Dogwood Blossom” by Fionn Regan

“Can’t Move On” by Wild Youth

“Sometimes” by Goldmund

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