The Gilmore Girls’ Essentials

Featured image courtesy of Saeed Adyani/Netflix

If you are anything like me, you find yourself returning back to the docile little town of Stars Hollow every once in a while. For many, it is a show that bring comfort and reminds them of how simple life was before Rory went to Yale. It’s definitely a cult classic because who could resist rich country club members, bratty kids, and the mother we all wish we had at some point.

On top of all that, there is also the infamous team Dean, Jess, or Logan debacle which also stirs up some controversy (it goes Jess, Logan, and Dean in that order). Rory is a girl who we all adore for the most part, her love for reading and learning is endearing, and she and her mom have a relationship that is so similar to that of a normal friendship.

However, towards the end of Rory’s career at Yale, many began to dislike the direction the show was headed and the sweet, charming lives of the Gilmore women left an odd taste in our mouths with the limited series, “A Year in the Life”.

Courtesy of Saeed Adyani/ Netflix

Nonetheless, it is still a forever show. One that will continuously be watched by so many people in the future because it is so lovely. And to make up for a few of the last seasons, the musical lives of the Gilmore girls never seems to diminish, its soundtrack being one of the best parts of the show.

Music bonds Rory and Lorelai as mother and daughter from the pilot episode, and Rory’s best friend Lane’s entire life is dedicated to becoming a rock star and hiding her passion for music under hardwood floors, literally. It’s a huge part of the show and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Here are some songs from the original soundtrack of Gilmore Girls, along with some other renditions and more recent tunes that Lorelai and Rory would have loved:

There She Goes- Sixpence None The Richer

The original song used in this show is by The La’s, however this edition does add more of a Gilmore Girls-esque feeling to it.

Eternal Flame- The Bangles

This classic was a necessity for the playlist seeing as how one of the episodes revolved around a Bangles concert.

Fade Into You- Mazzy Star

A good song to slow dance to at a Chilton Ball.

Thirteen- Bedouine, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Waxahatchee

This cover of Thirteen is everything and more, a beautiful classic continuously being shared with different generations of listeners.

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman- Carole King

Tapestry is arguably one of the best albums of the 70’s, the show’s theme song also comes from this album, however this song feels like a given for a playlist about a series about womanhood.

The Adults Are Talking- The Strokes

Grammy nominated album, The New Abnormal, by the Strokes has no skips, and it seems like something Lane would have hidden underneath her floorboards.

Dreams- The Cranberries

A cult classic, Dreams by The Cranberries is so cathartic and just so, so good.

Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani

Lorelai and Rory jam out to Gwen Stefani!

Reflecting Light- Sam Phillips

It is an understatement to say that Phillips music was a staple in this show, because so many songs from her discography were in almost every season of Gilmore Girls, so naturally, I had to add a fan favorite.

My Little Corner of the World- Yo La Tengo

This song is perhaps the anthem to describing the little lives of the Gilmore women in their corner at Stars Hollows.

Kool Thing- Sonic Youth

Rory listens to Sonic Youth on full blast while packing up some stuff at Yale, and it is the most naturally Rory thing anyone could ever see.

Seize the Day- Paul McCartney, Phoebe Bridgers

Paul McCartney III, is now fraternal twins with a new reimagined album featuring so many amazing artists, but Phoebe and Paul really created a masterpiece that the girls would have loved.

Rock the Casbah- The Clash

A classic late night dance party.

Dancing Queen- ABBA

The only way to end this playlist is with a song that encapsulates the sheer authenticity of Lorelai Gilmore and her frivolous self.

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