Warning: Spoilers for Looking For Alaska season 1 are ahead.
Those watching Hulu's Looking For Alaska will find a soundtrack that will make them nostalgic for the indie rock of the early aughts. The limited series based on John Green's YA novel of the same name takes place in 2005, following Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer), whose life is changed forever by Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth). Appropriately, the songs in Looking For Alaska are ones Miles and Alaska could have actually been listening to. And for those who came of age in those years, this is a delightful throwback to a time when The Postal Service wasn't just delivering the mail.
From Rilo Kiley to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Looking For Alaska soundtrack will put you in an indie rock state of mind. While also reminding you of the hits of the era like Kelis' "Milkshake" and Coldplay's "Fix You." Bonus: some of your fave tracks from the '00s have been covered by new artists, giving them a 2019 twist for your latest playlist.
Episode 1: José González, “Crosses”
As Miles a.k.a. Pudge (Charlie Plummer) chats about famous last words, it’s the words of this 2003 track that we hear.
Episode 1: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, “The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth”
Flashback to Orlando in 2005, where this 2005 track plays as Miles reads James Joyce not caring that no one has shown up to his party.
Episode 1: The Killers, “All These Things I’ve Done”
As Miles prepares to go off and see the world, printed out Mapquest directions this soulful track off The Killers’ 2004 debut Hot Fuss provides him proper exit music. And the perfect entrance music for Alaska (Kristine Froseth).
Episode 1: Pinback, “Fortress”
As Miles tries to acclimate himself to his new school, this mellow 2004 track helps him settle in.
Episode 1: Rilo Kiley, “With Arms Outstretched”
When Miles first meets Alaska in her dorm room full of stacks and stacks of books, it’s this 2002 track where Jenny Lewis sings about wanting to live in the moment that we hear. Something Alaska’s seems to be doing and what Miles is striving towards.
Episode 1: Buddy, “Milkshake”
This 2006 indie rock cover of Kelis’ “Milkshake” usually makes all the boys come to the yard, but this time, it ends up being a sign that there’s a snitch in their ranks.
Episode 1: The Postal Service, “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight”
Miles’ first official day of class gets an “I wish I was anywhere else right now” soundtrack, thanks to Ben Gibbard’s 2003 electronic side project.
Episode 1: The White Stripes, “Blue Orchid”
While Miles tries to talk his way out of his hazing and swan attack, it’s Jack and Meg White who offer the sounds with their 2005 single.
Episode 1: Bloc Party, “So Here We Are”
Pudge's “nothing is wrong” phone call is set to the sounds of the British rock band’s 2005 track off Silent Alarm.
Episode 2: The Strokes, “Ask Me Anything”
The Strokes’ 2006 track about questions that need to be asked plays as Miles offers up a set of famous words to help Chip.
Episode 2: 50 Cent, “P.I.M.P.”
Oh, the irony of playing this 2003 rap single as Miles gets ready for a hangout, dad’s cologne and all.
Episode 2: Gorillaz, “Feel Good Inc.”
What feels better than pulling off a prank? Doing it while this 2005 track plays. Well, until things go too far.
Episode 2: The Hives, “Walk Idiot Walk”
As the debutante ball gets underway, with most having to run to the facilities, it’s this band’s cocky 2004 track that helps send a message to those who messed with Miles and Alaska.
Episode 2: Communique, “ Dagger Vision”
For Miles’ trial, his entrance music is this electro jam from 2004.
Episode 3: Outkast, “The Way You Move”
Is it just us or does high school basketball look better being played to the sounds of this 2003 smooth jam? Especially when it’s being played by the truly awful Eagles. Of course, the smoothest move is Colonel getting kicked out for the 37th time for heckling his home team.
Episode 3: Bobby “Poris” Pickett, “Monster Mash”
This Halloween classic helps get Pudge into a spooky state of mind.
Episode 3: LCD Soundsystem, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”
No surprise, this one was playing at a house where Alaska goes to drown her sorrows on the dancefloor.
Episode 3: Silversun Pickups, “All The Go Inbetweens”
For the saddest news Colonel might ever hear, it’s this 2005 track that plays.
Episode 3: Young Summer, “Take Me Out”
This Nashville singer puts her own spin on Franz Ferdinand’s 2004 hit for the moment when Alaska gets pegged as the rat.
Episode 4: Fleurie, “To Be Alone With You”
Alaska’s on-campus tunes happen to be from the future thanks to Fleurie's sweet cover of Sufjan Stevens’ 2004 track.
Episode 4: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Shuffle Your Feet”
This bluesy 2005 track helps soundtrack the moment Miles ditches his family for Thanksgiving for a day with Alaska.
Episode 4: Jet, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”
A question that Miles might be asking himself, courtesy of this 2003 track.
Episode 4: Beck, “E-Pro”
As Alaska and Miles raid rooms for booze, Beck’s 2005 helps fuel their search.
Episode 4: Matt Sharp, “All Those Dreams”
This former Weezer member’s 2004 track is a heartbreaker, just like Alaska.
Episode 4: Jens Lekman, “Julie”
This 2004 strummer from the Swedish troubadour is perfect dinner party music.
Episode 4: Bill Withers, “Lovely Day”
An impromptu dance party set to this 1977 track? Yes, please.
Episode 5: Spoon, “The Way We Get By”
Oh, look another revenge plot against the Weekend Warriors. This time around it’s these indie rock stalwarts add the soundtrack with their 2002 song.
Episode 5: Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone”
Heartbreak gets a little easier with help from Clarkson’s aggro breakup anthem that gets everyone dancing at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Dance.
Episode 5: Los Del Rio, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)”
Just think about this for a second: this popular dance craze was already over a decade old by the time Miles and Alaska were hearing it. Perhaps, that’s why it’s The Eagle (Timothy Simons) that makes this request.
Episode 5: Coldplay, “Fix You”
Since 2005, this one’s been making the world cry, so why wouldn’t it be doing the same thing here? This time, happy tears as Miles and Lara (Sofia Vassilieva) have their first slow dance.
Episode 5: Mating Ritual feat. Lizzy Hand, “An Honest Mistake”
A cover of The Bravery’s 2005 track, has this duo going a new ambient direction that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
Episode 6: Mary Lou Lord, “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”
Alaska couldn’t relate more to this 2000 Bob Dylan cover once Pudge starts going out with Lara.
Episode 6: Wolf Parade, “This Heart’s On Fire”
Pudge and Lara’s makeout gets some help from this 2005 Canadian indie band.
Episode 6: The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
How can you not believe in love when The Darkness’ singer Justin Hawkins hits those high notes on this 2003 rock song?
Episode 6: Jr Jr, “Young Forever”
Formerly known as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr., this indie pop band is the perfect choice for Alaska’s daydream.
Episode 6: Miya Folick, “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”
You will probably follow this Silver Lake singer/songwriter practically anywhere after hearing her tearjerker cover of Death Cab For Cutie’s 2005 track.
Episode 7: Eric Bachmann, “Man O’War”
This 2006 track offers a little bit of solace to those mourning Alaska.
Episode 7: Kat Cunning, “Orange Sky”
This emotional ballad from Cunning plays as Alaska’s friends prepare to say goodbye to her one last time.
Episode 7: Iron & Wine, “Such Great Heights”
Sam Beam’s 2003 cover of The Postal Service’s helps those who knew Alaska move forward.
Episode 7: Bailen, “Salvation”
Over the credits, this New York City band’s cover of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s 2001 original plays.
Episode 8: Modest Mouse, “The World At Large”
This Good News For People Who Love Bad News track plays as Miles and Colonel search for a reason for Alaska's death.
Episode 8: J-Kwon, “Tipsy (Radio Mix)”
The Colonel is more than tipsy as this 2004 hip-hop track plays.
Episode 8: The Wailers, “She’s Comin' Home”
Christmas is a little less merry after all they’ve been through, but this 1965 track tries to bring a little spirit for the season.
Episode 8: Trent Dabbs, “Quite Often”
As Miles reads Alaska’s copy of The General In His Labyrinth, it’s Dabbs’ 2004 track that plays.
Episode 8: Goldfrapp, “Ooh La La”
Miles and the Colonel’s latest prank at Alaska’s memorial gets a sultry soundtrack with this 2005 hit.
Episode 8: Kelis, “Milkshake”
After hearing a cover of this track early on in the season, Kelis makes an appearance with the original, which soundtracks Gus, the store clerk’s, striptease.
Episode 8: Mondo Cozmo, “Shine”
The final song of Looking For Alaska is this 2017 track.