Sad country songs, '60s doo wop, '80s power ballads, and a made for TV band that will give you all the angsty feels. Being a teenager is rough, but the soundtrack for Netflix's I Am Not Okay With This makes growing up a little easier. At the very least, it'll make the teen show's protagonist Syd (Sophia Lillis), whose anger gives her super powers she's still trying to control (not all that well, tbh), feel a little less weird.
What fans might also notice is that the songs in I Am Not Okay With This, which is based on Charles Forsman's graphic novel of the same name, are also super obvious. For example, The Kinks "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" opens the show about a girl who can decimate a forest when she's angry. And that was the point, according to IANOWT creator, director and executive producer Jonathan Entwistle, who also worked on Netflix's The End Of The F*cking World, which had a killer soundtrack.
"One of the beauties of End is that I realized very early on that the more on the nose we were with the music, the funnier it was, the better it was," Entwistle told Refinery29. "The more basic it seemed in your mind, the more it worked. That’s something I want to do with this."
For the soundtrack, Entwistle also chose songs based on the show's spiritual influences. "I’m kind of enjoying Midwestern ballads from the ‘40s and ‘50s at the moment right now, back when the Midwest was amazing," Entwistle said. "I quite enjoy that as an aesthetic. But, there’s John Hughes [references] in here too." So, can you find all the Hughesian Easter eggs in the I Am Not Okay With This soundtrack?
Episode 1: The Kinks "I'm Not Like Everybody Else"
After Sydney Novak (Sophia Lillis) tells her diary to F-off, it's this 1967 track that starts blaring. It's title certainly speaks the truth about Syd.
Episode 1: Shirley Ellis "I See It, I Like It, I Want It"
This 1965 pop song is dedicated to Syd's bestie Dina (Sofia Bryant), who she definitely wants to be more than just friends with.
Episode 1: Connie Conway "I Should Not Be Seeing You"
The Fifties crooner, whose music previously appeared in Mad Men, pops up when Syd and her little brother Liam are getting hot dogs.
Episode 1: Bloodwitch "Fly"
Stan's favorite band, which was created specifically for the show, thanks to Blur's Graham Coxon, might change Syd's life.
Episode 1: Cults "Bad Things"
The premiere ends with this 2011 track from the indie pop duo about running away and never coming back. Something Syd is thinking about doing, too, after she wrecked her bedroom wall.
Episode 2: Thunderboots "I Remember Lucy"
As a bloody Syd runs through the streets — a scene we've seen before — this 1978 disco song becomes her sprinting soundtrack.
Episode 2: Bloodwitch "Hey Little Girl"
This Sixties-sounding track was made specifically for the show and fits in with the rest of its groovy soundtrack.
Episode 2: Midnight Sister "Clown"
As Syd rages against Brad it's this gentle 2017 track with big '60s influences that tries to sooth her. Spoiler: it so doesn't work.
Episode 2: Roger Miller "Chug-A-Lug"
This truckin' song plays as Syd and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff) go grocery shopping.
Episode 2: Karen Dalton "Something On Your Mind"
Stanley and Syd smoke a joint — her first — as the 1971 track from the folk singer sends them some good driving vibes.
Episode 2: Andrea Litkei & Ervin Litkei "Little Girl"
This throwback ditty plays as Syd realizes she might be willing to have a crush on Stan and Brad goes down hard.
Episode 2: Captan Beefheart & His Magic Band "I'm Glad"
This cosmic track from 1967 plays as Stan asks the ultimate stoner question: would you rather be an eagle or a jellyfish?
Episode 3: Bloodwitch "Gotta Have Soul"
As Stan slowly rolls down his window, it's this track from the I Am Not Okay With This band that's playing.
Episode 3: Paul Young "Everytime You Go Away"
This '80s power ballad scores Banana the hedgehog's funeral. R.I.P. little guy.
Episode 3: Nervous Nervous "I Wish I Was A Monkey"
This jokey jingle plays as Syd writes in her diary about all the weird things her mind is doing right now. Like, murdering a hedgehog.
Episode 3: The Lemon Twigs "As Long As We're Together"
This twangy 2016 single from this experimental duo is what Dina's playing as she gives Syd a party makeover.
Episode 3: NZCA Lines "Two Hearts"
The first high school party Syd goes to has lots of beer pong, dancing, and this electro pop duo's 2015 track.
Episode 3: Rick Springfield "Jessie's Girl"
Syd and Dina share their first dance to this 1981 track.
Episode 3: Extreme Music "L.O.V.E."
The title of this pop sync speaks directly to what Syd feels for Dina, who is having boy problems.
Episode 3: Stud Cole "Burn Baby Burn"
This bluesy rock and roll track from 1968 is about burning it all down. In Syd's case, she didn't start any fires, she just decimated a forest.
Episode 4: Prefab Sprout "The King of Rock 'n' Roll"
This 1988 track helps Stan get ready for the big house party and get up the nerve to ask Syd out to homecoming. It's a delightful opening montage that almost makes you wish you were a teen again. Almost.
Episode 4: Bonnie Tyler "Holding Out For A Hero"
For Syd's training montage, Stan puts on this Footloose classic in hopes of channeling her superhero powers.
Episode 5: Peter and the Test Tube Babies "Pissed Punks (Go For It)"
After Stan's not-so bad ass move gets him detention, this 1983 new wave track comes in with some real edge.
Episode 5: Suzy Dickerson "Don't Tell Him I Want To Know"
This 1959 throwback all about keeping secrets is the last song we hear after Syd questions if someone knows her.
Episode 6: Henry Hall & His Orchestra "Hush, Hush, Hush, Here Comes The Bogey Man"
People don't disappear into thin air, as Syd says, and this children's song written in the '30s has some thoughts about the kind of apparition she may have crossed paths with.
Episode 7: Donovan "Sunshine Superman"
Syd starts looking on the bright side and making pancakes with a little help from this swingin' song from 1966.
Episode 7: The Pixies "Here Comes Your Man"
Here comes Dina, Syd, and Stan with their fierce homecoming style in a montage set to this 1987 indie classic.
Episode 7: Aztec Camera "Somewhere In My Heart"
Dina and Syd show off their homecoming dance moves to this 1987 new wave track from the Scottish band.
Episode 7: Roxy Music "More Than This"
There's nothing more than watching Syd and Stan have a heart to heart while Bryan Ferry croons this 1982 classic.
Episode 7: Roxette "It Must Have Been Love"
Stan might not be impressed by the playlist, but we couldn't be happier watching Dina and Syd slow dance to this Pretty Woman power ballad.
Episode 7: Echo and the Bunnymen "The Killing Moon"
After Syd accidentally blows up Brad's head, it's this 1984 goth track that sets the tone for the big finale.
Episode 7: David Marks and The Marksmen "That's Why"
The finale closes with a big reveal and this soothing '60s strummer helps viewers cope with all they just learned.