Chess might be the game in Netflix's The Queen's Gambit, but it's also the '60s, baby — and the show's soundtrack won't let you forget it.
Based on the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis, The Queen's Gambit stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon, an orphan who quickly learns she's a chess prodigy. As Beth's career grows and she racks up more wins in the male-dominated world of chess, however, her addictions and vices threaten to topple the game she has carefully played her entire life.
While The Queen's Gambit's soundtrack is quite limited, the few songs the show selectively uses pack a time-appropriate punch, from The Vogues' cheery "You're The One" to blasting Martha & the Vandellas for a convertible ride and Beth rocking out as the video for Shocking Blue's "Venus" plays on the TV screen.
Bill Compton, "25th Of The 12th"
The 25th of the 12th
When Rudolph makes his yearly ride
Come the 25th of the 12th
Oh, Santa will share his wealth
The Vogues, "You're The One"
You're the one that I long to kiss
Baby, you're the one that I really miss (yeah, yeah, yeah)
You're the one that I'm dreamin' of
Herman's Hermits, "The End Of The World"
Why does my heart go on beating
Why do these eyes of mine cry
Don't they know it's the end of the world
Donovan, "Bert's Blues
I've been singing in the evening,
Flying through the night.
But I hurt my good gal,
I hope she makes out right
The Association, "Along Comes Mary"
Every time I think that I'm the only one who's lonely
Someone calls on me
And every now and then I spend my time in rhyme and verse
Storefront Church, "The Gift"
Off into the highway song
The cars, they whisper and they sigh
Peggy Lee, "Fever"
Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever that's so hard to bear
The Monkees, "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"
You've been awful careful 'bout the friends you choose
But, you won't find my name in your book of "who's-who?"
I said, I-I-I-I-I'm not your steppin' stone
Kim Weston & Marvin Gaye, "Teach Me Tonight"
Starting with the ABC of it
Right down to the XYZ of it
Help me solve the mystery of it
Teach me tonight
Georgie Fame, "Yeh, Yeh"
I say yeah, yeah that's what I say, I say yeah. yeah
My baby loves me, she gets me feeling so fine
And when she loves me, she let's me know that she's mine
Gillian Hills, "Tut Tut Tut Tut"
Ce n'est pas libre, ce n'est pas libre
Se moquant de moi chaque fois j'entends cet air-là
Tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut, tut
Shocking Blue, "Venus"
Yeah baby, she's got it
Well, I'm your Venus
I'm your fire
At your desire
Martha & The Vandellas, "Jimmy Mack"
Oh, Jimmy Mack when are you comin' back
My arms are missing you
My lips feel the same way too