Listen to a Massive Playlist of All the Songs from Linklater's 'Boyhood'

June 27, 2014
Source: The Film Stage


One of the many wonderful elements of Richard Linklater's Boyhood is the selection of music carefully added to many scenes. The songs enhance the experience by adding an instant, quick reminder of the time - usually by playing a song that was released the year the film is set in at the time. There are no title cards, so this is rather helpful. It starts with Coldplay's "Yellow" from 2001/2002, and continues to cover about 12 years of time, ending around Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" (a song which was heard in the Sundance cut but didn't make the final cut, of course). Thanks to our Boyhood-loving friends at The Film Stage, they've put together a Spotify playlist featuring 42 songs used in the film, for your free listening pleasure. See below.

Boyhood hits theaters in a few more weeks, in July, and is one of those stand out films that deserves some extra attention. The music in particular does add to it, and I'm glad we can listen to some of these tracks, though a few are a bit cheesy (like Britney Spears, Blink 182, Telephone). Here's all of the Boyhood songs:

Please click to The Film Stage for any more that didn't make the playlist. And go see Boyhood in theaters.

Filmed from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood covers 12 years in the life of a family. Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), learn to face the realities of growing up, while their divorced parents cope with the ongoing challenges of parenting in an ever-evolving landscape. Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, Before Sunrise, Bernie) directs the film, using the same actors, including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the Mason's parents, over 11 years of production. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and IFC Films will release it in limited theaters July 11th.

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Killer soundtrack! This could wind up to be the film of the decade! Literally!

Tey on Jun 27, 2014


One thing I LOVED about Forrest Gump was not only how the film itself was a journey through time, but how the soundtrack was as well. I've longed for more films that have that kind of time-spanning soundtrack to them, only for 'my generation'(Born in 92) and it seems like this certainly qualifies. Very nice.

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