“Looking for Alaska” Soundtrack is a Mid-2000s Time Capsule

Charlie Plummer, Denny Love, Jay Lee, and Kristine Froseth in "Looking for Alaska"

Looking for Alaska did an amazing job taking us back to the mid-2000s, and the music played a big role in giving this show a nostalgic vibe. With the perfect mix of timeless classics and new tunes, this teen series gave us one of the best alternative soundtracks of the year.

Fans of Bloc Party, The Strokes, and Modest Mouse will certainly find something they like on this soundtrack since these three happen to be a few of many indie bands featured in the series. Looking for Alaska also gave us amazing new covers of Death Cab’s “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” and Franz Ferdinand’s “Young Summer.”

Showrunner Josh Schwartz picked these songs because hearing them again feels like visiting with old friends, and he found the perfect partner in music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who also worked on his previous show The O.C.

Looking for Alaska is such a beautiful, timeless coming-of-age story. The mix of songs in the show speaks to that timelessness, by combining original artists from the era with current versions of the era’s best by some of the most important new artists of 2019,” Patsavas told Billboard.