Why the Soundtrack for Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ is the Soundtrack of Your 20s

I will prove it to you. Here’s a life moment for every single stellar track on the 2006 two-disc masterpiece album:


Track 1: Trying to incorporate your mom jeans into an office appropriate outfit

“Hong Kong Garden” by Siouxsie & The Banshees

Track 2: Flirting for free drinks

“Aphrodisiac” by Bow Wow Wow

Track 3: Sprinting away from your responsibilities

“What Ever Happened” by the Strokes

Track 4: Late nights with coffee and a deadline

“Pulling Our Weight” by The Radio Dept.

Track 5: Riding home drunk in the back of a cab

“Ceremony” by New Order

Track 6: That first fight with your partner when you thought hurling your phone would drive your point home

“Natural’s Not In It” by Gang of Four

Track 7: Strutting to work in the shoes you bought with your rent money

“I Want Candy” (Kevin Shields Remix) by Bow Wow Wow

Track 8: Burlesque shows in front of your bathroom mirror

“Kings of the Wild Frontier” (Remastered) by Adam & The Ants

Track 9: First day at your big kid job

“Concerto in G” by Roger Niell

Track 10: When you learned what self-care was and why you should be doing it

“The Melody of a Fallen Tree” by Windsor For The Derby

Track 11: That time you didn’t get the job

“I Don’t Like It Like This” by The Radio Dept.

Track 12: Leaving the hair salon with your first bob

“Plainsong” by The Cure


Track 1: When you realize it’s been too long since you’ve been to church and your soul might be in jeopardy

“Intro To Versailles” by Various Artists

Track 2: Awkward coffee shop eye contact with that achingly beautiful human

“Jynweythek Ylow” by Aphex Twin

Track 3: That work day that felt like it was never going to end

“Opus 17” by Dustin O’Halloran

Track 4: When you tried morning meditation on for size and decided you prefer sleep

“II Secondo Giorno” (Instrumental) by Air

Track 5: Eating Chinese food on the floor of your first apartment

“Keen On Boys” by The Radio Dept.

Track 6: The heartbreak that made you feel like you were dying

“Opus 23” by Dustin O’Halloran

Track 7: Cleaning up your messes, both literal and figurative

“Les Barricades Mystérieuses” by Patricia Mabee

Track 8: Seeing the New York City skyline for the first time

“Fools Rush In (Kevin Shields Remix)” by Bow Wow Wow

Track 9: Falling hard in love

“Avril 14th” by Aphex Twin

Track 10: That awkward dinner date silence when you realize you have nothing in common with the person sitting across from you

“Sonatas for Harpsichord (Miscellaneous): Sonata in D minor, K.213: Andante” by Patricia Mabee

Track 11: Watching old home movies and wishing things were still that simple

“Tommib Help Buss” by Squarepusher

Track 12: Summiting a literal or figurative mountain

“Tristes Apprêts, Pâles Flambeaux” (from Castor et Pollux RCT 32, Act I, Scene III: Air de Télaïre’)” by Agnes Mellon

Track 13: Waking up the next morning and realizing
1. Yesterday was not a dream and 2. It didn’t kill you.

“Opus 36” Dustin O’Halloran

Track 14: Closing the door of your first apartment for the last time

“All Cats Are Grey” by The Cure

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