Firefly Lane music: every song played on the hit Netflix series

Book author Kristin Hannah breaks down all of the Firefly Lane music that Kate and Tully jam out to on the show

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Want a musical flashback? The Firefly Lane music choices will take you right back to your youth—from your own pre-teen CD collections to the records your parents played or the tunes that had us all racing to the dance floor at the school prom. Best friends Tully and Kate take us right back to some of our favorite memories. 

The Netflix show left us with many questions (Is Firefly Lane a true story? What did Tully do to Kate? Will there be a Firefly Lane season 2?), but it has also made us all feel warm and fuzzy inside. And there's no better way to keep the spirit of the show going on than by creating our own playlist based on songs from the series.

Tully Hart (played by Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke)—two best friends who met as teenagers—have captured our hearts with their imperfect friendship. As the series flips back and forth between scenes, the music follows suit as we're taken through the decades of the 1970s, 1980s, and early 2000s.

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Episode one of the Netflix hit uses "Time in a Bottle" by Megan O'Neill to show Tully becoming a teenager, while Kate turns from a teenager into an adult. And when Tully and her unpredictable mother Cloud (Beau Garrett) move into Firefly Lane in 1974, the rock song "Thousand Watt Workout" by John Moran sets the tone for their lively arrival in the peaceful suburban setting.

And it's something that Kate soon gets to experience when she swings by, as Cloud gets into the spirit of the hippie-sounding song "Shifting Sands" by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

With Tully now a newcomer at Kate's high school, the iconic yellow school bus ride needs to be accompanied by a song that sums up her attraction from fellow students—the sounds of "She Turns My Radio On."


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But with a whole 30 years of friendship to cover in the debut season, there's plenty of songs to get stuck into—whether they're familiar tracks like Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" and "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" by The Police or completely new tunes. 

Simply playing them back at home will take you back to some of those iconic scenes until we await news of a possible second season.

So what are you waiting for? Get ready to add the following hits to your Spotify or iTunes account!

Firefly Lane: music from the show

Episode 1:

  1. Time in a Bottle - Megan O'Neill
  2. Thousand Watt Workout - John Moran
  3. She Turns My Radio On - Jim Ford
  4. Shifting Sands - The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
  5. You're The One - Nikki And The Corvettes
  6. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
  7. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

Episode 2:

  1. Oh! Sweet Nuthin - The Velvet Underground
  2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police

Episode 3:

  1. Superstar - Jamelia
  2. The Air That I Breathe - The Hollies
  3. You're The Only Thing I've Got Going For Me - Bill Wright
  4. Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
  5. I Go Wild - The Three O'Clock
  6. Star - Randy Coleman

Episode 4:

  1. We Got The Beat - The Go-Go's
  2. Love To Love You Baby - Donna Summer
  3. Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

Episode 5:

  1. Coming Around Again - Carly Simon

Episode 6:

  1. He Is A Hustler - Andrew Kingslow & Henry Parsley & Laura Dowling & Louis Edwards
  2. Hey Ya! - Outkast
  3. No Matter What - Badfinger

Episode 7:

  1. Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
  2. Why Can't I Touch It? - Buzzcocks
  3. On Saturday Afternoons In 1963 - Rickie Lee Jones

Episode 8:

  1. Big Sur - David Wax Museum
  2. Only Yesterday - Thelma Jones

Episode 9:

  1. Crazy - Patsy Cline
  2. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  3. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

Episode 10:

  1. Silent Night - Sinead O'Connor
  2. This Woman's Work - Kate Bush
  3. Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
  4. Who Knows Where The Time Goes - Eva Cassidy

Firefly Lane: music from the book

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If you're still wanting more music, Kristin Hannah (opens in new tab)—the author of Firefly Lane the book, upon which the Netflix show is based—has revealed the songs that her characters Tully and Kate listened to in the book.

  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones
  • Call Me – Blondie
  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics 
  • Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Boy George
  • Here Comes the Bride – 
  • Crazy for You – Madonna
  • I’m Every Woman – Whitney Houston
  • Hey Little Girl is Your Daddy Home – Bruce Springsteen
  • Desperado – Eagles
  • A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
  • Didn’t We Almost Have it All – Whitney Houston
  • Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
  • One Sweet Day – Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men
  • Dancing Queen – ABBA
  • Daydream Believer – The Monkees
  • Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  • Taking Care of Business – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
  • American Pie – Don McLean
  • Don’t Give Up on Us – David Soul
  • Thank God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver
  • Shout! – The Isley Brothers
  • Brick House – The Commodores 
  • Twistin’ the Night Away – Sam Cooke 
  • Louie, Louie – The Kingsmen
  • Love is a Battlefield – Pat Benatar 
  • Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield 
  • Purple Rain – Prince

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