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Love Will Tear Them Apart: Behind the Music of 13 Reasons Why

Part of the show’s appeal, aside from the strong acting and unblinking portrayal of how bitterly nasty high school can be, is its soundtrack, complete with melancholic John Hughes-era throwbacks (“Fascination Street” by The Cure, “The Killing Moon” by Echo and the Bunnymen, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division) and like-minded contemporaries (M83, Chromatics, The Japanese House). Most of the 20th century song selections appear to play up adolescent moodiness, something to which 13 Reasons Why music supervisor Season Kent (The Spectacular Now, Suicide Squad, The Fault in Our Stars) can attest.