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Super Soundtrack: “The Summer I Turned Pretty” on Amazon Prime Video [Season 1]

I’m going to go ahead and call it, but this is about to be the next big teen / young adult hit show sensation of the summer. There’s something for everyone to love here.

The highly-anticipated new series, The Summer I Turned Pretty, just premiered on Amazon Prime Video. Based on books by Jenny Han, the bestselling author and ecectuvie producer behind Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, this new series is her first foray into television.

I’m going to go ahead and call it, but this is about to be the next big teen / young adult hit show sensation of the summer. There’s something for everyone to love here. The teenage moments feel relatable without coming across like that Steve Buscemi “how do you do, fellow kids” meme. The moments with the moms will be instantly relatable to parents. And the friendship and relationship storylines are universally relatable feelings.

Navigating a romance, dealing with several life-changing events, and bouncing back and forth between challenges that both teenagers and adults deal with throughout their lives, this series takes a sensitive and thoughtful approach to telling an endearing story in a really convincing way.

It might be hard to turn off each episode, and you’ll be tempted to just keep clicking on to watch the next episode until you’ve reached the end. However, be at ease knowing that The Summer I Turned Pretty has already been renewed for a second season!

One of the show’s shining moments is its super soundtrack featuring songs by some of today’s hottest stars and some of the biggest songs released lately. On paper, it might look like a checklist of hit songs from the 2020’s and 2010’s, but in practice each song really serves its purpose in a convincing and real way.

Let’s dive into the songs featured throughout the show…

Season 1, Episode 1: “Summer House”

“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) is describing what it’s like at the annual summer house vacation

“Cruel Summer” by Taylor Swift

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) is picking out clothes to pack for the summer trip

“Can’t Do Better” by Kim Petras

Heard when Belly (Lola Tung) is singing along to the song on the car ride

“Lover” by Taylor Swift

Heard when Conrad (Christopher Briney) walks out and sees Belly (Lola Tung)

“Rollercoaster” by Bleachers

Heard when Belly (Lola Tung) and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) are running into the ocean

“Up” by Cardi B

Heard during the beach bonfire scene

“brutal” by Olivia Rodrigo

Heard when a fight breaks out on the beach

“1 step forward, 3 steps back” by Olivia Rodrigo

Heard everyone is getting ready for bed (the song samples the piano melody from “New Year’s Day” by Taylor Swift)

“Can’t Do Better” by Kim Petras

Heard playing over the end credits

Season 1, Episode 2: “Summer Dress”

“Dover Beach” by Baby Queen

Heard playing at the start of the episode

“Ice Cream” by BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) and the moms go shopping

“Summer in July” by Yukon Blonde

Heard playing at the pool

“Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus

Heard when Belly (Lola Tung) and Cam (David Iacono) kiss

Season 1, Episode 3: “Summer Nights”

“You Let Me Down” by Alessia Cara

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) are driving together

“Can I Call You Tonight?” by Dayglow

Heard while everyone is playing volleyball in the pool

“Best Friend” by Saweetie ft. Doja Cat

Heard when Belly (Lola Tung) and Taylor (Rain Spencer) show up to the party

“Too Simple” by Relaye

Heard playing at the party

“Summer Nights” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

Heard when Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) sings the karaoke version of the song at the party

“Happier Than Ever” by Billie Eilish

Heard playing at the party whenever Belly (Lola Tung) finds Taylor (Rain Spencer) with Steven (Sean Kaufman)

“Have Mercy” by Chlöe

Heard playing at the party while the guys are playing beer pong

“Your Type” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) are driving to go on a muffin run

“Beach Baby” by Bon Iver

Heard playing at the end of the episode + continues playing over the end credits

Season 1, Episode 4: “Summer Heat”

“So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” by Caroline Polachek

Heard when Belly’s dad Adam (Tom Everett Scott) and his girlfriend Victoria show up to the summer house

“Swimming Pools” by Francis On My Mind

Heard while everyone is hanging out around the pool

“Something Like Summer” by Caveboy

Heard while everyone is playing a drinking game on the beach

“This Life” by Vampire Weekend

Heard playing in the background

“Where’d All The Time Go?” by Dr. Dog

Heard while the boys are cleaning up the mess by the pool

“False God” by Taylor Swift

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) and Conrad (Christopher Briney) are talking on the pier + continues playing over the end credits

Season 1, Episode 5: “Summer Catch”

“It Will Stand” by The Showmen

Heard at the beginning of the episode

“So Pretty” by Reyanna Maria

Heard when Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) asks Alexa to play the song at the deb ball waltz rehearsal

“Better Days” by NEIKED, Mae Mueller & Polo G

Heard playing at the bar by the pool

“Malibu” by Kim Petras

Heard playing by the pool

“Places We Won’t Walk” by Bruno Major

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) and Cam (David Iacono) are talking while whale watching

“Nail Tech” by Jack Harlow

Heard while Steven (Sean Kaufman) is walking through the locker room to the card room

“FEELING THIS BAD NEVER FELT SO GREAT” by Tai Verdes

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) is seen riding her bike

“Be Sweet” by Japanese Breakfast

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) is getting ready to go talk to Conrad (Christopher Briney)

“Lost Cause” by Beck

Heard after Conrad (Christopher Briney) and Belly (Lola Tung) finish their tough conversation

“Don’t Cha” by The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes

Heard when Laurel (Jackie Chung) and Susannah (Rachel Blanchard) dance along to the song playing from the jukebox at the bar

“Closer” by Samuel Jack

Heard playing at the bar while Susannah (Rachel Blanchard) dances with a guy

“ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” by Tyler, The Creator

Heard when [SPOILER] and [SPOILER] kiss in the pool

Season 1, Episode 6: “Summer Tides”

“Losing You” by Solange

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) and Taylor (Rain Spencer) are getting ready for the volleyball tournament

“Now I’m In It” by HAIM

Heard while Taylor (Rain Spencer) and Steven (Sean Kaufman) are talking before the volleyball tournament

“Bad Girls” by M.I.A.

Heard during the volleyball game

“Lisztomania” by Phoenix

Heard during the volleyball game after Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) subs in for Taylor (Rain Spencer)

“Is It True” by Tame Impala

Heard during the volleyball game after Conrad (Christopher Briney) subs in for Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno)

“Levitating” by Dua Lipa

Heard during the volleyball tournament

“WUSYANAME” by Tyler, The Creator ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign

Heard while Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) is getting ready to go to a party

“Super Rich Kids” by Frank Ocean

Heard playing at the party

“Outta Pocket” by 24kGoldn

Heard in the background while Steven (Sean Kaufman) is playing poker with the other guys

“when the party’s over” by Billie Eilish

Heard when Belly (Lola Tung) and Conrad (Christopher Briney) are talking in the middle of the night + continues playing over the end credits

Season 1, Episode 7: “Summer Love”

“this is what falling in love feels like” by JVKE

Heard at the very beginning of the episode

“thank u, next” by Ariana Grande

Heard while Belly (Lola Tung) and the other debutantes are getting ready for the ball

“I Like That” by Bazzi

Heard when the escorts dance along to the song in a choreographed dance routine at the debutante ball

“The Way I Loved You (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

Heard when Conrad (Christopher Briney) walks up to Belly (Lola Tung) on the floor of the ballroom

“Funeral” by Phoebe Bridgers

Heard after Belly (Lola Tung) and Steven (Sean Kaufman) find out some terrible news

“This Love (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift

Heard during the pivotal final scene + continues playing over the end credits of the season finale

Season 1 of The Summer I Turned Pretty is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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