Although the movie The Great Gatsby has its own soundtrack, I’ve listed some songs that I think represent the themes and characters of the book well:
1. Animal—Maroon 5
This song perfectly represents the way Gatsby perceives Daisy. He’s so eager to be with her that he becomes her own creepy stalker.
Yeah you can start over you can run free
You can find other fish in the sea
You can pretend it’s meant to be
But you can’t stay away from me
2. Green Light — Lorde
This needs no explanation.
Give me the green light, oh yeah
‘Cause I’m ready to go
Let’s have a good time, let’s go
3. Sk8ter Boi — Avril Lavigne
Daisy and Gatsby both loved each other when they were young, and they could have had that life together if Daisy had waited for him instead of moving on to Tom. Later on when she meets Gatsby again, she regrets that decision, just like in Avril Lavigne’s classic song.
He was a skater boy
She said see you later boy
He wasn’t good enough for her
4. 24k Magic — Bruno Mars
This song captures the glamorous and ostentatious life that Gatsby leads; the lavish parties and elegant displays is what he focuses on to impress Daisy.
Throw your hands up in the sky
Let’s set this party off right
Players, put yo’ pinky rings up to the moon
Girls, what y’all trying to do?
Twenty four karat magic in the air
5. Hit and Run — Lana del Rey
Again, this one is fairly obvious in its relation to the novel.
Hit it and run.
Let’s hit it and run.
6. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever — ZAYN & Taylor Swift
The toxic relationship that is so tempting to Daisy, but she knows it’s wrong.
I’m sitting eyes wide open and I got one thing stuck in my mind
Wondering if I dodged a bullet or just lost the love of my life, oh
7. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You — Frankie Valli
This is for the omniscient eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg that see everything.
8. Boulevard of Broken Dreams — Green Day
I think that this aptly song captures the idea of the emptiness and loneliness in Gatsby’s life.
I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don’t know where it goes
But it’s only me, and I walk alone
9. Bad Blood — Taylor Swift
The tense and hostile relationship between Gatsby and Tom.
Now we’ve got problems
And I don’t think we can solve ’em
You made a really deep cut
And baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!
10. Secrets — OneRepublic
Nick is keeping everyone’s secrets, when all he wants it to just be honest and leave behind the drama that’s been thrust upon him.
I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess