If you love to listen to Gilmore Girls music soundtrack while watching the show, this post provides the best of the Gilmore Girls music (including the famous Gilmore Girls theme song), separated by season for the original show and then by episode for the Netflix revival. Then, I share a Spotify playlist with all the best songs from the soundtrack so you can listen and/or save it to your Spotify account.

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Best of Gilmore Girls Music

Below is the best of Gilmore Girls music soundtrack, separated by season for the original show, then by episode for the Netflix revival. I re-watched the entire series to compile it (not that I minded…*WINK*), and I tried to pick the songs that paired with the most memorable moments on Gilmore Girls.

Music is, without a doubt, one of the top reasons to watch Gilmore Girls, so scroll down to see all my picks for my favorite songs on the Gilmore Girls soundtrack below!:

Gilmore Girls Theme Song

“Where You Lead” by Carole King


Season 1

“There She Goes” by The La’s – Opening scene

“My Little Corner of the World” by Yo La Tengo – Lorelai and Rory talk in Luke’s Diner to end the pilot episode

“Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star – Rory and Dean dance at the Chilton dance

“Walk Like An Egyptian” / “Hero Takes a Fall” / “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles – The ladies attend The Bangles Concert

“Oh My Love” by John Lennon – Dean gets Rory a car and says “I love you” on their 3-month anniversary


Season 2

“Love Is Everywhere I Go” by Sam Phillips – Lorelai and Max dance at the wedding shower and Luke watches

“How to Dream” by Sam Phillips – Lorelei and Rory arrive at Harvard

“Thank Heaven for Little Girls” by Maurice Chevalier – The “fan” dance at Rory’s Debutante Ball

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper – Lorelai and Emmy strut on the runway at the Chilton fashion show

“Someone to Watch Over Me” by Marty and Elayne –  Emily and the “Silver Fox” dance at the bar, until she freaks out and leaves

“You’re Just in Love (Call Me Madam)” by Donald O’Connor, Irving Berlin & Ethel Merman – Miss Patty and Babette duet at Sookie’s wedding


Season 3

“Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” by Nat King Cole – Played by the band at the Stars Hollow festival

“In the Mood” by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra – The beginning of the Stars Hollow Dance Marathon episode

“99 Luftballoons” by Nena – The song Lorelai puts on while waiting in the hospital to give birth to Rory

“Into the Woods” (Prologue) from “Into the Woods” – The song Paris sings to Brad Langford to distract him while he is getting ready to audition for the Chilton Bicentennial speech

“Catch a Wave” by The Beach Boys – Jess arrives in California


Season 4

“Tell Her What She Wants to Know” (Instrumental) by Sam Phillips – Lorelai and Rory say goodbye to each other at Yale

“Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb – One of Lorelai’s favorite songs plays in the car while she hides from her parents awaiting Rory’s arrival at Friday Night Dinner… until Emily catches her.

“Mona Lisa” by Grant Lee Phillips – Playing at the Firelight Festival when Luke gives Lorelai earrings.

“So Says I” by The Shins – The Shins perform at the club where Rory and Paris go.

“Reflecting Light” by Sam Phillips – Luke and Lorelai dance at Liz’s wedding.

“Satellite of Love” by Lou Reed – Playing in Rory’s room before she loses her virginity.


Season 5

“The Candy Man” by Sammie Davis Jr. – Rory’s and Dean’s song

Theme from “Greatest American Hero” (Believe It or Not) – Playing at Jackson’s rally

“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren – Rory and Lorelai sing on their double date

“As Time Goes By” (From “Casablanca”) – The Life and Death Brigade sings at their event.

“Come On-A My House” by Rosemary Clooney – Lorelai plays music for Luke on their date.

“Wedding Bell Blues” by The 5th Dimension – Richard and Emily dance at their vow renewal

“Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn – Rory and Logan dance at Richard’s and Emily’s vow renewal

“Do You Love Me?” by Chaim Topol and Norma Crane – Kirk and a youngster sing at a rehearsal of Fiddler on the Roof

“Stuck in the Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel – Plays at the Quentin Tarantino party


Season 6

“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” by The Andrews Sisters – Richard and Emily dance at Rory’s DAR function.

“Magic to Do” by Ben Vereen – Miss Patty’s students sing at the beginning and end of her show.

“Pennies from Heaven” by Louis Prima – Plays during Thanksgiving dinner

“Zydeco Boogaloo” by Buckwheat Zydeco – Lorelai auditions a wedding band

“Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani – Gil and Brian and company play a cover of this at a Bat Mitzvah

“Heart of Glass” (Remix) by Blondie – Plays at Lane’s and Zach’s wedding

“I’m a Believer” by The Monkees – Played by Hep Alien at Lane’s and Zach’s wedding

“Taking Pictures” by Sam Phillips – Lorelai walks away after giving Luke an ultimatum


Season 7

“Work It” by Missy Elliott – Plays at the 2002 party

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Bing Crosby – Lorelai writes Luke’s reference letter

“My Heart Will Go On” (Instrumental) by Celine Dion – Plays at the funeral of Michel’s dog, Chin Chin

“I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton – Lorelai sings karaoke “to Luke”

“You’re the Top” by Cole Porter – Sung by Richard and Emily to Lorelai upon her graduation from Yale


A Year in the Life: Winter

“Winterglow” by Grant-Lee Phillips – Sung in the town square as it starts to snow

“Time” by Tom Waits – Plays at Richard’s funeral

“Valley Winter Song” – Plays in the town square as Luke and Lorelai walk Paul Anka

“Here You Come Again” by Dolly Parton – Lorelai agrees to go to therapy with Emily


A Year in the Life: Spring

“Pick Yourself Up” by Fred Astaire – Rory announces she’s moving home


A Year in the Life: Summer

“Waterloo” by ABBA – Sung by the cast of Stars Hollow the Musical


A Year in the Life: Fall

“With a Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles – Plays during the Life & Death Brigade montage

“Reflecting Light” by Sam Phillips – Plays during Luke’s and Lorelai’s wedding

Best of Gilmore Girls Music Soundtrack: The Spotify Playlist

I placed all the above songs on a “Best of Gilmore Girls Music” Spotify playlist so you can easily listen along and/or save the Spotify playlist to your own account. Enjoy!


That concludes the best of the Gilmore Girls music soundtrack.

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4 Comments

  1. There was an instrumental song that was playing in the Summer episode (I think from when they were standing in line and then LauraLei met her Parenthood daughter who did a cameo). From the 80’s, first time I’ve heard it in a long time. Any thoughts what that might be?

  2. This is amazing! GG is like a warm blanket every single time I watch…which is often. Thank you for this wonderful playlist.