Netflix’s13 Reasons Why is a tale of people who listen to confessional cassette tapes left behind by a girl who takes her own life, but the series itself is a feast for the ears thanks to its glorious soundtrack.
The songs, some of which were handpicked by lead actor Dylan Minnette, are a mix of beautifully melancholic tracks (like the one Clay and Hannah dance to at the winter formal) and classic tunes (Joy Division play us out perfectly at the end of episode one).
What’s the song that plays when Hannah finishes her 12th tape?
Perhaps the most unsettling of the series’ track choices is the one that plays when Hannah decides she’s almost ready to end her life. As she finishes her 12th tape, Roman Remains’ cover of Echo and The Bunnymen’s The Killing Moon plays.
It’s a pretty pivotal moment, and the track sits perfectly with the events that unfold on screen.
In episode 13, as she puts things in order, the soaring chorus of Ultravox’s Vienna rings out.