Music plays a big role in SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA so it’s no surprise that the book comes with the most en fleek playlist of all time. Keep scrolling to read why Becky Albertalli chose these songs for her debut novel about a gay teen boy coming out and falling in love!
*Some songs we were unable to include in the Spotify playlist because they are unavailable but the full list of song is below!
The Simon Playlist
By Becky Albertalli
I always knew Simon was going to be a kid with strong opinions about music. He uses music to soothe himself, to connect with friends, and to impress cute boys – even his email address is a nod to his favorite song by Elliott Smith. The pressure was on to create a playlist that was true to the story and true to Simon’s exacting tastes. I had a blast putting this together, and I hope you love it as much as I do! (Best enjoyed while making out and/or eating Oreos.)
Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith
There’s no question this song is the crown jewel of the playlist. It’s Simon’s favorite song by his favorite artist (and the line “I’m doing just fine hour to hour, note to note” was the inspiration for his email address).
Closer by Tegan and Sara
Simon is a big fan of Tegan and Sara, and he listens to them a few times in the book. I love this song and its amazing music video, featuring all kinds of couples making out. What could be more perfect for SIMON?
Funny Little Frog by Belle and Sebastian (God Help the Girl version)*
I’ve always adored this song – and its lyrics about crushing on someone from afar make it extra sweet for SIMON. The original Belle and Sebastian version is wonderful, too.
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Simon thinks classic rock is for dads, but his best buddy Nick is a huge fan. Nick sings this song at a Halloween party in one of the early chapters of the book.
With Arms Outstretched by Rilo Kiley
Simon’s friend Leah is a huge fan of Rilo Kiley, and even Simon has to admit he’d make out with Jenny Lewis. This is one of my absolute favorite songs ever. For me, it captures that high school feeling of best friends and romantic possibility and perfect, perfect days.
Thinking About You by Frank Ocean
One of my very favorite teenagers introduced me to Frank Ocean a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. He’s also one of the first mainstream male hip hop artists to come out as gay or bisexual, cementing his status as one of my personal heroes.
To Be Alone With You by Sufjan Stevens
One of the many life lessons Simon learns along the way: Sufjan Stevens isn’t the kind of artist you crank in your car. This doesn’t make his music any less amazing.
Shake it off by Taylor Swift*
I’m calling it: this is the greatest pop song since Since U Been Gone. There’s no question that this would be Simon’s friend Abby’s top choice. And, of course, the message is perfect for a kid who shakes off all kinds of haters and completely rules at being himself.
You Don’t Know Me by Ray Charles
No song more perfectly captures the ache and longing of falling in love with someone who may not reciprocate. I love this song for Simon – especially because, like Simon and me, Ray Charles is a native Georgian.
Just Like Heaven by the Cure
A classic. A pretty amazing girl band covers this one during one of the later scenes in the book.
Makin’ Out by Mark Owen (Pomplamoose Cover)*
Obviously, Simon approves of any song named after his favorite activity, and this cover is beyond incredible. I dare you to listen to this in a dark room and see if you don’t get chills. Totally reminds me of Simon and Blue.
Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding
A no-brainer for the playlist. This song plays during a very special rainy Monday toward the end of the book. If Simon and Blue had to pick “their song,” this would be it.
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