With the film production of the International bestselling series After beginning in Atlanta, fans have taken to the thrill of participating in every way they can. Fan art, edits and more have dominated the social media realms, and it only serves to hype us all up more for the movie we can’t wait to indulge in.
With that in mind, we here at Fangirlish want to take part. We are HUGE fans of After, and of course author Anna Todd. We live, breathe and swoon After, and want to immerse ourselves into the world she has created.
And what better way than with music? Songs make you remember moments of your life, make you feel like no other medium can, and relate to everything we have thought, felt, read. They are one of the most universal mediums, and therefore the best way for us to have a hand in the After build up is with our own After Soundtrack!
Here are the top 10 songs that remind us of After.
I Found – Amber Run
‘And I found love where it wasn’t supposed to be, right in front of me’
Tessa starts the After series with the perfect boyfriend; he is sweet, caring and devoted, and has been her rock for as long as she can remember. But he also doesn’t make her pulse race, her palms sweat, and her body ignite. What she thought was love, was comfort; until she met Hardin, and found real love in the last place, and person, she expected.
Toxic – Britney Spears
‘The taste of your lips I’m on a ride, you’re toxic I’m slipping under’
Everyone in Tessa’s life tells her that Hardin is toxic for her. He is dominant, harsh and pushes her at every opportunity. But sometimes what is toxic is not necessarily what is bad for us….and Hardin turns out to be everything Tessa needs.
How to Save a Life – The Fray
‘Between the lines of fear and blame, you begin to wonder why you came’
The Fray is the unofficial band of the After novels, with Todd referencing them frequently during the series. So, no After soundtrack would be complete without them, and this particular song is perfectly matched to the troubled story of young love. Tessa saved Hardin; from his self destruction, and gave him a reason to live more than he was.
Sweet Creature – Harry Styles
‘We don’t know where we’re going but we know where we belong’
No After soundtrack list would be complete without the man who inspired the series; Harry Styles. A song from his solo debut is the perfect addition to our list, as he croons of the struggles of love, the fights, the stubborn nature that both Tessa and Hardin share. This song feels like it was written for our soundtrack!
Demons – Imagine Dragons
‘When you feel my heat, look into my eyes, it’s where my demons hide’
Hardin is a haunted man. From a tragic childhood that left him broken and withdrawn, to struggling against his inclination to lash out at Tessa each time she challenges him, it is no secret that he has his demons. They are heartbreaking, and life changing; but with Tessa, he learns to let his demons go.
Say Something – Great Big World
‘And I will swallow my pride, you’re the one that I love’
After is a story of challenge, of true love, and of learning yourself just as much as you learn the other person. For Tessa and Hardin, they give each other every reason to give up on each other. Hardin’s difficulty, Tessa’s indecision. But where this song is begging the other to say something to make them stay, that is the one thing Tessa and Hardin were able to do. To talk, and sometimes shout, their way through to the end, without every giving up on each other.
A Million Reasons – Lady Gaga
‘I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away, but baby I just need one good one to stay’
When a relationship is challenging, and the person you love does everything in their power to push you away, sometime it feels like you have every reason to leave. But in that same thought, you know it would only take one reason to stay with them. Hardin gives Tessa a million reason to leave, but her love for him is the strongest reason for her to stay.
For the Nights I Can’t Remember – Hedley
‘I’m used to being tired and bloody, but you believed I could be somebody’
Hardin is sweet, determined and dedicated to Tessa; but he is also volatile, and drowns his confusion at his feelings for her in the bottom of a bottle. Tessa is the first girl to ever make him want to be better, and for Hardin, that is a struggle to face, which is why this particular song is so perfectly fit in our list.
Stockholm Syndrome (Wicked Games Remix) – One Direction
‘Who’s this man thats holding your hand and talking ’bout your eyes, used to sing about being free but now he’s changed his mind’
This one is two fold: First, One Direction. The catalyst for the book that changed all of us, as each member took on a new life in Todd’s fanfiction world. Second, for Tessa and Hardin, they are each others captors; he has her heart from the start, just like she has his. She learns that his brash and hurtful ways are covering his damaged soul, and she learns to understand him.
Habits – Tove Lo
‘I gotta stay high all the time, to keep you off my mind’
The title says it all. To Tessa, Hardin is a habit she just can’t break; and for Hardin, she is a drug he never wants rehab for. Through their ups and downs, their emotions follow the highs and lows, but for them their is no greater habit.
Feel free to comment with what songs best remind you of After to help us make the ultimate After playlist!