The Pursuit of Love soundtrack is giving serious nostalgia, and we’re listening on repeat

The Pursuit of Love soundtrack is very similar to period drama in its song choices

Emily Beecham and Lily James in BBC's The Pursuit of Love
(Image credit: BBC)

Caught the first episode last night and looking for the Pursuit of Love soundtrack? You've come to the right place to add all the songs to your Spotify playlist. 

Adapted from Nancy Mitford's 1945 book of the same name, the Pursuit of Love stars Emily Beecham, Lily James, Dominic West and Andrew Scott, and will air in three parts on the BBC, replacing Line of Duty on Sunday nights at 9pm.

Arguably Mitford's best-loved novel, The Pursuit of Love is a coming-of-age tale about female friendship and romance. It follows protagonist Fanny Logan (Beecham)—also our narrator here—and her best friend and cousin Linda (James) as they come of age in the English countryside under the thumb of Uncle Matthew (West).

Taking place in 1920s Oxfordshire, The Pursuit of Love is very similar to Bridgerton and The Handmaid's Tale in the way that it juxtaposes its setting with a far more modern soundtrack. Think 70s rock and 90s alternative tracks with a bit of Nina Simone thrown in for good measure. Here are all the songs that feature, per the BBC.

The In Crowd by Bryan by Bryan Ferry 

You'll definitely recognise this one from the Pursuit of Love trailer, above, Bryan Ferry's The In Crowd set the tone for the three-part adaptation way before it aired—the "in crowd" in this case being Lily James' charismatic and over-the-top Linda Radlett. 

Dandy in the Underworld by T. Rex

English band T. Rex are about as synonymous with glam rock as "cheese" is to "on toast". Bringing 1970s rock to the rural countryside of the 1920s, the sound of Dandy in the Underworld accompanies the eccentric Lord Merlin's first appearance—yes, that is the Hot Priest from Fleabag. 

Ceremony by New Order

New Order may be more universally known for that '90s World Cup hit, but it's a track from their album the decade before that made it on to the Pursuit of Love Soundtrack, adding a kind of melancholy vibe to its scene.

The Pursuit of Love Soundtrack—all songs from the BBC drama

  • The In Crowd, Bryan Ferry
  • Blue Red and Grey, The Who
  • Deceptacon, Le Tigre
  • Ceremony, New Order
  • Dandy in the Underworld, T Rex
  • Sea of Love, Cat Power
  • Modern Girl, Sleater-Kinney
  • The Orchids, Psychic TV
  • Give My Love to London, Marianne Faithfull
  • Woncha Come on Home, Joan Armatrading
  • Are You Leaving for the Country, Karen Dalton
  • Cissy Strut, The Meters
  • Be My Husband, Nina Simone
  • Paris 1919, John Cale
  • A La Vida, Maria Arnal & Marcel Bagés
  • Plus Je T'Embrasse, Blossom Dearie
  • Deshabillez-Moi, Juliette Gréco
  • Rue St Vincent, Yves Montand
  • Guaglione, Marino Marini

The BBC has a handy Pursuit of Love soundtrack playlist here, but it's only available until June 8th, so we recommend saving the tracks to your own Spotify creation for expiry-free listening.

While the show got mixed reviews on Twitter—some loved it, others hated it—director Emily Mortimer's soundtrack went down a treat with BBC viewers.

The Pursuit of Love soundtrack Twitter reactions 

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The Pursuit of Love continues with on Sunday 16th May at 9pm on BBC One. All episodes are available to stream on iPlayer now. 

Lucy Abbersteen

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