5. MUTEMATH, “Spotlight”

Is there a lot of running in the movie Twilight? This bluesy-rock song sounds like something a troubled teen would run to (or away from, depending on who you ask.)


6. Perry Farrell, “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)”

When they build a museum dedicated to the 2000s, they will include “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)” performed by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell. The spoken-word interlude, delivered over weird pseudo-disco heavy rock, is painfully of its time, but that doesn’t mean it’s so damn silly my ironic appreciation for it has become kind of sincere?


7. Collective Soul, “Tremble for My Beloved”

“Tremble for My Beloved” was originally released in 1999—long before the collective desire for vampires set in, unless of course you’re talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer—and that’s good, because it means Collective Soul wasn’t tasked with writing an original for the Hot Topic teen flick. At any rate, it’s a grungy banger, and I approve.


8. Paramore, “I Caught Myself”

Paramore is the only artist to get two tracks on this soundtrack, and I like to believe that is because Williams actually read the book. (It’s much more likely that they just made the most sense for the Twilight demographic, but I digress.) Unlike “Decode,” “I Caught Myself” is more in line with classic pop-punky Paramore, though the math-rock riffs and extended intro are a bit unexpected. It, too, sounds like being 13, which I assume is not painful for some people. I am not one of them.


9. Blue Foundation, “Eyes On Fire”

Have you ever listened to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and wished they were depressed and Danish? That’s kind of what “Eyes On Fire” is, or maybe not at all, but I’m not mad.

10. Rob Pattinson, “Never Think”

The vampire does a decent John Mayer impression, though it would benefit from the removal of the marbles in his mouth.


11. Iron & Wine, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”

Objectively, Iron & Wine’s “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” is the best song on this album... though it feels a bit chaotic, considering this acoustic ballad arrives only a few songs after a Linkin Park concept record about being lost in space, or something. What is going on?


12. Carter Burwell, “Bella’s Lullaby”

This is a gorgeous piano ballad I don’t feel equipped to criticize, only to add that it’s nice and pleasant and definitely makes me feel sleepy, which I assume is its intended purpose. Please don’t listen to it while driving.


In conclusion, this soundtrack is fine. I probably won’t listen to it again until some nostalgic artist samples one of these tracks in another decade, reminding me of its existence. Honestly, you’re better off just listening to Paramore.