the tv show gets a soundtrack—and an exclusive santigold single.

by rebecca willa davis

True story: A few weeks ago, Girls came up in office chatter (shocker, we know). But what we were discussing wasn't plot points to the Lena Dunham-helmed HBO series, but rather the music. From intro to the closing credits, there are so many good tracks that have sent us pressing pause just to do a quick Google search. We ticked off song after song, and realized that the only thing we could agree on was that, well, there are too many good tracks to agree on a favorite (for example, I love the scene in episode two with The Troggs' "With A Girl Like You" while Ali loves the dancing-alone-in-her-room moment featuring Robyn's party track). So we weren't exactly surprised to hear that Girls, whose first season comes out on DVD this month and second season premieres in January, is getting an official soundtrack (releasing on January 6). It comes as both a standard and double edition, with the latter getting four extra tracks, and includes a new song from Santigold titled simply as "Girls." But it did have us wondering: If part of the songs' strength is how they're used to prop up the narrative, then isn't it not quite as fun to listen to them without Dunham & Co? For those in agreement, we can help--we've sorted through the soundtrack playlist and have turned it into an episode guide. Go ahead, press play--on your TV instead of your iPod, OK? And then let us know which episode you think has the best musical accompaniment. As for that Santigold track? We've also got it streaming below.

Episode 1: Harper Simon - "Wishes and Stars" Episode 2: The Troggs - "With A Girl Like You" White Sea - "Overdrawn" Episode 3: Robyn - "Dancing On My Own" Episode 4: The Echo-Friendly - "Same Mistakes" Episode 5: Belle & Sebastian - "I Don't Love Anyone" Sleigh Bells - "Infinity Guitars" Episode 6: Fleet Foxes - "Montezuma" Episode 7: Oh Land - "White Nights" Episode 8: The Vaccines - "Wreckin Bar" Episode 9: Lia Ices - "Love Is Won" Episode 10: Generationals - "Yours Forever" Michael Penn - "On Your Way"