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Girls, Vol. 1: Music from the HBO Original Series



Soundtrack offers fun, feelings, and some four-letter words.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This soundtrack includes pensive, soul-searching songs, breakup songs, as well as tracks whose reason for being is more about rhythm and fun. The characters are often sad, lonely, alienated; those who sound stronger and more empowered are in the songs with the most explicit lyrics. The most positive message here is probably that teens are not alone in their feelings of loneliness or alienation.

Positive role models

There's little in the way of role models here.


Few songs include violent content, but Icona Pop/Charli XCX's "I Love It" has the lines "I crashed my car into the bridge/ I watched I let it burn." Michael Penn's somewhat hopeful "On Your Way" has an image of "bombs bursting in air."


Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" has lines about a couple kissing in public and says, "I'm not the girl you're taking home."


The Parental Advisory that comes with this album seems largely about two songs with explicit language. Santigold's title track has the line, "Can I be Im f---ed up." Icona Pop/Charli XCX's "I Love It" uses "s--t" and "bitch" a few times.


Promotes the TV show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Grouplove's "Everyone's Gonna Get High" is about bored people who get high because they can't think of anything else to say or do. A couple other songs, ("Wreckin' Bar," "On My Way") mention drinking or bars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this soundtrack to HBO's original series Girls features selected songs from Season 1, as well as some songs slated for inclusion in Season 2. The album comes with a Parental Advisory, mainly because of offensive language in two tracks: Santigold's "Girls" has the line, "Can I be I'm f---ed up." Icona Pop/Charli XCX's "I Love It" uses "s--t" and "bitch" a few times. Also, "Everyone's Gonna Get High" is about bored people who do what the song title says, and a couple of other songs reference drinking.

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What's the story?

GIRLS VOL. 1 is the soundtrack album to HBO's original series Girls, about young women who are just out of college and making their way in New York City. The music features songs from Season 1, as well as some slated for Season 2. Sometimes pensive and emotional, sometimes bright and fun, the tracks on Girls Vol. 1 come from artists in a range of styles and recent musical eras. Appearing are Robyn, Harper Simon, fun., Santigold, White Sea, Grouplove, Icona Pop Feat. Charli XCX, The Echo Friendly, Fleet Foxes, Belle & Sebastian, Oh Land, The Vaccines, Lia Ices, and Michael Penn.

Is it any good?


There's a wide variety of material on Girls Vol. 1, and listeners might not love every track. It seems unlikely that fans of Harper Simon's and/or Lia Ices' acoustic folk-leaning music will be into Santigold's bright, hip hop-flavored pop. But by the same token, especially for fans of the Girls series, there's probably something here for everyone.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the feelings of the singer in "Dancing on My Own." Have you ever felt alone like that after a breakup?

  • How do the songs reflect the feelings and experiences of the characters on the show Girls

  • What's going on in "I Love It"? How does the song make you feel?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:January 8, 2013
Label:Fueled by Ramen
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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