It’s been 18 months since Netflix set hearts – and playlists – aflutter with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before… And just in time for Valentine’s Day, the gang’s all back for the highly anticipated second installment of the film series. This time, it’s even got a shiny new soundtrack album.
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You picks up where we left off, as Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) explore their new, real relationship. But it’s not all rainbows and hearts, as LJ struggles with her expectations, and John Ambrose arrives on the scene to put a wrench in the romantic works.
With music playing a key role in tugging those heartstrings through all the drama in the first movie, fans will be thrilled to learn that P.S. I Still Love You reunites the music supervision team of Lindsay Wolfington (Shadowhunters, The Royals) and Laura Webb (Siren, Teen Wolf). Wolfington and Webb won a Guild of Music Supervisors Award in 2019 for their work on TATB last time around.
The original movie staged a total TATB takeover of Tunefind’s trending music chart as the film went viral and everyone and their cousin watched. And re-watched. And watched one more time to get ready for TATB 2. (We see you there…)
In case you missed it, our previous interview with Laura and Lindsay highlights their favorite songs of the To All The Boys… soundtrack. That one has been one of the most popular articles on Tunefind for two years running (claiming the #1 spot in 2018).
Despite the hype and high bar set by the first film, Webb and Wolfington said they approached TATB: P.S. I Still Love You just like any other project: “Just get in there and start listening and find the best song that works for the moment in whatever way that is.”
Hard at work on TATB 2 since early last year, the two describe their process as “being a sponge and finding music from all different avenues, be it in our listening pile, having someone send us some ideas based off of a pitch, or asking people to create custom songs to meet our needs.”
The duo that gave us Lauv’s ‘I Like Me Better’ and Anna of the North’s ‘Lovers’ last time around are excited to see how fans react to their music choices for TATB 2. This includes six brand new tracks that are exclusive to the film, several of which were created just for P.S. I Still Love You. More on those below!
“It was important to us to have songs made original to the film, especially since the first film’s music saw so much great feedback,” shared Wolfington and Webb. “Then we had some really awesome demos and unreleased songs sent to us by Capitol, our soundtrack partners on this film. Many of their artists even made some adjustments for us, which was awesome. Teamwork makes the dream work!”
Keep reading below as Webb and Wolfington walk us through behind-the-scenes details on their favorite music moments from TATB 2. You can also find a full list of the songs – over 30 total, many more than could fit on the soundtrack album – featured in the movie over on Tunefind’s To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You soundtrack page.
One warning: Fans got a sneak peek into the soundtrack when the album dropped last week. But if you haven’t watched TATB 2 yet – or read the original novels – be warned there are some light spoilers ahead.
LW & LW: This was planned as an homage to Adventures in Babysitting.
[For the uninitiated, the iconic opening credits to Adventures In Babysitting were a whole mood. This echoes the call back to Sixteen Candles in TATB.]
LW & LW: This song was so dreamy and romantic and actually worked in many spots! Ultimately, we all felt it was important to have a special song playing as Lara Jean descends the stairs and opens the door to Peter for their first real date. It’s the first time we see him in the film, and the swell hits the door open so perfectly! At the premiere, the screams from the audience when we see him almost drowned out the song!
LW & LW: We loved the energy and feel of this song. The song embodied how Lara Jean feels at the beginning of the film and was a great way to send LJ and Peter off on their first real date.
LW & LW: This is one song that was in the film from very early on. It felt like a no brainer – it just sounded like our movie! A little playful, a little dreamy. Lola Marsh is an awesome duo out of Israel, and Yael’s voice is super cool. We love highlighting indie artists like them.
LW & LW: Had to have a call back to our hot tub song from movie #1. We loved seeing how Anna gathered more fans from the use of this song from film #1.
LW & LW: We had discussed using a K-pop song in the first film, but never found the right spot. So our ears were open to see if something might work in this film. We knew from the script that Lara Jean was dressing up for a pep rally and that that moment would need a big song. Lindsay got an email blast with this song and sent it immediately to our director. He loved it so much, he ended up filming the scene with it! We loved how this song was not only K-Pop, but had a marching band vibe with horns and big production that really fit the moment. We always say what works best for the scene wins!
LW & LW: We both love finding sad songs and jokingly call ourselves the sad song queens, so working on finding just the right one for this moment was very important. We knew ahead of time that Lara Jean would break the fourth wall and lip sync some of the lyrics straight into the camera, so the lyrics needed to be super important and had to be memorable. When Laura came across this song, she knew it was perfect. There were a few song ideas discussed, but the lyrics of this one were spot on, and Ashe was an artist we felt excited about showcasing.
LW & LW: A girl coming down the stairs looking out-of-this world gorgeous?! It’s our princess on the staircase moment! We really wanted this sequence to be dreamy and just give into the moment. Capitol, our soundtrack partners, brought this song to us, and the producers of the track even helped by making a special edit of the intro to work and build nicely over Lara Jean texting in her room. We love all the emotions it evokes and we hope you do too!
LW & LW: This awesome band out of Nashville was able to quickly make us this fantastic cover of the Bee Gees ‘You Should Be Dancing.’ Our director, Michael Fimognari, always stressed the importance of wanting to make Belleview a happy place and never a sad, depressing place that we pander to. This felt like something they would authentically dance to at a party. And having it covered by a modern-day band felt like a great way to balance new and old and give our audience something to live with beyond the film.
Everyone encourages Lara Jean and John Ambrose to…
LW & LW: We were looking for just the right song for this scene for awhile. It was an interesting moment because our initial instincts were to go older, as there are so many romantic songs from the mid-1960’s and 70’s that could work. But they didn’t feel quite right. We got a demo of this from the team at Capitol, and you could tell right away that it had a nice natural sway to it that would work for a slow dance, and the piano part felt classic, while Chaz’s performance brought something modern to it.
We asked Chaz’s team if they could do 2 things: 1) fill out the track a little so that it would fit nicely under dialogue and 2) build out the ending and really make it soar, while adding a romantic lyric. The revision came back with super cool production and Chaz’ gorgeous vocals singing “like I’m awake inside a dream.” His team was awesome and we are so thrilled with how this track turned out. It feels really special to us.
LW & LW: The funny thing is, we tried really hard to find a spot for Gordi in the first film, so our patience paid off, as this is the longest use in film 2! What we love about Gordi’s music is it carries emotion with unique production elements; it always sounds fresh. In these scenes, we wanted our audience to go through the emotions Lara Jean was experiencing sonically. The song really works like score, hitting all the highs and lows of the sequence – will they-won’t they? what have I done? Stormy, what should I do? Here I go! Wait, what’s he doing here? and of course a beautiful swell at the end. Though we didn’t use the vocals in the film, we feel that when you listen to the song on the soundtrack with vocals, it says all the things she was feeling all along. This one gave us goosebumps as well as a fairytale ending.
Lara Jean and Peter hold hands and walk away from…
LW & LW: We were talking to our contact at Warner UK about having some of their artists write original songs for this film. They told us that Marina was a fan of the film and was open to writing something original for us. Based on our conversations with Michael, our director, we sent her a brief with the themes we hoped to convey at the end of the film – that love isn’t always easy and often messy, but that’s what makes it worth it. A few weeks later, they sent us the demo and we were like “Woah. This is a jam.”
It was a musical earworm (we left work with it stuck in our head many nights), and anyone we played it for, loved it (especially Lindsay’s kids, who tried to ask Alexa to play it!). With such a punchy chorus, we felt that the end spot was the best place for this, but since that scene was a one-shot (no edits), we had to do a little tweaking to make it fit perfectly. We set up a time to meet with the song producers (Captain Cuts) to show them what we needed, and they were amazing.
It was a really fun afternoon for us to really dive into the process and emerge with an amazing song tailored to our film. We are so grateful to Marina and her team for their patience (and their speed!) getting this song finished. This song embodies Lara Jean’s thoughts about love, and we are so happy to have an original song that represents our main character in our film and on our soundtrack!
LW & LW: This was another song that was created for us based on a brief we gave to Hanne’s publisher, Wow and Flutter, based on our conversations with the director. It’s interesting how you can give the same brief to multiple people and get different but equally wonderful songs back! We loved this the moment we heard it, and the lyric “be honest” really resonated as one of the lessons Lara Jean learned throughout the film. We felt it was a great way to sum up the film in our end credits.
That’s just a taste of the over 30 songs featured in the film. Thankfully you can catch the full list – complete with scene descriptions – over on over on Tunefind’s To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You soundtrack listing.
While TATB 3 has already been filmed and Lindsay and Laura are currently hard at work on it, they’re sworn to secrecy.
“We really can’t say too much at this point, but we can say we’ve been busy!” they shared. “The third film shot right after P.S. I Still Love You and has some key music moments, so we’ve been deep into it since June of last year. It’s a really fun movie, and we feel everyone will be very happy with it.”
Netflix has yet to set a release date for TATB 3, titled To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean, but rest assured Tunefind will have all your soundtrack details.
〉Full list of songs featured in the To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You soundtrack
〉Full list of songs featured in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before… soundtrack
〉Interview with Lindsay Wolfington and Laura Webb about TATB: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’s Soundtrack Success Story