10 Things I Hate About You Soundtrack Songs

Thursday, September 29 by Miranda Caliban

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Those who miss the `90s can transport themselves back in time, by listening to these five most memorable “10 Things I Hate About You” Soundtrack Songs. Each one reflects the passionate angst and desperate high school romanticism that was shared by the film and the era.

“War” by The Cardigans

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Perhaps, the most memorable “10 Things I Hate About You” soundtrack song.  In this song, The Cardigans, in their angry, but pleading style, portray love as war and romantic quarrelling as a bloody battle. The song perfectly reflects protagonist Kat’s aversion to romantic relationships in “10 Things I Hate About You.” At the same time, it reflects the anger and passion of `90s teens.

“Even Angels Fall” by Jessica Riddle

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Another striking song from the “10 Things I Hate About You” soundtrack. Riddle’s smooth, country-like vocals, combined with her catchy lyrics make the tune one of those that easily get stuck in the listener’s head. When Riddle sings, “God Knows Even Angels Fall,” she captures the `90s obsession with edgy innocence.

“I Want You To Want Me” by Letters To Cleo

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Originally a 1980s Cheap Trick hit. But the Letters to Cleo version that appears on the “10 Things I Hate About You” soundtrack is nearly as good as the 1980s version. Who can forget the song’s chorus that declares, “I want you to want me. I need you to need me. I’d love you to love me. I’m beggin’ you to beg me?”  Fans of “10 Things I Hate About You “will particularly remember how thrilling it was to see Letters to Cleo performing the song from a rooftop as the film closed. The song itself is romantic, but fast-paced and hip. Its edginess reflects the personalities of both of the leading characters in “10 Things I Hate About You,” who are defiant and sometimes flippant, but who still manage to fall in love.

“The Weakness in Me” by Joan Armatrading

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Deserves a mention as one of the best "10 Things I Hate About You" soundtrack songs. With its soulful vocals and mournful lyrics, is played early on in the film. But it provides foreshadowing for later events.  “I’m not the sort of person who falls quickly in and out of love,” sings Armatrading.  In “10 Things I Hate About You,” Kat is certainly not one to fall in and out love. She embraces feminism and rejects relationships with boys.  Armatrading goes on to sing “But to you I give my affection.”  Patrick does manage to win over Kat’s affection, causing her to eventually write the poem that gives the film its title, “10 Things I Hate About You.”

"One More Thing" by Richard Gibbs

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With no lyrics, but its creative use of instruments, including screaming guitars and crashing drums, make it both beautiful and memorable.  Although it is a very short song, it is one of the best "10 Things I Hate About You" songs, because it helps the audience feel Kat’s changing emotions as she discovers that Patrick has placed the guitar he bought for her in her car.

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