The "Vampire Diaries" soundtrack songs feature a variety of new tunes and covers from both veterans in the music field and newer artists. The sixteen songs featured on the compilation have all appeared on the show, and most are thematically or lyrically connected to the vampiric storyline of the show.

"The Fellowship" by Smashing Pumpkins. Though the Smashing Pumpkins' popularity has been foundering in recent years, their presence on the compilation marks a return to form with "The Fellowship". The Pumpkins are no stranger to vampirism; their earlier song "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" includes a lyric about vampires, and the digestable grunge rock they play fits in well with the action of "The Vampire Diaries."

"Running Up That Hill" by Placebo. Like the Smashing Pumpkins, the veterans Placebo add a track to the "Vampire Diaries" soundtrack songs. "Running Up That Hill" is a cover track first performed by Kate Bush in the '80s, and Placebo released it on a couple of their records before supplying it for "The Vampire Diaries."

"Sleep Alone (909s in the DarkTimes Mix" by Bat for Lashes. Bat for Lashes, singer/songwriter Natasha Khan's solo project, provides a remix of her original song "Sleep Alone". Subtitled "909s in the DarkTimes", the song adds a digital flare to the original while maintaining the haunting vocal stylings of Khan.

"On Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix)" by Gorillaz. The animated hip-hop/pop ground offer up a remix to the "Vampire Diaries" soundtrack songs with "On Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix)." The original appeared on Gorillaz's hit album "Plastic Beach"; this version is updated with an even more dance-able sound thanks to the remix artist Feed Me. 

"Obsession" by Sky Ferreira. Sky Ferreira, the 19-year-old US pop star, model, and actress, contributes her hit single "Obsession" to "The Vampire Diaries" soundtrack. With its beat borrowed from Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll", the song will seem both familiar and fresh at the same time. Ferreira adds a pop tinge to the darker tendencies of the show, and "Obsession" ensures that listeners will find at least one lighthearted hook to hum in the collection of "Vampire Diaries" soundtrack songs.