The Fault in Our Stars‘ soundtrack is on sale on May 19 and it will have to hold us over until the film comes out.
As we wait for the movie to open on June 6, let’s celebrate the music from the heatwarming film.
The songs chosen for the touching compilation will make us laugh and cry as we watch Gus and Hazel take their incredible journey together.
1. Ed Sheeran Was Inspired by Hazel and Gus’ Star Scene
The 23-year-old British singer explained his muse, saying, “It was kind of inspired by the whole movie, just wanting to be sad, yet euphoric and lift people a little bit, which I hope it does. I hope it doesn’t depress people too much.”
He told the Wall Street Journal that his Twitter announcement explaining that he’d written a song for the film, got 48,700 retweets, the most he’d ever experienced in his career.
The songwriter hadn’t seen the movie before penning the ballad. He had, however, read the book and based his song on the scene where the couple is looking up at the stars together.
It plays during the final credits.
“All of the Stars” encompasses everything about the movie, and he hadn’t even seen the movie yet. It kind of turned out really perfect for us. Once we heard that song, that was it. We knew it was our end-credits song.
— Season Kent (@Season_Kent) May 17, 2014
Sheeran dished on what he tried to accomplish with the song by saying, “I tried to write about how you can be on either side of the world–America, Amsterdam or passed away and in the stars–and you can see each other.”
This is an excerpt from the song’s powerful lyrics:
So open your eyes and see
The way our horizons meet
And all of the lights will lead
Into the night with me
And I know these scars will bleed
But both of our hearts believe
All of these stars will guide us home
2. Shai & Ansel Were at the Debut Concert
The livestream happened at Los Angeles’ YouTube Space LA on May 14.
The entire event, hosted by Tyler Oakley, is shown in the video above.
Sheeran, Charli XCX and GROUPLOVE were all there, performing for the group of loyal fans that gathered.
The movie’s Twitter handle expressed the sentiments of the epic evening:
— The Fault Movie (@TheFaultMovie) May 15, 2014
3. ‘Let Me In’ Plays When Gus Comes Out of the Limo
GROUPLOVE made a music video, above, inspired by the movie.
Their song, “Let Me In” plays when Hazel and Augustus go to Europe to find an author who inspired them.
Kent explains that they asked the band to write an original song for the scene when Hazel finds out she’s going to Amsterdam and Gus shows up in a limo.
“Once we see that reveal of Gus coming out of the limo, though, we need it to explode. It needs to be that ‘Say Anything’ moment.” That was our pitch to them. They did such a great job,” he said.
The band’s singer, Hannah Hooper, told the Journal:
I got so sucked into the film that I forgot what we were doing there.
Hooper and the rest of the band, Christian Zucconi, Ryan Rabin, Andrew Wessen, and Sean Gadd, saw the tearjerker and as expected, were overcome with emotion.
“We all came out of the movie just hysterical [crying], but in a beautiful way,” Hooper said.
The upbeat song has these lyrics, which remind us of the excitement of new love:
Gimme, gimme that love, I’ll be waitin’ for ya’
Catch my hand, I’ll be fightin’ for ya’
Let me in, yeah, let me get closer
Got me runnin’ wild like I feel it all over
Catch my hand, I’ll be fightin’ for ya’
4. ‘Boom Clap’ Is About ‘Epic Love’
The song comes on as the couple arrives in Amsterdam. Kent said, “It was one of those scenes where we knew we needed a punch of energy; something fun and that’s about living in the moment.”
Charli had written it before it was attached to the movie, but still saw the connection it has to the story.
“I feel like both my song and the movie are these ginormous love stories, and I think that’s why they click together so well,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
She went on to say that the music reflects an epic love:
I think that “Boom Clap” was written from my heart and about this idea of epic love. I think that’s exactly what Gus and Hazel have in this movie.
The lyrics are reminiscent of a first love:
First kiss just like a drug
Under your influence
You take me over you’re the magic in my veins
This must be love
5. John Green Is a Fan
The author of the book the movie is based on, was amazed in particular with Sheeran’s work.
He loved the fact that he “would share his talent with this story.”
Indy Star reported that Green is a Swedish hip-hop enthusiast.
The song “Bomfalleralla” by Afasi & Filthy, represents that genre on the soundtrack.
Since that song was actually mentioned in the book, Kent said, “…we said it must go on the soundtrack. The book fans will freak out.