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Listen to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Official Pre–Phantom Thread Playlist

Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps in Phantom Thread (2017)
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Can’t get enough of the Phantom Thread’s “luxuriantly sensuous mood? You’re in luck. Paul Thomas Anderson himself has curated a Phantom Thread­­–inspired playlist, an eclectic collection of songs by artists from Beyoncé to Bruce Springsteen alongside beautiful instrumental tracks by musicians such as Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra. The 23-track list is the perfect accompaniment to Reynolds and Alma’s intense, twisted, possessive love; like their courtship, it ranges from dreamy to nightmarish, from Ella Fitzgerald’s “I’m Making Believe” to Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain.”

The 23 songs are specifically intended to get you in the mood for Phantom Thread. PTA curated the playlist for the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, where it will be played in theaters before their special 70 mm screenings.

For those of us unable to make it up to Toronto, TIFF has been kind enough to create a Spotify version of the playlist—though they apologize for the fact that the original “Farewell” from the 1943 film The Constant Nymph (you know the one, right?) is not available on Spotify.

PTA’s full playlist is as follows:
1. “Blue Sands” – The Chico Hamilton Quintet
2. “Portrait of My Love” – Cyril Ornadel and Starlight Symphony
3. “You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon
4. “Dolly Suite, Op. 56: I. Berceuse” – Gabriel Fauré, Katia Labèque
5. “I’ll Always Be in Love with You” – Helen Forrest
6. “I’m Making Believe” – Ella Fitzgerald and The Ink Spots
7. “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” – Roberta Flack
8. “Nobody Does It Better” – Carly Simon
9. “Impression of a Princess” – Danish State Radio Orchestra and Robert Farnon
10. “My Ship” – Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle
11. “Razor Love” – Neil Young
12. “Suspicions” – Bernard Herrmann
13. “Thirteen (Alternate Mix)” – Big Star
14. “Coming Around Again” – Carly Simon
15. “Portrait of Jenny” – Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle
16. “Two Blind Loves” – Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra, Kitty Kallen
17. “I’m On Fire” – Bruce Springsteen
18. “Three Little Words” – Jack Teagarden and his Orchestra
19. “Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)” – Rihanna
20. “Lord of the Manor” – The Everly Brothers
21. “Come Sunday” – Oscar Peterson and Nelson Riddle
22. “XO” – Beyoncé
23. “Farewell (from the film The Constant Nymph)” – Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Marissa Martinelli is a Slate editorial assistant.