Friday Playlist: Hanging Out With Margot Tenenbaum

Songs for our favorite chain-smoker, bath-taker, and secret-keeper.

Margot sure is secretive, isn’t she? She spends all day in the bathroom watching the television, which, as she points out, IS in fact tied to the radiator for safety purposes. She stopped writing plays a long time ago but nobody really knows why. Actually, nobody really knows much about Margot at all. Maybe you should look into that?

Grab a (CANDY) cigarette, put on your (CANDY) fur coat, and play these 10 songs to bring some Margot Tenenbaum vibes into your life.

Illustration by Minna


  • Aubrey December 9th, 2011 11:02 PM

    This playlist is so wonderful! Margot’s one of my favorite characters EVER.
    Also — I just recently discovered Rookie, (I heard Tavi on NPR a few weekends ago) and I absolutely LOVE it! Thanks for such a wonderful site. :)

  • FashionHauties December 9th, 2011 11:10 PM

    Great playlist! I love the songs- listening now!

  • Narnie December 9th, 2011 11:18 PM

    I like to think Margot’s like my movie soul sister, this playlist just confirms it.

  • Tyknos93 December 10th, 2011 12:11 AM

    Love the Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore…and Fantastic Mr. Fox and Wes Anderson period I guess. Margot is one of my favorite characters after boy love Max Fischer of course.
    This movie had a sweet soundtrack. 70′s pop and folk tunes.

  • swansandlists December 10th, 2011 7:10 AM

    Such a good playlist! Margot is awesome and I love Wes Anderson, so this is perfect…

  • stephanie4786 December 10th, 2011 11:03 AM

    These Days by St. Vincent. Best song.

  • ness December 10th, 2011 1:14 PM

    The kinks!!!! Awesome!

  • rhymeswithorange December 10th, 2011 2:50 PM

    I just watched The Royal Tenenbaums! Wes Anderson is amazing

  • Nancy December 10th, 2011 10:23 PM

    Margot is my hero! And great song list. Nico’s “These Days” will always be the best, though.

    • starcollector December 16th, 2011 8:35 AM

      true that. st vincent is good but her voice is just…. not nico’s.

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  • darksideoftherainbow December 12th, 2011 6:18 PM

    (CANDY) fur coat kills me so hard. Thank you so much for that

  • starcollector December 16th, 2011 8:34 AM

    Randall poster is seriously the best music supervisor ever. Makes me have little movie orgasms whenever I watch Wes Anderson films. These songs feel like they belong in his movies.

  • preachypreach January 8th, 2012 7:08 PM

    you missed out she smiled sweetly by rolling stones, that’s got to be on there!