From 2006 to 2010, The Hills music supervisors Jon Ernst and Joe Cuello didn’t just soundtrack the story lines of Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, and Audrina Patridge — they also provided us with a string of incredible musical moments across four years.
By including then-up-and-coming pop rock bands like The Maine and All Time Low alongside established hit-makers like Britney Spears and Timbaland, the show seamlessly blended indie rock and dance music into the background of every episode. The songs featured on the show often charted high on the iTunes chart and skyrocketed new acts to Myspace fame. Yeah, remember when that was a thing?
MTV has compiled 41 hours of music from The Hills on a Spotify playlist, featuring throwback tracks from Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie, Lady Gaga, Sia, and many more. Here are some standout songs from all six seasons of The Hills to take you back in time and let you reminisce on some of the show's most emotional moments.
"Unwritten" - Natasha Bedingfield
Every episode — The iconic theme song that had us all lusting for a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway in a cute convertible.
"Don't Phunk With My Heart" - The Black Eyed Peas
Almost every episode — If you heard the instrumental sample of this song before a commercial break, you knew some serious turmoil was brewing.
"Pon De Replay" - Rihanna
Season 1, Episode 1 — Rihanna’s breakout single served as the soundtrack for Lauren as she got ready for her interview at Teen Vogue.
"Rush" - Aly & AJ
Season 1, Episode 2 — When Heidi called Lauren to tell her that she got the job at Bolthouse Productions.
"Promiscuous" - Nelly Furtado (Feat. Timbaland)
Season 1, Episode 8 — Do you picture dreamy shots of Los Angeles nightlife when this song plays, or is it just me?
"When You're Gone" - Avril Lavigne
Season 2, Episode 12 — When Heidi leaves Lauren to move in with Spencer :(
"Apologize" - One Republic
Season 3, Episode 1 — Yup. The “You Know What You Did” episode. Heidi and Lauren's breakup song.
"Misery Business" - Paramore
Season 3, Episode 13 — “I want to forgive you and I want to forget you.” BOOM.
"Almost Lover" - A Fine Frenzy
Season 3, Episode 16 — When Audrina wonders if she should stay with Justin Bobby.
"Hero/Heroine" - Boys Like Girls
Season 3, Episode 17 — When Lauren scrolls through Brody’s phone and finds interesting names like “Blonde Hottie” and “Britney Canada Whore” in his contact list.
"Backstabber" - Ke$ha
Season 3, Episode 21 — When Heidi is concerned about Stephanie’s friendship with Lauren.
"Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
Season 3, Episode 26 — When Stephen Coletti (LC’s throwback bae) comes to Lauren, Lo, and Audrina’s housewarming party. (!!!)
"Allow Me To Introduce Myself ... Mr. Right/Candle (Sick And Tired) " - The White Tie Affair
Season 4, Episode 6 — Remember when Audrina worked for Epic Records?
"Girls Do What They Want" - The Maine
Season 4, Episode 10 — Pretty much The Hills’s girls anthem.
"The Resolution" - Jack's Mannequin
Season 4, Episode 13 — When Audrina moves out of her house with Lauren and Lo.
"Glitter In The Air" - P!nk
Season 4, Episode 19 — When Whitney leaves L.A. for her job at Diane von Furstenberg in New York.
"Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga
Season 5, Episode 19 — Kristin + Justin in Vegas = <3?
"On The Way Down" - Ryan Cabrera
Season 6, Episode 8 — When Audrina got emotional and left Ryan’s show in tears.