If Gilmore Girls holds any record in the TV Hall of Fame, it has to be the number of pop culture references it managed to reference per episode. Pick any hour of the show, and you will find at least 15 pop culture references easily, while 15 more will likely go over your head. One of the main sources of pop culture inspiration for Gilmore Girls was, of course, music. From the very first episode of the series, Lorelai, Rory, and Rory's BFF Lane all share an eclectic love of music — rock, folk, pop, blues, they listen to it all. And that includes these 13 songs that will make you think of Gilmore Girls and allow you to pretend you're dancing with Lane, Rory, and Lorelai in Stars Hollow.
As much as Lane, Rory, and Lorelai talked about music, they didn't listen to it too often on screen (Gilmore Girls is a television show, not a musical), but their musical tastes were always reflected in the show's soundtrack. Whether it was The Shins or The White Stripes or PJ Harvey, the music playing in the background while Lorelai and Rory were getting dinner at Luke's or walking around the town square could just as easily been playing in Rory's boombox or portable CD player (the early '00s were a trip). In fact, once she learned how to burn CDs, I bet Rory Gilmore herself made a mix CD with these exact 13 songs that will undoubtedly bring Gilmore Girls to mind.