Artwork features Birdy's 'Ghost in the Wind,' which appears on the film's soundtrack
Credit: STX Entertainment

After Birdy, the English singer who broke through in 2011 when she released a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love,” watched an early screening of The Edge of Seventeen, she felt inspired — so inspired she wrote a song for the film, which stars Hailee Steinfeld as a plucky teenager struggling to get through high school under the shadow of her popular older brother (Blake Jenner). And now, Birdy’s song, “Ghost in the Wind,” is being featured as part of a “cassingle” to promote the upcoming film.

Although director Kelly Fremon Craig said “ultimately there was never a perfect place” for the song in the film, she wanted to include it on the soundtrack anyway. “It was so beautiful and it so captured the essence of Nadine,” she tells EW. “It so captures that loneliness and longing. It makes me cry when I hear it.”

The cassingle, designed as an homage to John Hughes movies of the 1980s and featuring artwork by Mondo, also includes the Handsome Poets’ “Sky on Fire (Eo17 Remix),” which plays during the movie’s end credits, a place Fremon Craig struggled to find the right track for. “I knew that I wanted it to feel anthemic and uplifting and powerful without being light and fluffy,” she says. “When I saw [the Handsome Poets track] cut in, it actually gave me chills. That was cool for a scene that I’d seen a million times, to see it with the piece of music and suddenly you feel it all new. That’s what great music does.”

See the cassingle artwork and the tracklist for the full soundtrack (available for preorder now) below, and check out The Edge of Seventeen — also starring Haley Lu Richardson, Woody Harrelson, Kyra Sedgwick, and Hayden Szeto — when it arrives in theaters Nov. 18.


1. “Who I Thought You Were,” Santigold

2. “Ballroom Blitz,” The Struts

3. “Am I Wrong,” Anderson .Paak

4. “Bad Decisions,” Two Door Cinema Club

5. “Psycho,” A$AP Ferg

6. “Save Me,” Aimee Mann

7. “Genghis Khan,” Mike Snow

8. “Don’t You Wait,” Cloves

9. “The Dickhead Song,” Miles Betterman

10. “Somebody Else,” The 1975

11. “When They Fight They Fight,” Generationals

12. “Hard Luck,” Black Pistol Fire

13. “When I’m Small,” Phantogram

14. “Big Jet Plane,” Angus & Julia Stone

15. “To Build a Home,” the Cinematic Orchestra

16. “Sky on Fire (Eo17 Remix),” Handsome Poets

17. “Ghost in the Wind,” Birdy

18. “Nadine’s Theme,” Atli Orvarsson

19. “The Hug,” Atli Orvarsson

The Edge of Seventeen
  • Movie
  • 99 minutes