Lorelai’s Musical Guilty Pleasures

Rory teases Lorelai about some of her other musical guilty pleasures.

The Bay City Rollers

A Scottish pop group known for their teen idol popularity in the 1970s. They’ve sold more than 120 million records worldwide, and their biggest hit is Bye, Baby, Baby, from 1975. It’s never confirmed that Lorelai ever actually liked them, and Rory seems to mention them as a trick to get Lorelai to confess her real guilty pleasure.

Duran Duran

Previously discussed.

Olivia Newton-John

Born 1948, British-Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. Four-time Grammy Award winner with five #1 songs, she has sold 100 million records worldwide. Her biggest hits include I Honestly Love You (1974) and Physical (1981). In 1978, she starred in the musical film Grease, previously mentioned, whose soundtrack remains one of the most successful in history. In 1980 she starred in the musical film Xanadu, which was a box-office disappointment and panned by critics, but has become a cult classic (is this the reason Lorelai likes her?).

People and Works Referenced More Than Once in Gilmore Girls (up to Season One)


Emily Dickinson



Yoko Ono

Sam Phillips

Sylvia Plath

Britney Spears

Barbra Streisand

The Virgin Mary



Charles Dickens

King Henry VIII

James Joyce

Ted Kaczynski

Stephen King

Charles Manson

Arthur Miller

Sean Penn

Regis Philbin

Grant Lee Phillips


William Shakespeare

Mark Twain


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tenneessee Williams

The Bible





The New Yorker

The Wall Street Journal



The Deer Hunter


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Little Rascals

Rosemary’s Baby

The Shining

Sixteen Candles

Sleeping Beauty

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story

The Wizard of Oz



The Bangles

The Beatles

Black Sabbath

The Cure

Duran Duran

Foo Fighters


Grant Lee Buffalo


The Velvet Underground



Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) – XTC


Where You Lead – Carole King

My Little Corner of the World – Yo La Tengo


Charlie’s Angels

I Love Lucy


Looney Tunes

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

The Odd Couple

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Star Trek

Wonder Woman

Television Referenced in Season One


Charlie’s Angels

Dawson’s Creek

General Hospital

Peyton Place

The Waltons


All in the Family

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Donna Reed Show

The Dukes of Hazzard

Get Smart

Happy Days

Joanie Loves Chachi

I Love Lucy

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Mystery Science Theater 3000

The Odd Couple

Saved by the Bell

Sex and the City


Science Fiction

Star Trek

Wonder Woman/The New Adventures of Wonder Woman


CNN News

Talk Shows

Live With Regis

The Oprah Winfrey Show

The Rosie O’Donnell Show

The View

Variety Shows

Hee Haw

Game Shows


The Price is Right

Wheel of Fortune


Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

Seasame Street


Soul Train


Iron Chef

Martha Stewart Living

Style With Elsa Klensch

This Old House


The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous



Looney Tunes

The Yogi Bear Show

You’re in Love, Charlie Brown

Music Referenced in Season One


Lost in Love – Air Supply

Happy Birthday – Altered Images

All Over the Place – The Bangles

Different Light – The Bangles

Everything – The Bangles

Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles

Midnite Vultures – Beck

Odelay – Beck

Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album – Tony Bennett

Record #1 – Big Star

England Made Me – Black Box Recorder

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

The Best of Blondie – Blondie

William Bloke – Billy Bragg

The Dirty Boogie – The Brian Setzer Orchestra

No Need to Argue – The Cranberries

Disintegration – The Cure

Stop and Smell the Roses – Mac Davis

Machine Head – Deep Purple

Pink Moon – Nick Drake

Punch the Clock – Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Music from a Sparkling Planet – Juan García Esquivel

Shelley! – Shelley Fabares

The Colour and the Shape – Foo Fighters

Frampton Comes Alive! II – Peter Frampton

End Hits – Fugazi

The Sophtware Slump – Grandaddy

Jubilee – Grant Lee Buffalo

Mockingbirds – Grant Lee Buffalo

On How Life Is – Macy Gray

Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea – PJ Harvey

Smile – The Jayhawks

Stoned & Dethroned – The Jesus & Mary Chain

It’s Like This – Rickie Lee Jones

Tapestry – Carole King

The La’s – The La’s

Imagine – John Lennon

Let’s Spend the Night Together – Claudine Longet

Black Bear Road – C.W. McCall

Like a Virgin – Madonna

Ricky Martin – Ricky Martin

So Tonight That I Might See – Mazzy Star

Up on the Sun – Meat Puppets

Stankonia – OutKast

Ladies Love Oracle – Grant Lee Phillips

Mobilize – Grant Lee Phillips

Cruel Inventions – Sam Phillips

The Indescribable Wow – Sam Phillips

Sabor Y Salsa – Graham Preskett and Mauricio Venegas-Astorga

1999 – Prince

The Love Symbol Album – Prince

… And Out Come the Wolves – Rancid

Up – Right Said Fred

The Transformed Man – William Shatner

Graceland – Paul Simon

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

… Baby One More Time – Britney Spears

Pure Country – George Strait

Timeless: Live in Concert – Barbra Streisand

Homeward Looking Angel – Pam Tillis

The Man Who – Travis

Come On Over – Shania Twain

A Christmas Record – Various Artists

The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground

Summerteeth – Wilco

Skylarking – XTC

Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) – XTC

I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One – Yo La Tengo

Colossal Youth – Young Marble Giants


What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

My Ding-a-Ling – Chuck Berry

Teach Me Tonight, written by Sammy Cahn and Gene De Paul

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

Happy Birthday to You, written by Patty and Mildred Hall

Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir

A Kiss to Build a Dream On, written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, and Oscar Hammerstein

I Thought About You, written by Johnny Mercer and Jimmy Van Heusen

Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

The First Noel, traditional

PS I Love You – Rudy Valee

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, written by Meredith Wilson

Thanks for Christmas – The Three Wise Men (XTC)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn

Classical and Orchestral

The Four Seasons, written by Antonio Vivaldi

The Stars and Stripes Forever, written by John Philip Sousa

Swan Lake, written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Musical Artists and Composers




The Backstreet Boys

Samuel Barber

The Bee Gees

Pat Benatar

The Blue Man Group


Bon Jovi



John Cage

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Dixie Chicks

The Doors

Duran Duran

Echo & The Bunnymen


Philip Glass



Michael Jackson

Rick James

Joy Division


Jennifer Lopez

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch


Thelonious Monk

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


The Offspring

Charlie Parker

Liz Phair

Elvis Presley

Tito Puente


Lou Reed


Artie Shaw

Frank Sinatra

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Steely Dan

The Sugarplastic

Tom Waits

The Wallflowers

Films Referenced in Season One


2001: A Space Odyssey

9 1/2 Weeks

An Affair to Remember


The Amityville Horror

Anywhere But Here

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery



Boogie Nights

Bright Eyes

Cabaret (1972)

Carrie (1976)


The Champ

Child’s Play


Cinderella (1950)

Citizen Kane

The Crucible

The Deer Hunter

Dick Tracy

Double Indemnity

Everest (1998)

Fiddler on the Roof


The Fly (1958)


Forrest Gump

Frankenstein (1931)

Freaky Friday (1976)

Fried Green Tomatoes

Funny Girl

Gaslight (1944)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

G.I. Jane

Glengarry Glen Ross

The Godfather

The Goonies

The Great Santini

Grease (1978)


House of Horrors

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Ice Castles (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)


Kiss and Tell

Lady and the Tramp

The Little Rascals

The Lost Weekend

Love Story

Lovers and Other Strangers


The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

Mary Poppins


The Matrix

Midnight Express

The Miracle Worker (1962)


Miss Congeniality

Mommie Dearest

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Music Man

Old Yeller

The Omen (1976)

Out of Africa

The Outsiders

Paris is Burning



Psycho (1960)

Pure Country

Queen of Outer Space

Rebecca (1940)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Return of the Jedi

Saving Private Ryan

Schindler’s List

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Shaft (1971)

Shall We Dance? (1937)

The Shining

The Silence of the Lambs

Sixteen Candles

The Sixth Sense

Sleeping Beauty

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Stalag 17

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

The Thing from Another World

Valley of the Dolls

West Side Story

What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A Wild Hare

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Working Girl

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Television Movies

The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows 

Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story


Antonio Banderas

Maurice Chevalier

George Clooney

Billy Crudup

James Dean

Johnny Depp

Errol Flynn

Hugh Grant

Gene Hackman

Charlton Heston

Angelina Jolie

Jennifer Lopez

The Marx Brothers

Sean Penn

Michelle Pfeiffer

Brad Pitt

Billy Bob Thornton

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Books, Periodicals, and Comics Referenced in Season One


* Emma by Jane Austen

* Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

* Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Timeline by Michael Chrichton

* David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

* Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

* Little Dorrit Charles Dickens

* A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

* Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

* Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce

*  Ulysses by James Joyce

* The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Witch Tree Symbol by Carolyn Keene

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

* The Group by Mary McCarthy

* Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

* The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

* Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

* Chikara!: A Sweeping Novel of Japan and America by Robert Skimin

* The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

* Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

* War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

* Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Short Stories

* Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson

* Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm


Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect by Robert Burns

* Complete Poems by Emily Dickinson

An Essay on Criticism by Alexander Pope

* Shakespeare’s Sonnets by William Shakespeare

* New Poems of Emily Dickinson edited by William Shurr et al


Love for Love by William Congreve

The Mourning Bride by William Congreve

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

* The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

* Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

* Richard III by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

* The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams


Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

* The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

* Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

* Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man by Susan Faludi

* The Art of Eating by M.F. K. Fisher

* James Joyce’s Ulysses by Stuart Gilbert

The Walter Hagen Story by Walter Hagen

* Partial Portraits by Henry James

* The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath edited by Karen V. Kukil

* To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation by Martin Luther

*John Adams by David McCullough

* The Days of H.L. Mencken by H.L. Mencken

* A Mencken Chrestomathy by H.L. Mencken

The Total Woman by Marabel Morgan

* Who’s Who and What’s What in Shakespeare by Evangeline M. O’Connor

* The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

The Republic by Plato

Etiquette by Emily Post

Everybody’s Autobiography by Gertrude Stein

* Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs by Hunter S. Thompson

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

* Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

* A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf


The Bible

The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

* The Oxford Shakespeare

Webster’s Dictionary



The Financial Times

The Hartford Courant

The New York Times 

The Wall Street Journal


* CosmoGirl

* Cosmopolitan



* Highlights for Children



* The New Yorker




Mister Miracle



* Francis Bacon

* Honore de Balzac

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Judy Blume

* Charlotte Bronte

* Colette


* Fyodor Dostoevksy

Sigmund Freud

Václav Havel


* Ben Jonson

Stephen King

* Christopher Marlowe

John Muir

Friedrich Nietzsche

Edna O’Brien

* George Sand

Jean-Paul Sartre

* John Webster

Edith Wharton

* Walt Whitman

NOTE: For anyone attempting a Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge, those works marked with an asterisk are ones which Rory is either shown reading, or strongly implied to have read.