TVLine Mixtape

TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from New Girl, Grey's Anatomy, HIMYM and More!

It might’ve started with Family Ties and “At This Moment.” Or maybe it was Friends‘ Ross and Rachel going on a break to the strains of “With or Without You.” Somewhere along the way, we started associating great songs with the big TV moments they’d accompanied, and we’re betting you do the same.

Since the fall season has already offered up some great iPod fodder, we’re helping you get your groove on by compiling a list of recent TV tunes that struck us as awesome, complete with song and artist information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection.

Here’s how it goes. First off, the usual warning: Spoilers abound. Second, you know we lurve Glee, but we kept the list to songs used as background rather than as musical numbers unto themselves. That said, there’s nothing scientific behind our picks; we just went with what we thought was cool. If you disagree or have other suggestions, that leads us to our third point: Hit the comments section, because we really wanna know what TV songs you’d choose.

Let’s get started! Peruse our TVLine Mixtape playlist, and then fill the comments with your favorite TV jams!

SERIES AND EPISODE | Revenge, “Destiny”

SONG TITLE | “Into the Black”

ARTIST | Chromatics

ALBUM | Kill for Love (2012)

WHY IT ROCKED | Boozy and bereaved, Daniel watched from afar as his former fiancée stood on her dock after a moonlight swim. Jack and Amanda lay in bed, neither sleeping, neither happy. At Cliffside, Charlotte railed against the indignity of her father’s betrayal. And the lyric –“Once you’re gone, you can never come back” – applied to all of them.

LINER NOTES | The song used in this scene is a cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).”

SERIES AND EPISODE | The Mindy Project, “Pilot”

SONG TITLE | “Bad Girls”


ALBUM | Available now in single; slated for M.I.A.’s not-yet-titled studio album due in December

WHY IT ROCKED | If you can think of a better soundtrack for ditching a blind date, running barefoot through city streets when you can’t get a cab, navigating a quick change, scrubbing in and delivering a breech baby, we’d like to hear it. (Side note: For reasons we can’t quite pinpoint, the lipstick removal in particular is just. so. badass.)

SERIES AND EPISODE | Sons of Anarchy, “Stolen Huffy”

SONG TITLE | “The Lost Boy”

ARTIST | Greg Holden

ALBUM | n/a – though the song is available as a charity single benefitting the Red Cross

WHY IT ROCKED | Still hollowed out by Opie’s death in the previous episode, SAMCRO gave him a quiet send-off. Drinks were raised. Tears were shed. Childhood photos were lovingly tucked into jackets. And as the chorus blossomed, Jax led the procession that put the troubled Son to rest.

LINER NOTES | Holden co-wrote the debut single “Home” for American Idol‘s Phillip Phillips.

SERIES AND EPISODE | Raising Hope, “Not Indecent, But Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal”

SONG TITLE | “White Night”

ARTIST | The Postelles

ALBUM | The Postelles (2011)

WHY IT ROCKED | It took them a few times to nail it – and even the so-called right time involved him admitting that he’d once had a momentary sumthin’-sumthin’ with her mom — but the boppy music that cranked up when Sabrina accepted Jimmy’s proposal gave us a good feeling that their new home will be a happy one. (Take that, Grandma!)

SERIES AND EPISODE | Bones, “The Future in the Past”


ARTIST | The Lumineers

ALBUM | The Lumineers (2012)

WHY IT ROCKED | There’s nothing to cement Brennan’s return to the Jeffersonian (and Booth, of course) like a good, music-backed montage. When Brennan and Angela each figured out a piece of the Pelant puzzle, it looked like the criminal mastermind was going to go away for a really long time. (Turned out he did… as an extradited “Egyptian” – and therefore basically free — citizen.) Ah well. At least the song was solid.

LINER NOTES | If “Ho Hey” sounded familiar, it’s likely because you heard it in ads for Blue Moon beer.

SERIES AND EPISODE | How I Met Your Mother, “Farhampton”

SONG TITLE | “The Funeral”

ARTIST | Band of Horses

ALBUM | Everything All the Time (2006)

WHY IT ROCKED | Guys, we met the mother! If ever a moment needed to be commemorated with a tune, this was it.

SERIES AND EPISODE | Elementary, “Pilot”

SONG TITLE | “Young Blood”

ARTIST | The Naked and the Famous

ALBUM | Passive Me, Aggressive You (2011)

WHY IT ROCKED | Most the songs on our list were picked because they provided a background for a hugely emotional moment. This one was picked because we thought it was a cool song and because a TVLine editor happened to be running in Central Park as Lucy Liu was shooting her fleet-footed scenes alongside the reservoir earlier this year.

SERIES AND EPISODE | New Girl, “Re-Launch”

SONG TITLE | “All Alright”


ALBUM | Some Nights (2012)

WHY IT ROCKED | Nick’s sweet reassurance to an out-of-work Jess (“C’mon, I can’t do anything and look at me! I’m… kinda fine”), her giggled admission that she’d confused “shot girl” for “cigarette girl” and his easy arm around her shoulders were perfectly backed by the pop confection.

 SERIES AND EPISODE | Parenthood, “The Talk”

SONG TITLE | “Towards the Sun”

ARTIST | Alexi Murdoch

ALBUM | Towards the Sun (2011)

SONG TITLE | “Names and Races”

ARTIST | Foreign Fields

ALBUM | Anywhere But Where I Am (2012)

WHY THEY ROCKED | As if the drama needed more help tugging on our hearts… These two acoustic numbers put a soft edge on a tough subject, the first while Jasmine and Crosby were talking to Jabbar about racism and the second as the worried parents watched their son sleep.

SERIES AND EPISODE | Grey’s Anatomy, “Going, Going, Gone”

SONG TITLE | “Without You”

ARTIST | One Two

ALBUM | The version used in the show was the acoustic single; you can find another version on the band’s Best Friend EP (2012)

WHY IT ROCKED | “Death changes everything,” Mer said. “This song makes us want to hug our person very tightly,” we say. RIP, Mark.

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  1. Alex says:

    What a cool article! I loved “All Alright” in New Girl…it’s nice to see Fun. songs that are not We Are Young or Some Nights getting recognition!

    • Ashley says:

      True. Although truth be told I’m just giddy whenever they’re played.

    • Annie says:

      Yeah, I know, right? So cool it had to be done twice. (On About five hours before this one was published. And it included Fringe & “Only You”.)

  2. Actually, “Hey Ho” has been just about everywhere these days: a promo for “The Office” centering on Jim and Pam; country and classic rock radio stations; TV commercials. It’s a catchy tune.

    I like this article. It seems a bit more thorough than’s TV jukebox that they do every other week. I hope you do this every week.

    • Margaret says:

      it was also in the Christmas Hart of Dixie ep last season, the very ending season between Zoe and Wade. the lumineers are friends of my sisters, and I’m so happy for their success!!

  3. Christina says:

    I actually much preferred the Elvis Costello song “Watching the Detectives” that played at the end of Elementary. So fun and apt.

    • Angela says:

      That song, and Elvis Costello in general, are just awesome.
      I’m with everyone else, this should be a regular feature. Even if I don’t watch the show these songs are from I’m always up for the songs being discussed here and discovering new music as a result.

  4. Monica says:

    Television shows sure love using “Young Blood”. It’s been featured in quite a few shows.

  5. Anna says:

    You should definitely do this more often! I’ve been singing “Into the Black” the whole week and I thought it fit the scene perfectly.

    Also, Grey’s really doesn’t need heartbreaking music to be even more heartbreaking. (Plus – did they feature every Snow Patrol song that exists already? It’s been two episodes, and no Snow Patrol yet? What’s happening? :D)

  6. mm says:

    I could be wrong, but one of the first (and most effective, IMHO) times “Ho Hey” was used in TV was the in the Hart of Dixie episode right before Christmas last year. It was during a Zoe/Wade moment at the end of the episode, and I was hooked on the song from the second I heard, “I belong with you/you belong with me/you’re my sweetheart.”

  7. John says:

    You guys should make this a weekly thing.. I loved that song from Sons of Anarchy but hadn’t gotten around to looking for it. it’s on my Ipod now thanks to you.

  8. Alichat says:

    Nice list. I still think the best song choice and placement I’ve seen in the last few seasons of TV is Florence + The Machine’s ‘Seven Devils’ at the end of the Revenge S1 finale. A perfect merging of scene and song.

  9. Great idea and about time :) Could you maybe even make it a weekly updated Spotify playlist so we don’t have to look for all the songs on our own?

    • kbooga says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing! Spotify playlist! My two favorite things coming together, music and TV Shows!

  10. Aoife says:

    Young Blood is one of my favourite songs! Love the way it’s being used a lot on TV.

  11. liddad says:

    Please, please make this a weekly feature! Great idea :D
    If you had done this when Chuck was on the air, it probably would have made the list every week!

    • Erin says:

      Yes! that was exactly my thought, ‘Chuck’ used such phenomenal music all the way through to its very last episode – the music choices would always fit the scenes perfectly and were definitely a factor that really drew me into the show

      • Rae says:

        Yeah! Young Blood was on Chuck in that awesome proposal / Clara’s birth, We Don’t Eat when Chuck’s mom told Ellie the family’s backstory, Skinny Love, Signs, Feeling Good. So many music moments. Love the column!

  12. bamabunny says:

    I know it’s a week later, but I would have added the song Walter listened to at the end of the premiere of Fringe, “Only You” by Alison Moyet/Yazoo.

  13. oblibrarylady says:

    Great article! Here’s yet another vote for you guys making this a regular thing. I seriously discover most of my favorite songs when they’re featured in tv shows!

  14. Sarah says:

    I can’t wait for the next edition of this! Seriously, this was a genius idea.

  15. Saint Alicia says:

    Just to add, in the second ep of Elementary right before the end there was a beautifully haunting song (to refresh, some lyrics: “Take my hand, if it gets you through then it’s alright / but take your time, til it relates to you then it’s alright / and you’ll never know how it feels… to have hope, to have hope”). It’s “Bloodline” by Barbarossa; had it on repeat all weekend so thought I’d share :)

  16. Jessica M says:

    How I Met Your Mother has always had great music tied in with the episodes. I did love the song “The Funeral,” but my absolute favorite song HIMYM has featured was Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks.” It was at the end of the season 5 episode “The Window.” They play the song when Ted’s learning about ‘the ultimate girl next door’s love story with the ‘boy next door.’ Such a pretty song.

  17. Kim R says:

    Since I’ve started watching Parenthood it has been my opinion it has the best music on TV. I loved Ho Hey on Bones as well. I had never heard it before. :)

    • big cheddar says:

      Agreed. P’hood has fantastic music every episode.

      Add me to the chorus of people who’d love to see this as a weekly feature. Feel free to add a list of songs from commericals if you want to branch out (although I always seem to fall in love with songs composed specifically for that commercial.) I’m always looking for new music to try out.

  18. xx says:

    I still can’t listen to the Michelle Branch song Goodbye to You without thinking of its scene in the Buffy episode Tabula Rasa.

  19. JustineK says:

    The Funeral! I love this song and I was extremely happy to hear it on HIMYM!

  20. Leah says:

    I love this! So much of the music I listen to comes from tv. I always get griped at for singing over dialogue when a song I love comes on tv.

  21. H.Houston says:

    I really loved this posting. I know time and time again I have heard a song used in a show and don’t get me wrong the show is awesome but THAT song at just THAT moment made it all the more poignant. The season finale of Covert Affairs where Annie rides off in Auggie’s car was made even more memorable by playing Shake it Out by Florence + the Machines. And there was a scene with Owen and Christina in last season of Grey’s – she is sitting on a bed and it was after we found out that he cheated… I never found out the name of the song but it was amazing.

    • Mike says:

      I enjoyed shake it out dur

      • Mike says:

        I also enjoyed Shake it out when it was featured on HIMYM on the season 7 episode when Ted finally have up on Robin and him ever being together, Florence and te machine songs are always my favorite when features on TV, during this and Revenge, so great!

    • oblibrarylady says:

      @H.Houston, there’s a website called that tells you the songs that are played on tv shows. You can search by song, show, artist…it’s pretty cool!

  22. emma says:

    This is great! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! Can you do this every week???There are so many good things about Television and soundtracks are on of them! Hey hey, My my was also used on Sons of Anarchy, lower-pitched but always a perfect fit!

    • Amanda Adwell says:

      It was recorded by a different artist and when I heard it on Revenge, it made me go watch that episode of SoA!! lol

  23. Chris says:

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  24. Bernadine says:

    Great to see Kiwi music impacting the States (young Blood) its certainly being well recognized. brings back memories of Chuck 4×13

  25. Eli says:

    From the 2nd Episode of Greys Anatomy: Kodaline – All I want. Get it people.

  26. maryploppins says:

    I know this is technically not part of the “fall season” but it just aired in early September so I think it qualifies: Show is Covert Affairs, episode “Glass Spider”, the final scene, and the song is “The Blowers Daughter” by Scala & Kolacny Brothers. It’s a cover; the original is by Damien Rice.

    I had never even heard the original version of this song before, let alone the cover version used in this episode, but I thought it was absolutely brilliant in this scene. It had a haunting quality that totally elevated the scene.

  27. Ryan says:

    You should do more of this! Weekly please? :D
    This article rocks!

  28. greysfan says:

    When i think of music for Grey’s Anatomy i always think of Chasing Cars.

  29. Michele says:

    I beg to differ about “Young Blood” on Elementary…that song was perfect for Chuck in “Chuck vs the Push Mix”

  30. Tee says:

    I don’t really have anything to add, but I really enjoyed reading this! Some of the songs mentioned above really stuck out to me when I was watching too.

    I’d love to see this become a regular feature.

  31. alara says:

    Okay what about Death to Everyone – bonnie billy on private practice, it was such agood use for those scenes

  32. Chris Halarewich says:

    What’s a mixtape ;) (I kid I’m 42) u shouda said 8-track

  33. chuckles says:

    Nolan boxing to Tame Impala’s “Elephant” in Revenge was awesome, totally pumped for season 2

  34. Young Matthew says:

    To be fair, “Young Blood” from the Elementary pilot was played in the Whitney season 1 finale. Just saying. At the end of the season Whitney had some good song selections. Someone has to stand up for poor Whitney.

    • tripoli says:

      No they don’t. She is awful.

    • Scarlett.H says:

      Young Blood also played on Gossip Girl, The Secret Circle and Chuck. I’m pretty sure it played on more shows but I think Chuck did it best. I can’t listen to the song now without thinking of that beautiful scene paired with the song. I miss Chuck.

  35. Taylor says:

    You can add me to the list of people in this thread who would like TVLine to do this more often. Most of my favorite musical artists are artists that I discovered because their music was featured on various TV shows that I watch. I really think TVLine should start doing this music column once a week, or at the very least once a month. I really enjoyed reading this article.

  36. Babybop says:

    I thought it was adorable that they played “White Night” after she accepted Jimmy’s proposal, because that song played in the Halloween episode where they first kissed (even though she was plastered).

  37. MuthafknEddy says:

    I know they said recent, but if we could expand upon the idea and go with “all time,” I’d like to add “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver (Chuck vs. the Break Up, S02E03). Done and done.

  38. Sg.Grant says:

    I’ll go ahead and chime and to reiterate that you should make this a weekly thing. You know when Vampire Diaries comes back they will have some great tunes that they use, like always.

  39. madbengalsfan85 says:

    “Ho Hey” was nice, but I don’t think anything can top “From the Ground Up” from the season 7 finale

  40. Loki says:

    Honourable mention to Walter’s Yazoo moment in the taxi on Fringe.

  41. cjeffery7 says:

    “White Night” (Raising Hope) was also the song that played at the Halloween party after which Jimmy and Sabs had their drunken, mistaken identity first kiss. So it was very appropriate.

  42. Vittoria says:

    Great article, I wish you decide to make it a weekly thing because it’s really cool!!

  43. Ben says:

    the naked and the famous “young blood” = CHUCKs proposal to Sarah at the hospital FTW!

    please make such a column every week

  44. Emgee says:

    There were so many good songs in both “House” that I can’t even begin, but let’s try anyway.

    EPISODE: “Wilson’s Heart”
    SONG: “Passing Afternoon”
    ARTIST: Iron and Wine

    EPISODE: “Human Error”
    SONG: “A Good Man”
    ARTIST: Josh Ritter

    EPISODE: “Fools For Love”
    SONG: “Walter Reed”
    ARTIST: Michael Penn

    EPISODE: “Perils of Paranoia”
    SONG: “Waking Life”
    ARTIST: Schulyer Fisk

    I could go on and on about the brilliant music in “House.” And I haven’t even mentioned the recurring uses of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

  45. Marsya says:

    I think Grey’s Anatomy has the best music. I discovered some of my all-time favorites through TV shows I watch. Should make this a, at least, monthly feature.

    • oblibrarylady says:

      Yeah, Grey’s and Vampire Diaries are the shows I most consistently hear great music on.

      • Van says:

        I second that! I find so many new artists and songs because of these shows. Easily my 2nd and 3rd most soundtracked shows. The first goes to Dawson’s Creek. Though a littled dated, I think they were one of the first to use music consistently and effectively.

    • Lana says:

      Grey’s was the first show that I really paid attention to the music and they do a great job of weaving it in. So many of my favorite songs originated on Grey’s.

  46. lamoush says:

    there is also… deer tick’s cover of death to everyone on private practice s6ep02

  47. Melanie says:

    This is not a Fall episode, but how perfect was “Crystal Blue Persuasion” in “Breaking Bad episode 8? I will never hear that song the same again! Also, add me to the list of people who would like to see this feature done regularly.

  48. Stefan says:

    Do make this a weekly rubric. I love the idea! TVLine, you are the best! “Ho Hey” is a great song, didn’t know about it until now. How haven’t I noticed it when watching Bones? As for “Young Blood”, I know it from TV. It’s been in quite a few shows and I love it.

  49. kristina K says:

    The Lumineers Ho Hey was also in the Bing: Hawaii Commercials

  50. Carda says:

    going to listen through this list later on :)

    sb should create a spotify playlist! :D