Who rocks more than TVLiners? Nobody! And you proved that by responding to our first TVLine Mixtape post with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic request for more TV tunes.
You ask, we deliver. Or, to paraphrase Elton John: Our mixtape is our song, and this one’s for you.
Here are some more great songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection.
You know the drill, but just in case, a reminder: Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions. So peruse our TVLine Mixtape playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams!
SERIES AND EPISODE | Supernatural, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
TITLE | “Man in the Wilderness”
ARTIST | Styx
ALBUM | The Grand Illusion (1977)
WHY IT ROCKED | We might’ve gone with Rush’s “Roll the Bones” (get it?!) for Dean’s road trip/Benny-re-embodiment excursion, but this Styx classic was a worthy choice, too.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Revenge, “Resurrection”
TITLE | “Never Tear Us Apart”
ARTIST | INXS
ALBUM | Kick (1987)
WHY IT ROCKED | In a flashback, Kara Clarke rocks out to the instrumental breaks while her towheaded daughter – already suspicious, even back then — wonders why Daddy isn’t accompanying them on “vacation.”
SERIES AND EPISODE | Chicago Fire, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Blood Brothers”
ARTIST | Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
ALBUM | Blood Brothers EP (1996); also available on Bruce Springsteen: Greatest Hits (1995)
WHY IT ROCKED | The members of Firehouse 51 don’t say much as they sit vigil at the hospital for the wounded Herrmann, but they don’t have to. This quiet song – as well as the quarter-inch guy nods that Severide and Casey exchange — speak volumes.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “Pilot”
TITLE | “If I Didn’t Know Better”
ARTIST | Scarlett and Gunnar (aka Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio)
ALBUM | N/A, though the single is available via iTunes
WHY IT ROCKED | We wore out the rewind button on our DVR remotes listening as so much stuff – Juliette’s dismissal of one guy for another who might help her climb higher, Scarlett and Gunnar’s first collaboration, Rayna’s possible career revival – was summed up in the hauntingly simple melody.
LINER NOTES | As much as we want to give ScarGun their due, in real life, the song was written by The Civil Wars’ John Paul White and Arum Rae.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Covert Affairs, “Glass Spider”
TITLE | “The Blower’s Daughter”
ARTIST | Scala & Kolacny Brothers
ALBUM | One Winged Angel (2007)
WHY IT ROCKED | Everything in Annie’s life is even more topsy-turvy than usual – and that’s really saying something – but when Simon arrives at her home and asks her to leave with him, this song plays in the few quiet moments she spends packing her things. Then Lena shows up and, well, you know the rest. Sniff.
LINER NOTES | This version of the song is a cover; the original was written and recorded by Damien Rice.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Castle, “Murder, He Wrote”
TITLE | “Longing to Belong”
ARTIST | Eddie Vedder
ALBUM | Ukelele Songs (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | Once that giant screensaver clock ticks 5 pm, Beckett and Castle are off to the Hamptons for what they think is going to be a weekend of uninterrupted nookie. A while before the dead guy in the pool and the inept local police gum up the works, this lovely tune provides the soundtrack to the secret couple’s road trip and arrival at Castle’s palatial vacation home.
SERIES AND EPISODE | American Horror Story: Asylum, “Welcome to Briarcliff”
TITLE | “There Goes My Baby”
ARTIST | The Drifters
ALBUM | Up On The Roof: The Best of the Drifters (1963)
WHY IT ROCKED | Oh Bloody Face Kit, your afterhours singalong at the garage and your sweet pre-dinner appetizer with Alma may be the only good things that happen to you this season.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Switched at Birth, “The Trial”
TITLE | “Re-Arrange Again”
ARTIST | Erin McCarley
ALBUM | My Stadium Electric (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Bay’s big fight with her parents sends her to Zarra’s trailer, with this mournful tune streaming along in her wake. It’ll be OK, Bay!
LINER NOTES | The video clip below is of a live version of the song; the studio version is available on the album.