TVLine Mixtape

TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Arrow, Walking Dead, Asylum, New Girl and More

In this week’s Bones, Booth crafted a meaningful playlist as a romantic gesture for Brennan. Shout-out? (Probably not.) Regardless, we’ve pulled together another TVLine Mixtape for you – because we, like Seeley, like you more than a friend.

As always, here are some great songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams!

mixtape5_walkingdeadSERIES AND EPISODE | The Walking Dead, “When the Dead Come Knocking”
TITLE | “Long Ago and Far Away”
ARTIST | Jo Stafford
ALBUM | n/a, but the World War II-era ballad is available on iTunes and Amazon
WHY IT ROCKED | Milton was sure that Stafford’s airy love song, along with some photos and a singing bowl, would bring out Mr. Coleman’s humanity after his zombie transformation. Andrea knew better. In Milt’s defense, the lyrics “Just one look and then I knew, all I longed for long ago was you” certainly seem like they’d be able to soften even the hungriest walker’s heart.

Go On - Season 1SERIES AND EPISODE | Go On, “The World Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”
TITLE | “Dead Man’s Party”
ARTIST | Oingo Boingo
ALBUM | Dead Man’s Party (1985)
WHY IT ROCKED | Mr. K may be a bordering-on-creepy nutball, and his end-of-the-world/holiday party may be seriously cracked – “We’ll writhe on the floor!” — but he gets props for the use of the ’80s tune instead of REM’s more obvious “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” (which gets name-checked, as well).

mixtape5_ahsSERIES AND EPISODE | American Horror Story, “The Origins of Monstrosity”
TITLE | “You Don’t Own Me”
ARTIST | Lesley Gore
ALBUM | The single was originally released in 1963; it’s now included on 20th CenturyMasters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Lesley Gore (2000)
WHY IT ROCKED | Sister Mary Eunice – or whatever demon is inside her — rocks Sister Jude’s red slip like she was born to wear it, and she sasses the crucifix as if it were a controlling boyfriend. Fantastic. (And yes, we’re well aware we’re probably going to hell for liking the moment so much.)

mixtape5_mindySERIES AND EPISODE | The Mindy Project, “Two to One”
TITLE | “Half Awake (Meltdown)”
ARTIST | Samantha Ronson and the Undertakers
ALBUM | Chasing the Reds (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | Ronson’s boppy number was a fun accompaniment to Mindy taking charge during a c-section… but wouldn’t it have been even better as a victory anthem playing as she owned the midwives in their very own waiting room?

VendettaSERIES AND EPISODE | Arrow, “Vendetta”
TITLE | “I Love It”
ARTIST | Icona Pop (feat. Charlie XCX)
ALBUM | Iconic (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Tommy’s mad at Laurel for trying to get Oliver to offer him a job. We’re mad that Icona Pop’s gleefully screw-you dance cut – which is definitely on the iPods of at least two TVLine editors — wasn’t instead used as background for some of Oliver’s upside-down push-ups… or those rachtet pull-ups… or any scene, really, that finds Stephen Amell sweaty and shirtless.

mixtape5_newgirlSERIES AND EPISODE | New Girl,”Halloween”
TITLE | “Strong Enough”
ARTIST | Sheryl Crow
ALBUM | Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)
WHY IT ROCKED | After all of the hype about Nick’s Sexy Mix Playlist, we thought Miller and Amelia were going to it put his song list into seductive action when they slipped into his bed — but the surly bartender called an audible by cueing up Crow’s stripped-down, mid-’90s ballad. Hmm. Saving the good stuff for someone more meaningful and/or adorkable, eh Nick?
LINER NOTES | The episode used the studio version of the song; the video below is of an acoustic rendition.

Ha'awe Make Loa (Death Wish)SERIES AND EPISODE | Hawaii Five-0, “Ha’awe Make Loa”
TITLE | “Phresh Out the Runway”
ARTIST | Rihanna
ALBUM | Unapologetic (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED |The real crime in this Victoria’s Secret-tastic episode? That we only got to hear a snippet of Ri-Ri’s jam before the credits rolled. We highly suggest cranking it and turning your living room into your personal runway. Work it, angel!
LINER NOTES | Rihanna also performed this cut at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which aired on CBS the same week as this episode. (What a coincidence!)

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  1. Lucy says:

    6 words: Supernatural. What’s the Matter. Milo Greene. Enough said. That is, in recent episodes, overlooking the obvious AC/DC oversight going on here and the classic Kansas.

    • John says:

      Agreed. And also, this list just cannot be taken seriously without the phenomenal, classic Led Zeppelin on Revolution.

      • nick1372 says:

        That was 3 weeks ago. There’s no chance it would be on this week’s.

        • John says:

          TVLine does it every 2 weeks. It isn’t on the previous Mixtape article as well. So, I stand by my original statement.

          • Lauren says:

            If anyone needed help IDing a Led Zep song, I weep for them. Truly. I think this column is just for hardish to ID songs.

          • John says:

            @Lauren: That does not make much sense. This column is for good music, not hard to ID music. More than half of my friends don’t recognize Led Zep songs and very few recognize the more popular ones. I don’t think anybody believes Rihanna’s voice is too hard to identify btw.

      • Britta Unfiltered says:

        Led Zeppelin is one of those bands that’s extremely touchy about copyright issues and threatens to sue on a dime over unauthorized use of their music. (Like Metallica). It’s possible TVLine didn’t want the hassle of posting their music without permission in a public forum, especially on a website that TVLine happens to make a profit on.

  2. martina says:

    What about Tunnels by The Hundred in the Hands that sounded at both Revenge and Gossip Girl episodes this week? Awesome tune!

  3. Since you site Bones in your opening paragraph, why did you not site a mixed tape for any of the episodes of THAT show?? i.e. The Lumineers…

  4. Manders says:

    Parenthood had some great music this week from Glen Hansard.

  5. Patti says:

    Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
    Made the delena sex scene even better – went out and bought it right afterwards.

    • sue21 says:

      me too!!

    • Phil says:

      Actually, I would have said “Spechless” from Morning Parade. The song played during the last minutes of “We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street”. The last line: -20 seconds till you’re no longer mine- was awesome. Really emotional moment.

  6. Avinash says:

    can any one post youtube link to “Tunnels by The Hundred in the Hands “

  7. robinepowell says:

    How about this week’s episode of SVU? At the beginning of the episode had a song that sounds like James Blunt a bit. Anyone know the song title or singer?

    • steph says:

      @Robinpowell – Good ear! The song was by James Blunt. “I’ll Take Everything” from his album titled All The Lost Souls. It should be on iTunes.

  8. dude says:

    I loved The Vampire Diaries use of “Eyes on Fire”

  9. The ending song of Elementary was awesome

  10. madbengalsfan85 says:


    That is all

  11. Simoun says:

    I need to know the title of the song at the end of arrow episode 7 , just before Helena and Oliver kiss. Thanks

  12. Angela says:

    “Dead Man’s Party” is such an awesome song. I’ve not yet checked out “Go On”, but I’ve kept hearing good things, and they seem to have great taste in music, so I may have to change that at some point.