TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From The Following, Criminal Minds, Nashville and More

Gonna pop some tags? Only got $20 in your pocket? No worries – here’s the latest edition of TVLine Mixtape.

We’ve pulled together a collection of 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! And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @kimroots.

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mixtape8_americasSERIES AND EPISODE | The Americans, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Tusk”
ARTIST | Fleetwood Mac
ALBUM | Tusk (1979)
WHY IT ROCKED | Someone got knifed, Phillip had a lung-buster of a chase and in the end, the mission was a bust. But thanks to Fleetwood Mac’s driving drums and the festive horns, the whole shebang felt like a party. (A party with serious consequences, comrades, but a party nonetheless.)

KATE WALSH, BENJAMIN BRATTSERIES AND EPISODE | Private Practice, “In Which We Say Goodbye”
TITLE | “No Diggity”
ARTIST | Chet Faker
ALBUM | Thinking in Textures (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Mid-’90s R&B/rap fusion isn’t exactly up there with Wagner and Pachelbel in the pantheon of popular wedding music, but Faker’s cover of the Blackstreet joint was the perfect accompaniment for Addison’s pomp-free stroll down the aisle.

mixtape8_followingSERIES AND EPISODE | The Following, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Sweet Dreams”
ARTIST | Marilyn Manson
ALBUM | Smells Like Children (1995)
WHY IT ROCKED | Wanna evoke creepy right from the get-go? Start your serial killer-thriller with the ominous opening bars of the Eurythmics classic — as interpreted by goth rocker Marilyn Manson – and then bring it back at the end to drive home Claire’s rising panic as she frantically searches for her missing son. Well (and frighteningly) played, The Following.

CONNIE BRITTONSERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “I’ve Been Down That Road Before”
TITLE | “Emmylou”
ARTIST | First Aid Kit
ALBUM | The Lion’s Roar (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Deacon finally kisses Rayna, and when she recovers, she texts him to “talk” – wouldn’t it have been nice to see what actually would’ve happened? — and waits for him to show up while this folk-infused tribute to famous country-music lovers plays in the background. (Notice how abruptly it stops when buzzkill Teddy shows up at her door — ha!)

ZugzwangSERIES AND EPISODE | Criminal Minds, “Zugzwang”
TITLE | “Infinity Street”
ARTIST | Richard Walters
ALBUM | Young Trees (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | Reid gives a masterful performance of not caring about Maeve as Diane holds them both at gunpoint, but he just can’t fake a passionate kiss while the true object of his affections cowers in fear nearby. One terrible shot later, Walters’ mournful ballad provides the soundtrack for the genius’ irrevocable heartbreak.

SERIES AND JAMI GERTZ, CLARA MAMETEPISODE | The Neighbors, “Space Invaders”
TITLE | “Dirty Rain”
ARTIST | Ryan Adams
ALBUM | Ashes & Fire (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | As long as there are adolescents like Amber and Reggie – who pine for each other in mutual obliviousness – there’ll be a place for songs like Adams’ yearning melody. (Though we will miss the empty-headed hunk Amber dumps at the end of the episode: Tell us again about your car-waxing method, Jeremy?)

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14 Comments
  1. Babybop says:

    Can I just say I love you for mentioning “Thrift Shop”? That song is hilarious!

  2. martina says:

    I fell in love with The Americans thanks to that marvelous scene and its accompaning song!

    • ReeRee says:

      I think Americans did a wonderful addition to an amazing show by incorporating 80′s music.. missed that the most in the second episode! Never the less – awesome show!!

  3. CC says:

    Totally creeped out by the Marilyn Manson video. Just watching it reminded me of how I felt the first time I saw it, all those years ago. Perfect song for The Following.

  4. Brittany. says:

    In general, I feel like all the music that has been played so far in ‘The Follwoing’ has been amazing.

  5. Sara says:

    Sarah Blasko’s Illusory Light from a recent Switched at Birth episode…love it!!

  6. omabin says:

    Can anyone tell me the name of the song that played on Scandal while Fitz and Verna were talking and while he was giving her eulogy?

  7. Angela says:

    Just recently finally found that song from the “Criminal Minds” episode, ’cause I was really curious about it. Beautiful song, but I can’t hear it without getting all teary-eyed. Perfect choice for what was such a heartbreaking ending :(.
    Also, I’ve never seen “Private Practice”, but she actually walked down the aisle to “No Diggity” on that show? That’s funny :D.

  8. keith says:

    Last weeks girls ending with oasis wonderwall was nice. Forgot how good a song it is.

    • Dena says:

      I totally agree Keith! And isn’t that the kind of song that we could all just randomly sing b/c just about everyone actually knows the words to it? Much like Champagne Supernova..I mean they are basically the same song, but I still heart them both. RIP Oasis.

  9. ReeRee says:

    Dum Diggity has been in my playlist since i heard it on PPP! Smooth tune I must say!

  10. Ellen in NYC says:

    I was very optimistic when Monday Mornings opened with a Pearl Jam song, then it went downhill from there. (closed with the Stones.)