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.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Walking Dead, “Clear”
TITLE | “Lead Me Home”
ARTIST | Jamie N Commons
ALBUM | The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack – Vol. 1
WHY IT ROCKED | Rick, having reached a new understanding (and dare we suggest fledgling friendship?) with Michonne, lets her drive him and Carl back to the prison. Commons’ melancholy ballad underscores the sweet moment… the fact that they pull over to scavenge the mauled hitchhiker’s backpack notwithstanding.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Beauty and the Beast, “Any Means Possible”
TITLE | “We Are Stars”
ARTIST | The Pierces
ALBUM | You & I (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | “I just wanna be loved by you,” The Pierces sing, echoing what Cat communicates to a wary Vincent when she shows up at his place. Despite his fears – and the scary, savage sex we saw in his nightmare – the first time Vincent and Cat make love is as perfect as she knew it would be (with just a momentary threat of premature beastification).
SERIES AND EPISODE | Switched at Birth, “Tightrope Walker”
TITLE | “Pull Me Back”
ARTIST | Julia Othmer
ALBUM | Oasis Motel (2006)
WHY IT ROCKED | As Othmer croons, “Pull me back into the fold with you,” it seems like that’s exactly what Regina wants. After all, she apologizes to Bay and then calls her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor – but erases the voicemail before it goes through. Regina should put that song on repeat, because as we now know, her road back to sobriety is a winding one indeed.
SERIES AND EPISODE | New Girl, “TinFinity”
TITLE | “Save Me”
ARTIST | Queen
ALBUM | Queen Greatest Hits (1992)
WHY IT ROCKED | “Uninitiate toast sequence!” Sorry, Schmidt, but the big moment you planned to celebrate 10 years of bro-ship with Nick – complete with Queen accompaniment — is irrevocably hijacked by Shivrang’s proposal to your former boo. At least you’ve still got those streamer cannons… oh wait, nevermind.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Mindy Project, “The One That Got Away”
TITLE | “Shiny Happy People”
ARTIST | R.E.M.
ALBUM | Out of Time (1991)
WHY IT ROCKED | “If I was going to be away from home for several weeks, my parents only trusted me in the gentle hands of the Jews of the Berkshire Mountains,” Mindy says, teeing up a flashback to meeting her first crush Sam Kleinfeld at Camp Takanac. (And like so many other great ’90s love stories, of course it was accompanied by an R.E.M. tune.)