You wanna live fancy? Live in a big mansion? Party in France? You better read b****. So just for you, we’ve chosen our favorite tube songs for this latest edition of TVLine Mixtape.
We’ve pulled together a collection of tunes from the hottest fall shows (and two huge finales), 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 @mishasolomontv.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Breaking Bad, “Felina”
TITLE | “Baby Blue”
ARTIST | Badfinger
ALBUM | Straight Up (1971)
WHY IT ROCKED | Did we… feel something for big bad Walter White as he lay on the floor of the underground neo-Nazi lab, bleeding out next to his one, true love: baby blue crystal meth? If so, it was thanks to this poignant soundtrack choice.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Mindy Project, “Music Festival”
TITLE | “I Need My Girl”
ARTIST | The National
ALBUM | Trouble Will Find Me (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | Following a cameo by The National, a scene set to the band’s yearning ballad shows Mindy crying after her breakup with Casey. Before he can need his girl, Casey needs to figure out what he wants from his life, and so Mindy has to let him go. We’re sure the upcoming cavalcade of male guest stars will stop our doc from “feeling smaller and smaller.”
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Bridge, “The Crazy Place”
TITLE | “Nowhere Near”
ARTIST | Yo La Tengo
ALBUM | Painful (1993)
WHY IT ROCKED | This haunting tune closed out the stellar first season of this FX cop drama. Much like the series itself, this song builds an ethereal world full of beauty and despair — Marco and Sonia are both nowhere near the people they love.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Masters of Sex, “Race to Space”
TITLE | “Retrograde”
ARTIST | James Blake
ALBUM | Overgrown (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | Diverging from the Mad Men model of only featuring songs from the era in which the show is set, this anachronistic choice mirrors Virginia Johnson herself: too modern for her time, yet too beautiful to ignore.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Sons of Anarchy, “Wolfsangel”
TITLE | “Sitting on Top of the World”
ARTIST | Chris Goss & The Forest Rangers
ALBUM | Single (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | As Jax contemplates his dead, burned and buried brothers, this cover of a traditional folk-blues song raises a troubling question about the prince of Charming and the future of SAMCRO: He may have won this round, but how long can our hero sit on top of the world?
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Blacklist, “The Freelancer”
TITLE | “Citizens”
ARTIST | Alice Russell
ALBUM | To Dust (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | Elizabeth definitely needs to “take a little time to contemplate,” as this song suggests, what she’s going to do about her mysterious husband. Can she trust Red and his third option? This soulful tune evokes the feeling that something is brewing, and we’re glad we now have a full season to find out what that something is.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Parenthood, “It Has to Be Now”
TITLE | “My My Love”
ARTIST | Joshua Radin
ALBUM | Wax Wings (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | After a long separation, Amber and Ryan are finally reunited — and he’s got a ring! Cue Radin (and grab the tissues).
SERIES AND EPISODE | Glee, “The Quarterback”
TITLE | “Make You Feel My Love”
ARTIST | Adele (Bob Dylan cover)
ALBUM | 19 (2008)
WHY IT ROCKED | The most touching and gorgeously sung part of the series’ tribute to Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson, this cover of Adele’s version of a Bob Dylan classic hit us right in the gut. Lea Michele did a phenomenal job of infusing this song with her real-life heartache.