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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Grey's, AHS: Coven, Reign, Bones and More

Are you the eye of the tiger? A fighter? Dancing through the fire? If not, we have the perfect consolation prize: a brand-new edition of TVLine Mixtape.

We’ve pulled together a collection of tunes from the fall season’s latest 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 @rebeccaiannucci.

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greys-anatomy-cristina-owen-elevatorSERIES AND EPISODE | Grey’s Anatomy, “Everybody’s Crying Mercy”
TITLE | “You & I (Nobody In the World)”
ARTIST | John Legend
ALBUM | Love In the Future (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED “Out of all the girls, you my one and only girl,” Legend sings. The swoon-worthy lyrics don’t just apply to Alex and Jo, as they (finally!) do the deed. Rather, the song takes a heartbreaking turn as Cristina and Owen stand inches apart in the elevator, agreeing to date other people. Could Legend’s lyrics mean good things ahead for the couple? Probably not, but there’s no harm in hoping.

parenthood-kristina-mayorSERIES AND EPISODE | Parenthood, “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities”
TITLE | “Beautiful Day”
ARTIST | Joshua Radin
ALBUM | Wax Wings (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | Between Victor’s poor reading skills and Kristina’s lack of campaign donations, it wasn’t a great week for the Braverman-Graham clan. But by episode’s end, things are looking up, especially after Max does the heart-melting good deed of donating to his mom’s campaign. All the scene needs is some upbeat music, and Joshua Radin’s sunny melody provides the perfect touch of optimism.

reign-pilotSERIES AND EPISODE | Reign, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Follow”
ARTIST | Crystal Fighters
ALBUM | Star of Love (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | There’s not many songs that we would consider fitting for a, um, masturbation scene. But after Mary and her ladies-in-waiting witness the consummation of a marriage, it’s the Crystal Fighters’ quirky ditty that sets a great pace for Kenna’s rendezvous with herself in the stairwell.

bones-booth-brennan-weddingSERIES AND EPISODE | Bones, “The Woman in White”
TITLE | “At Last”
ARTIST | Cyndi Lauper
ALBUM | At Last (2003)
WHY IT ROCKED | Is there anything more important at a wedding than the music? Well… yes. A lot of things, actually. But the music remains a crucial component, and Cyndi Lauper’s sweeping cover of “At Last” is simply perfect as Brennan walks down the aisle — in slow motion, no less!

the-good-wife-outside-the-bubbleSERIES AND EPISODE | The Good Wife, “Outside the Bubble”
TITLE | “Satan”
ARTIST | Beast
ALBUM | Satan (2008)
WHY IT ROCKED | The pace of The Good Wife has been lightning-fast lately, especially in light of Alicia leaving Lockhart Gardner. To that end, Beast’s frantic lyrics and punchy rhythm are a perfect accompaniment as paralegal Chrissy walks the halls of the firm in a stressed-out daze.

the-vampire-diaries-bonnie-funeralSERIES AND EPISODE | The Vampire Diaries, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
TITLE | “Without a Word”
ARTIST | Birdy
ALBUM | Birdy (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | The two things that stand out at Bonnie’s funeral in the latest Vampire Diaries episode: Nina Dobrev’s supreme on-camera crying skills and Birdy’s somber tune in the background. The lilting melody is bittersweet, much like the fond farewell that Bonnie gives to her friends.
LINER NOTES | This isn’t the first time the Vampire Diaries ensemble has mourned alongside Birdy. Her song, “Skinny Love,” was used at John and Jenna’s funeral in the Season 2 episode, “The Sun Also Rises.”

american-horror-story-coven-misty-daySERIES AND EPISODE | American Horror Story: Coven, “Boy Parts”
TITLE | “Edge of Seventeen”
ARTIST | Stevie Nicks
ALBUM | Bella Donna (1981)
WHY IT ROCKED | It’s not hard to understand why Misty Day worships Stevie Nicks. Although we love the homage to “Rhiannon” that comes later in the episode, Misty resurrecting alligators while “Edge of Seventeen” plays in the background is badass. Really, really badass.

ravenswood-s1-pilotSERIES AND EPISODE | Ravenswood, “Pilot”
TITLE | “The One That Got Away”
ARTIST | The Civil Wars
ALBUM | The Civil Wars (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | The folk duo has released some seriously haunting songs, not least of which includes this bitter, emotional track. The song sets a wonderfully gloomy mood as the Ravenswood teens run their car off the road — after narrowly avoiding a ghost in the street.

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  1. Azerty says:

    You forgot “If I didn’t have you” the song from Howard (and the rest of the cast) to Bernadette in Big Band Theory. Without a doubt the best song of the week.

  2. Sara says:

    “You & I (Nobody In the World)- John Legend
    The song also plays during the Calzona therapy room talk, and if you listen carefully you can heard how he sings “you are my one and only girl” so this could be something good in store for Calzona like getting back together.

  3. Joao Gordinho says:

    acoustic of “crash this train” by joshua james on sons of anarchy

  4. Sarah says:

    The entire soundtrack to Reign is spectacular, I think.
    The Lumineers in 1550’s France? Shouldn’t work, but it does. Beautifully.

  5. Gladys says:

    Future Days by Pearl Jam that was heard in Grey’s Anatomy 200th episode is a beutiful song too!

  6. Emily says:

    American Horror Story has been killing it with all of the Stevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac this season!

  7. N says:

    “At Last”

  8. Ash says:

    “At Last” couldn’t have been more perfect.

  9. Alana says:

    “Gravity” by Sarah Berellis was in The Vampire Diaries also, when Stefan and Elena were by the bride. That song is amazing also :)

  10. RichieOnTV says:

    “This Town” performed by Clare Bowen and Charles Esten on this week’s Nashville was perfect!

  11. Helvetica says:

    “The Blacklist” has delivered pretty much every week, last of all Matt Corby’s “Made of Stone”. Just breathtakingly beautiful.

  12. Marcinho11 says:

    That The Civil Wars song is sublime.

  13. Miss Priss says:

    The best was Misty and Frankboy lay in bed listening to Gyspy; the little gasp Evan Peters makes when the song starts playing was so sweet, and the beautiful weirdness of that scene was magical.

  14. TVPeong says:

    Nina Simone’s Wild is the wind on Scandal