TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from HIMYM, The Walking Dead, Glee, Coven and More

I can’t tell where the journey will end, but I know where to start. Right here, with our favorite tube songs in this latest edition of TVLine Mixtape.

We’ve pulled together a collection of tunes from the hottest shows, 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.

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How I Met Your MotherSERIES AND EPISODE | How I Met Your Mother, “The Lighthouse”
TITLE | “Try a Little Tenderness”
ARTIST | Otis Redding
ALBUM | Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul (1966)
WHY IT ROCKED | How did Ted propose to The Mother? Atop a lighthouse, to the sounds of this soul classic — while we watched, eyes teary and lips quivering. HIMYM is at its best whenever it stops teasing us and tries a little tenderness.

The Walking DeadSERIES AND EPISODE | The Walking Dead, “Indifference”
TITLE | “Serpents (Basement)”
ARTIST | Sharon Van Etten
ALBUM | Single (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | This mournful, hypnotic ballad starts up just as Carol drives away, exiled from the prison by Rick after her (defensible?) murders. As Van Etten sings that “everything changes,” we know that indeed nothing will ever be the same between Rick and Carol (if we ever see her again, that is!).

Covert AffairsSERIES AND EPISODE | Covert Affairs, “No. 13 Baby”
TITLE | “Tessellate”
ARTIST | alt-J
ALBUM | An Awesome Wave (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Annie and Auggie’s separation has never been more heartbreaking than in this episode, which features the presumed-dead Annie sitting next to Auggie on a bus while her blind former paramour is none the wiser. This eerie, electronic tune accompanies Annie’s flashback to Auggie’s gifting her with her car, now in storage.

NashvilleSERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “It Must Be You”
TITLE | “Every Time I Fall in Love”
ARTIST | The Farm
ALBUM | The Farm (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | After struggling with the trappings of fame over the last few episodes, Scarlett delivers a stunning cover of this song at the Bluebird, to the delight of the critics in attendance.

Eastbound & DownSERIES AND EPISODE | Eastbound & Down, “Chapter 27”
TITLE | “The Cold”
ARTIST Exitmusic
ALBUM | Passage (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Kenny Powers can’t be caged. This song plays as our troubled protagonist frees his son’s pet wolf and drives away from his family. As the lyrics say, “You are alone,” Kenny Powers — you are a lone wolf.

Saturday Night LiveSERIES AND EPISODE | Saturday Night Live, “Kerry Washington/Eminem”
TITLE “My Girl”
ARTIST | Jay Pharaoh/Kerry Washington
WHY IT ROCKED | This parody of Norwegian duo Ylvis’ ubiquitous “The Fox” was spot-on. We especially loved Kerry Washington’s excellent hand motions during her dance sequences.

American Horror StorySERIES AND EPISODE | American Horror Story: Coven, “Burn, Witch. Burn!”
TITLE | “Right Place Wrong Time”
ARTIST | Dr. John
ALBUM | In the Right Place (1973)
WHY IT ROCKED | We always like to play a little jaunty R&B (by a New Orleans artist, no less!) on our way to a witch-burning! Between this and all the Fleetwood Mac, AHS has been on fire with its musical selections this season. (See what we did there?)

GleeSERIES AND EPISODE | Glee, “A Katy or a Gaga”
TITLE | “Wide Awake”
ARTIST | Katy Perry
ALBUM | Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | In an episode filled with bombastic covers (see: Adam Lambert), this stripped-down version may have been even better than Katy’s original. It was also nice to hear Tina sing without some catastrophe stopping the performance.

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28 Comments
  1. dude says:

    Loved Wide Awake.

  2. Jen says:

    Once again, SOA gets shafted. Maggie Siff had the song of the week, hands down on last week’s episode.

    • NC says:

      Agreed! Who’s paying this person??

    • Beth says:

      I agree that scene was heartbreaking! Maggie Siff with the baby was amazing. This show and the amazing acting always gets shafted. Watch Homeland (I’m a fan but their season 3 sucks!) will get an Emmy nod and the outstanding and superior SOA will get snubbed.

  3. jamie says:

    wide awake was ok. hated adam lambert though.

  4. JJ says:

    HATED Wide Awake! Sorry but the Glee Club w/o Lea Michele, Amber Riley and Naya Rivera is nothing but very weak voices and uncharismatic characters.

    • Me says:

      Yeah, yeah whatever. Wide Awake was the best song of the season and guess what! Neither Michele, Riley or River sung it. Get over yourself.’

      • Josh says:

        Yeah get over yourself for having a different opinion. I mean, really? Who do you think you are? An individual?

        High five Me! Group-think all the way!

  5. Sue B says:

    Loved Marry the Noght! Want Adam Lambert to sing with Chris Colfer. Sorry, haters.

  6. Amanda says:

    Not a fan of Glee/Nashville performances being included in this column. Those just seem like easy picks. I mean you can just go to iTunes and find them in the featured section till next Tuesday. I’d rather see great background music highlighted. Just my two cents because I do look forward to this article.

    • Josh says:

      I have to agree with Amanda. It’s what EW does. Only background music and they’re usually great picks; strengthening a scene instead of being a whole scene…Though to Nashville’s credit, it sometimes uses its song as background music while Glee they’re scenes sort of reveal around the music.

  7. Jeff says:

    A suggestion: perhaps for covers TVLine could include a video of the original side-by-side for comparisons.

  8. GTS says:

    Nothing from Blacklist? They always have excellent music.

  9. Loved the song from Nashville. Got under my skin

  10. Martin says:

    My favourite song in this article was the link to the song at the start of the article, not officially a selection but I love that song.

  11. Francine says:

    I never expected something from Eastbound and Down! Love that show. And yes, Maggie’s song on SOA should definitely be here.

  12. Jamie04 says:

    Wide Awake was terrific! Marry the Night was the best though..Adam Lambert rocks!!

  13. wordsmith says:

    Great call on that AHS tune – it was deliciously unexpected in that situation. Also, how fabulous was Zoe’s hat in that scene?

  14. Me34 says:

    You’re not gonna recap AHS: Coven anymore???

  15. Whitewalker says:

    Damn you Rick!!!

    Terrific song, terrific moment and terrific episode of The Walking Dead.

  16. Anon says:

    Song of the week was ‘Time Has Come’ by the Chamber Brothers on Scandal.

  17. Audrey says:

    Try a Little Tenderness belongs to Pretty in Pink.

  18. maryploppins says:

    The Corvette scene in Covert Affairs with this song was beautiful … as was the bus scene afterwards. Too bad I kinda pretty much hate Auggie now for what he did in the scene after that. Grrrr.

  19. Spot on! ‘Wide Awake’ was one of my all-time favourite Glee performances alongside ‘Shake It Out’ and ‘Mine’. Love it when Glee strips back to the music, which is essentially the essence of the whole show!

  20. Alex says:

    “Right Place Wrong Time”/American Horror Story is the winner combo to me. It went perfect with the scene! Excellent choice.

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