What follows is a collection of tunes used recently in your favorite 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 @meganspinelli.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Parks and Recreation, “Ann and Chris”
TITLE | “Wildflowers”
ARTIST | Tom Petty
ALBUM | Wildflowers (1994)
WHY IT ROCKED | Petty sings, “You belong among the wildflowers, you belong in a boat out at sea”…or in Michigan. Leslie says a sad farewell to her best friend, Andy wishes Ann luck in Mexico, and Chris presents everyone with gifts, as only the most over-the-top optimist could do. As the camera pulls back to a view of Pawnee, everyone feels the heart wrenching departure of Chris and the beautiful musk ox. Cue the tears.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Girls, “Dead Inside”
TITLE | “There’s A Beast and We All Feed It”
ARTIST | Jake Bugg
ALBUM | Shangri La (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | There’s nothing like cartwheeling around a graveyard while “there’s a beast eating every bit of beauty, and they all feed it” fittingly plays, to ease the pain of a
friend’s eBook’s death. We get that everyone grieves in their own way, but not even a tear for David, Hannah?
SERIES AND EPISODE | Reign, “Sacrifice”
TITLE | “But That Can Wait”
ARTIST | Jonathan Allen Guerra
ALBUM | Hue (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | Mary delivers Bash’s cousin’s baby, Isobel holds her baby girl, and Mary and Bash exchange a promising look all while this soothing song plays in the background. Of course the happy moment doesn’t last (RIP, Isobel) but this tranquil song is enjoyable while it lasts.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Following, “Trust Me”
TITLE | “Stand By Me”
ARTIST | Ki: Theory
ALBUM | KITTY HAWK (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | As Joe and Mandy set fire to her house, Ki: Theory’s eerie rendition of the Ben E. King classic sends chills up your spine and sets a dark(er) tone for the end of the episode.
SERIES AND EPISODE | American Horror Story, “The Seven Wonders”
TITLE | “Silver Springs”
ARTIST | Fleetwood Mac
ALBUM | The Dance (1997)
WHY IT ROCKED | We say our goodbyes to Myrtle Snow (for the second time) as she utters one very profound last word: “Balenciagaaa!” Because everyone has a French fashion label on their mind when they’re engulfed in flames, right? As Myrtle is burned at the stake, Fleetwood Mac’s haunting ballad plays, and we can’t help but feel sad saying goodbye to Myrtle and the Stevie Nicks-inspired Coven.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “Too Far Gone”
TITLE | “Keep Coming Back”
ARTIST | Nashville Cast (feat. Charles Esten)
ALBUM | N/A
WHY IT ROCKED | Deacon’s back in the business, y’all! The only problem is that the country crooner’s powerful love song is for his ladylove Megan, not Rayna (or is it?). Let’s hope it’s only a matter of time though before Deacon trades in his lawyer friend for the country superstar we all know he’s meant to be with.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Hart of Dixie, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy”
TITLE | “Carousel”
ARTIST | Miner
ALBUM | Into The Morning (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | George nonchalantly kisses Tansy, AB and Lavon call it quits, and Joel shows off his lovely battle wound to his cowgirl Zoe, all while falling into a metaphorical carousel of which Miner sings at the cake fest. Some fall off and some stay on, but bright side? Cake makes everything better.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Criminal Minds, “200”
TITLE | “Blackbird”
ARTIST | Sarah Darling
ALBUM | Let Us In: Nashville (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | The country Darling’s (get it?) remake of The Beatles’ classic – and some celebratory drinks – wrap up this episode perfectly after JJ is saved.