So you wanna play with magic? Baby, do you dare to do this? Are you ready for a perfect storm? If not, that’s OK, because we have an all new TVLine Mixtape for you!
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 @classyjgalassi.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Star-Crossed, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Aquarius”
ARTIST | Digital Daggers
ALBUM | Reimaginations: Volume 1 (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | Romeo and Juliet? More like Romeo and Juli-E.T.! In a great act of love, alien boy Roman saves Emery’s dying friend Julia while this eerie cover of “Age of Aquarius” plays in the background — making the scene that much more chilling. We’re not sure if Emery hearts Roman yet, but we know for a fact we love this song.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Girls, “Beach House”
TITLE | “You’re Breaking My Heart”
ARTIST | Harry Nilson
ALBUM | Son of Schmilsson (1972)
WHY IT ROCKED | A weekend of “healing” for the girls leads to a nasty fight and a choreographed dance to Nilson’s NSFW ’70s tune. While comical on the surface, the song’s lyrics sum up the ladies’ weekend (and deteriorating friendships) perfectly: “There’s nothing left to say/There’s nothing left to do/You’re breakin’ my heart/You’re tearing it apart /but I love you.”
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Vampire Diaries, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
TITLE | “Say Something”
ARTIST | A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera
ALBUM | Is There Anybody Out There? (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | Stefan and “Elena” say a lot of somethings as he tells her he’s basically #TeamDamon now, and the duo agrees to save Damon from himself. “Every time I think [Damon's] going too far, he’s there for you,” Stefan explains to Elena. “Sometimes in ways better than I ever was.” Cue “Say Something” playing in the background and suddenly, we have our ugly cryface on.
SERIES AND EPISODE | About a Boy, “Pilot”
TITLE | “What Makes You Beautiful”
ARTIST | One Direction
ALBUM | Up All Night (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | Leave it to About a Boy to make us tear up during a One Direction song! To save Marcus from the embarrassment of his classmates, Will helps his awkward young neighbor sing an amped-up a capella version of the 2011 hit at the boy’s talent show. The scene (along with the song choice) is charming, infectious and heartwarming — just like the show itself.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Fosters, “Us Against the World”
TITLE | “Same Changes”
ARTIST | The Weepies
ALBUM | N/A but the single is available here.
WHY IT ROCKED | We can’t think of a better song for Fosters kids Brandon and Callie than this Weepies tune, which plays during an overwrought conversation between the two. “Everyone says this love will change you. Well I ask, does anything ever stay the same?” asks the song, a question Brandon and Callie are most likely pondering themselves.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, “Paul Rudd”
TITLE | “Don’t Stop Me Now”
ARTIST | Queen
ALBUM | Jazz (1978)
WHY IT ROCKED | We love Paul Rudd’s rendition of Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good To Me” in his lip-synch battle with Jimmy Fallon, but it’s the comedic actor’s exuberant performance of the Queen jam that really has us in stitches. Fallon also seems to enjoy the hysterical theatrics — he gives Rudd the win before the bit is even up! (Watch the wonderfully Rudd-iculous video.)
SERIES AND EPISODE | Shameless, “A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin”
TITLE | “Both Sides Are Even”
ARTIST | The Boxer Rebellion
ALBUM | The Cold Still (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | We always enjoy the music on the Showtime hit. But there is something equally beautiful and heartbreaking about hearing this particular song soar while Fiona utters the words, “I’m guilty.”
SERIES AND EPISODE | Grey’s Anatomy, “Take It Back”
TITLE | “Bones”
ARTIST | Josh Record
ALBUM | N/A but Record’s The War – EP is available here.
WHY IT ROCKED | April and Jackson decide to get married, and we decide to die of happiness. OK yeah, they kind of destroyed everything (and everyone) in their path to love, but we’re just going to ignore that for a second. We adore them… and the song that plays during the big reveal.