Oo-o-o-o-o-o, this is gonna be the best day of my life, my li-i-i-i-i-ii-fe — and it could be even better if you check out an all new TVLine Mixtape!
What follows is a collection of tunes showcased recently by 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 | The Mindy Project, “Mindy and Danny”
TITLE | “Dancing In the Dark”
ARTIST | Bruce Springsteen
ALBUM | Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
WHY IT ROCKED | Running through the streets of NYC, scaling 104 flights of stairs – Mindy and Danny do whatever it takes to finally get to each other. The Boss’ lively beat accompanies the anticipation of Mindy and Danny reuniting in the best way possible. The 1984 classic leads up to the most perfect rom-com ending: Mindy and Danny on the ground at the top of the Empire State Building, making out to another great throwback hit: The Cars’ “Drive.”
SERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “On the Other Hand”
TITLE | “It Ain’t Yours To Throw Away”
ARTIST | Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen
ALBUM | n/a, but the song is available as a single on iTunes
WHY IT ROCKED | Before Scarlett leaves for Mississippi, she and Gunnar squeeze in one more duet. Gunnar grabs his guitar and sings, “Every time you open up your mouth , diamonds come rolling out,” with Scarlett joining in for the chorus. As the ex-lovebirds beautifully croon Gunnar’s lyrics and the tears form in our eyes, we can’t help but wonder if Scarlett will change her mind.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Good Wife, “The Deep Web”
TITLE | “High On the Ceiling”
ARTIST | Anya Marina
ALBUM | Slow and Steady Seduction: Phase II (2008)
WHY IT ROCKED | Anya Marina’s beat makes you want to clap your hands and grab a drink… unless you’re Alicia. The percussion-filled tune is perfect as Alicia looks into the window of the restaurant and debates having a cocktail with the guy – who we admit is easy on the eyes – she met at jury duty. “It’s one drink. Why is that a problem?” she asks herself before walking away.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Person of Interest, “Deus Ex Machina”
TITLE | “Exit Music (For a Film)”
ARTIST | Radiohead
ALBUM | OK Computer (1997)
WHY IT ROCKED | “Today we escape, we escape,” the lyrics say — just like Reese, Finch, Shaw and Root have to do. As Root narrates a message to Harold, she says they need to assume new identities, go their separate ways and lead ordinary lives. After all, all they have now is “hope.”
SERIES AND EPISODE | Suburgatory, “Stiiiiiiill Horny”
TITLE | “Add It Up”
ARTIST | Violent Femmes
ALBUM | Violent Femmes (1982)
WHY IT ROCKED | Tessa walks out of her knitting circle – leaving the needles and yarn behind – and marches confidently outside to catch Ryan’s eye. Before you can say “knit one, purl two,” they’re colliding in middle of the street for a make out sesh. Tessa and Ryan get that “just one kiss” — and then a few more — in while casually undressing each other for the world to see. The fun jam makes this encounter even more enjoyable to watch, even if June wouldn’t think so. Good thing Sheila closes the curtains!
SERIES AND EPISODE | Hart of Dixie, “Stuck”
TITLE | “Who’s Looking Out”
ARTIST | Twin Forks
ALBUM | Twin Forks (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | Twin Forks’ beautiful melody enhances an emotional scene as Wade tells Zoe that he’s leaving Bluebell to franchise the Rammer Jammer. The folk band offers up one question: “Who’s looking out for you now?” Got an answer there, Zoe?
SERIES AND EPISODE | New Girl, “Cruise”
TITLE | “In the Summertime”
ARTIST | Mungo Jerry
ALBUM | In the Summertime (1970)
WHY IT ROCKED | Watching Jess and Nick towel-sculpt is humorous enough, but seeing the pair carry on with their romantic couples-cruise package — despite the fact they’ve broken up — while “In the Summertime” plays makes their shenanigans even better. (It also makes us want to chill out in a beach chair with a margarita in hand, but that’s beside the point.)
SERIES AND EPISODE | Grey’s Anatomy, “Fear (of the Unknown)”
TITLE | “Where Does the Good Go”
ARTIST | Tegan and Sara
ALBUM | So Jealous (2004)
WHY IT ROCKED | Cristina says she can’t leave… without one more dance session with her person. Mer gets out her phone to pick their last song to dance to together – and no, she’s not calling someone to make you leave, Cristina. Mer makes the perfect choice when she plays Tegan and Sara’s emotional song, which harkens back to Season 1. Cue the waterworks, and dance it out one last time.