TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From Mindy, Grey's, New Girl, Person of Interest and More

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.

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mindy mixtapeSERIES 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.”

nashville-mixtapeSERIES 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.

good wife mixtapeSERIES 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.

POI mixtapeSERIES 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.”

suburgatory mixtapeSERIES 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!

dixie mixtapeSERIES 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?

new girl mixtapeSERIES 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.)

greys mixtapeSERIES 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.

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16 Comments
  1. Caroline says:

    This list is sadly lacking as it does not include Warren Zevon’s Keep Me in Your Heart in NCIS “Honor Thy Father” the salute to Ralph Waite.

    • Willis says:

      That song is perfect for ‘a certain moment’. It was used in the final scene of the series finale of House.

  2. annie says:

    Am I weird? (do not answer that.) I never liked that Tegan and Sara song. Weirdly undanceable. Strange choice.

    • Sara says:

      Agree that it’s undanceable, but the song was memorable from earlier seasons, so it was very nice surprise to hear it again

    • Elizabeth says:

      I too thought it was an odd choice and completely undanceable. I was hoping it was going to be Diplo Rhythm by Diplo. I had that song on my ipod for years after hearing it on an early episode of Grey’s when Cristina danced to it in Burke’s apartment.

    • Mary says:

      While watching the episode I thought the song was for the audience while Cris and Mer were dancing to a different song. If that is what they were dancing to…oh.

  3. nathgjo says:

    PoI has the best songs on tv!

  4. Alichat says:

    Loved hearing Violent Femmes at the end of Suburgatory. It’s not exactly how I wanted the show to end, but it was the perfect song for Tessa.

  5. bonesfan says:

    Just Breathe by Pearl Jam should be here for The Blacklist. Absolutely perfect song choice for the end scene.

    • The Original Original says:

      Was just going to say that myself! I’m a massive PJ fan anyway but that track and scene went together perfectly!

  6. Nicole says:

    Loved the Mindy Project picks. They totally set those scenes!!!!

  7. ames says:

    I don’t even watch Nashville, but that’s a beautiful song. Are these songs available on iTunes?

  8. Sarah says:

    How good has the music been on Grey’s recently?
    Amazing cover versions of classic songs. The covers of Total Eclipse of the Heart and Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, in particular, amazing.

    • Kyle says:

      I personally disagree. Some of them have been good, but to me some of them have been really dreary and just bad… for the most part I’d much rather them go back to original songs, though the odd cover doesn’t hurt. :)

      • DDuncan says:

        Kyle-I agree. The first time they did one of the slowed-down 80s songs, I thought it was cool, but then it was EVERY week! It got OLD!

    • BrewsterFly says:

      Totally agree! I love hearing these great (mostly 80’s) songs redone in completely different ways. I wish they would tell who the artists are and where you can find them…

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