Can you feel it? All that I can hear is music from the back, and it’s getting closer.
Yep, that means we have an all new TVLine Mixtape, 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 @NiveaSerrao.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Mistresses, “Open House”
TITLE | “Party Dress”
ARTIST | Lindsey Ray
ALBUM | Single (2006)
WHY IT ROCKED | April is supposed to plan a party for the parents at Lucy’s school. But when her best idea involves pizza and beer (the makings of any great party), Mickey steps in and changes the theme to “risque.” As shirtless men walk around her store covered in paint while serving jello shots and music blasts from… everywhere, April decides to turn her outfit into a real party dress by agreeing to meet a seemingly single dad for coffee the next day.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Faking It, “Burnt Toast”
TITLE | “Warning”
ARTIST | Autre Ne Veut
ALBUM | Anxiety (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | What better time to play a song titled “Warning” than while Amy and Liam work out their drunken anger at their former BFF and ex-girlfriend Karma — in bed? As the song asks, “What’s this thing baby, that I can’t explain?” we can only wonder how they’ll explain this hookup to Karma when the show returns next season.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Orphan Black, “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”
TITLE | “Water Prayer Rasta mix (Matt the Alien Remix)”
ARTIST | Adham Shaikh
ALBUM | Refractions (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | What’s better than one clone? Four having a dance party! In a scene that only the wildest fan fiction could have dreamed up, Sarah, Cosima, Alison and Helena not only find themselves in the same room for the first time, but they discover that despite their obvious differences, no clone was born with two left feet.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Enlisted, “Alive Day”
TITLE | “Outro”
ARTIST | M83
ALBUM | Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2006)
WHY IT ROCKED | As each member of Pete’s platoon — and Sergeant Cody — place their hands on each other’s heads and the opening strains of this song begin to play, it hits home that this is the last we’ll see of the Hills. But as the platoon celebrates Pete being alive, he (and we) realize he’ll ultimately be OK — even if the show (sadly) won’t live to see a Season 2. Hooah!
SERIES AND EPISODE | Chasing Life, “Pilot”
TITLE | “All the Little Lights”
ARTIST | Passenger
ALBUM | All the Little Lights (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | After they leave the bar and Dominic regales April with his impressions of their colleagues, he turns to her and asks her if she recognizes his next one… before planting a kiss on her eager lips. Even sweeter? April teasing him with a guess after he pulls away (“Maureen, from accounting?”), causing him to blush and chuckle.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Girl Meets World, “Pilot”
TITLE | “Take On The World”
ARTIST | Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter
ALBUM | n/a, but the song is available as a single on iTunes
WHY IT ROCKED | Boy Meets World‘s theme song perfectly fit the show while also telling you exactly what to expect from each episode (“It’s good to know I have friends that will always stand by me”). Girl Meets World‘s theme does the same (“Life is crazy but I know I can work it out/ Cause I’ve got you to live it with me”), but its bouncy, pop-infused melody instantly tell you this show will also be in-sync with other current Disney series.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Teen Wolf, “117″
TITLE | “Happy With Me”
ARTIST | HOLYCHILD
ALBUM | Mindspeak (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | Stiles tells Scott about Malia’s nighttime visits to his his bed, where she lies next to him and uses him as a scratching post before turning him into the “little spoon.” To his credit, Scott maintains a straight face and simply asks if this means that they’re dating — like any good best friend would.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Fosters, “Second Chances”
TITLE | “Outlaw”
ARTIST | N/A
ALBUM | N/A
WHY IT ROCKED | Brandon might not be able to play the piano as well as he once did, but maybe he can use his hands to start writing songs for his new band — since it appears they’ve reignited his musical muse. Sure, this song is meant to be about his once romantic love for his now soon-to-be step-sister Callie, but as he performs it in front of everyone at the party, it becomes about Brandon rediscovering his passion for music. Callie was right when she told him, “You knew they’d love it” — because we did!