What follows is a collection of tunes showcased recently on 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, “Playing With Fire”
TITLE | “Betrayal”
ARTIST | Laura Welsh
ALBUM | Break the Fall (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | Savi drives onto the highway for the first time since the accident that claimed her unborn child’s life — with Zak in her passenger seat no less! But as Welsh sings, “I can’t relate to what I’m missing…” we can’t help but feel it perfectly captures Savi’s state of mind, in some part explaining her distant behavior throughout the episode.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Pretty Little Liars, “Miss Me x 100″
TITLE | “Every Breath You Take”
ARTIST | Denmark + Winter
ALBUM | Single (2014), released on iTunes
WHY IT ROCKED | What better way to celebrate the 100th episode of a show about a stalker/blackmailer than with a song that’s probably A’s personal anthem. As the singer croons her way through this Police cover — and we get our own personal peep show featuring not only Ezra and Aria’s hot and heavy reunion, but Emily and Alison’s many bedtime kisses as well — it feels like A’s shoe is on our collective foot.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Royal Pains, “Goodwill Stunting”
TITLE | “I Want You”
ARTIST | The Royalty
ALBUM | Lovers (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Hank and Emma share a full “USA” breakfast as they discuss their childhoods and how alone they both felt growing up. Later when he suggests a run on the beach, Emma agrees to join him. But as they jog together, her uncomfortable (and out of breath) expression shows that she’ll do anything to hang out with her big brother — even exercise.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Finding Carter, “Drive”
TITLE | “Gotta Have Him”
ARTIST | Emily Hearn
ALBUM | Promises EP (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | Elizabeth’s first “win” in her and Carter’s psychological war takes place when she tricks Carter into thinking she doesn’t approve of her ex-boyfriend Max, hoping it will convince her wayward teen daughter to give their relationship another shot. While her plan isn’t entirely successful, this bouncy, lighthearted melody reminds us that these two won’t be veering into Gilmore territory anytime soon.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Covert Affairs, “Silence Kit”
TITLE | Wash.
ARTIST | Bon Iver
ALBUM | Bon Iver (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | After keeping it a secret for the longest time, Annie finally tells Auggie about her heart condition… and as always, he has her back — “handling” it by hacking into her medical records and changing it before anyone else in the CIA finds out.
SERIES AND EPISODE | So You Think You Can Dance, “Top 18 Perform, 2 Eliminated”
TITLE | “Get My Name”
ARTIST | Mark Ballas
ALBUM | Single (2014), released on iTunes
WHY IT ROCKED | SYTYCD often presents us with stellar dance moves and beautiful performances. But as National Dance Day approaches (July 26th), the show (in conjunction with the Dizzy Feet Foundation) offers viewers a chance to get on their feet and bust a move. Given how infectious the rhythm of this particular tune is, we’re dancing already.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Rookie Blue, “Exit Strategy”
TITLE | “B.S.E”
ARTIST | Young Galaxy
ALBUM | Shape Shifting (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | While still fuming over Oliver (and his Secret Santa gift), Andy tells Sam he‘s what gets her through the night — she just needs something to get her through the day. That’s when her new-ish beau leans across the table and kisses her, giving McSwarek fans something that will get us through the rest of this season.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Rectify, “Act as If”
TITLE | “First Air of Autumn”
ARTIST | Drive-By Truckers
ALBUM | English Oceans (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | After Teddy Sr. lays down the rules for the kitchen reconstruction, a newly licensed Daniel gets behind the wheel and goes shopping for supplies. As the first few strums of this song fill the air (and his car), the exonerated former convict looks like he might be the star of its somber music video — and we’re fine with that. Anything to keep him from being lonely.