TVLine Mixtape

TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Grey's, Mindy, Parks and More

Everything is awesome… because it’s time for an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, then hit the comments with your favorite TV tunes. And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @RyanSchwartz.

greys-anatomy-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODE Grey’s Anatomy, “The Great Pretender”
TITLE | “Let It Go”
ARTIST | James Bay
ALBUM Chaos And The Calm (2015)
WHY IT ROCKED | As Meredith told Maggie about her inability to get on her flight to D.C., and her lonesome weekend alone at an airport motel, the ballad about accepting the flaws in an ever-changing relationship played in the background as a haunting reminder of the current strain in Derek and Meredith’s marriage.

mindy-project-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODE The Mindy Project, “Dinner at the Castellanos”
TITLE | “XO”
ARTIST | Beyoncé
ALBUM | Beyoncé (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | We’d be okay with Mindy using pretty much any Beyoncé song, but this one in particular was especially fitting as Danny assured Mindy that they would raise their baby together as one big happy family.

parks-and-rec-mixtape SERIES AND EPISODE Parks and Recreation, “One Last Ride”
TITLE | “End of the Line”
ARTIST | Traveling Wilburys
ALBUM Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988)
WHY IT ROCKED | The song’s laid-back tone might not reflect the go-getter attitude of Leslie Knope, but its lyrics spoke to who she was, and who she had become. Bonus: The song played as we saw some very funny, never-before-seen outtakes of the cast.

americans-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODE The Americans, “Dimebag”
TITLE | “Only You”
ARTIST | Yazoo
ALBUM Upstairs at Eric’s (1982)
WHY IT ROCKED | It really doesn’t get any more uncomfortable than seeing the underaged Kimberly cuddle up with Phillip Jim as they share a Coloradan smoke. What makes it even more cringeworthy is the midi-esque love song that plays from a nearby boombox.

vampire-diaries-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODE The Vampire Diaries, “Stay”
TITLE | “Yours”
ARTIST | Ella Henderson
ALBUM Chapter One (2015)
WHY IT ROCKED | Finally! Fans have been shipping ‘Steroline’ hard, and the moment when they kissed was perfectly accompanied by a song about feeling ready to let someone in during your darkest hour.

the-night-shift-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODE The Night Shift, “Recovery”
TITLE | “Let’s Be Still”
ARTIST | The Head and the Heart
ALBUM | Let’s Be Still (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | Okay, so we’re not exactly sure how on Earth a song about letting yourself get lost in the music relates to a scene that culminates in TC and Jordan gettin’ it on in an elevator —that is, unless it’s about getting lost in the muzak. Yeah, let’s go with that, because this is a really good tune!

the-middle-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODE The Middle, “The Answer”
TITLE | “Beautiful World”
ARTIST | The Chevin
ALBUM Borderland (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | The wacky family sitcom rarely has a serious moment, but Sue and Darrin’s break-up was one of them. As the Heck’s middle child suffered her first true heartbreak, the uplifting ballad’s lyrics harped on the ability to overcome anything as long as you keep your eyes open to the true beauty of the world.

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14 Comments
  1. Barbara says:

    Only You is one of my favorite songs. I first heard it back in my high school. The album is Upstairs at Eric’s, but the band is Yaz, not Yazoo.

    • Fun Fact: The British band’s actual name is Yazoo, but had to go by the name Yaz in North America because there was a record label by the name of Yazoo Records.

    • Angela says:

      I love that song, too.
      I’ll have to check out the other ones shared here. Even if I haven’t seen the episodes/shows in question, I’m always up for hearing more cool music.

    • Reba42 says:

      Still remember sad post-apocalyptic Walter listening to this in the taxi. Renewed my love of the song.

  2. eddie says:

    more people should be listening to the head and the heart- GREAT BAND

  3. sarina says:

    The song used for the Sue and Darrin scene in The Middle is actually the song that was used when they reunited at Sue’s prom! It made the scene that much better when I heard them bring back their song!

  4. Jennifer says:

    “Blood on My Name” by the Brothers Bright from the winter premiere of The Blacklist. Such a good song and it fit the scene perfectly.

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  6. Jason says:

    That Stefan and Caroline scene was amazing and “Yours” provided exactly the right underscore. The lyrics perfectly reflected their wonderfully slow building relationship. Nothing flashy. Just delicate and beautiful.

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  8. Mike says:

    I want “Bye Bye Lil Sebastian” on iTunes like yesterday!

  9. XO is the best Beyonce song ever,

  10. Mary Kate says:

    How could you leave out On the Run by Zella Day from HTGAWM?! Set up the perfect season long reveal with just the right amount of suspense!