One day when the light is glowing, you’ll be in your castle golden. But until then, how about rocking out to the latest additions to TVLine Mixtape?
We’ve pulled together a collection of songs from recent TV episodes, 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 @kimroots.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Cougar Town, “The Criminal Kind”
TITLE | “Don’t You Forget About Me”
ARTIST | WAZ
ALBUM | n/a
WHY IT ROCKED | Just like the John Hughes movie to which it pays homage, this episode ends with The Breakfast Club the Cul-de-Sac Crew backed by a Simple Minds classic… that is, until the recreation of the library dance break that carries us out as the credits roll. (Children of the ’80s, you know you’ve done that heel-toe-heel-toe side shuffle next to one of your friends at some point in your life.)
SERIES AND EPISODE | Suburgatory, “Stray Dogs”
TITLE | “Toxic”
ARTIST | Chapin Sisters
ALBUM | The Chapin Sisters EP (2005)
WHY IT ROCKED | “Sometimes, when you want something to be true, you’ll do anything to convince yourself that it is,” Tessa’s sad voiceover notes as Dallas dumps George in the dream house he just bought her. The stripped-down Britney Spears cover tees up a heap of pain that ends with George hate-swinging from a chandelier. Let’s hope that stray he finds is a therapy dog, because Daddy Altman’s going to need a furry shoulder (or four) to cry on.
LINER NOTES | For another slowed-down take on Brit-Brit’s hit, try Yael Naim’s excellent, music-box interpretation.
SERIES AND EPISODE | New Girl, “Virgins”
TITLE | “Anything Could Happen”
ARTIST | Ellie Goulding
ALBUM | Halcyon (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | The moment Goulding’s tune follows Nick into the elevator, Mr. Miller and Ms. Day’s first “merging” (to use Schmidt’s vernacular) is a foregone conclusion. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t really dig watching him carry her back to the loft, or the crazy-satisfying looks on their faces after doing the deed.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Vampire Diaries, “The Originals”
TITLE | “Terrible Love”
ARTIST | The National
ALBUM | High Violet (2010)
WHY IT ROCKED | The Hundred-Dollar Guy and the Brave Bartender share a nice moment while watching a street artist create a truly scary portrait – she psychoanalyzes the painter/Klaus, he is clearly affected by the on-target nature of her words – and then he does that vamp thing where he silently disappears. Nothing personal, Camille; it’s just that his brooding isn’t going to do itself now, is it?
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Americans, “The Colonel”
TITLE | “Games Without Frontiers”
ARTIST | Peter Gabriel
ALBUM | Peter Gabriel: Melt (1980)
WHY IT ROCKED | Jordache has nothing on Paige’s spy genes, which are fully activated as she slips home for her homework… and to check out mom’s secret laundry lair. Does the Cold War kid find anything as Peter Gabriel’s hit relentlessly charges on in the background? You’ll have to wait until next season, comrades, for the answer to that one.
LINER NOTES | British singer-songwriter Kate Bush performs backing vocals on this cut.