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.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”
TITLE | “Stop Drop + Roll”
ARTIST | Dan + Shay
ALBUM | Where It All Began (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | The up-and-coming country duo’s song is sweet, catchy and upbeat, but you know what’s not? Juliette hooking up with Jeff — and then Gunnar catching the aftermath. Although that particular hookup makes us cringe, this song makes it bearable to watch. Dan + Shay sing, “Just like you, and it’s burnin’ me up, burnin’ me up, burnin’ me up…” but it’s probably just the alcohol burning these two up.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Mindy Project, “An Officer and a Gynecologist”
TITLE | “Runaway”
ARTIST | Mr. Little Jeans
ALBUM | Pocketknife (2012)
WHY IT ROCKED | Mindy arrives home to a house party hosted by Jenny, as Mr. Little Jeans’ pop song accompanies the hormonal teenagers making out. Mindy isn’t having it – but we are! Who can resist dancing to this euphoric jam? Everyone seems to be having a good time – well, except maybe Morgan, who’s tied down to the bed as couples casually make out right in front of him – but Mindy steps in to save the day kill the party. Maybe they should all runaway…
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SERIES AND EPISODE | Parks and Recreation, “Moving Up”
TITLE | “5,000 Candles in the Wind”
ARTIST | Mouse Rat
ALBUM | N/A
WHY IT ROCKED | What better way is there to end the Pawnee-Eagleton Unity Concert than to sing the greatest tribute to Li’l Sebastian ever? Ginuwine, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, Land Ho and of course Mouse Rat all move the audience with this touching song dedicated to Andy’s “horsiest friend.” Duke Silver joining them is the perfect surprise but the best part of the performance? The hologram of the lil’ guy up there on that stage. So, “Bye bye Lil’ Sebastian, you’re 5,000 candles in the wind…”
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Tomorrow People, “Kill Switch”
TITLE | “Make Believe”
ARTIST | The Burned
ALBUM | The Burned (2010)
WHY IT ROCKED | Roger is strapped to the machine and rings begin to rotate around his tethered body just before we see Astrid and Cara arrive at the lair. Astrid flies into John’s arms as Cara looks on, knowing she has lost John. Then, Stephen carries Irene, who is surprised to find out that they do not know what happened. And if all of this wasn’t emotional enough, this heartbreakingly beautiful song takes the emotion to a whole new level.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Blacklist, “The Kingmaker”
TITLE | “Sweetheart, What Have You Done to Us”
ARTIST | Keaton Henson
ALBUM | Birthdays (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | After Liz confronts Red about her father’s death, she returns to her destroyed home and cries about her shattered life. She gently pulls off her wedding ring as Keaton Henson croons, “Sweetheart, what have you done to us? I turned my back and you turned to dust. What have you done?” Red…Tom…anyone else who has hurt Liz…what have you done to her?
SERIES AND EPISODE | Modern Family, “Australia”
TITLE | “To Have and to Hold”
ARTIST | Colin Hay
ALBUM | Man @ Work (2003)
WHY IT ROCKED | Aussie artist Colin Hay’s catchy tune closes out the episode as the Dunphys climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour bridge, get some epic views from a helicopter, watch the sunset on a boat, swim at the Great Barrier Reef and go scuba diving with a bunch of fish, all while making us extremely jealous. If this fun montage doesn’t already make you feel like you’re in paradise, this tropical song will. Now only one question remains: When can we book our flight?
SERIES AND EPISODE | Grey’s Anatomy, “Change of Heart”
TITLE | “Ordinary World”
ARTIST | Joy Williams
ALBUM | N/A
WHY IT ROCKED | In a Sophie’s Choice-esque situation, the parents of Frankie and Ivy don’t have the heart to choose which of their children get a heart, so they make Cristina do it. Ivy gets it and lives, while the plan to give Frankie an artificial one fails. “We trusted you! What the hell did you do to our child,” the infuriated parents say with tears rolling down their cheeks, as Joy Williams’ haunting cover intensifies the sadness.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Vampire Diaries, “What Lies Beneath”
TITLE | “Chemical”
ARTIST | Kerli
ALBUM | Utopia (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | “This love is more than chemical, it feels unusual, and I can’t get enough.” Kerli’s “Chemical” says it all: Damon can’t get enough of Elena. While they pack up the car, the exes get into a heated discussion leading to an even more heated kiss. Damon tells Elena that being around her drives him nuts but so does not being around her. Plus, he’s had a really crappy day and he needed that kiss, so why not?