TVLine Mixtape

Season Finale Anthems: Memorable Tunes From Person of Interest, Revenge, Jane the Virgin and More

There’s only you and me and an all new TVLine Mixtape!

This time we’ve compiled a series of songs from recent season finales, 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.

RYAN PHILLIPPE, JULIETTE LEWISSERIES AND EPISODE | Secrets and Lies, “The Lie”
SONG | “It Takes a Lot to Know a Man”
ARTIST | Damien Rice
ALBUMMy Favourite Faded Fantasy (2014)
WHY IT ROCKED | It takes a lot to know a man, and Ben taking the rap for his daughter’s kill told Cornell all she needed to know about her one-time suspect, even if she wasn’t content with his decision.

last-man-on-earth-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODEThe Last Man on Earth, “Screw the Moon”
SONG | “Supersonic Rocket Ship”
ARTIST | The Kinks
ALBUMEverybody’s in Showbiz (1972)
WHY IT ROCKED | After starting Phil’s journey with “Apeman,” it was only logical to have his brother’s outer-space tale begin with this equally-befitting Kinks tune.

new-girl-finale-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODENew Girl, “Clean Break”
SONG | “Rivers and Roads”
ARTIST | The Head and the Heart
ALBUM | The Head and the Heart (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | The indie ballad — which you also might remember from the closing scene of Chuck — enriched Coach’s farewell as he said goodbye to his fellow 4Ders before heading to New York with May.

poi-finale-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODEPerson of Interest, “YHWH”
SONG | “Welcome to the Machine”
ARTIST | Pink Floyd
ALBUMWish You Were Here (1975)
WHY IT ROCKED | The Pink Floyd classic managed to reinforce the heartbreak in an improbably emotional scene as The Machine said goodbye to Finch before powering off forever.

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SERIES AND EPISODEThe Middle, “The Graduate”
SONG | “Good Day”
ARTIST | Joseph Keith
ALBUM | Zen (not yet released)
WHY IT ROCKED | The Hecks kicked off the summer of ’15 with a party in honor of Sue’s graduation. In a rare moment, the family sat together on their back porch and actually enjoyed each other’s company. It was a “Good Day” indeed, and a sweet way to close out Season 6. (Though the album is not yet available, the song is available to stream here.)

revenge-finale-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODERevenge, “Two Graves”
SONG | “For You”
ARTIST | Angus and Julia Stone
ALBUMDown the Way (2010)
WHY IT ROCKED | The song first used during the pilot, then later throughout the series in moments with David and Kara, helped bookend Emily’s journey as it played at her wedding to Jack.

jane-the-virgin-finale-mixtapeSERIES AND EPISODEJane the Virgin, “Chapter Twenty-Two”
SONG | “There’s Only You and Me”
ARTIST | Holly Conlan
ALBUMThere’s Only You and Me – Single (2015)
WHY IT ROCKED | The aptly-titled track reinforced the bond between mother and son as Jane kissed Mateo’s hand for the first time, realizing nothing in her life would ever mean more to her than him.

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11 Comments
  1. Willis says:

    Nilu – How to Save a Life. Grey’s Anatomy. Can’t locate it to download, sadly.

  2. Nessie says:

    How about the beautiful, I will Never Let You Know from Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio from the Nashville finale.

    • Isa says:

      Yes, this! I’m obsessed with this song! :D Also, Hunger by Ross Copperman used in the final goodbye between Elena and Damon on Vampire Diaries – chills, man, chills.

  3. EDWARD says:

    The Middle’s Sue montage with the use of “Make your own kind of music” was brilliant. And Kalinda’s exit in the Good wife had a great background track with Unconditional by the Bravery.

    • Erica says:

      Agree 100% about “Make Your Own Kind of Music”. I would have loved that song to get a shout out instead. I looked it up and it was by Mama Cass. I have it on my list to download

  4. peter says:

    POI and The Blacklist with elthon john Rocket man were the best for me
    but Rocket man was better in the californication season 3 finale

  5. Revenger says:

    That song for Revenge was beyond perfect. That scene was so nice!

  6. GeoDiva says:

    The Blacklist use of Elton John’s Rocket Man was perfect.

  7. Chloe says:

    Person of Interest nearly always chooses its music well.

  8. Becky says:

    The best I’ve heard this year is “Go Wherever You Wanna Go” during Charlie’s funeral on Supernatural. It’s by Patty Griffin and is heartbreaking and oddly comforting at the same time.

  9. JandJ says:

    No season finale song list can be complete without Kansas- “Carry On My Wayward Son!” Every year the tears start as soon as it does!