Have you found yourself wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? If so, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (NBC)
The song: Laura Benanti and Christian Borle, “How Can Love Survive”
The hook: More than anything, NBC’s live event showed off the skills of tried-and-true stage vets Benanti and Borle, who took on the undersung roles of Frau Schrader and Herr Detweiler. Their take on the comic croon from the musical was a bright spot in the evening’s proceedings.
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ALMOST HUMAN (Fox)*
The song: “Bennie and the Jets,” originally by Elton John
The episode: “Are You Receiving?” (103)
The hook: Let’s get real. When an android (Michael Ealy) is singing Sir Elton, do you really need to articulate why it’s awesome? If so, don’t bother watching Almost Human‘s Nov. 25 ep. That is all.
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
The song: Lorde, “Team”
The episode: “Man on the Moon” (1011)
The hook: The New Zealand breakout’s group-power hit accompanied an awesomely IDGAF April (Sarah Drew) — who fired her out-of-touch sisters/bridesmaids at her wedding shower and enlisted the ladies of Grey-Sloan Memorial . Wrapping up the hour, Kendrick Lamar’s “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst” played as Richard (James Pickens Jr.) bravely acknowledged his own alcoholism so Bailey (Chandra Wilson) would get help for her OCD. “Team” work, indeed.
Read Annie Barrett’s recap
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Santigold, “My Superman”
The episode: “The Cell” (509)
The hook: Stefan (Paul Wesley) rescued a suicidal Katherine (Nina Dobrev) on Nov. 28, and she returned the favor Thursday. Santigold’s sultry savior anthem underscored a life’s-worth-living makeout session between the sulky vamp and the now-mortal doppelgänger.
Read Mandi Bierly’s recap
THE BLACKLIST (NBC)*
The song: Pearl Jam, “Pendulum”
The episode: “Anslo Garrick, Part 2″ (110)
The hook: At the end of Monday’s midseason finale, Eddie Vedder’s plaintive lyrics (“Understand what we don’t know, this might pass, this might last…”) expressed Lizzie’s (Megan Boone) uncertainty about her bio-dad’s identity when Red (James Spader) absconded to the Big Apple and left her hanging — or should we say swinging?
Read Jodi Walker’s recap
SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)*
The song: Jamey Johnson, “You Are My Sunshine”
The episode: “You Are My Sunshine” (612)
The hook: This eerie “Sunshine” might just be ironic — signaling the darkness to come for SOA‘s characters in next week’s finale. And if ever there were a show that embraced the darkness, this is it.
Read Mandi Bierly’s recap
MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime)
The song: Sammy Salvo, “A Mushroom Cloud”
The episode: “Fallout” (110)
The hook: After an A-bomb drill exposed characters’ imploding lives in Sunday’s ep, the Birmingham-born songsmith’s woeful 1961 track fittingly equated the failure to achieve one’s dreams with nuclear annihilation.
THE MINDY PROJECT (Fox)
The song: Aaliyah, “Try Again”
The episode: “Christmas Party Sex Trap” (111)
The hook: With an unexpectedly thoughtful Secret Santa present for Dr. Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) on Tuesday, Danny (Chris Messina) showed off some seriously impressive moves — and made good for Dr. L’s own botched attempt at “Santa Baby” during an uncomfortable office holiday party (wine bra, Maria Menounos, and all).
Watch Messina get his groove on
The song: “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late),” originally by Alvin and the Chipmunks
The episode: “Previously Unaired Christmas” (508)
The hook: WTF was that?! On some occasions, you just need to let the cray-cray wash over you, enjoy the shirtless fella, and let Glee be.
Read Marc Snetiker’s recap
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