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!)
TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO)
The song: The Hat feat. Father John Misty & S.I. Istwa, “The Angry River”
The episode: “Form and Void” (108)
The hook: Though Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart (Woody Harrelson) escaped a house of horrors on Detective‘s ratings-busting finale, this haunting T Bone Burnett-penned original, which played over season 1’s end credits, proved the future wouldn’t be all light over dark for these two.
Read Jeff Jensen’s review as well as his postmortem with creator Nic Pizzolato, check out Darren Franich’s reaction to the finale, and listen to some casting ideas for season 2
THE ORIGINALS (The CW)*
The song: NONONO, “Down Under (Acoustic Version)”
The episode: “Farewell to Storyville” (116)
The hook: Tuesday saw an emotional farewell between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his sister/sworn enemy Rebekah (Claire Holt). The scene — and its accompanying track by the Jukebox favorites — mirrored the surprise sadness the next morning when Holt abruptly announced that she’d be leaving the freshman series. Cheer up, though, Originals OGs! By hour’s end, there was a new boss in town — a suddenly innervated Elijah (Daniel Gillies) — and an appropriately epic track, Augustines’ “Walkabout,” to introduce his ascent.
Read Samantha Highfill’s react
The song: Arthur Russell, “I Couldn’t Say It to Your Face”
The episode: “Looking in the Mirror” (108)
The hook: Following an ill-advised dalliance with his boss on March 9 — which was itself set to Holy Ghost!’s “Do It Again” and Lindstrøm & Christabelle’s “Music in My Mind” — Patrick (Jonathan Groff) felt the resonance of late folkie Russell’s rueful lyric “I needed space” — his estranged boyfriend, Richie (Raúl Castillo), had said those same words just hours before.
Read Tim Stack’s postmortem with creator Michael Lannan
The song: Lo-Fang, “When We’re Fire”
The episode: “Payback” (314)
The hook: Electro-R&B breakout — and one of EW’s 14 to Watch in 2014 — Matthew Hemerlein made a personal appearance on Sunday’s Revenge, lending a “Fire”-y ambience to and also performing his dance-floor-ready “Animal Urges” at a birthday party for Charlotte (Christa B. Allen).
THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)*
The song: Lee DeWyze, “Blackbird’s Song”
The episode: “Alone” (413)
The hook: As the episode title suggested, Sunday’s Dead pondered the toll — and danger — of solitude. Bookending the episode with shots of Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) plodding along train tracks, underscored by the words “No more crying, dear” from American Idol‘s season 9 winner DeWyze — who happens to be a Walking Dead superfan and wrote “Blackbird” with the show in mind. That said, an uneasy alliance between Daryl (Norman Reedus) and biker gang leader Joe (Jeff Kober), which was also forged over the song’s bereft fiddle instrumentation, showed that not all company is preferable. As the show’s disparate groups head to Terminus before the March 30 season finale, we’ll see how that all plays out. (Bonus! Tweeters also dug star Emily Kinney’s piano rendition of Waxahatchee’s “Be Good.”)
Read Maricela Gonzalez’s recap
The song: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” originally by U2
The episode: “City of Angels” (511)
The hook: Jukeboxers on Twitter gave a shout out to Throat Explosions’ mash-up of Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” and OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” anchored by Pitch Perfect fave Skylar Astin — who just so happened to share the Broadway stage with Glee‘s own Lea Michele in Spring Awakening way back when. However, the old-school Gleek in us has to give the hat tip to the New Directions’ tear-jerking-yet-triumphant tribute to their late leader Finn Hudson (played by Michele’s former flame Cory Monteith, who passed away unexpectedly last summer and was movingly honored last October in “The Quarterback”). The Lima collective chose to defend their Nationals title with a Finn-centric lineup, and while it didn’t compare to the polish of their competitors, it was all heart. And those us of watching were all sobs.
Read Jodi Walker’s recap
STAR-CROSSED (The CW)*
The song: Lightning Dust, “Diamond”
The episode: “And Left No Friendly Drop” (104)
The hook: Atrian interloper Sophia (Brina Palencia) showed off her swimming skills Monday to the Vancouver indie duo’s synth-sual song. Its placid vibe belied the tension stirring between Sophia and the human teammates she hoped to have. (In a nice bit of synchronicity, the official video for “Diamond” is appropriately aquatic.) After the swimmers’ rivals showed them the error of their internal tension, the high schoolers took a victory lap to Grouplove’s “Lovely Cup.” (Bonus: Jukebox’s Twitter fans dug the closing scenes to James Blunt’s “Facing the Sun.”)
The song: Meg Myers, “Desire”
The episode: “Long Ride Home” (1417)
The hook: Kiss frontman Gene Simmons may have guested on Wednesday’s CSI, but it was Finn (Elisabeth Shue) who rock ‘n’ rolled while matching up finger prints to Myers’ moody thrummer.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABC Family)
The song: Little Daylight, “Name in Lights”
The episode: “Unbridled” (423)
The hook: Sparks flew between Hannah (Ashley Benson) and Travis (Luke Kleintank) Tuesday after he provided a distraction for Mrs. DiLaurentis (Andrea Parker). Hannah rewarded her partner in snooping with a kiss to the Brooklyn trio’s sultry, ethereal single.
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap
The song: Grimes, “Vanessa”
The episode: “Unbelievable” (1324)
The hook: Degrassi has confronted literally hundreds of issues during its 12 super-seasons, but Tuesday’s hour-long ep was especially wrenching as Zoë (Ana Golja) learned she’d been sexually assaulted while blackout drunk. Grimes’ gut-wrenching song played as she watched a video that her rapists had filmed in the act, and Sarah Bareilles’ “Brave” — a request by Jukebox followers on Twitter — closed out the arc as Zoë refused to bow down to the pressure and shame imposed upon her by her schoolmates and an unlikely ally emerged in Becky (Sarah Fisher), the sister of one of Zoë’s attackers. They had a choice — “You can be the outcast or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love, or you can start speaking up” — and their decision was clear… and it was wholeheartedly supported by those who mattered.
REIGN (The CW)
The song: Active Child, “Johnny Belinda”
The episode: “Dirty Laundry” (114)
The hook: Newlyweds Mary (Adelaide Kane) and Francis (Toby Regbo) opened Thursday on a high note as Tom Odell’s romantic, optimistic “Grow Old With Me” played during their ride back to the French court. The honeymoon was over by the end of the hour, though as Mary learned her best friend was pregnant after a dalliance with Francis, and Active Child’s anguished tune played through a sleepless night where she struggled to accept the new complexities of her life. Bonus! Speaking of sleepless nights, Gabrielle Aplin and Bastille’s “Dreams” played as King Henry (Alan Van Sprang) literally sexed a woman to death — well, technically she fell out a window, but his vigorous… uh… amorousness got her to that window in the first place.
Read Samantha Highfill’s react
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The CW)*
The song: Vancouver Sleep Clinic, “Vapour”
The episode: “About Last Night” (216)
The hook: VinCat shippers, you now have an official love theme — or two! Monday’s ep showed a montage of the back-on lovers scored to the Aussie (not Canadian!) threesome’s swoon-inducing tune. And speaking of scoring, Beauty called back to last May’s “Date Night” with a repeat play of Foy Vance and Ed Sheeran’s “Guiding Light,” which saw Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Cat (Kristin Kreuk) reignite their flame from night ’til morn.
THE AMERICANS (FX)
The song: Peter Gabriel, “Here Comes the Flood”
The episode: “The Walk In” (203)
The hook: It’s not the first time FX’s Cold War drama has used Peter Gabriel to great effect. And the “Flood” in question on Wednesday’s ep would be lies, lies, lies — from Elizabeth (Keri Russell) withholding a late comrade’s letter of confession to her children and Paige (Holly Taylor) sneaking out to blab some more with a new friend about her parental suspicions to Nina (Annet Mahendru) continuing to share intel about Stan (Noah Emmerich) despite his profession of love. Whether spies and spy-adjacents, they were all, as Gabriel put it in 1977, members of “the jaded underworld” where there’s “no point in direction, [they] cannot even choose a side.”
BATES MOTEL (A&E)*
The song: The Amazing, “The Strangest Thing”
The episode: “Shadow of a Doubt” (202)
The hook: After plenty of musical-theater fare — Norma (Vera Farmiga) belting out Cabaret‘s “Maybe This Time,” anybody? — Monday’s Motel ended on a melancholy note as Norman (Freddie Highmore) said goodbye to Bradley (Nicola Peltz) and withdrew further into himself.
ABOUT A BOY (NBC)
The song: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, “I’ve Got You”
The episode: “About a Godfather” (103)
The hook: Holcomb’s mellow vibe helped remedy a (literally) crappy situation on Tuesday when Will (David Walton) was left to care for his friends’ young children. Let’s just say everything came out all right — and Will grew up a little in the process.
THE NEIGHBORS (ABC)
The song: Simon Templeman and Toks Olagundoye, “Balle Balle”
The episode: “Balle Balle” (217)
The hook: Larry (Templeman) and Jackie (Olagundoye) decided to go full Bollywood for an Indian wedding on March 7, resulting in this singing-and-dancing spectacular — their very personal gift for the newlyweds. The song was so silly and infectious, Marty (Lenny Venito) and Debbie (Jami Gertz) even got in on the action!
*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to
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