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 song: “Don’t Stop Believin'”
The episode: “New Directions” (513)
The hook: As Glee transitions to a New York-set season 6, some charter characters inevitably have say goodbye. Tuesday marked Matthew Morrison’s final episode, and the full New Directions crew reunited to serve up a musical salute with this sentimental favorite that put Glee on the map. Oh Will Schuester, we (sort of) hate to see you go, but we love to watch you leave. (There was also love on Twitter for the reworked original “Loser Like Me.”)
Read Jodi Walker’s recap
The song: Michael Penn, “Good Girl Down”
The episode: “Two Planes” (312)
The hook: After a couple of rollicking numbers in the last two weeks — Jessa (Jemima Kirke) danced away her sobriety boredom to Lee Moses’s “Bad Girl (Part 1)” on March 16, and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) tore up her apartment to Punch’s “Do It Yourself” after finding out her ex and one-time bestie had slept together — Sunday’s season 3 finale ended on an optimistic note. Despite maybe getting dumped by Adam (Adam Driver), Hannah (Lena Dunham) couldn’t help but smile at the thought of her life opening up to new possibilities. With this midtempo charmer, Penn (also the show’s composer) affirmed Hannah’s character and her path forward.
Read Darren Franich’s reaction to the finale, Jeff Jensen’s season 3 review, and Hillary Busis’s chat with star Allison Williams
THE ORIGINALS (The CW)
The song: Battle Tapes, “Feel the Same”
The episode: “Moon Over Bourbon Street” (117)
The hook: March 18 saw yet another epic Originals shindig — the show is set in notorious party town New Orleans, after all — and the L.A. synth rockers set the mood with this danceable single.
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap
BEING HUMAN (Syfy)*
The song: Stumbleine feat. CoMa, “The Beat My Heart Skips”
The episode: “Oh Don’t You Die For Me” (410)
The hook: This transatlantic collaboration closed out Being Human‘s March 17 ep as Aidan (Sam Witwer) learned about Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) feelings for him. Things picked up on Monday as the vamp and the ghost engaged in a little supernatural fraternization to The Mary Onettes’ New Wave-y “Lost.”
STAR-CROSSED (The CW)
The song: Novie, “Kites”
The episode: “Dreamers Often Lie” (105)
The hook: Whether or not you’re Team Emerson, the March 17 kiss between Grayson (Grey Damon) and Emery (Aimee Teegarden) definitely got the blood pumping thanks to Dido-esque songbird Novie’s sultry accompaniment.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Laurel, “Fire Breather”
The episode: “While You Were Sleeping” (516)
The hook: Hot hot hot! Sparks flew between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) even as they broke up — again — on March 20. This Thursday, they radiated more heat as Damon whispered sexy nothings to Elena over the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”
Read Mandi Bierly’s recap
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)*
The song: Sam Smith, “How Will I Know”
The episode: “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” (1016)
The hook: The Grey’s ’80s cover hit parade has been rocking Thursday nights for several weeks. Jukebox’s followers on Twitter were especially fond of this week’s SNL musical guest Sam Smith’s Whitney Houston cover on March 20.
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap
REIGN (The CW)*
The song: Roman Remains, “Influence and Atlas”
The episode: “Monsters” (116)
The hook: Alan Van Sprang has been on a roll lately as sexually insatiable sadist King Henry. Onetwo’s “Bitter and Sick” stood out, underscoring Henry’s voyeuristic titillation while watching mistress Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) with another woman on March 20. This Thursday, Henry found his match in servant-turned-queen-for-a-day Penelope (Kathryn Prescott), who put a red scarf to sensual use to a throbbing track by London duo Roman Remains. With sexual proclivities on the 50 Shades spectrum, it seems highly likely Penelope’s “Influence” will grow. (Bonus: Laura Jansen’s collaboration with Ed Harcourt, “A Call to Arms,” gave fans of Rossif Sutherland’s Sexy Nostradamus a fodder as he share a balcony kiss with Olivia, played by Yael Grobglas.)
Read Samantha Highfill’s recap and her Q&A with Van Sprang
The song: “Nothing Else Matters,” originally by Metallica
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: There was plenty of tweet, tweet love for the children’s choir cover of the metal gods’ 1992 power ballad, which closed out the series’ debut ep on March 16.
SWITCHED AT BIRTH (ABC Family)*
The song: Kyler England, “Battle Cry”
The episode: “Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows” (311)
The hook: Nothing heals a bruised ego like some outdoor lovin’. After Emmett (Sean Berdy) was humiliated and beaten up on camera Monday, Bay (Vanessa Marano) found him in the park and professed she still loved him. Cue England’s sexytimes music.
The song: Bruno Mars, “Count On Me”
The episode: “Catch and Release” (308)
The hook: After Lisa’s (Allie Grant) proposal attempt — which involved a family-style karaoke rendition of The Pointer Sisters’ 1983 hit “Jump (for My Love)” — didn’t go over as well as she’d hoped, Malik (Maestro Harrell) redeemed himself with a literally choreographed, so-sweet-we-cried lip-synch proposal to Mars’ romantic ditty.
The song: Angus Stone, “Broken Brights”
The episode: “Heartburn” (314)
The hook: Thursday’s ep closed with the Aussie strummer’s wistful tune. Star Rick Hoffman summed up the final scenes, saying, “The whole montage — to me, that encompasses Suits. It’s just so well done in every aspect. Without words, it shows the relationships, how defined they are and how interesting. And just the use of music and then how it ends with Donna coming back into Harvey’s office telling him to call Scottie…. You once again go, ‘Wow, I’m a part of something so solid and so good.'”
Read Mandi Bierly’s postmortem with Hoffman
The song: Joshua Radin, “Underwater”
The episode: “Fraud Alert” (519)
The hook: Radin’s ode to escaping life’s troubles, also the title track to his 2012 album, kicked off Thursday’s closing montage as Adam (Peter Krause) took bullied son Max (Max Burkholder) for an uplifting surfing session.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
The song: Robin Sparkles, “Sandcastles in the Sand (Piano Version)”
The episode: “The End of the Aisle” (922)
The hook: The beloved series’ penultimate episode aired Monday, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) exchanged vows in a moving montage to Pearl Jam’s “Future Days,” which Jukebox shouted out last October. But it was Robin’s walk down the aisle — a nod to her Canadian teen pop star past — that was vintage HIMYM.
Read Sandra Gonzalez’s recap and Erin Strecker’s thoughts on HIMYM‘s best phrases, then check out EW’s picks for HIMYM’s 50 best episodes and weigh in with your personal top 10
TEEN WOLF (MTV)*
The song: Whitaker, “My Own”
The episode: “The Divine Move” (324)
The hook: Tweeters name-checked Mourning Rituals’ cover of “Bad Moon Rising,” which Jukebox spotlighted when it played out The Following season premiere back in January; we also dug Melbourne trio Whitaker’s understated track, which played through an emotional montage in Monday’s season finale.
THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)*
The song: A.C. Newman, “Be Not So Fearful”
The episode: “Us” (415)
The hook: While The Ink Spots’ 1940 piano tinkler “Maybe” was used to haunting effect in the opener of March 16’s controversial episode, “The Grove,” this Sunday’s closing moments seemed uncharacteristically hopeful as the first group of survivors reached Terminus. We have to wonder if Newman’s serene cover of ’70s singer-songwriter Bill Fay’s song was an ironic music choice. (Dalton Ross’s theory about what exactly Terminus mother hen Mary (Denise Crosby) was cooking up certainly suggests as much.)
Read Maricela Gonzalez’s recap, find out more of Dalton’s theories, check out Darren Franich and Jeff Labrecque’s chat about who will die in Sunday’s finale, and watch star Norman Reedus take EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test
*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to @TwiCaster2110,
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