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!)
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HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
The song: Otis Redding, “Try a Little Tenderness”
The episode: “The Lighthouse” (908)
The hook: Robin (Cobie Smulders) may have been going through some wedding-related mama drama at the end of Monday’s ep, but it was delightful and drama-free for the series’ most important Mother (Cristin Milioti) when Ted (Josh Radnor) proposed in a huge payoff moment for fans that was set to soul star Redding’s 1966 classic.
Read Sandra Gonzalez’s recap and her exclusive clip of Bryan Cranston’s return, then check out James Hibberd’s video teaser of HIMYM’s upcoming all-rhyming episode
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (FX)*
The song: Dr. John, “Right Place Wrong Time”
The episode: “Burn, Witch. Burn!” (305)
The song: Myrtle (Frances Conroy) debatably had the right intentions, but she got mixed up with the wrong woman in Fiona (Jessica Lange), and Wednesday’s Coven closed with an ironic inclusion of the New Orleans funk man’s 1973 tune, which played as the flame-haired witch was set ablaze. Of course, that’s only after she spat out some scorching words to the girls of Miss Robichaux’s Academy: “You’re all a bunch of little toads in a pot Fiona is slowly bringing to boil. You won’t even feel it until it’s too late. I’d rather burn than boil.”
Read Darren Franich’s recap and Tim Stack’s exclusive post-mortem with creator Ryan Murphy
The song: The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today”
The episode: ”Icarus” (306)
The hook: Scandal bookended Thursday’s ep with the 1967 song, which played in flashback as 12-year-old Olivia (Yara Shahidi) bid her mother (Khandi Alexander) what would be their final goodbye, then in the ep’s tense final moments as grown-up Liv (Kerry Washington) confronted Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) about the mysterious, altogether fishy fact that her mother’s remains had shown up in a plane crash with ties to Operation Remington. The sense of inevitability implicit in the Brothers’ ticking time bomb of a song underlined the explosive nature of secrets in D.C. and in relationships – a fact that Liv now knows all too well… and yet keeps getting burned by.
Read Katie Atkinson’s recap
THE BLACKLIST (NBC)
The song: Sarah Blasko, “I Awake”
The episode: ”Frederick Barnes” (107)
The hook: Last week’s rift between Lizzy (Megan Boone) and Red (James Spader) had to be set aside on Monday’s Blacklist, but Blasko’s sultry-voiced, drum-thumping tune underscored their strained, dangerous, and strictly-by-necessity relationship: “I’m awake, and I’m not scared. Shoot an apple off my head.”
THE ORIGINALS (The CW)
The song: Phantogram, “Black Out Days”
The episode: ”Fruit of the Poisoned Tree” (106)
The hook: The Artic Monkeys had two tracks on this week’s Originals (“Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” and “RU Mine?”), but we’re as powerless to resist this sexy siren song as Rebekah (Claire Holt) was against the advances of Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) at the end of Tuesday night’s installment.
SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)*
The song: Maggie Siff, “Lullaby for a Soldier (Arms of the Angels)”
The episode: ”John 8:32” (609)
The hook: Tuesday’s SOA ended with quiet power in the form of the Dillon O’Brian-penned “Lullaby” that began, “May your dreams bring you peace in the darkest hours.” As Tara (Siff) sang the song to her son with Jax (Charlie Hunnam), the camera cut between shots of the show’s characters in their own darkest hours: Clay (Ron Perlman) in a psych ward and a straitjacket, Gemma (Katey Sagal) considering the consequences of exposing Tara’s miscarriage-faking to Jax, and Jax smoking completely alone at the clubhouse. Truly not a promising world for the baby to grow up… if he made it that far – when the camera returned to the singing Tara and panned down, she had a gun on her lap. Showrunner Kurt Sutter told Rolling Stone, “We wanted a song to convey the pain of a mother losing a son.” The song’s hopeful, soothing tone stood is stark contrast the the show’s ominous end note.
Read Mandi Bierly’s recap and her interview with showrunner Kurt Sutter
THE CARRIE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Yello, “Oh Yeah”
The episode: ”Express Yourself” (202)
The hook: The chicka-chick-ahhhhh-ing ’80s standard played during a particularly woozy sequence on Nov. 1 as a food poisoned Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) blew a writing program interview by blowing chunks. “Oh yeah”? More like “Oh no!”
HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
The song: Avicii, “You Make Me”
The episode: ”Kupouli ‘la (Broken)” (406)
The hook: The Swedish DJ’s second single from True went back to back with Enrique Iglesias’s party starter “Turn the Night Up” as McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) attended a gala on Nov. 1.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)*
The song: Sleigh Bells, “Bitter Rivals”
The episode: ”Handle With Care” (506)
The hook: Thursday’s ep was wrapped up with the Dum Dum Girls’ dreamy “Coming Down” (which Jukebox singled out in January 2012), but the ep was marked by a series of rollicking rockers. Twitter approved of two Fitz & The Tantrums cuts: “The Walker,” which played as Katherine (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) had their way with Dr. Maxfield (Rick Cosnett), draining his blood of vervain so they could compel him, then “Spark” played as the all-too-human Katherine hilariously stuffed her face with hors d’oeuvres at a party. Still, if you’re going to rock, you better rock from the start, and that’s where “Rivals” came into play, kick-starting the ep from minute one.
Read Mandi Bierly’s recap
The song: Bob Dylan, “I Threw It All Away”
The episode: ”Speaking of Baggage” (507)
The hook: Twitter fans enjoyed Tyson Ritter’s in-studio performance of “Air” on Thursday and Sharon Van Etten assisted on Pickwick’s “Lady Luck,” but a regret-tinged ending sequence featuring Drew (Miles Heizer) and Zeke (Craig T. Nelson) touched on how both Braverman men were wasting opportunities to fight for the women they love.
MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime)*
The song: Sarah Vaughan, “My Funny Valentine”
The episode: ”Brave New World” (106)
The hook: After an attempt to reconnect with her infertile hubby failed on Sunday, Libby (Caitlin Fitzgerald) suffered the indignity of a come-on by a silver-haired seducer Morris (Barry Bostwick), who tried to bed Libby with his wife just on the other side of the wall. “She likes to listen,” he said unctuously. Nope. Not “Funny” at all.
HART OF DIXIE (The CW)
The song: The Head and the Heart, “Another Story”
The episode: ”How Do You Like Me Now?” (305)
The hook: Shipping various iterations of Zwade, Zoel, and zo on may have been the primary occupation for BlueBell’s citizens on Monday, but it was perhaps TV’s mellowest “It’s not you, it’s me (but, yeah, it’s kind of you)” speech ever that stood out. Set to the Seattle indie rockers’ mellow track, George (Scott Porter) visited Lynly (Antoinette Robertson) to tell her he’d need some time before hitting the market again. If any girl could choose how a romantic shrug-off should go, they’d choose this moment, this song. Not that that the persistent, nudity-prone Lynly is accepting George’s emotional restraining order, mind you, but we’ll give the guy credit for class.
THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
The song: Sharon Van Etten, “Serpents”
The episode: “Indifference” (404)
The hook: The Brooklyn singer-songwriter’s first of two music-on-TV moments this week explored the insidious nature of mind over matter and perception. It was a fitting accompaniment to the end of Sunday’s Dead as Rick (Andrew Lincoln) ousted Carol (Melissa McBride) on the grounds that the group wouldn’t abide by Carol’s decision to kill and burn two flu-afflicted zombies-in-wait among their group.
Read Maricela Gonzalez’s recap, then listen to Dalton Ross’s EW Radio interview with McBride and check out his Q&A with showrunner Scott Gimple
REIGN (The CW)
The song: Nik Ammar & Oliver Jackson, “Blame”
The episode: ”Hearts and Minds” (104)
The hook: Need a Mumford & Sons fix? Reign’s rootsy soundtrack reliably churns out banjo-tastic tracks including this foot-stomper, which played over a bit of girl talk Thursday, as well as Matthew and the Atlas’s homespun harmonies in “I Followed Fires.”
THE GOLDBERGS (ABC)
The song: Run-DMC, “It’s Tricky”
The episode: ”Call Me When You Get There” (107)
The hook: Thanks to a sing-along by Barry (Troy Gentile) on Tuesday, we’ve officially got a new car-aoke jam.
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (The CW)
The song: Oliver, “Control (Nom De Strip Remix)”
The episode: “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (105)
The hook: Like its cousin series Arrow, The Tomorrow People has been consistently peppering its episodes with up-tempo thumpers, and our iPods are grateful. In addition to “Control,” Wednesday’s ep featured “Let the Beat Control Your Body” by Brodinski feat. Louisahhh! and “Comet” from Hey Champ feat. BeuKes. What are you waiting for. Get your cardio on, Jukeboxers!
Read Samantha Highfill’s interview with star Madeleine Mantock
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