The soundtrack is the lifeblood of any show or movie that keeps the rhythm and enhances the emotional impact. Yet it is often overlooked and underappreciated by viewers.
In the words of renowned German film score composer and music producer Hans Zimmer, who has contributed to hundreds of blockbuster hit movies such as the Pirates of the Caribbean Series, Gladiator, The Lion King, The Da Vinci Code, and Sherlock Holmes,
Have you skimmed through the newest movies, renewed shows, re-runs of all-time classic favorite shows, scoured streaming services for new spy-thrillers, horror, and action-drama content? Are you having trouble deciding what to watch next? What could be better than combining your love for music and TV?
It’s time to step up your game when watching enjoyable content and appreciate every aspect, for instance, soundtracks. For a music buff, nothing is as satisfying as discovering a new show with an ear-turning, fabulous soundtrack. When words are unspoken, music steps in and fills the storyline void. Understanding a scene, performance, and curating the perfect soundtrack for it is an art. The right song can elevate any show, enhancing the mood, atmosphere, and emotions, leaving you spellbound and forever etched in your mind.
We have put together a list of our favorite soundtrack playlists, sure to make you tap your feet, feel the love, or clutch tissues after a good cry. Just wait, you’ll thank us later.
Euphoria captivated audiences with its dazzling visuals, dark, compelling plotlines, and outstanding natural performances, among other factors. What made it stand out to us the most was its incredible soundtrack, and we are not alone in that opinion. Remember ‘All of Us’ from the season 1 finale, encapsulating one of the most heartbreakingly moving segments of the TV series? We cannot blame ourselves for having high expectations for season 2.
The award-winning record producer, singer, and composer Labrinth curated a seamless fusion of original compositions and contemporary songs, resulting in a powerful atmospheric soundtrack. It perfectly captured the essence of each character and allowed them to express themselves to the audience.
The soundtrack has a wide array of genres and artists spanning Billie Eilish, Laura Les, INXS, Lana Del Rey, A$AP Ferg, 2Pac, Ennio Morricone, Zendaya herself, and many more. With its unique blend of vocal chops, beats, chord progressions, instrumentals, hip-hop, traps, and R&B songs, this soundtrack is unmissable and captures almost every emotion in the human experience.
The Bold Type
The soundtrack of The Bold Type does justice to its title. Inspiring and audacious, it complements the show in every way. It’s jam-packed with bangers and has everything you need to get pumped up, fall in love, or start grooving immediately.
You’ll find a good mix of songs from different genres, including Selena Gomez, Lizzo, Courtney Barnett, K.Flay, G. Flip, Astrid S, BLACKPINK, Galantis, Wild Belle, Betty Who, and Hannah Georgas. We absolutely adore jamming to this 21-hour-long playlist and feeling all the feels.
Ahead of the Succession’s remarkable success, we’ve been catching up on the latest season while enjoying its eclectic soundtrack, curated by Nicholas Britell, which encompasses multiple genres and moods. The music incorporates killer piano chords, sultry guitar strings, infectious, vibrant drumbeats, and effervescent melodies guaranteed to make you melt and take your breath away. Here is the luring playlist you won’t want to miss:
As we listen to this soundtrack, we go back down memory lane to the 70s and 80s classic tunes that evoke strong nostalgia. It mixes synth-pop, edgier tunes, whispers, and eerie sound effects to match the show’s intense vibe adroitly. The tracks run the gamut from Madonna and Don McLean to featured artists like Kyle Dixon, Micheal Stein, Gabriella Pizzolo, The Clash, Corey Hart, Olivia Newton-John, to name a few.
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies didn’t just gain a large viewership, but it also garnered attention for its impressive soundtrack. The playlist has something for everyone, so we are sure that you will find a few favorites to enjoy. It’s the perfect summer playlist to jam and just lay down in the sun, sipping your martini and relaxing.
It features the legendary Elvis Presley, Frank Ocean, Fleetwood Mac, Diana Ross, Leon Bridges, Sufjan Stevens, Willie Nelson, Golden Boy, Michael Kiwanuka, Charles Bradley, and Otis Redding. Do you still have any lingering doubts?
This Is Us
From the opening theme track, ‘This Is Us’ by Siddharth Khosla, to the brilliant, star-studded line-up featuring on the mesmerizing background score to this widely beloved TV series, This Is Us, the show has a lot to offer, and music plays a significant role. Powerful and captivating, it will tickle and satisfy every musical taste bud, and you won’t regret listening to it.
This enthralling, delightful 14-hour playlist will take you through their lives. It will leave you enchanted with the best songs performed by music icons like Sufjan Stevens, Lizzo, The Rolling Stones, Lorde, Bread, The National, Blue Swede, Joshua Greenwood, Cyndi Lauper, Alicia Walter, Nina Simone, KALEO, and many more. Do you still want more? Just check out the playlist.
The widely acclaimed TV show Gossip Girl thrived in the fashion world with its chic, brightest, and trendiest fashionable trends. But you may not have realized that it also made a splash in the music world, thanks to its diverse, eclectic soundtrack. It’s so good you’ll blow away and swoon over in a heartbeat.
The soundtrack kicks off strong and sets an impressive bar with ‘Young Folks’ by Peter Bjorn and John. The score spans The XX, Lana Del Ray, Janelle Monae, Gotye, Sum 41, Robyn, The Pretty Reckless to Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Akon, Rebounder, among many others. Each song back-to-back playing in the background surrounds the storyline, weaving with adrenaline-inducing drama, making you want to tap your feet or grab tissues, whether for happy or sad tears.
Cobra Kai, an EMMY-nominated and critically acclaimed martial arts dramedy, is the sequel to the renowned, original Karate Kid film series. Not only does Cobra Kai captures the essence of the original series on screen, but its enchanting, foot-tapping music score brings nostalgic memories flooding back from the past. Musical spice permeates every episode throughout the series, and you can feel the richness of musical flavors evoking the sense of grandeur.
A diverse blend of rock n’ roll, pop, and R&B, complemented by classic, soaring melodies, vintage harmonies, ear-pleasing symphonies, enhances the musical scenery of the show. Get your hands on the playlist below and check out songs by rock icons like Poison, Def Leppard, and AC/DC to modern hit-makers like Bruno Mars and YUNGBLUD; your choices are endless.
We have lauded the acclaimed TV series Sex Education for its educational value, heartwarming narrative, and depiction of realistic scenarios around diversity, sex, sexuality, and relationships. But the soundtrack is just as noteworthy and simply excellent, with an array of tracks to suit every mood. The playlist spans nine hours and thirty minutes and features hit songs from various genres by household music icons. It compels you to travel back in time to reminisce about struggles while growing up, high school, relationships, first crush, and first heartbreak to songs oozing with an oomph factor.
Tune in to the playlist below and enjoy the sounds of The Beach Boys, Al Green, The Replacements, Britney Spears, Rod Stewart, Sugar Ray, Blink-182, Katy Perry, Drake, The Velvet Underground, Fleetwood Mac, Ezra Furman, Ann Peebles, King Khan, and Billy Ocean. Whether you want to escape the crowds and enjoy the solitude or amp up the heat in the summer, you know where to go.
Keeping Eve is one of our favorite dark comedy spy thrillers that had us flipping back every episode to SHAZAM to know the background score that sounded so impressive, riveting, and thrilling. Besides robust characters and an engaging plotline, the series’ soundtrack is also a defining element in creating a stellar backdrop leaving you humming.
David Holmes composed the excellent soundtrack with his alternative-indie influences from the trio, Unloved. The music is female-driven, infused with folk sounds from various terrains, combined with power, darkness, and a dash of humor that elevates the sonic world of TV series. It allows us to visualize the characters in alternative scenarios when looking through the soundtrack’s lens, giving us a deeper insight into their worlds, flowing freely.
The Righteous Gemstones
The Righteous Gemstones is a dark comedy crime drama TV series on HBO about the world-famous Gemstone family, unraveling their darkest secrets, greed, and sins since it premiered in 2019. The series never ceases to entertain, with the latest season finding the Gemstones fighting off outsiders and past demons who wish to destroy their empire.
Joseph Stevens is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter behind the series’ soundtrack. His original song, ‘Misbehavin’,’ became a smash hit in Season 1 and topped every music buff’s playlist. He followed up its success by creating a 50-track, massive soundscape collection encompassing an array of sonic vibrations and textures that reflect the musical roots of the Gemstone family.
Joseph’s eclectic and contemporary style combined unique piano arrangements, deep rich textures, vibrant melodic presence, synth-heavy instruments, rich chord progressions, choir voices, hushed tones, original hymns, and Christian Rock parodies. The album sound score is a seamless fusion of vocal contributions from Joe Jonas, Jennifer Nettles, Edi Patterson, Danny McBride, Adam DeVine, Walton Goggins, to name just a few.
The second season of the critically acclaimed animated Apple TV+’s original musical series, Central Park, continues to explore Owen Tillerman’s world. During our wanderings around their world watching the show, the gorgeous, breathtaking soundscape blew our minds away and entranced our souls, complemented by a star-studded cast.
Contributing vocalists include Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Stanley Tucci, Aparna Nancherla, Billy Porter, Catherine O’Hara, Ellie Kemper, and Naomi Ekperigin. With songs such as ‘You are the Music,’ ‘A Walk In The Park,’ ‘I’m Bad (At Being Bad),’ ‘Light The Match,’ and ‘Clean Money’ (written by Michael Bublé and Alan Chang), the soundscape will not disappoint you so take a listen. Take a listen to one hour and eighteen minutes of heavenly, uplifting music that will surely make your ears tingle.
There are 375 songs in this playlist that will keep you entertained for an entire day. It revolved around the legendary hotshot Manhattan lawyer, Harvey Specter, his excellent protégé with eidetic memory, Mike Ross, intelligent, soft-hearted Louis Litt, and his secretary turned COO turned girlfriend, Donna Paulsen.
But aside from winning in courtrooms, this best closer in New York city possessed unmatched musical taste enriched with classics. The soundtrack includes infectious gems theme song ‘Greenback Boogie,’ ‘Carry It On’ by Racing Glaciers, ‘All of Me’ by John Legend, and a good mesh of rock and roll, soul, indie-rock, gritty riffs, and instrumentals that will leave a lasting impression.
From iconic quotes to songs to 90s fashion trends to incredible acting, tear-jerking stories, and puns that make you laugh until your stomach hurts, Friends possesses all the elements and ingredients in the right amount for a winning formula. That is why it became a favorite show among generations. But apart from having the best of Chandler, Joey, Ross, Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel, the show has a fabulous soundtrack that fits the mood perfectly, making us hum along.
From the ultimate U2 anthem, ‘With or Without You,’ to the infamous proposal with ‘Wonderful Tonight,’ and of course the theme track by The Rembrandts, ‘I’ll Be There For You,2 a true friendship anthem, it has it all. Just remember, I will be there for you, even when the rain starts to pour.
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