8 TV Shows to Watch Just for the Soundtrack

There’s nothing quite like finding a new show that also has a banger soundtrack. The right song can elevate a scene to the point where you get goosebumps and the memory is etched in your brain forever. For example, in the final scene of Flea bag season two, The Priest (Andrew Scott) walks away from the bus stop and leaves Fleabag (Phoebe Waller Bridge) heartbroken and alone. When Alabama Shakes”This Feeling” begins to play, the episode becomes a masterpiece.

Related: 10 Best Movie Soundtracks 2021, RankedWe live in the golden age of television and with that comes some pretty epic soundtracks. Thanks to the many streaming services, we are also inundated with content options. Even if you don’t like the show, a good soundtrack can make you feel like at least you’ve discovered some great new music.

Sex education


The cast of Sex Education

Sex education is incredibly smart in the way it blends fashion and pop culture trends to appeal to an international audience and the soundtrack is no exception. There’s something for everyone, from a mix of classics like The Velvet Underground “Pale Blue Eyes” and by Wang Chung”Dance Hall Days” has great new covers like by Ezra Furman “I can change”.

While each episode features a memorable musical moment, one of the most iconic has to be in the third episode of season three when Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) rocks in his room to Todrick Hall’s “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels”. However, you cannot talk about the Sex education soundtrack without mentioning one of the most talked about TV scenes of 2021, the very sexually explicit opening montage of season three which will take place The Rubinoos “I think we are alone now.”

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Euphoria


Zendaya in Euphoria purple haze

The HBO series has taken the world by storm with its aesthetic appeal, gritty plots, and critically acclaimed performances, and that’s not all. the Zendaya The teen-directed drama also garnered attention for its incredible soundtrack featuring a number of original songs from the shows composer. Labrinthone of which won him a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Original Score and Lyrics. of the Labrinth The award-winning ballad “All of Us” closes out the first season in what’s being hailed as one of the show’s most heartbreaking scenes to date.

Related: Euphoria’s Most Confusing Plots So Far, RankedThe way that Euphoria uses music to develop its characters can only be described as a triumph. This can be seen in “03 Bonnie and Clydewhen Kat (Barbie Ferreira) enters the mall to by Billie Eilish “you should see me in a crown” and later in season two’s “Out Of Touch” when Lexi (Maude Apatow) goes to meet Fez (Angus cloud) and At Laura Les “Haunted” rumbled through his headphones. Other featured artists include, INXS, lana Delete Ray, A$AP Ferg and many others.


The fat guy


Kat, Sutton and Jane sit in The Bold Type's closet

Bold characters the soundtrack is full of banger after banger, each as inspiring as the show itself. Perfect for when you need to feel motivated, it features powerful artists such as Lizzo, Courtney Barnett, K. Flay and Selena Gomez.

G Flip’s “I Am Not Afraid” closes season four with one of the show’s most powerful scenes as Jane (Katie Stevens) checks into the hospital for a preventative double mastectomy, but who could forget the super sweet moment when Sutton (Megann Fahy) and Richard (Sam Page) say “yes” to Astrid S’ “Favorite part of me”.

big little lies


The cast of Big Little Lies on the beach

the big little lies The soundtrack is as important to the story as the characters themselves. Joan (Shailene Woodley) throughout the series for by Martha Wainwright “Bloody Mother F***king A**hole” tells us more about her character’s mental state than any dialogue. Magdalene (Reese Witherspoon) and Ed (Adam Scott) dance to Leon Bridges’ “River” tells viewers everything they need to know about their wedding.

The music in big little lies the first season builds as the tension builds, until it culminates in the final episode with a series of character performances at a school event that provides some of the show’s most memorable moments. . This includes a haunting cover of by Elvis Presley “Don’t” performed by Zoe Kravitz like Bonny. The soundtrack also includes the likes of Charles Bradley, MacFleetwood, Neil Young, The villagersand Alabama shakes.

master of nothing


Denise Thanksgiving coffee with her mom

by Aziz Ansari Emmy Awards series, master of nothing features an eclectic soundtrack that includes music from around the world. The second season begins in Italy and is a feast for the senses with visually stunning scenery, delicious food and lots of upbeat Italian music by artists such as Mine, Ennio Morriconeand Pino D’Angio.

“Thanksgiving” features some of the best music from all three seasons. The episode centers on Denise (Lena Waithe) and his family as they celebrate Thanksgiving past and present. Viewers are treated to various RnB classics like D’Angelo’s “Brown sugar”. Another soundtrack highlight comes in season three when Denise and Alicia (Naomi Akkie) dance on At Nina Simone’s “Who knows where time goes”.

Dickinson


Emily Dickinson and Death sit in Death's carriage

the Dickinson the soundtrack is a character in itself, the lyrics are just as important to the script as the dialogue. The juxtaposition between the era and modern music is what makes this show so interesting.

There is perhaps no song more fitting for a scene than by Billie Eilish “bury a friend” which plays for the first time as Death (Wiz Khalifa) comes into play. At Noga Erez “Off The Radar” gets its money’s worth with lyrics like “listen to me, nobody sees me, nobody” playing Emily (Hailee Steinfeld) unwittingly draws water from the well for his family. Other soundtrack highlights include Lizzo, Ecca vandaland A$AP Rocky.


CO


The cast of The OC

No soundtrack list would be complete without including CO The music was as iconic as the show itself and captured the hearts of a generation. who can forget by Jeff Buckley “Alleluiastar in the Season 1 finale as Ryan (Ben McKenzie) leaves Orange County, Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) cries in his sheets and Seth (Adam Brody) flies away towards sunset. Or even more heartbreaking, when the song plays again in “The Graduates”, performed this time by Imogen Heapas Ryan says “goodbye” to a dying Marissa Cooper (Micha Barton).

The show spawned six soundtrack albums over its four seasons, each of which featured a range of independent artists around the world as well as some of the era’s biggest hits. the CO soundtrack is a musical time capsule for millennials with everything from The killers’ “Smile Like You Mean It” at Youth groups “Forever Young” and The Dandy Warhols “We were friends” to name a few.


better things


A selfie of the cast of Better Things

Every scene in better things feels thoughtful and purposeful, and the soundtrack is an essential part of that. The music throughout the series acts as a device to evoke the human emotion of each scene as much as possible. “Graduation” is a one-episode rollercoaster starring Max (Mikey Madison) experiences all the feelings that come with graduating from school and is once again disappointed in her father. It ends however on a huge high with Sam (Pamela Adlon) and the rest of the family performing a well-rehearsed dance to Christine and the Queens “Tilted” as a gift to Max is a great goosebumps moment and one of the best scenes in the series.

There are too many brilliant little musical moments to count in the first four seasons. The one that really stands out is in the Season 1 finale when the crew sings in the car to by Alice Cooper “Only women bleed”. The epic soundtrack also includes, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell and Florence + The Machine.

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