Music and TV shows (or movies) always go together, creating exceptional art pieces people enjoy. Movies and TV series need music to offer the audience a complete experience. Today, we can’t even imagine a cinematography work without exceptional music included.
If you are into binge-watching TV shows, you know the songs can catch our attention when needed or create different excitement levels. And for many artists, soundtracks are a great way to promote their job and boost sales on ticket sites. There are exceptional examples of perfectly used music in the episodes, and today we will talk about the greatest ones.
1. Stranger Things
This amazing TV show revived many forgotten hits from the 80s. We all saw how “Running Up That Hill” became a global hit again, just like “Material Girl ” by Madona did. Also, the show included other interesting hits like Toto’s “Africa ” and “Every Breath You Take” by The Police.
According to the Spotify Stranger Things Official Playlist, people also listen to “California Dreamin'” by The Beach Boys and “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads.
It seems like producers don’t even need a piece of original music for a TV series. They just have to find the best existing tracks to include and make the world go crazy for them.
2. Big Little Lies
“Big Little Lies” is another TV series that featured the song “Running Up That Hill,” but by Placebo this time. The popular band covered the huge Kate Bush hit, creating one of the most popular songs in their career.
Also, tracks by Fleetwood Mac, Diana Ross, Elvis Presley, and Sufjan Stevens are featured in the show.
Find the official playlist on Spotify and enjoy the exceptional music. Or, if you haven’t watched any episodes, it’s time to pay attention to this series.
3. This Is Us
“This Is Us” is one of the most heartwarming and emotional TV shows that can both make you happy or break your heart in the same episode.
We can also listen to outstanding music as we enjoy the stories of Rebecca and Jack and their triplets. The most popular songs from the entire series are “Howl” by Jake Houlsby, “9 Crimes” by Katherine Crowe, and “The Wind” by Cat Stevens.
If you love shows with original soundtracks, “Euphoria” is a must. Labyrinth was nominated and won an Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics. Besides the exciting story, Euphoria fans also love the songs featured in the show.
Also, well-known songs by Beyonce, Billie Eilish, INXS, Lana Del Rey, and Laura Les are included in the soundtrack.
“Scandal” was an exceptional TV show, sometimes too dramatic and even terrifying. The main character, Olivia Pope, has excellent taste in wine, fashion, and surely music.
She really had stressful days trying to handle her affair with the US president and fix things for the White House. But when she got home (if she wasn’t kidnapped on the way from work), she often listened to Chaka Khan, Johnny Nash, Edwin Starr, and James Brown.
We all know that feeling when Lucifer would sit behind the piano and play some catchy tune for the audience. Even though he is the Devil himself, Lucifer knows how to entertain the people.
Also, things get even more devilish when we add songs by Edwyn Collins, The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, and The Clash.
We can say that the cinematography for this show, together with the featured music, is enjoyable to watch, no matter the central theme. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack, so give it a try.
7. Money Heist (La Casa De Papel)
This TV show is exceptional for many reasons. Not just for the thrilling story and Spanish language but also for the music used in the show.
Besides the popular version of “Bella Ciao,” we can listen to “You Don’t Own Me” by G-Eazy and Saygrace, then “My Life Is Going On” by Cecilia Krull, and Carlos Gardel’s “Por Una Cabeza.”
We recommend at least listening to the soundtrack if you are one of those who still avoid watching “Money Heist.”
“Suits” is a brilliant TV series that made Meghan Markle a recognizable actress. Even though she left earlier to marry Prince Harry, the show kept the exceptional music.
The theme song is “Greenback Boogie” by Ima Robot, and the main character Harvey has refined taste in music too.
In his scenes, we can often listen to songs by Nina Simone, Etta James, BB King, Bo Diddley, and Jimmy Hendrix.
The original part of the soundtrack is made by the famous composer Christopher Tyng, who did a great job on this TV show.
Today’s TV soundtracks are a mix of original melodies and classic songs. All these pieces make an exceptional product that the audience enjoys when put together. When we add extraordinary acts, it’s not unexpected that the mentioned shows get so many awards throughout the years.