Turn Back the Clock With Every Song From Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’

Evan Romano

From Men's Health

  • The first season of Ryan Murphy's Hollywood is now streaming on Netflix.

  • Hollywood focuses on an alternate history version of the Post World War II movie scene in the 1940s.

  • With that setting and focus comes quite a lot of oldies music. Looking for a song? We've got you covered.

As you might expect with a show called Hollywood, the main focus of Ryan Murphy's new Netflix anthology series is the good old motion picture business: making movies. But while the show's narrative pretty much exclusively concerns itself with film—controlling film studios, making films, acting in films, etc—the show's setting brings us to what passes with flying colors as Los Angeles in the 1940s. And while the sets, costumes, and acting sure help with bringing us back to that era, the accompanying music helps to do that in a big way, too. That's why we managed to wrangle together every era-appropriate song featured in Hollywood, and bring it to you.

And we should add: these songs are all entirely of the time being depicted. As much as the old-timey player-piano covers of modern songs in Westworld might blow your mind (there's nothing like hearing an old western version of a Radiohead classic), Hollywood isn't playing those same games. What you hear here is what you might have heard back in the time when the major studios totally dominated the movie business, and when, well, things were a little different. Hollywood is presenting an alternative version of history, but the music is exactly the way it was in the good old days.

Keep reading to see the complete list of songs featured in the show.

Season 1, Episode 1

"Snuf Stuff" — Bobby Sherwood And His Orchestra

"You Got to Change Your Way of Loving" — Gerald Wilson And His Orchestra

"Catch A Falling Star" — Perry Como

"It's A Good Day" — Peggy Lee

"Embraceable You" — The Pied Pipers

"We're In The Money" — Fred Astaire And The Leo Reisman Orchestra

"Ooh Baby, You Knock Me Out" — Billy Kyle

"After Hours" — Bobby Sherwood And His Orchestra

"Begin The Beguine" — Artie Shaw And His Orchestra

"Blue Lou" — Eddie Heywood

Season 1, Episode 2

"Button Up Your Overcoat" — Johnny Mercer

"Sing Sing Sing" — Benny Goodman


"You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" — Dinah Shore

"Just One Of Those Things" — Coleman Hawkins

"I'm In The Mood For Love" — Erroll Garner

"Let's Misbehave" — Irving Aaronson And His Commanders & Phil Saxe

Season 1, Episode 3

"I'm Beginning To See The Light" — Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots

"Paper Doll" — The Mills Brothers

"Dance Of The Seven Veils" — The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

"Solid Rock" — Rex Stewart

"Madeleine" — Rex Stewart

"A Penny For Your Blues" — J.C. Higginbotham

"Soft And Warm" — Earle Spencer And His Orchestra

"Helena's Dream" — Brick Fleagle

"Omaha Flash" — Johnny Otis, His Drums And Orchestra

"Angel Face" — Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra

"Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" — The Benny Goodman Quintet ft. Peggy Mann

"Sometimes I'm Happy" — Jo Stafford

"After Hours On Dream Street" — Sandy Williams

Season 1, Episode 4

"Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" — Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots

"Slap That Bass" — The Ink Spots


"Personality" — Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers


"Rhapsody In Blue" — Glenn Miller And His Orchestra

"Two Guitars" — The Harry Sosnick Orchestra

"King Porter Stomp" — Glenn Miller And His Orchestra

Season 1, Episode 5

"There's No Business Like Show Business" — Ethel Merman

"I Need A Knife, A Fork, And A Spoon" — Basin Street Boys

"I Double Dare You" — Larry Clinton

"My Love Lingers On" — Peter Sivo Band


"Good Listening (Intermission)" — The Raymond Scott Quintet

"Soft And Warm" — Earle Spencer And His Orchestra

"Friendship" — Judy Garland

"Frankie And Johnny" — Gloria Hart & Art Kassell

"As Time Goes By" — Frank Sinatra

"You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You" — Russ Morgan And His Orchestra

Season 1, Episode 6

"The Way You Look Tonight" — The Keynoters

"I Get A Kick Out Of You" — Margaret Whiting

"Just Imagine" — Doris Day

"Old Juice On The Loose" — Jimmy Jones

Season 1, Episode 7

"You Do Something To Me" — Lee Wiley

"How 'bout That" — Louis Jordan

"Sugar Lump" — Joe Liggins And His Honeydrippers

"Bounce Me Brother (With A Solid Four)" — The Andrews Sisters

"Preston Love's Mansion" — Johnny Otis, His Drums And Orchestra

"A Slick Chick (On The Mellow Side)" — Dinah Washington

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