TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from The Mindy Project, Bates Motel, Revolution and More
We’ve pulled together a collection of songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection.
Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams! And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @rebeccaiannucci.
SERIES AND EPISODE | The Mindy Project, “Take Me With You”
TITLE | “Midnight City”
ARTIST | M83
ALBUM | Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | For those of us writing “Mindy + Danny 4EVER” on our Trapper Keepers, the almost-kiss in the final minutes of this season’s finale was positively maddening. But paired with M83’s synth-tastic jam, at least we could still justify a dance party in our living rooms.
SERIES AND EPISODE | So You Think You Can Dance, “Auditions: Los Angeles, Pt. 2/Austin”
TITLE | “Near Light”
ARTIST | Olafur Arnalds
ALBUM | Living Room Songs (2011)
WHY IT ROCKED | Arnalds’ stirring, string-laden tune was used in a solo by Season 9 champ Eliana Girard, but we were happy to see it dusted off for Shane Garcia’s bone-breaking audition in Austin this year. Although Shane struggles with a stutter, this haunting melody served as the perfect backdrop to talent that speaks for itself.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Criminal Minds, “The Replicator”
TITLE | “Ashes Like Snow”
ARTIST | Lily Kershaw
ALBUM | Ashes Like Snow (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | “Ashes falling like snow, as the wind blows their last breaths upon the breeze,” Kershaw sings as the team mourns fallen BAU Section Chief Erin Strauss. It’s a bittersweet moment as they reminisce on Strauss’ triumphs; the songbird’s somber refrain is remarkably fitting.
LINER NOTES | The minds behind Minds do love Kershaw: Also check out “As It Seems,” which was featured in the show’s Season 7 finale.
SERIES AND EPISODE | Nashville, “A Picture from Life’s Other Side”
TITLE | “Sunrise”
ARTIST | Lonesome Animals
ALBUM | Soft Light (2013)
WHY IT ROCKED | Gunnar begs for forgiveness, Juliette cries for her misguided mother, Rayna tries to reassure Teddy and Maddie tries to figure out exactly what the heck she’s seen in her mom’s stash of secrets. “I don’t think that my dad is my father,” she cries during a phone call to a friend. It’s OK, kiddo. Just pump this ethereal Lonesome Animals track and wail your heart out: As we now know, it’s gonna get much worse before it gets better.