From a stunning Super Bowl XLVII halftime show to a Glee homage, it was Beyoncé’s world this week, and we were just living in it. But Sasha Fierce had some strong supporting acts, too — not all of whom popped out of the floor!
So, if you’ve been wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite shows, we’re here to tell you. Check out our picks and the Spotify playlist below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
The song: “Diva,” originally by Beyoncé
The episode: “Diva” (413)
The hook: Glee returned to old form last night with this fabulously frivolous group number about coming correct. Unique (Alex Newell), Brittany (Heather Morris), Blaine (Darren Criss), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Marley (Melissa Benoist), and several other New Directions competed in a RuPaul’s Drag Race-style walk-off in some truly inadvisable wigs and sequin garments. And it was glorious. (Though they could have used more fire silhouettes.)
The song: Sam and the Womp, “Bom Bom (Radio Edit)”
The episode: “The Deductionist” (114)
The hook: Sherlock and strippers? Capitalizing on its prime post-Super Bowl placement, Sunday’s ep started with a bang (or a “Bom Bom,” as it were) as a duo of exotic-dancing thieves danced to this Björk-ish bumper. The detail-obsessed detective (Jonny Lee Miller) was bound, teased, and nearly cleaned out, but Sherlock was as usual in control. The titillating scene was all a set-up, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun while it lasted.
The song: Katharine McPhee, “Cut, Print…Moving On”
The episode: “On Broadway” (201)
The hook: The radio-ready “Caught in the Storm” and exquisitely simple “Broadway, Here I Come” (showcasing new star Jeremy Jordan’s powerhouse vocals) were nice previews of things to come on Smash 2.0, but this brisk opening number reminded us of the best moments of season 1. (Yes, there were some great moments.) Setting the stage for the supersized premiere, it followed Karen (McPhee) and the rest of the Bombshell gang as they returned from a successful Boston tryout to the Great White Way. Most of the ensuing two hours were stop-and-go ridiculous, but “Moving On” most certainly was not.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The CW)
The song: HAIM, “Don’t Save Me”
The episode: “Cold Turkey” (112)
The hook: An EW fave for a while now, the SoCal sister act’s infectious single played while Cat (Kristin Kreuk) snapped on some rubber gloves to wipe any traces away from Alex’s (Bridget Regan) apartment before a raid. Talk about workin’-it-out music.
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)*
The song: Leagues, “Spotlight”
The episode: “The Face of Change” (914)
The hook: You can take the surgeons out of Seattle Grace, but you can’t take Seattle Grace out of the surgeons. As the hospital transitions to new ownership, several of Grey’s doctors pulled a fast one under the noses of the sales team in order to save a young boy’s life. Leagues’ pulsing retro swinger conveyed the urgency of the situation as Thad Cockrell sang, “I’m never gonna give you up, never never gonna give you up!”
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
The episode: “Adam Levine/Kendrick Lamar” (3812)
The hook: Andy Samberg & Co. recruited the Voice coach and the Compton-born rapper (last Saturday’s host and musical performer) to guest on their latest LOLer. Tweaking the douche-tastic catchphrases (translation: “You Only Live Once”), the spoof track devolved into a paranoiac anthem about the dangers of… well… everything.
NEW GIRL (Fox)
The song: Taylor Swift, “22”
The episode: “Table 34” (216)
The hook: After Jess (Zooey Deschanel) was cut loose by Sam (David Walton) Tuesday, she turned to the queen of break-up songs. Because sometimes you just want to get sloppy on pink wine and mourn with bouncy country-pop, okay?
The song: First Aid Kit, “Emmylou”
The episode: “I’ve Been Down That Road Before” (112)
The hook: In the aftermath of a steamy elevator kiss between touring ex-lovers Rayna (Connie Britton) and Deacon (Charles Esten), viewers needed a cool-down. The folky Swedish sisters’ yearning, steel guitar-inflected meditation played through Rayna’s moral dilemma: Would she choose a Gram (Parsons) or a Johnny (Cash)? As husband Teddy (Eric Close) arrived, that bitter mystery went unresolved, but at least we had this sweet strummer to smooth things out.
THE NEIGHBORS (ABC)
The song: Ryan Adams, “Dirty Rain”
The episode: “Space Invaders” (115)
The hook: Toward the end of Wednesday’s ep, a forlorn Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo) flipped on this wistful 2011 tune by prolific alt-rocker Adams. As the characters dealt the issues getting them down (heartbreak, family disagreements, rivalries), Adams crooned his heartache. Of course, The Neighbors is a sitcom, so Hidden Hills’ denizens sorted out their (to Jules Larson’s plucky “You Know It’s True”), but only after “Rain” provided one of the more heartfelt, vulnerable moments of the zany alien sitcom’s freshman season.
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