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TV Jukebox: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Scandal,' 'Mad Men,' more music on TV

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Have you found yourself wondering “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? If so, we’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist below and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)


The song: Sigur Rós, “The Rains of Castamere”

The episode: “The Lion and the Rose” (402)

The hook: Sunday’s episode saw Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) leave Westeros for good, but just because Joffrey’s death was welcome didn’t make it any less shocking. Perhaps King Baratheon had it coming after churlishly dismissing the band (Icelandic trio Sigur Rós in a guest spot) from a wedding banquet. Never fear, all was well that ended well for the rockers — more than we can say for Joffrey — as “Rains of Castamere” played out the episode.

Read James Hibberd’s recap, his postmortems with showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, with author George R.R. Martin, and with Gleeson, then go behind the scenes of Joffrey’s wedding and find out how GoT‘s stars reacted to losing Jack Gleeson


The song: The Temptations, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”

The episode: “The Price of Free and Fair Election” (318)

The hook: Talk about daddy issues! As Papa Pope (Joe Morton) masterminded a major switcheroo at the end of Thursday’s season 3 finale, the Temps’ 1972 soul staple nailed how Liv’s (Kerry Washington) dad has been known to change allegiances — and enemies — whenever is convenient and/or advantageous. Unfortunately for Fitz (Tony Goldwyn), who just lost his son and his lover, and Harrison (Columbus Short), who might be losing his life, Eli’s shifting favor did not work in theirs.

Read Katie Atkinson’s recap, see what showrunner Shonda Rhimes revealed to Jimmy Kimmel about season 3, then check out our gallery of Scandal‘s top 10 most shocking twists (and a few that didn’t make the cut — but we had to mention)


The song: The Black Angels, “Science Killer”

The episode: “A Material World” (517)

The hook: On Sunday, the Austin-based psychedelic rockers’ thrummer underscored an almost-sex scene between Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and Cary (Matt Czuchry). This is definitely one tune that left us wanting more.

Read Mandi Bierly’s recap


The song: Vanilla Fudge, “Keep Me Hangin’ On”

The episode: “Time Zones” (701)

The hook: During Sunday’s season 7 opener, the “new start” referenced in the Long Island rockers’ 1967 hit worked on several levels. Not only did the folks of SDCP begin to split time between New York and Los Angeles, Don (Jon Hamm) also made a small step toward correcting his wandering ways. His breakdown at the end of the premiere begged the question: Will Don be set free from his demons, or will he keep “Hangin On”?

Read Jeff Labrecque’s recap


The song: The Doors, “Break on Through (To the Other Side)

The episode: “Where There’s Smoke” (308)

The hook: No happy endings here! Monday’s midseason finale saw John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) engaging in a pill-fueled threesome as the fate of scotch-drunk Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) hung in the balance. A pounding remix on Jim Morrison’s incendiary 1967 song made it clear that, as Southfork went up in flames, the time to hesitate was through.

Read Mandi Bierly’s recap


The song: Eric Carmen, “Hungry Eyes”

The episode: “Big News” (321)

The hook: The Dirty Dancing soundtrack — pivotal to Jess (Zooey Deschanel) during her series-starting break-up — was on replay Tuesday as Jess and Nick (Jake Johnson) tried to navigate their just-friends-again status. Closing out the ep, the ex-roomfriends serenaded joined in a separate but amiable singalong to Carmen’s midtempo charmer from 1987.

Read our recap


The song: Frankie Valli, “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore)”

The episode: “Meta Fiction” (918)

The hook: He may be a nut job with a God complex but Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) sure proved he has good taste in tunes when he turned on the Jersey Boy’s 1965 track and typed out his story on Tuesday.

Read Sandra Gonzalez’s recap


The song: Richie Havens, “The Times They Are a-Changin'”

The episode: “The Pontiac” (522)

The hook: Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) shared a moment to RY X’s “Berlin” during Thursday’s bittersweet season finale, but the hour was all about changes affecting the entire Braverman clan — including Zeke (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) leaving their longtime home. As such, Jukeboxers on Twitter appreciated Havens’ earthy rendition of Bob Dylan’s iconic folk tune, which played over the night’s closing montage. Between the loss of the Braverman house, the relocation of the family’s communal dinners, and the news of a baby Braverman (or York) on the way, the cover was a perfect choice to signal the many ways in which the beloved family is moving on.

Read Samantha Highfill’s recap


The song: Agnes Obel, “Fuel to Fire”

The episode: “The Big Uneasy” (118)

The hook: Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) may have been happily chatting around the bonfire with her werewolf pals, but a dangerous spark was lit Tuesday when NOLA’s witches demanded for Hayley and Klaus’s (Joseph Morgan) unborn child to be out of the picture. Given the hot tempers of the Original and his baby mama, this is one fire that doesn’t need any “Fuel” doused on top.

Read Samantha Highfill’s recap


The song: Daughter, “Medicine”

The episode: “Death Benefit” (320)

The hook: Tuesday’s POI witnessed a major mind shift for Finch (Michael Emerson), and the English trio’s piano ballad belied the climactic pace of the scenes it underscored. The existential message of “Medicine,” about meaninglessness and escape resonated with the onscreen action, and yet the pace of the song itself stood in contrast, making for an unsettling close to the hour.

*Readers’ Choice! Thanks to , , , , , and  for their suggestions!

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