Have you found yourself wondering, “What’s that song?” while watching your favorite TV shows? We’re here to tell you. Check out our Spotify playlist and see why these music picks clicked. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: Spoilers ahead.)
THE BLACKLIST (NBC)*
The song: Cloud Cult, “You Were Born”
The episode: “The Front” (205)
The hook: It still counts as a tender moment between Red (James Spader) and Liz (Megan Boone) even though Liz was unconscious, right? As Liz recovered from a run-in with the plague on Monday, Reddington queued up the Minnesotan indie rockers’ ditty and shared more sides of himself than we’ve ever seen. Speaking of getting an eyeful, Beck’s “Go It Alone” provided sexy background music as the woman Liz hired to distract her spying neighbor (Hal Ozsan) did just that—with a silhouetted strip tease. (Beck’s “Heart Is a Drum” also played during an emotional opening scene for Alex O’Loughlin’s McGarrett on Friday’s Hawaii Five-0.)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: The Kooks, “Bad Habit”
The episode: “Welcome to Paradise” (603)
The hook: After Ric (Matt Davis) drained Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) brain of all things Damon (Ian Somerhalder) a couple weeks back, Ms. Gilbert required emotional release, and the Brit rockers’ party-ready track played over a trip to the swimming hole with new guy Liam (Marco James) on Oct. 16. The mood got heavier toward the end of the episode, when Ashley Nite’s “Say Anything” scored Caroline (Candice Accola) pouring out her heart to Stefan (Paul Wesley), only to have him walk away.
THE SIMPSONS (Fox)
The song: Pat Benatar, “Hell Is for Children”
The episode: “Treehouse of Horror XXV” (2604)
The hook: Benatar’s 1980 tune cheekily soundtracked Oct. 19’s first “Treehouse” segment as Beelze-Bart aced school—in Hell. Proving that every day is opposite day in the underworld, Lisa hit her stride as a popular mean girl there, too.
GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
The song: Mary J. Blige, “Therapy”
The episode: “Bend and Break” (1105)
The hook: Thursday’s Calzona split proved wrenching as the women continued their failing attempt to to work through their crumbling marriage in counseling and with a little sexual “Therapy” courtesy of Blige. Frankly, it’s impressive Callie (Sara Ramirez) remembered any of it given how many shots she downed with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) at Joe’s to the tune of AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It” and Lemon Sun’s “Touch the Lightning.”
ARROW (The CW)*
The episode: “Sara” (302)
The hook: On Oct. 15, the residents of Starling City confronted issues of identity in the wake of Sara’s death, and the South African rockers’ melancholy ballad conveyed the emotional states of Laurel (Katie Cassidy), Diggle (David Ramsey), and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).
The song: Bill Withers, “Lovely Day”
The episode: “The Key” (405)
The hook: Though “Smelly” Mellie (Bellamy Young) finally decided to clean up her act, Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) got down and dirty in a white hat-free interrogation with Jake (Scott Foley). As the sequence flashed between Jake’s pummeling and his island paradise with Liv (Kerry Washington), Withers’ 1977 soul classic cast Thursday’s closing moments in bitterly ironic light.
REIGN (The CW)
The song: London Grammar, “Sights”
The episode: “The Lamb and the Slaughter” (204)
The hook: The Reign favorites aurally underpinned Thursday’s emotional christening just moments after Mary (Adelaide Kane) miscarried her own unborn heir. Mary summoned all her strength to the strains of singer Hannah Reid’s heartbreaking plea, “What are you made of?” and showed herself to be made of maternal instinct—to the accidental son of husband Francis (Toby Regbo) and BFF Lola (Anna Popplewell)—and incredibly regal poise.
The song: Denmark + Winter, “Every Breath You Take (Re:Imagined)”
The episode: “Phobia” (104)
The hook: Kevin Williamson’s latest may consistently serve up ratings scarier than its eponymous psychos, but one thing the freshman series is doing right: creeptastic cover tracks. After the Oct. 15 ep featured a riff on Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Hollywood, Mon Amour and Leelou, Wednesday’s episode featured a piano ballad version of The Police’s 1983 pre-Stalker stalker anthem that was at once delicate and driving, sentimental and spooky.
JANE THE VIRGIN (The CW)
The song: James Bay, “Let It Go”
The episode: “Chapter Two” (102)
The hook: Michael (Brett Dier) sweetly apologized to Jane (Gina Rodriguez) on Monday after getting jealous over her past smooch with accidental baby daddy Rafael (Justin Baldoni). Bay’s soulful ballad served up some choice make-out music that also urged the couple to drop the drama: “So come on let it go, just let it be. Why don’t you be you, and I’ll be me?”
RED BAND SOCIETY (Fox)
The song: Mighty Oaks, “Just One Day”
The episode: “So Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want” (105)
The hook: After doctors made a potentially life-changing decision for Charlie (Griffin Gluck), the folk trio’s buoyant track accompanied an Oct. 15 champagne toast in his honor that also gave another opportunity for the growing bond between Jordi (Nolan Sotillo) and Emma (Ciara Bravo).
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW (FX)*
The song: “Gods and Monsters,” originally by Lana Del Rey
The episode: “Edward Mordrake, Part 1” (403)
The hook: Jukeboxers on Twitter have been loving the weekly covers in the Freak Show tent. Dot (Sarah Paulson) took on Fiona Apple’s 1996 Top 40 hit “Criminal” in Oct. 15’s “Massacres and Matinees,” and Elsa (Jessica Lange) returned to the stage to serenade Wednesday’s episode namesake Edward (Wes Bentley) as he descended upon Jupiter for Halloween homicide.
The song: AM & Shawn Lee, “Somebody Like You”
The episode: “Clear & Present Danger” (703)
The hook: Unfortunately for Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic), an unidentified “Somebody” intruded upon their necking session on Oct. 13.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (CBS)
The song: Blood, Sweat & Tears, “God Bless the Child”
The episode: “The Recruits” (104)
The hook: The ’69 cover of Billie Holiday’s blues standard played into a sweet duet between Pride (Scott Bakula) and his daughter Laurel (Shanley Caswell) on Oct. 14.
The song: Miles Davis Quintet, “Airegin”
The episode: “Shalwar Kameez” (403)
The hook: Because this is the music to which Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) jogs. Jazzy!
PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS)
The song: Emiliana Torrini, “Gun”
The episode: “Brotherhood” (404)
The hook: Torrini’s crackling bass thrummer was just the right amount of cool and menacing as a new threat revealed itself to Team Machine at the end of POI‘s Oct. 14 installment.
The song: Blind Pilot, “Half Moon”
The episode: “The Pugilist Break” (105)
The hook: The Portland sextet’s mellow tune wrapped Forever‘s Oct. 14 ep as Jo (Alana de la Garza) shared a case-free dinner with Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) and Abe (Judd Hirsch).
SUPERNATURAL (The CW)
The song: Eddie Holman, “Hey There Lonely Girl”
The episode: “Reichenbach” (1002)
The hook: Though the Winchester brothers’ reunion was the big headline of SPN‘s Oct. 14 episode, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) offered a bit of levity while gazing wistfully at a photo of himself with Dean (Jensen Ackles) to Holman’s 1969 ballad.
MARRY ME (NBC)
The song: Bryan Adams, “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”
The episode: “Pilot” (101)
The hook: During the Oct. 14 series debut, Annie (Casey Wilson) chose Adams’ 1991 Robin Hood theme for background music as she biffed a second engagement attempt to Jake (Ken Marino) by getting him fired. Not one to be discouraged, she also managed to make Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” possibly the least romantic, most self-absorbed karaoke performance of all time.