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TV Jukebox: 'SNL,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Supernatural,' more TV music

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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.)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)

The song: Sia, “Chandelier”

The episode: “Jim Carrey/Iggy Azalea” (4004)

The hook: Carrey’s latest hosting stint fell on SNL‘s annual Halloween episode, so it was very little surprise when one of the final skits of the night turned super-zany. The premise: Carrey and Kate McKinnon’s characters turned up at their office party in the same flesh-toned leotard and blonde bob wig from Sia’s wackadoodle “Chandelier” video. How could their colleagues possibly determine who would win the costume contest? Sing it with me now: “One, two, three; one, two, three DANCE!”

Read Jonathon Dornbush’s recap

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)*

The song: Norah Jones, “If You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)”

The episode: “Eldorado” (508)

The hook: The murderous roller coaster known as Boardwalk Empire rolled into the station for the final time on Sunday night. Jones’ cover of Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson’s “Love Me or Leave Me” played during the episode, and her take on Annette Hanshaw’s 1928 meditation on joy after sadness, beauty after tumult, hit the right note as the series finale’s outro. #RIPNucky

Read Sarene Leeds’ recap

SCANDAL (ABC)*

The song: The Isley Brothers, “Summer Breeze”

The episode: “An Innocent Man” (406)

The hook: It’s official. Kerry Washington it the luckiest woman alive. As Shonda Rhimes has been wont to do this season on Scandal, Thursday’s episode opened with sex—and plenty of it.  Specifically, Liv (Washington) tried to cool off at the pool, which proved quite challenging as she alternately fantasized about—or flashed back to?—trysts with Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and Jake (Scott Foley). Bonus Twitter love for a much less pleasant poolside conversation, set to Al Green’s “Love and Happiness,” between Liv and Papa Pope (Joe Morton) at the ep’s end.

Read Kat Ward’s recap

THE BLACKLIST (NBC)

The song: Timber Timbre, “Run from Me”

The episode: “Mombasa Cartel” (206)

The hook: When a next-level Norman Bates type exacts revenge on poachers, there’s gotta be some weird music involved, right? If you were watching Monday’s Blacklist, that answer would be a resounding “Yes!” The Canadian quartet’s vintage-sounding track played several times during the ep as environmental nut Matthew (Carel Struycken) practiced his taxidermy skills on human corpses. But the music turned deadly when Matthew’s mother Skye (Phyllis Somerville) pulled Matthew—and the turntable—into the bath for the electrifying final act of rebellion.

Read Jodi Walker’s recap

THE ORIGINALS (The CW)*

The song: Sharon Van Etten, “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”

The episode: “Live and Let Die” (204)

The hook: Mikky Ekko’s “Smile” closed out the episode—and underscored Elijah’s (Daniel Gillies) captivity—with the fittingly ominous words “Smile, the worst is yet to come.” That said, there was some good stuff for Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Cami (Leah Pipes) in the middle of Monday’s ep. Bluesy Brooklyner Van Etten warbled sultrily as the will-they/won’t-they duo got personal and shared a nearly cheek-to-cheek dance that left shippers breathless.

Read Samantha Highfill’s recap

SUPERNATURAL (The CW)*

The song: Warren Zevon, “Werewolves of London”

The episode: “Paper Moon” (1004)

The hook: The rock great’s 1978 piano plunker was on-point jukebox fodder as a mysterious woman made moves on a biker bar patron Monday. Unfortunately, the rush of flirtation turned into a gush of blood as the minx turned into a claw-fingered killer—specifically a werewolf (just in case Zevon’s title hadn’t tipped you off).

Read Samantha Highfill’s recap

NASHVILLE (ABC)*

The song: The Dirty Guv’nahs, “Morning Light”

The episode: “Nobody Said It Was Going to be Easy” (306)

The hook: Rayna (Connie Britton) chose the Knoxville roots group’s chicken-fried stomper as mood music when she hung out with Sadie (Laura Benanti) on Wednesday.

Read Keertana Sastry’s recap

BLACK-ISH (ABC)

The song: Ty Dolla $ign feat. B.o.B, “Paranoid”

The episode: “Prank King” (106)

The hook: A pair of of Jackson 5 songs (“ABC,” “The Love You Save”) appropriately played as the Johnson family dressed up as the King of Pop’s family, but it was the L.A. rapper’s laid-back track that provided hilarious contrast to the denouement of Wednesday’s escalating prank war between Dre (Anthony Anderson) and his brood.

Read The Community recap

ABOUT A BOY (NBC)

The song: Spac3man & Dj Suspence, “Come Together”

The episode: “About a Will-O-Ween” (203)

The hook: Boys will be boys…. When Will (David Walton) insisted on helping a “cursed” Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) reclaim Halloween, this horn-forward hip-hop collab was just the right amount of rowdy for some good old-fashioned trick-or-treating and subsequent candy-bingeing.

Read The Community recap

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)

The song: Tiësto feat. Matthew Koma, “Wasted”

The episode: “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here” (605)

The hook: Thursday’s TVD closed with an emotional Salvatore brothers reunion to 2012 Jukebox standout M83’s “Wait”. But, to get the weekend in full gear, let’s go with something a little more upbeat, shall we? Über-DJ Tiësto’s collaboration with Matthew Koma set the right mood for what would have been an a-maze-ing party. But this is Mystic Falls, so clearly things didn’t go to plan.

Read Mandi Bierly’s recap

FAKING IT (MTV)

The song: Fifth Harmony, “The Right Stuff”

The episode: “The Ecstasy and the Agony” (206)

The hook: The X Factor girl group went old-school at a high school rager on Tuesday, covering New Kids on the Block’s solid gold 1988 single. Jukebox only hopes the kids at the party realized it was a cover.

Read The Community recap

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

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