TV Jukebox: 'HIMYM,' 'AHS: Coven,' 'The Bachelor,' more music on TV
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!)
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)*
The song: Cristin Milioti, “La Vie en Rose”
The episode: “How Your Mother Met Me” (916)
The hook: In HIMYM‘s ultra-watched 200th ep, Mother (Milioti) did justice to Édith Piaf’s signature song. Plucking at a ukulele given to her by an old boyfriend who’d passed away, she was in a bittersweet mood after looking heavenward and asking his permission to fall in love again. The tender rendition underscored cuts between all the characters, most importantly soon-to-be love Ted (Josh Radnor) listening to the serenade that sparked his love for Mother.
THE BACHELOR (ABC)
The song: 2NE1, “I Am the Best”
The episode: “Seoul (Episode 4)” (1804)
The hook: On Monday’s rose parade, the K-Pop icons gave Juan Pablo and the “ladies” a personal dance lesson to their megahit. (Deep-cut detail: If you want to see choreography that was a little more mastered, check out when the song popped up on So You Think You Can Dance last August.)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Wild Cub, “Thunder Clatter”
The episode: “The Devil Inside” (512)
The hook: The Nashville quintet’s buoyant, party-ready track belied drama brewing as Caroline (Candice Accola) confessed she’d slept with über-baddie Klaus (Joseph Morgan), the sire-slash-nemesis-slash-mother-killer of her ex Tyler (Michael Trevino). The tempo slowed down significantly later in the ep when Tyler let his emotions out to Lorde’s “Bravado.”
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN (FX)*
The song: Fleetwood Mac, “Seven Wonders”
The episode: “The Seven Wonders” (313)
The hook: A clear favorite of Jukeboxers on Twitter, Stevie Nicks kicked off Coven‘s finale Wednesday with a performance of her band’s 1987 single. The song’s title just so happened to be the name of the tasks the witches of Miss Robichaux’s Academy had to perform in order to suss out who would be the next Supreme, and as Nicks sang and twirled through a hilariously retro-music-video-style tour of the mansion, the witches performed various mystical feats (telekinesis, rejuvenation, mental candle-lighting, etc.).
THE ORIGINALS (The CW)
The song: The Mast, “UpUpUp”
The episode: “Dance Back From the Grave” (112)
The hook: Smooth grooves, slit throats… The Brooklyn electronic outfit’s appropriately atmospheric — and more than a little ominous — song played under Tuesday’s last moments as Papa Tunde (Owiso Odera) sacrificed himself so Celeste (Shannon Kane) could escalate her witchy revenge scheme on Klaus (Joseph Morgan).
The song: Nancy Sinatra, “Sugar Town”
The episode: “Dead Inside” (304)
The hook: Girls faves Sleigh Bells offered up a classic opener in the form of “Bitter Rival,” and Hannah (Lena Dunham) closed out the night over the plucks of Sinatra’s 1966 track. In the middle, a Twitter pick: Hannah, Lainey (Gaby Hoffmann), and Laird’s (Jon Glaser) graveyard dance to Jake Bugg’s “There’s a Beast and We All Feed It.”
THE CARRIE DIARIES (The CW)
The song: Correatown, “This Is The Time”
The episode: “This Is the Time” (212)
The hook: What’s prom without a cornball anthem? After Prom Queen Donna LaDonna (Chloe Bridges) quoted Billy Joel’s 1987 hit in her victory speech, dramatic developments the next day — underscored by Angeleno dream pop artist Angela Correa’s cover — made those happy moments feel like insta-nolstalgia.
The song: Clare Bowen, “Black Roses”
The episode: “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” (213)
The hook: Wednesday’s ep offered a rare, and incredibly effective, glimpse into Scarlett’s (Bowen) backstory when producer Liam (Michiel Huisman) stole her journal and transformed the songbird’s anguished entries about her childhood into lyrics for Scarlett’s best song yet.
The song: The Vespers, “Better Now”
The episode: “Dead Clade Walking” (214)
The hook: The affirming acoustic perfectly accompanied the close of Thursday’s installment as Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) escorted his sponsee Randy (Stephen Tyrone Williams), who’d fallen off the wagon, to a meeting — and back on the road to recovery.
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