The Music of FX’s Legion

The highly anticipated FX version of Marvel’s Legion did not disappoint, especially on the music front. One of Tunefind’s most popular shows last month, this complex and visually stunning production had an equally exciting soundtrack, curated by music supervisor Maggie Phillips, whose credits also include Fargo, Patriot, and Moonlight. We chatted with Maggie to learn more about the inspiration behind the music.

Amanda Byers from Tunefind: Hi Maggie. I know you’re crazy busy right now with the upcoming season of Fargo and other projects, so thank you for taking some time out to talk with us about the music of Legion.

Maggie Phillips: I’m happy to! Legion is an exciting project to work on and it’s cool to see to see how much fans were connecting with the music. One of my favorite things about my job is when the viewers get excited about the music in one of my projects.

AB: That’s a great segue into how you got into this career in the first place. How did you get started in music supervision?

MP: I actually went to school for studio art, and was a painter for the first 10 years of my life after college, and had no aspirations to be in the film and music industry at all. But when I was younger, I was a huge live music fan and going to see three shows a night when I was growing up in Austin in the 90s. I met Mark Duplass one night in Austin when his band was playing and we hit it off. Our families all became really close, though crazy times all living in New York 15 years ago, then later all moving to LA.

My first exposure to how music is placed in films was Mark and Jay’s movie, The Puffy Chair. They asked me to hook them up with a friend of mine from Austin to license a song to use in the movie. After that movie really took off, Mark and Jay were starting to get bigger films, and they were extremely loyal and awesome to me, and brought me on some of their projects to help them with the music.

At some point realized I could have a career as a music supervisor and said, “I want to pursue this.” I wasn’t super prepared when I started out. I mean, I knew my music, but I didn’t know the business side of it, so I had to teach myself.

AB: Fast forward a few years and now you have a huge slate of projects including a lot of TV work, like Legion, Fargo, Amazon’s Patriot, among others. How did this shift occur?

MP:   I am very fortunate and in a great position right now, with all kinds of interesting work coming my way. You know, I was pigeonholed for a very long time as the scrappy indie girl who could work with super low budgets, which is what I did for many years, and frankly was thinking about changing careers. But then Noah [Hawley] took a chance on me for Fargo season 2, and that changed everything. Everyone just needs their break.

AB: Let’s talk about Legion. This was a breakout hit, with critics and fans alike really loving Noah Hawley’s nontraditional take on the Marvel superhero story. What was it like working on the music for this project?

MP: Noah has been thinking about this show for awhile, and he had a really strong sense of what he wanted when we started out. Our process is interesting. Way in the beginning Noah and I talk a lot about different songs, ideas and inspirations then I send him a huge batch of music. Then he adds some songs and I add some more. Then we narrow down the playlist and pull songs from that all season long.

AB: Was there a specific genre or sound you were going for when you started out?

MP: With Legion, there were no rules at all, which is why I love working with Noah so much. No specific genre, no time period… Just nothing was off the table to consider. We had some directions – like the British Invasion – but no constraints. Like with Fargo, there’s really no boundaries. If it works, it works.

AB: Noah has talked a lot about Pink Floyd’s influence in his vision of the show.

MP: Noah took me and Jeff Russo, our composer, out to dinner and told us about Legion, I think the next words out of his mouth were “Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon.” I went home that night and listened to the entire album, and fell asleep listening to it. I hadn’t listened to it for a few years. And woke up the next day, and e-mailed Noah saying, “I’m so into this. I can’t wait.”

AB: Legion doesn’t follow the traditional and simple superhero narrative, instead dealing with a much more complex and psychological journey. How did you use music to help viewers along that journey into David’s mind and his reality?

MP: I think one important thing we did was use a lot of big long chunks of songs, rather than short snippits. Like with Feist’s Undiscovered First, where we used the entire song through the whole series of fight scenes in episode 4. This show is so surreal, and trippy, and visual, and challenging to the viewer. It’s a complicated show, and I think it’s important to give the viewers some time to rest, process and reflect and then come back in.

AB: This is actually your second project with Noah, starting with Fargo last year.

MP: Right. I absolutely love working for Noah. He’s a genius. He’s also nice, respects my opinion, and asks for it. He really makes me want to do excellent work, and kind of demands excellence. And that makes me push myself harder. We’ve been working together straight through from Fargo season 2, to Legion season 1, and now Fargo season 3. That’s created a shorthand. When he asks for something, I know what he wants. (laughs) Well, to a certain extent, because no one knows what’s going on in Noah’s head, but I know the artists he likes, the sounds he likes, and so that shorthand has helped.

AB: Another person you’ve been working closely with through all of that time is composer Jeff Russo, who did the score for both shows and has been getting rave reviews for his really complex and interesting score for Legion. Fans have been loving it on Tunefind. Can you tell us about how you collaborate with Jeff?

MP: Yeah, Jeff is a fucking genius. He and I have become very close, and we talk every day.

I love him! We work together closely. He’ll send me his stuff early in the process and when Jeff sees an [early cut of an] episode and there’s a song he loves, he calls me and he’s like, “We cannot lose that song. You cannot let them take it out. We have to get that song.”

AB: Let’s talk about some of those moments, where the song is so perfect. Can you tell about a few of your favorites?

MP: There’s so many. Honestly, I loved every song we put in there. It’s so hard to pick out just a few, but I’ll try. Let me look back through my list…

Definitely Happy Jack by the Who at the beginning of episode 1. I just love that song, and I thought that entire montage was tremendous – it worked beautifully. We actually got a note from Pete Townsend. His people reached out to me and said how excited they were about the use, and then they forwarded a note from Pete Townsend about it. That was really cool.

AB: I loved that, too, with the contrast between the scenes and the music and lyrics. It just set a perfect tone for what you’re about to experience.

MP: Another favorite is Up the Beach by Jane’s Addiction also in episode one, when David unleashes his powers. We only used a little part of it, but it was perfect. I loved that we got that in there. I have a soft spot for Jane’s Addiction. I love them. I had been listening to their first two albums right before I started listening for Legion, so they were on my mind.

MP: She’s a Rainbow by The Rolling Stones is another one of my favorites, during the montage of David and Syd’s relationship developing. We did so much great work in episode 1 to set the stage and help the audience connect with these characters.

MP: Oh, yeah! Hyperactive by Thomas Dolby at the end of episode two. Noah texted me and said, “I’m bringing Thomas Dolby back.” And I was like, “Do it!”

MP: Radiohead’s The Daily Mail in episode five. We tried to replace that because of budget and we just couldn’t beat it for that scene. It was perfect.
AB: The fans agreed. That was one of the top songs for the season on Tunefind.

MP: Lisa Hannigan’s cover of Oh! You Pretty Things in episode 6 over that scene with Syd is definitely one of my favorite moments. We had her sing Danny Boy in Fargo season two and she did a stunning job, so we pulled her back in to do a cover of David Bowie’s Oh You Pretty Things for Legion.

AB: And that was the definitive top song of the season. Fans loved Lisa’s cover of Oh! You Pretty Things.

MP: And, of course, the Pink Floyd in episode eight – Breathe and On the Run from Dark Side of the Moon. For me that was just a triumphant moment, because that’s the first album Noah mentioned to me, and I’m so happy we got it in. And we saved it until the end episode. We had a lot of trouble clearing Pink Floyd for an affordable price. It was really difficult and still pricey for our show. That cleared about an hour before we mixed. It was down to the wire on that one.

MP: Last but not least, the way that Children of the Revolution by T.Rex ends the whole season is, I think, just brilliant. That was Noah, and it’s brilliant.

AB: Any amazing songs that didn’t make it into the show?

MP: Yes! There’s this great song by an Indian band called Maatibaani collaborating with an artist called Joyshanti. It’s called Tore Matware Naina and it inspired the whole dance sequence in episode one. The song is just so much fun. Once you hear it you won’t be able to get it out of your head. But it ended up being a bit too on the nose and we used Serge Gainsbourg’s Pauvre Lola for that scene instead.

AB: While we’ve got you sharing some favorite songs, what’s your jam when you want to feel inspired?

MP: My go-to song when I want to feel inspired is a song by Gang of Four called I Parade Myself, but the Alan Moulder Catwalk Club Remix, specifically. It makes me feel confident and strong, ready to take on anything.

AB: What were your early musical influences?

MP: Very early on, I would say Prince, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Once I hit 16 or 17, I started listening to everything. I really started exploring and opening up, and was discovering new genres. To try to narrow that down is impossible. But, my love for Prince, Bob Dylan, and Willie Nelson is still strong, and will never go away.

AB: Early love is like that.

MP: Yes, exactly!

AB: What song do you have on repeat right now?

MP: The song I’ve been recently playing nonstop is going be in Fargo season three and I can’t share it. It’s really for the viewer’s benefit, Noah and I want you to experience the music and the picture together for the first time – that’s part of the fun!

AB: No hints at all about what to expect?

MP: Nope! All I can tell you is that I might love it even more than season 2 and I don’t think anyone will be disappointed. Only a few more days to wait!

AB: Will we have more exciting covers, like in season 2?

MP: We are doing one song in Fargo season 3 that is a cover, and Jeff [Russo] helped out with that. I can’t say who did it, because that’s a surprise. Everyone will want to know about that one. You’ll just have to watch!

AB: Well, we’ll just have to be patient, but Fargo season 3 premieres on April 19th, so not too long to wait now. Thanks again, Maggie, for taking some time to talk with us.

MP: My pleasure!

Check out more music from Legion on Tunefind.

What to Watch on TV: The Leftovers, VEEP, Famous in Love, Girlboss

A quick roundup of what to watch on TV over the next week, with upcoming premiere dates for returning favorites, like The Leftovers and VEEP, plus new shows we’re excited about, like Famous in Love and Girlboss. And links to their soundtracks, of course.

April 14th

MacGyver Soundtrack

Season Finale

April 15th

Doctor Who Soundtrack
Doctor Who

Premiere of season 10.


April 16th

The Leftovers Soundtrack
The Leftovers

Premiere of Season 3, the final season.

VEEP Soundtrack

Premiere of Season 6.

April 17th

2 Broke Girls Soundtrack
2 Broke Girls

Season finale.

April 18th

Pretty Little Liars Soundtrack
Pretty Little Liars

Spring premiere of the final season.

Famous In Love Soundtrack
Famous in Love – NEW SHOW!

From the team behind Pretty Little Liars, and featuring the work of music supervisor Chris Mollere. Life changes for ordinary college student Paige after she auditions for a movie and lands a role in the big-budget blockbuster. The newfound fame turns Paige into Hollywood’s new “it” girl, forcing her to navigate the highs and lows of celebrity life — all while trying to balance her college workload. 

April 19th

Fargo Soundtrack

Premiere of season 3.

April 20th

The Blacklist Soundtrack
The Blacklist

Spring premiere.

April 21st

Girlboss Soundtrack
Girlboss – NEW SHOW!

Inspired by Sophia Amoruso’s best-selling book, this series follows the rise of Amoruso’s multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal. Britt Robertson plays the starring role of Sophia, a rebellious, broke anarchist who decides to start selling vintage clothing online. As her passion — and retail fashion empire — begins to grow, Sophia unexpectedly becomes a businesswoman, who starts realize the value (and difficulties) of being the boss of her own life.

Bosch Soundtrack

Premiere of season 3.

100th Episode: Scandal’s Best Music Moments

Celebrate the 100th episode of Scandal with a look back at some of the best music moments from the last 99.

Olivia’s (and Eli’s) classic record collection has taken us on a spin through some of music’s greatest talents. Here are some of the Tunefind fan favorite songs from the past 99 episodes of Scandal.

The Light
by The Album Leaf

from Season 1 · Episode 6 · The Trail
Fitz & Olivia’s theme. Liv and Fitz in the hallway, then on Liv’s couch. Again in S2 during Fitz’s eulogy for Pastor Drake, and S3 when Fitz tells Olivia about his dream of a house in Vermont.

I Don’t Know Why
by Stevie Wonder

from Season 2 · Episode 14 · Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
After the toast, Fitz and Olivia duck into the closet.

Wild Is the Wind

by Nina Simone

from Season 3 · Episode 4 · Say Hello to My Little Friend
During the funeral service.

Sunny (Mercury Edit II)
by Marvin Gaye

from Season 4 · Episode 1 · Randy, Red, Superfreak and Julia
Olivia enjoys glass of wine as she relaxes on a secret beach of an island; Jake comes over, they embrace and kiss.

Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing
by Stevie Wonder

from Season 4 · Episode 9 · Where the Sun Don’t Shine
Liv puts on her favorite album for Jake and they dance; later Jake comes back to find Liv missing.

How Do You Keep the Music Playing
by James Ingram & Patti Austin

from Season 5 · Episode 3 · Paris is Burning
On the balcony of the White House, Mellie and Fitz have a deep conversation and manage to apologize to one another.

A Song for You
by Donny Hathaway

from Season 5 · Episode 8 · Rasputin
Eli tells Olivia that he’s being hunted by his “sons” and he has given her everything she’ll need to survive in the event of his death.

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
by Roberta Flack

from Season 5 · Episode 8 · Rasputin
Fitz asks Liv to tell him she wasn’t the one who helped her father escape. Their voices are drowned out by the song.

Nessun Dorma
by Aretha Franklin

from Season 5 · Episode 14 · I See You
Abby fires Cyrus and Fitz asks Abby to join him for a drink; Olivia notices Jake used the same in with her as Vanessa; Huck deletes Javi’s videos.

Abraham, Martin, and John
by Marvin Gaye

from Season 6 · Episode 2 · Hardball
Frankie Vargas’ funeral; Mellie admires the oval office.

Let It Be
by Aretha Franklin

from Season 6 · Episode 9 · Dead in the Water
Quinn hugs Huck when he finally wakes up; Olivia takes Fitz’ advice and goes to Abby, she sits next to her on a bench as Abby begins to cry.


Check out the full list of songs from Scandal on Tunefind.

Last Week in Film & TV Music – 12 April 2017

Welcome to Last Week, with links to our favorite stories about film & TV music over the past week (or so), featuring favorite TV soundtracks and tons of sync insights…

For Artists Who Don’t Fit In Pop Radio, ‘Big Little Lies’ Standout Michael Kiwanuka Suggests TV

Six or seven months ago, soul singer Michael Kiwanuka got an email from his manager about a request to use his song “Cold Little Heart” on a HBO miniseries called Big Little Lies. Little did he realize how this would all turn out. (Source: Forbes)

This Website Will Help You Identify That Awesome Song That Played In Your Favorite TV Show

Having a track featured in a popular program can be a fantastic way for the song to shoot up the charts and the band or artist to break out in a major way…if people can identify what they were listening to, which isn’t always the case. Enter Tunefind. (Source: Forbes)

The mystery of trailer music, or ‘Why can’t I buy that Game of Thrones trailer song?’

We get this question all the time. Seriously. Some behind the scenes on how that trailer music comes together, and why a lot of it is impossible to get. (Source: The Verge)

‘The Get Down’ is back with a beautiful representation of the early hip-hop era

“I think this is one of the great music shows of all-time,” Touré boldly said of the Netflix series, which returns April 7. (Source: Entertainment Weekly)

Show Tunes, Pt. 2: Examining Music Supervision with Garrett McElver

In part two of three, Garrett McElver of SuperMusicVision (Better Call Saul, Love, Grace and Frankie) returns to discuss the intersection of film and music. (Source: Behind the Setlist)

From Big Little Lies to Twin Peaks: Here Are Our Favorite TV Soundtracks of All Time

Spin assembled a team to pay tribute to some of their personal favorites. Any of your favorites missing from the list? (Source: Spin)

This Fortnight in Music Supervision and Sync (07/04/17)

A great roundup of all the sync news around the web. (Source: Synchblog)

Junkie XLLearn the Ins & Outs of Film Scoring With Junkie XL’s Tom Holkenborg: Watch

If you loved the music of Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, Black Mass and Justice League you love the work of Tom Holkenborg, aka seasoned producer Junkie XL. Holkenborg scored all those films, and he’s become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after composers. Lucky for you, he’s returning to YouTube for a second season of his eye-opening “Studio Time” vlog series. (Source: Billboard)

Guild for Music Supervisors in U.K., Europe Launches: ‘The Sync Industry Is Very Unique’

Iain Cooke, whose credits include films about Amy Winehouse and Oasis, has been chosen as the guild’s first president. (Source: Billboard)

How Commercials Swallowed Indie Rock

There’s no stigma against ‘selling out’ anymore, but the blanket use of indie bands in the ad world is taking its toll regardless. (Source: Digital Music News)

Just Sync: Why Sync Matters More Than Ever

In this video, get exclusive insights from Mary Ramos, world-renowned music supervisor of Quentin Tarantino, as well as top executives at Warner & Imagem on why sync matters more than ever. From the never-ending quest for up-and-coming artists to unique opportunities provided to bands by successful sync placements, they share their vision about sync, now a more and more significant source of revenues for labels and publishers. (Source: MidemBlog)

“Pitches should be specific. Don’t throw anything against the wall” – music supervisor Tony Scudellari

The latest in SynchAudio’s music supervisor interview series is with Tony Scudellari, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s SVP, Television Music. (Source: Midem Blog)

13 Reasons Why: Music is Central to the Story

13 Reasons Why Soundtrack

When the eagerly anticipated 13 Reasons Why went up on Netflix March 31st, binge-watching ensued. Fans have been racing through the series’ 13 episodes.  One of the draws is the show’s music and Tunefind has seen a surge of users searching for tracks they hear on screen. We connected with Music Supervisor Season Kent to learn more about the music used in the show.

Based on the popular young adult novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why grapples with the aftermath of a young woman’s suicide as her friends piece together her motives thanks to cassette tapes she left behind. Touching on tough subjects like grief, bullying, sexual assault, and teen suicide, the show’s soundtrack has proven integral to its exploration of these complex and challenging issues.

The songs themselves needed to have dual responsibility – playing the scene whether in sweet emotion that turns haunting (i.e., the use of ‘The Night We Met’ by Lord Huron) or songs that put you as a viewer in that exact space where Clay, Hannah or any of the kids on the tapes are feeling at that exact moment,” says music supervisor Season Kent. “The music itself helped to become a character and also to heighten the emotional impact.”

Season, whose work includes The Fault In Our Stars, Magic Mike XXL, Suicide Squad, Marvel’s Luke Cage and The Flash (among many others), points to her collaboration with showrunner Brian Yorkey in how she approached selecting music for the show.  “Brian really had a vision for the music. He’s a musical guy, with great taste, which always makes my job even more fun,” recalls Season. “Basically, we just nerded out about bands we loved!”

The featured music covers a wide spectrum of artists and decades, including a song by series executive producer Selena Gomez, but the central device of these cassette tape recordings left behind by Hannah helped inform some of the musical choices. “We loved the idea of using 80s songs within this analog tape world we were living in and also exploring current bands with that throwback 80s vibe,” says Season.

The sound of 13 Reasons Why adds a powerful layer of sentiment and storytelling that was integral to the series. “Several of the songs in the first episode were written into the script – ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division, ‘Mess Is Mine’ by Vance Joy and ‘More Than Gravity’ by Colin & Caroline,” Season shares. “Lyrics are very important to Brian (as a Tony Award winning lyricist) and to the show – a song can help tell the story, a moment, a feeling – when you are reading someone’s face on-screen without them talking.  We set out to do that with each character, each situation. Overall a song played a particular situation whether it was lyrically or tonally or both.”

Music is so central that two companion soundtracks were released: the emotionally charged original score by ESKMO, also the composer for Billions, and the licensed music overseen by Season Kent.

“I’m a big fan of ESKMO – Brendan – and after meeting to discuss the tone of the show with Brian, Brendan was someone I had in mind for the show,” recalls Season. “His music is haunting, extremely interesting and stays with you.  Plus he’s a sweetheart of a guy and I really felt he would be able to immerse himself in this world.  He and Brian met, instantly connected and we were off to the races.  Releasing Brendan’s score was a no-brainer. It is the show.”

But those two albums only tell part of the music story, and the passionate fans of the show have been tracking over 70 songs used across 13 Reasons Why, all listed on Tunefind.

The relationship between Hannah and Clay is central to the storyline and a key theme in the music featured on the show.  “We have great moments for their relationship – a few that are trending on Tunefind – which goes to show the audience is connecting to them and their relationship,” says Season. “Some of my favorites there are ‘The Night We Met’ by Lord Huron, ‘The Only Boy Awake’ by Meadows, and ‘1,000 Times’ by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam.”

“The Night We Met” by Lord Huron was clearly a fan favorite on Tunefind. Playing during a moving scene in episode 5 where Hannah and Clay dance, this song shot to the top of Tunefind’s popular song chart. 

“Giving all the credit to Brian Yorkey for that [song choice] – the lyrics and tone said it all!” says Season. “I’ve been a long time Lord Huron fan and have used them several times in the past – so I was extremely excited to include them in this show!  It’s a really magical yet haunting moment the song gives to this episode.”

Asked to share her favorite song choices from the season, Season replies, “Too many!  But one I’ll mention is in episode 113 with ‘Windows’ by Angel Olsen. Jessica finally letting go of her fear and telling the truth to her father about what Bryce did to her. The quiet and haunting vocals that Angel has captures Jessica’s vulnerability, her fear and ultimately her release of this huge secret that she has tried to bury, tried to forget about and brush off as if it wasn’t a crime.  This song and this moment crushes me and makes me feel so deeply for so many women who have experienced exactly what she has.”

Want to explore more of the music of 13 Reasons Why? Check out the full list of tracks on Tunefind, and the most popular songs, listed below.

Most Popular Songs of 13 Reasons Why

Lord Huron - The Night We Met
The Night We Met

by Lord Huron

from Episode 5 · Tape 3, Side A
Hannah and Clay dance together

Meadows - The Only Boy Awake
The Only Boy Awake

by Meadows

from Episode 3 · Tape 2, Side A
Clay and Hannah sitting on the roof watching the moon

Vance Joy - Mess Is MineMess Is Mine
by Vance Joy

from Episode 1 · Tape 1, Side A
Clay sees Justin leaving the counselor’s office and thinks he sees Hannah in the crowd.

Selena Gomez - Only You
Only You

by Selena Gomez

from Episode 13 · Tape 7, Side A
Clay walks out of the guidance office after talking to Mr. Porter.

The Moth & The Flame - Young & Unafraid
Young & Unafraid

by The Moth & The Flame

from Episode 1 · Tape 1, Side A
Clay has trouble falling asleep so he listens to the cassette tape.

Roman Remains - The Killing Moon, from the 13 Reasons Why Soundtrack
The Killing Moon

by Roman Remains

from Episode 12 · Tape 6, Side B
Hannah comes home from Bryce’s party and begins her list.

Lost Under Heaven - The Great LongingThe Great Longing
by Lost Under Heaven

from Episode 6 · Tape 3, Side B
Zach comes back to Hannah in the diner to sit with her. Her Dad brings flowers for her mom.

Miya Folick - Talking With StrangersTalking With Strangers
by Miya Folick

from Episode 11 · Tape 6, Side A
Ending sequence with Clay talking to his mother about the lawsuit and Jessica crying in her bed.

Woodkid - Run Boy Run
Run Boy Run

by Woodkid

from Episode 2 · Tape 1, Side B
As Tony’s car passes by Clay’s bicycle and Tony meets up with Hannah’s mom.

Chromatics - Into the Black
Into the Black

by Chromatics

from Episode 3 · Tape 2, Side A
Alex falls into the pool.

Colin & Caroline - More Than Gravity
More Than Gravity

by Colin & Caroline

from Episode 1 · Tape 1, Side A
Hannah begins her narration; Clay stares at her locker.

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Love Will Tear Us Apart

by Joy Division

from Episode 1 · Tape 1, Side A
Clay gets a ride home with Tony. Repeats during the final scenes of the episode.

Hamilton Leithauser + RostamIn a Black Out
by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

from Episode 6 · Tape 3, Side B
Tony at the tombstone; Hannah and Clay in bed.

HUNGER - Amused


from Episode 5 · Tape 3, Side A
During the Winter Formal.

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
A 1,000 Times

by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

from Episode 11 · Tape 6, Side A
Hannah and Clay in the bedroom.

Eskmo - Riding

by Eskmo

from Episode 1 · Tape 1, Side A
Clay rides his bike to Tony’s house; Clay falls off the bike.

Husbands - You, Me, Cellphones
You, Me, Cellphones

by Husbands

from Episode 1 · Tape 1, Side A
Kat, Hannah, Clay and Bryce talking at the party.

The Kills - Doing It to DeathDoing It to Death
by The Kills

from Episode 3 · Tape 2, Side A
Jessica leaves after asking about Justin’s whereabouts; Hannah continues to talk about the butterfly effect.

The Japanese House - Cool BlueCool Blue
by The Japanese House

from Episode 1 · Tape 1, Side A
Justin and Hannah chat on the bus. She jumps off the bus and it leaves with Justin on it.

JR JR - SkeletonsSkeletons
by JR JR

from Episode 4 · Tape 2, Side B
Clay rides down the street among trick or treaters before seeing kids toilet papering Hannah’s house.

Elliott Smith - Thirteen

by Elliott Smith

from Episode 5 · Tape 3, Side A
Clay is showering; end credits.

Angel Olsen - Windows

by Angel Olsen

from Episode 13 · Tape 7, Side A
Jessica tells her father what happened with Bryce.

CTZNSHP - Everything Always
Everything Always


from Episode 4 · Tape 2, Side B
End credits.

SPringtime Carnivore - Under the Spell
Under the Spell

by Springtime Carnivore

from Episode 9 · Tape 5, Side A
Hannah wonders if she should go to Jessica’s party; Clay getting dressed.

Check out the full list of songs from 13 Reasons Why on Tunefind.

Top TV Song Last Week – 10 April 2017

The Night We Met by Lord Huron

“The Night We Met” by Lord Huron, heard on 13 Reasons Why, tops Tunefind’s list of most popular TV Songs last week.  The Netflix drama arrived last Friday and viewers have been racing through the gripping series in a binge-fest. Last wee’s top song played as Hannah and Clay danced, underscoring the the couple’s relationship and tragic end.

13 Reasons Why Soundtrack
Check out all the songs featured in 13 Reasons Why.

13 Reasons Why has released two official soundtrack albums, but they barely scratch the surface of the excellent music used across the series. Check out our interview with Music Supervisor Season Kent for some behind-the-scenes info about the music featured in 13 Reasons Why.

At Tunefind we’re tracking over 70 songs that have appeared in 13 Reasons Why, listed by episode.

〉Listen now: The Night We Met by Lord Huron

〉More music by Lord Huron

〉Read our interview with Season Kent, Music Supervisor for 13 Reasons Why.

〉Check out the entire 13 Reasons Why soundtrack

〉Hear other songs from Tunefind’s most popular TV music

What to Watch: Better Call Saul, The Son, Doctor Who

A quick roundup of upcoming premiere dates for returning favorites, like Better Call Saul and Doctor Who, new shows we’re excited about, like The Son and season finales. And links to their soundtracks, of course.

April 8th

The Son SoundtrackThe Son – NEW SHOW

The multigenerational epic follows two concurrent time periods: One, the story of young Eli McCullough after he is kidnapped and indoctrinated into a tribe of Comanches in 1849. The other, 60 years later, when we see a grown Eli struggle to maintain his family’s cattle empire during the turbulent Bandit Wars of South Texas. Based on Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed novel.

April 10th

Better Call Saul SoundtrackBetter Call Saul

The premiere of Season 3.

April 11th

Brooklyn Nine-Nine SoundtrackBrooklyn Nine-Nine

Spring premiere.

April 15th

Doctor Who SoundtrackDoctor Who

Premiere of season 10.



Just Added: 13 Reasons Why, Confess, Harlots and more…

We’re hard at work building the internet’s most comprehensive collection of movie and TV soundtracks. In an era of peak TV, that means a lot of TV shows! Tunefind is creeping up toward an amazing 900 TV shows in our database.

New TV shows recently added to Tunefind:

13 Reasons Why Soundtrack  Confess Soundtrack  Harlots Soundtrack

American Dreams Soundtrack  American Playboy Soundtrack  The Son Soundtrack

Everwood Soundtrack  Shots Fired Soundtrack  Ingobernable Soundtrack

Malcolm in the Middle Soundtrack  Trial & Error Soundtrack  Oasis Soundtrack

Snatch Soundtrack  Prime Suspect 1973 Soundtrack  Workin' Moms Soundtrack

Clique Soundtrack  Chicago Justice Soundtrack  The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Soundtrack

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Fan Favorites: The Best Songs from Big Little Lies

Music from Big Little Lies

HBO’s Big Little Lies has been addictive – a gripping mystery, amazing acting, gorgeous scenery, and an epic soundtrack. Music Supervisor Sue Jacobs and Director Jean-Marc Valle have collaborated on a powerful use of music, not as background or transition, but as an important voice telling the story of these compelling characters.

Fans have been flocking to Tunefind to track down the songs and we’re here to share the fan favorites, which extend far beyond the songs on the official soundtrack released for the show. We’ve tracked over 50 songs used across the 7 episodes of Big Little Lies.

Here are the top fan favorite songs from Big Little Lies:

Cold Little Heart

by Michael Kiwanuka

Theme song


by Leon Bridges

Episode 2: Serious Mothering

September Song

by Agnes Obel

Episode 1: Somebody’s DeadEpisode 3: Living the Dream,Episode 7: You Get What You Need

This Feeling

by Alabama Shakes

Episode 4: Push Comes to ShoveEpisode 5: Once Bitten

Victim of Love (feat. Menahan Street Band)

by Charles Bradley

Episode 1: Somebody’s Dead

Heartaches and Pain

by Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band

Episode 2: Serious Mothering

The Wind

by PJ Harvey

Episode 1: Somebody’s Dead

What Have You Done

by Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens

Episode 2: Serious Mothering

Ball and Chain

by Big Brother & The Holding Company

Episode 5: Once Bitten

Straight from the Heart

by Irma Thomas

Episode 4: Push Comes to ShoveEpisode 5: Once Bitten

Dance This Mess Around

by The B-52’s

Episode 2: Serious Mothering

Harvest Moon

by Neil Young

Episode 3: Living the Dream

Rippin Kittin

by Golden Boy with Miss Kittin

Episode 5: Once Bitten

Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole

by Martha Wainwright

Episode 1: Somebody’s Dead


Queen of Boredness (feat. Diesler)

by Kinny

Episode 3: Living the Dream


Call On Me

by Janis Joplin & Big Brother & The Holding Company

Episode 1: Somebody’s Dead, Episode 6: Burning Love

Super Rich Kids (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)

by Frank Ocean

Episode 1: Somebody’s Dead


King Kong

by Babe Ruth

Episode 1: Somebody’s Dead


by Fleetwood Mac

Episode 3: Living the Dream


by Charles Bradley

Episode 4: Push Comes to Shove

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

by Ituana

Episode 7: You Get What You Need



Check out all the music featured in the Big Little Lies soundtrack.

Last Week in Film & TV Music – 5 April 2017

Welcome to Last Week, with links to our favorite stories about film & TV music over the past week (or so), featuring Big Little Lies, The Young Pope, Iron Fist, Emerald City, Grace and Frankie, Halt and Catch Fire…

The Young Pope SoundtrackHow The Young Pope Got Its Batshit Soundtrack

Series creator Paolo Sorrentino talks about how the show got its often bizarre, always unforgettable music. (Source: GQ)

Shots Fired SoundtrackTwo Creatives On How Music Bookends The Tension, Relief And Stark Reality Of ‘Shots Fired’

Music Supervisor Jabari Ali walks us through his intense work crafting the sound of Shots Fired. (Source: Vibe)

Big Little Lies SoundtrackThe Soul of Big Little Lies Is in Its Music

Music Supervisor Sue Jacobs has gotten a lot of (well deserved!) attention for her work on Big Little Lies, where the music is truly a part of the story, but we loved this piece in particular. (Source: The Atlantic)

Emerald City Soundtrack‘Iron Fist,’ ‘Emerald City’ Composer Trevor Morris Scores The Yellow Brick Road

Emmy-winning composer Trevor Morris creates the sound for a diverse group of television shows, including NBC’s Emerald City and Netflix’s Iron Fist. (Source: Awards Daily)

Halt and Catch Fire SoundtrackPeak TV Treasure: Halt and Catch Fire

Some love for the catchy opening title sequence of Halt and Catch Fire. (Source: TVLine)

Grace and Frankie SoundtrackThe End Credits Songs In ‘Grace And Frankie’ Season 3 Make Up A Soothing Soundtrack

A tribute to the work of the team at SuperMusicVision and their selections for the closing credits songs featured in Grace and Frankie Season 3. (Source: Bustle)