Hello: Top New Shows of 2017 Driving Music Discovery

While we had to say goodbye to some of our favorite music-centric tv shows this year, a lot of new shows are helping fill the void. Below we recap the most popular new shows in 2017 that have the highest activity and fan engagement on Tunefind. These new shows are the ones that sent fans scrambling to identify the songs and artists featured. All of these shows feature not only great storytelling, but those stories are enhanced and improved by stellar music selection.

Music Supervisor: Morgan Rhodes

With a college radio DJ as a main character, Morgan Rhodes got to get back to her DJ roots with Dear White Peopleweaving together soul, indie, electronic and even a bit of country throughout the show. We talked with Morgan about her process for selecting the music and some of the fan favorites from the show.

 

Top Song:

Digital Kids

by Vicktor Taiwò

from Season 1 · Episode 6

Ending scene; Reggie and Sam about to kiss when Ga…


Music Supervisor: Rob Lowry

Empowering pop anthems and fresh female vocals helped propel The Bold Type to the top of Tunefind’s charts. We spoke with Rob Lowry about how he soundtracks the series, and spoke with MILCK about the show’s powerful use of her song “Quiet.

 

Top Song:

No Talk

by Lowell

from Season 1 · Episode 5 · No Feminism in the Champagne Room

Kat stuffing gift bags for the event; she texts Ad…


Music Supervisor: Maggie Phillips

Legion marks the second partnership between Maggie Phillips, showrunner Noah Hawley and composer Jeff Russo (the first: Fargo) and they built a richly trippy sonic world to bring us inside David’s mind. Maggie shared the inspiration behind the Legion soundtrack and her favorite songs from the show.

 

Top Song:

Oh! You Pretty Things

by Lisa Hannigan

from Season 1 · Episode 6 · Chapter 6

Cary removes Sydney's headphones which causes her…


Music Supervisor: Andy Gowan

A dark comedy about an autistic teen coming of age, Atypical’s main character often wears noise canceling headphones to block out loud sounds and music. Thankfully, viewers get to enjoy a soundtrack that runs the gamut from Alt-J to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

 

Top Song:

Doin' It Right

by STS & RJD2

from Season 1 · Episode 4 · A Nice Neutral Smell

Rolling into end credits


The new Netflix series Mindhunter used music to bring us back to the late 70’s, and to help us step into the minds of serial killers and the FBI agents hunting them down. This addictive show inspired a lot of viewers to discover the 70’s hits and deep tracks from some key artists of the time that are featured throughout the show.

 

Top Song:

In the Light

by Led Zeppelin

from Season 1 · Episode 10

As Holden leaves FBI offices on visit to one of h…


Music Supervisor: Gabe Hilfer

While this show might not have gotten as much mainstream buzz as some others on this list, the soundtrack of Ozark clearly struck a chord with viewers and helped set the scene for Jason Bateman’s descent into a life of crime.

 

Top Song:

Decks Dark

by Radiohead

from Season 1 · Episode 1 · Sugarwood

End of the episode, Dad stops the car and walks ou…


Music Supervisors: Michael Perlmutter, Mikaila Simmons

Another of the most talked about shows of the year, The Handmaid’s Tale featured a bold soundtrack that helped create the often disturbing contrast between the present day and the recent past in the handmaids’ world. We chatted with Michael Perlmutter and Mikaila Simmons about some of those key music moments from the show.

Top Song:

Music Supervisor: Sue Jacobs

No surprise here: right from the first episode everyone was talking about Big Little Lies. The show’s soundtrack – and a certain 6-year-old with great taste in music – were a big part of the buzz. Music supervisor Sue Jacobs even took home the first ever Emmy awarded for Music Supervision for her work on the show.

 

Top Song:

Cold Little Heart

by Michael Kiwanuka

from Season 1 · Episode 1 · Somebody's Dead

Opening credits; theme song.


Music Supervisor: Season Kent

Based upon a popular young adult novel of the same name, 13 Reasons Why instantly inspired some unprecedented activity on Tunefind, including efforts to identify every note of music featured in the show, including all the original score by composer Eskmo. With cassette tapes a central device of the show, it’s no surprise the soundtrack would be an essential element of the storytelling. We talked with Season Kent about the music featured in 13 Reasons Why.

Top Song:

The Night We Met

by Lord Huron

from Season 1 · Episode 5 · Tape 3, Side A

Hannah and Clay dance together – plays at the begi…


Music Supervisor: Alexandra Patsavas

With a midseason premiere in early February, Riverdale’s dark take on the Archie comic was an instant hit and quickly picked up for a second season in the Fall lineup. As always, Alex Patsavas delivers a stellar soundtrack full of new names you should have on your radar.

Top Song:

Start a War

by Klergy & Valerie Broussard

from Season 2 · Episode 1 · Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying

Jughead and Betty kiss then Jughead arrives back a…

 

Stay tuned for more highlights as Tunefind looks back at the best in TV and film music in 2017…

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