Top TV Shows of 2020 Driving Music Discovery

Here at Tunefind we’re looking back at some of the highlights from 2020, including the top movie soundtracks, top new TV shows driving music discovery, top tv syncs, and most popular artists on Tunefind. Check out our handy compilation of all our year-end coverage at Round Up: Tunefind’s Best of 2020.

We cover over 2,000 television shows from around the world here at Tunefind. At any given time some 250 or so of those are putting out new episodes – and featuring new music. But only some television shows use music in a way that drives fans to the ends of the internet to hunt down that song. That new artist you haven’t heard before. A cover that puts a new twist on an old favorite. That ear worm you can’t get out of your head. An unreleased mystery track…

These are the television shows that consistently send fans searching out the music and artists featured each episode. The viewers are super engaged with the music, following the soundtrack as closely as they follow the plot lines.

And, while television show production was thrown for a loop by Covid 19, the masses were stuck at home were still desperate for entertainment. The streaming services were happy to oblige, and fans started tearing through past seasons of old favorites at a furious clip. Whether it was lighthearted sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother, or classic dramas like The Sopranos, the archives are full of great television that provided critical distraction from this wild year.

But first we kick things off with the active shows, airing new episodes this past year. These were the most popular shows whose soundtracks were driving music discovery during 2020.

 

Music Supervisor: Madonna Wade-Reed

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

Change (If We Try) [feat. Abbey Smith]

by CAMM, Abbey Smith

from All American Soundtrack · Season 2 · Episode 1 · Hustle & Motivate

Beginning of Nipsey’s neighborhood vigil; Coop …


Music Supervisor: Jennifer Ross

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

R.A.N.

by Miguel

from Power Soundtrack · Season 6 · Episode 1 · Murderers

Ghost reminisces in Angela’s apartment.


Music Supervisor: Ann Kline

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

Heavy Sweet

by Karate Body

from Shameless Soundtrack · Season 11 · Episode 1 · This is Chicago!

Lip brings Tami coffee.


Music Supervisor: Matt Biffa

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

On the Radio (Music from the Netflix Original Series Sex Education)

by Chip Taylor

from Sex Education Soundtrack · Season 2 · Episode 8

Otis leaves a voicemail for Maeve. End credits.


Music Supervisors: Amelia Hartley, Pete Saville, Zoë Ellen Bryant

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

I'm a Man

by Black Strobe

from Peaky Blinders Soundtrack · Season 5 · Episode 1 · Black Tuesday

Beginning of the Shelby family meeting


Music Supervisors: Alexandra Patsavas, Justin Kamps

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

Sounds of Someday

by Radio Company

from Supernatural Soundtrack · Season 15 · Episode 4 · Atomic Monsters

Towards the end, Billy acknowledges the boys co…


Music Supervisor: Jen Malone

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

Crazy

by Daniela Andrade

from The Umbrella Academy Soundtrack · Season 2 · Episode 1 · Right Back Where We Started

(0:37) Diego wakes up in a padded cell.


Music Supervisor: John Bissell

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

Solid Ground

by Michael Kiwanuka

from The Blacklist Soundtrack · Season 7 · Episode 1 · Louis T. Steinhil

Montage of Cooper reassuring Liz, and Katrina w…


Music Supervisors: Justin Kamps, Alexandra Patsavas

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

This Year's Love

by Jasmine Thompson

from Lucifer Soundtrack · Season 5 · Episode 5 · Detective Amenadiel

Lucifer and Chloe discuss their relationship an…


Music Supervisors: Alexandra Patsavas, Kasey Truman

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

Where The Shadow Ends (Acoustic)

by BANNERS

from Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack · Season 17 · Episode 3 · My Happy Ending

At the end, Meredith runs towards Derek and falls.

 


Honorable Mention

While not technically airing new episodes in 2020 (until the single special episode released in early December) HBO’s Euphoria has continued to have a huge audience throughout the year, all driven by the 8 episodes released in summer 2019. Between the buzz around Labrinth’s soundtrack and the buzz around Zendaya’s Emmy win, this show just didn’t quit putting up numbers throughout 2020.

Music Supervisor: Jen Malone

Fan Favorite Music Moment:

From the Streaming Vaults

Some of these shows haven’t aired a new episode in over a decade, but they still drew in audiences this year – and had those fans seeking out the soundtrack. Whether you’re excited for the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot and just need to re-watch the original series first, or El Camino had you wanting to dive back into the world of Breaking Bad, everything old is new again.

These are the shows that kept us distracted through 2020, with hours upon hours of episodes ready for your pandemic bingeing pleasure. And amazing soundtracks to fill up those playlists.

For full details on this year’s most popular songs, artists, television shows, and movies in sync and more, check out our Round Up: Tunefind’s Best of 2020.

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