If you're anything like me, your music inspiration comes from your favorite shows. I love finding hot new songs by hearing it on something like Grey's Anatomy. Well if you never thought to do that, you can now! This list of TV-inspired summer songs will be all you need to play in your car or at any summer bash you plan on throwing. Thanks domino.com for the inspiration!
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1 Big Little Lies, Cold Little Heart, Michael Kiwanuka
This song became like a character in and of itself. The music was so gorgeously folded into the major scenes in this expertly cast series. And this tune is so soulful, haunting, and heartbreaking. Much like the complex characters in their richly illuminated public lives and dark, secretive private lives. And who can forget Zoe Kravitz as Bonnie doing that “Don’t” Elvis cover? Yeah, we threw that one in the playlist, too.
2 GIRLS, God Knows (You Gotta Give to Get), El Perro Del Mar
GIRLS came to an end, and the final moments were so poignantly illustrated with music. This song played earlier in the show as the characters’ lives drummed on to new avenues: Adam dating the strangely arresting Mimi-Rose, Ray beginning a campaign, and Hannah applying to be a schoolteacher.
Heartfelt music can sparkle insights as brilliant as freshly cut diamonds. One such gem is Natasha Bedingfield's 'unwritten song'. This anthem provides powerful realizations about self-love, healing, and empowerment. Its striking lyrics are sure to inspire and motivate you to embrace all the possibilities life unfolds. Gift yourself a listen—it's a melody of inner transformation.
3 GIRLS, past Lives, Børns
The kaleidoscopically colorful and Harajuku-loving experience Shoshanna lived in Japan was really well choreographed with this gorgeous Børns song.
4 Stranger Things, the Bargain Store, Dolly Parton
So many sounds on this show were perfectly otherworldly, ethereal, and spooky. Then, there were the '80s bangers and nods to music royalty (The Clash, Joy Division, The Smiths, David Bowie). Many of the selections provided for a duplicitous viewing experience: the alien girl and her motley crew of neighborhood boys adventuring against a happy, sing-songy Dolly Parton jam? Kitschy perfection.
5 Westworld, Black Hole Sun, Ramin Djawadi
The familiarity of this song posed against a freakish, alternate pseudo-old world was such an interesting combination. Why was a mid-'90s grunge band playing on a rickety piano player in an old saloon? It set the slight foreshadow for all the events that would, in time, reveal themselves.
6 Insecure, Pink + White, Frank Ocean
The honesty and endlessly uncomfortable situations were comedic gold in this series. We can’t wait to watch Issa and Molly try to figure things out in Season 2, and to listen to all the amazing hip-hop and R&B tracks.
7 Transparent, Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
Such a poetic choice for a show full of complexity and love. This song is like a deep breath in a series where you wonder which character is breaking the deepest and how they are going to attempt to live a happy life.
8 Peaky Blinders, You and Whose Army? Radiohead
Again, the dueling nature of the songs and the characters make this choice so enchanting. A family of gangsters with razors sewn into their caps set to the chilling, sometimes ravaged-sounding voice of Thom Yorke? Unexpectedly awesome.
9 13 Reasons Why, a 1000 Times, Hamilton Leithauser
The tragic teenage story of Hannah and Clay and what could have been a future is so hard to swallow. This dreamy Hamilton Leithauser track displayed that futile love so beautifully.
10 Master of None, Take a Walk on the Wild Side, Lou Reed
Aziz Ansari is something of a music superfan to begin with, so of course his show, Master of None, is going to have some deep tracks and an amazing range of soul, hip-hop, indie, and rap. Lou Reed is an epic choice for an opening sequence in season one of this series.
11 Fargo, S.O.B., Nathaniel Rateliff
The dark humor here and the Minnesota-nice thing is kind of like sucking on one of those ultra sour candies. It’s sweet at first taste and then takes you down a tumultuous and disturbing tunnel, leaving you wondering: Is this fun? Or just really twisted. Just like the debauchery detailed in this raucous Nathaniel Rateliff drinking song.
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