6 TV Shows with the Best Music

I’ve always had a huge love for music and it’s grown even more over the years with all of the new songs and artists I’ve discovered thanks to watching many different TV shows. My music taste spans just about every decade and genre, so trying to narrow the TV shows with the best music down was no easy feat, but here are what I consider the 6 TV shows with the best music.

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The O.C.

We all lived for this show back in the day, and the music that came from it was always blasting from my headphones. I think The O.C. definitely paved the way for music in TV – especially with most of the teen shows that followed (namely Laguna Beach and The Hills).

Notable Songs: Jem’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Matt Pond’s “Champagne Supernova,” and Death Cab for Cutie’s “The Sound of Settling”

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More recently, HBO’s Girls has put SO many songs on the map for us millennials in the background as the characters navigate life as twenty-somethings in NYC. I think it has a pretty good balance of hip, indie, and crosses several genres.

Notable Songs: Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” and Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”

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The Vampire Diaries

A lot of the music from TVD actually reminds me of the tunes from The O.C. since it’s pretty indie, but so good! In recent years, I’ve found myself using the Shazam app most when watching this show to find out what song is playing.

Notable Songs: Carolina Liar’s “I’m Not Over,” and The Raveonette’s “The Christmas Song”

Gilmore Girls

I know you’re all with me on this one! I was in middle school when this show started and remember my friend and I getting our after school snack of vanilla ice cream with Oreos (yum!) and catching an episode here and there. After rewatching the show from beginning to end right before the revival

Notable Songs: XTC’s “Then She Appeared,” and Grant Lee Buffalo’s “Truly Truly”


The Goldbergs

I’ve watched this show since the beginning and get SO many laughs from it. But also, THE MUSIC! Being set in the 80s, the show is filled with so many great 80s tunes, which I live for!

Notable Songs: Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door,” Pat Benatar’s “Shadows of the Night,” and Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

Grey’s Anatomy

Admittedly, I haven’t watched Grey’s Anatomy in YEARS (it went downhill for a while there and I could never bring myself to power through to when it supposedly got “good again”), but I can tell you the music was always top-notch! In fact, I think this one might actually hold the #1 spot in all of my TV-watching history in terms of music.

Notable Songs: Tegan and Sara’s “Where Does the Good Go,” Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars,” and Unkle Bob’s “Swans”

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Do you agree with these? What other show(s) would you add to the list?

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  1. May 1, 2017 / 3:31 PM

    I’ve been binge watching Scandal and I LOVE their music choices. Great soul, funk and Motown.

    • May 4, 2017 / 9:01 PM

      YES! All the best tunes. TGIT :)

  2. May 1, 2017 / 5:05 PM

    Love this post! I even like when a show has its own instrumental music that plays throughout, like Twin Peaks or Fargo for instance. With “regular music” haha, I always thought Gossip Girl picked relatively good music. Orange is the New Black also has a good soundtrack, of course! And then I would probably say Supernatural just because I am a huge fan of classic rock.

    • May 4, 2017 / 9:43 PM

      Thank, Chelsea! GG and OITNB are good ones too! I haven’t watched Supernatural but I love classic rock too so I might have to give it a try just for the tunes :)

  3. May 1, 2017 / 9:11 PM

    Gossip Girl. There used to be a blog dedicated to all the music from it… I have SO much of it.

    • May 18, 2017 / 8:37 PM

      Ah, yes! I don’t know how I could leave GG off the list. SO many good tunes!

  4. Leighann Hall
    May 1, 2017 / 10:21 PM

    Love these choices! I agree with adding Gossip Girl too! They had some good tunes! Also, you made me want to watch The OC again!

    • May 20, 2017 / 11:25 AM

      Thanks, Leighann! I wouldn’t mind going back to watch The OC either. It was life back in the day :)

  5. May 1, 2017 / 11:37 PM

    I clicked on your post specifically to see if you included Grey’s! Seriously, I have a huge playlist dedicated to all my favorite songs from the show. And it DOES get good again! I am loving it right now!

    • May 18, 2017 / 8:38 PM

      I lived for that music in high school/early on in college. What are some of your favorites from the show? I watch Scandal so I always seem to catch the last couple minutes of Grey’s and there’s like an entirely new cast! Maybe one of these days I’ll pick it back up again!

  6. May 2, 2017 / 6:14 AM

    I haven’t seen a few of these shows, but I knew I had to click over and put my vote in for Grey’s Anatomy! SO good! I also loved the Vampire Diaries in the beginning. Not as much towards the end

    • June 1, 2017 / 10:21 PM

      Grey’s Anatomy is probably #1 for music! I can’t even begin to count how many songs I added to my library from the show!

  7. May 2, 2017 / 7:26 AM

    YASSSS!!! I loved the OC’s, Girls, and GG sound tracks!! I also really like 13 reasons why sound track!

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:46 PM

      SO much good music on TV! I wouldn’t know of half the artists/songs I have in my library without all of the shows!

  8. May 2, 2017 / 7:42 AM

    I am so with you on The Vampire Diaries soundtrack!! I listen to so many of them on repeat after I figure out what songs they’re playing! :P I need to check out The OC’s too–they had a lot of good ones!

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:46 PM

      YES! The Shazam app was the greatest invention ever, especially when it comes to figuring out what songs in TV shows/movies are!

  9. May 2, 2017 / 8:12 AM

    I totally agree with The Vampire Diaries and Grey’s (although I think they repeat a lot of their songs quite a bit)

    • May 4, 2017 / 9:44 PM

      I think they do too. Or maybe just using the same artists that start to sound the same!

  10. Lauren Jane
    May 2, 2017 / 8:53 AM

    I know these songs but have never watched these shows! I LOVE Carolina Liar

    • May 20, 2017 / 2:03 PM

      Ah! You have to go back and watch some. I think most of them are on Netflix :)

  11. May 2, 2017 / 9:14 AM

    YES!!!! I LOVE all of the music in The OC!!! That’s definitely one of my favorites. Sometimes I’ll still hear songs from and it and I’ll know exactly what Seth and Summer were doing at the exact moment it played! I also love the music from Gossip Girl- probably because it’s the same showrunner!

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:54 PM

      Haha me too! And I can’t believe I forgot to include Gossip Girl on the list SO many good ones in there too!

  12. Sharon Glascoe
    May 2, 2017 / 9:26 AM

    Yesssss! Totally agree with all of these. Grey’s Anatomy was a huge deal when they started because it basically launched the careers of so many artists like The Fray, Ingrid Michelson, and Snow Patrol.

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:53 PM

      Oh yeah! I became totally obsessed with Snow Patrol (and so many other artists + songs) thanks to Grey’s.

  13. May 2, 2017 / 9:41 AM

    Gilmore Girls for sure! I do like a lot of the music in the OC but it made me loathe that hallelujah song. So over that.

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:52 PM

      I can totally see that. I think they played it 2 or 3 times over the course of the show but I hated that they played it during Marissa’s death scene!

  14. May 2, 2017 / 10:16 AM

    Big Little Lies on HBO! I finished it a few weeks ago and it had GREAT music.

    • May 20, 2017 / 2:03 PM

      So true! I’m blanking on the little girl’s name (really she was like a mini adult), but I was very impressed by her music taste, haha!

  15. May 2, 2017 / 5:33 PM

    This is such a great round up! I also love all the music in Hart of Dixie!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • May 24, 2017 / 9:01 PM

      Thanks, Katie! I only watched a few eps of Hart of Dixie. Is it worth watching all the way through?

  16. May 3, 2017 / 7:33 AM

    The Grey’s music is incredible! Definitely responsible for a lot of my playlists in high school :)

    • May 24, 2017 / 9:01 PM

      SAME! Major kudos to whoever did the music selection for it!

  17. Abbey Phipps
    May 3, 2017 / 9:47 AM

    I always loved the music on Gilmore Girls! :)

    • May 20, 2017 / 11:30 AM

      So good, right?! Do you have any favorites that stand out?

  18. May 3, 2017 / 10:03 AM

    YES YES YES YES YAAAASASSSS!!! I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. You think of the BEST blog post ideas!!! When I first read this post, I immediately thought of Grey’s and One Tree Hill. Also, I LOVE the O.C. music!!

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:49 PM

      Aww thanks girl! I’ve only seen a few eps here and there of OTH (it’s on my to-binge list) but I remember liking the music from the eps I saw!

  19. May 3, 2017 / 10:40 AM

    The O.C. got me into Death Cab For Cutie. I also love The Goldbergs — it’s one the shows my husband and I watch together each week.

    • June 1, 2017 / 10:23 PM

      Same! And LOVE that you’re into The Goldbergs too. I feel like it’s so underrated. It’s definitely one of my favorite shows on TV now!

  20. May 3, 2017 / 12:23 PM

    Yes!! This is a great topic for a blog post! I agree that The OC, Gilmore Girls and Grey’s Anatomy all had fantastic music! I haven’t watched the others, so I can’t say for those, but I’m sure they are too. I remember listening to a lot of the music that was in ER back in the day, but when I was younger I was obsessed with that show, so that might have been part of the reason why. But there were a few seasons when I was in high school that had music that I listened to.

  21. May 3, 2017 / 4:33 PM

    Gilmore Girls really does have great music! I think TV show soundtracks are severely underrated. :]

    // itsCarmen.com

    • May 20, 2017 / 8:30 PM

      You and me both! It must be such a fun job to pick the music out for shows!

  22. Neely
    May 3, 2017 / 8:52 PM

    I think One Tree Hill and The OC. I used to have all of the OC soundtracks!

    • May 20, 2017 / 11:29 AM

      Same! I didn’t watch OTH regularly but I saw a few eps. It’s on my to-binge list!

  23. May 7, 2017 / 8:31 AM

    Yes! I was just thinking about how great the music was on The Vampire Diaries the other day! I also agree about Girls. I trust you about the other shows, but I just haven’t seen enough of them to be able to draw that conclusion, ha ha.

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:48 PM

      It sounds like it’s time for a Netflix binge soon :) There’s just so much good music out there!

  24. May 7, 2017 / 11:08 AM

    I love the music on Gilmore Girls! I need to re-watch the OC..it’s been a long time! Also Gray’s…Love, love love that show! Great picks girl!

    • June 1, 2017 / 10:22 PM

      Thanks, Mistle! I’m definitely overdue for an OC rewatch too. It was the best show back in the day :)

  25. May 14, 2017 / 9:34 PM

    Totally agree with The Goldbergs! I only watch that one every once in awhile, but when I do, I have whatever they were playing at the end of the show stuck in my head for the rest of the day! :) Probably not your style of music given the other shows you recommended, but I gotta add Nashville to your list. The talent on that show is incredible!

    • June 3, 2017 / 6:47 PM

      Same! I’m all about the 80s music :) And I LOVE Nashville too! My music library is probably the most diverse one out there, haha. Do you have a fave character?