Another year has come to an end…basically three weeks ago now. I’ve already completed and uploaded my 2016 IN TELEVISION: A SUPERCUT/COUNTDOWN to Vimeo (HERE), and I’m just using this blog once more to post the playlist I compiled of music from this last year’s crop of peak television. It’s 100 songs, about 6.75 hours worth of tunes to listen to, all contenders for use as the soundtrack for parts of the countdown. So here they are in all of their glory, from countless 80s throwback tracks to almost the entire repertoire of TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN’s Roadhouse, and some Italian pop thrown in for fun:

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Hammer To Fall” – Queen – STRANGER THINGS

Road To Nowhere” – Talking Heads – LEGION

Dolce Vita” – Ryan Paris – MASTER OF NONE

The Seed (2.0)” – The Roots feat. Cody Chesnutt – SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT

“(Do The) Push and Pull – Pt. 1” – Rufus Thomas – THE DEUCE

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Runaround Sue” – Dion – AMERICAN GODS

Daydream Believer” – The Monkees – THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Life In A Northern Town” – The Dream Academy – GLOW

Lark” – Au Revoir Simone – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

New Year” – Over Sands – YOU’RE THE WORST

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Never Be Like You” – Flume feat. kai – THE YOUNG POPE

Take Me for a Ride” – Holy Oysters – YOU’RE THE WORST

Redbone” – Childish Gambino – DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

Raspberry Beret” – Prince – SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT

Losing You” – Solange – SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT


Saturday” – Desire – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” – Soft Cell – MASTER OF NONE

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now (Perfect Strangers Theme)” – David Pomeranz – THE LEFTOVERS

Guarda come dondolo” – Edoardo Vianello – MASTER OF NONE

Gonna Get Along Without You Now” – Skeeter Davis – MASTER OF NONE


Oh Heart” – Tank and The Bangas – BOJACK HORSEMAN

I Wanna Prove to You” – Lemon Twigs – YOU’RE THE WORST

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” – Meatloaf – MINDHUNTER

The Warrior” – Patty Smyth & The Scandal – GLOW

Children Of The Revolution” – T. Rex – LEGION

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So Bad” – Doran Danoff – YOU’RE THE WORST

Brooklyn” – Youngblood Brass Band – FARGO

These Ain’t Raindrops” – James Carr – THE DEUCE

Tarifa” – Sharon Van Etten – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

River” – Leon Bridges – BIG LITTLE LIES

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Mississippi” – The Cactus Blossoms – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Life Crisis” – River Whyless – BETTER THINGS

Shark Smile” – Big Thief – YOU’RE THE WORST

Wild West” – Lissie – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

A Horse with No Name” – Patrick Carney & Michelle Branch – BOJACK HORSEMAN

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No Stars” – Rebekah Del Rio – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Axolotl” – The Veils – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Silver Trembling Hands” – The Flaming Lips – BIG LITTLE LIES

This is Radio Clash” – The Clash – STRANGER THINGS

Blood In The Cut” – K. Flay – BOJACK HORSEMAN

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Stone Fox” – Ali Beletic – YOU’RE THE WORST

A Violent Yet Flammable World” – Au Revoir Simone – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Home Is Where” – Caveboy – YOU’RE THE WORST

Tilted” – Christine and the Queens – BETTER THINGS

Take On Me” – a-ha – THE LEFTOVERS

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Things Can Only Get Better” – Howard Jones – GLOW

American Wedding” – Gogol Bordello – FARGO

Prisencolinensinainciusol” – Adriano Celentano – FARGO

Lovers Who Wander” – Dion – THE DEUCE

I Only Have Eyes For You” – The Flamingos – THE CROWN


I Want” – The Bear – YOU’RE THE WORST

I Don’t Like Mondays” – The Boomtown Rats – MINDHUNTER

Don’t” – Zoe Kravitz – BIG LITTLE LIES

Treat Her Like A Lady” – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose – THE DEUCE

You Don’t Own Me” – Lesley Gore – THE HANDMAID’S TALE


Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – Nina Simone – TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL

Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” – Cigarettes After Sex – THE HANDMAID’S TALE

Shadow” – Chromatics – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

I’m Not Gonna Let You” – Colonel Abrams – SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT

Found Your Love” – Bosq feat. Kuyen – YOU’RE THE WORST

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Hey Hey Guy” – Ken Laszlo – MASTER OF NONE

Right” – David Bowie – MINDHUNTER

Mr. Big Stuff” – Jean Knight – THE DEUCE

Careless Love” – Ray Charles – THE DEUCE

The Wonder of You” – Villagers – BIG LITTLE LIES

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She’s A Rainbow” – The Rolling Stones – LEGION

My Prayer” – The Platters – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Cold Little Heart” – Michael Kiwanuka – BIG LITTLE LIES

Used to Be” – Weyes Blood – YOU’RE THE WORST

Crazy On You” – Heart – FARGO

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Hot Child In The City” – Nick Gilder – MINDHUNTER

Stir It Up” – Patti LaBelle – GLOW

Windswept” – Johnny Jewel – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Feeling Good” – Nina Simone – THE HANDMAID’S TALE/LEGION

Ace Of Spades” – O.V. Wright – THE DEUCE

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I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – Otis Redding – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Just You” – James Marshall – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Postcards” – Equal feat. Sam Island – YOU’RE THE WORST

Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft” – Klaatu – MINDHUNTER

Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker, Jr. – STRANGER THINGS

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When the Sun Goes Down” – The Jetzons – STRANGER THINGS

If U C My Enemies” – Rubblebucket – YOU’RE THE WORST

Watchtower (Instrumental)” – Devlin – THE YOUNG POPE

Klown Wit da Nuclear Code” – Stew & The Negro Problem – SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT

S.O.B.” – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – FARGO


You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” – Jim Croce – STRANGER THINGS

This Feeling” – Alabama Shakes – BIG LITTLE LIES

Her Mercy” – Glen Hansard – BETTER THINGS

Halo” – Lotte Kestner – THE YOUNG POPE

Release Me” – Corrina Repp – BETTER THINGS


Golden Days” – The Woodlands – BETTER THINGS

Out of Sand” – Eddie Vedder – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

Like a Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone” – Slothrust – YOU’RE THE WORST

Wreckage” – Amy Bezunartea – BETTER THINGS

The World Spins” – Julee Cruise – TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN


In Ghostlike Fading” – My Best Fiend – BETTER THINGS

Perfect Day” – Lou Reed – BETTER THINGS

Everything Happens for the First Time” – Eli Mardock – YOU’RE THE WORST

Shine” – Mondo Cozmo – BETTER THINGS

Wake Up” – Jenny Owen Youngs – BOJACK HORSEMAN


And there you have it. It’s a complete waste perhaps, but if you’re ever on a long road trip or cleaning for several hours, maybe give it a listen. I’ve added the Spotify playlist (which is missing 2 songs from The Roadhouse) as well as the YouTube playlist (which has the full 100) for your easy access. Happy listening!