If any show can convert us to the marvels of country music, it’s Nashville. OK, so it helps the songs on this hit drama are more pop/rock than the kind of country your grandpappy used to like. (And it also helps they come alongside delicious drama involving beautiful people getting up to all kinds of skulduggery. Which is always fun to watch.)
As the latest series of Nashville continues to hit all the right notes, it’s got us thinking. What have been the all-time best songs ever to come out of TV shows? We mean songs that only exist in the universe of the shows themselves, but deserve more recognition out here in the real world. Take it away…
Nashville – “Don’t Put Dirt on My Grave Just Yet”
It’s hard to pick just one song from Nashville, but if we absolutely HAVE to (and we do), then this’ll be the one. It’s got everything: a gutsy intro from songstress Juliette as she faces down her naysayers, and then the kind of kick-ass song that’s precision-crafted to be sung along to at the top of your voice, ideally while you’re almost falling off your stool with your fifth bottle of beer in hand.
The Office – “Free Love Freeway”
Remember when we first saw this scene about to happen, and we prepared ourselves for another cringe-ageddon moment from David Brent? How wrong we were. The big man even won Tim and Dawn over with his actually-really-good vocals. And when he got to that impassioned chorus, he was – for one brief glimmering moment – the Bon Jovi of commercial paper production.
The Office is available to watch on Netflix
Adventure Time – “All Gummed Up Inside”
If there’s any justice in the world, Finn’s ridiculously catchy and sing-a-longable ode will become a busker’s favourite, right up there with Mrs Robinson and Streets of London…
Friends – “Smelly Cat”
All these years later, the question of what they were feeding it still remains unanswered.
The Simpsons – “Happy Birthday, Lisa”
Yes, we could have picked one of the many funny, satirical songs from The Simpsons. We could have picked Monty Burns asking us to “See my vest, see my vest” (“made from real gorilla chest”). But no, darn it. We’re going to go all sentimental and opt for this genuinely lovely birthday ode which will make feel like celebrating your own birthday, and everyone else’s birthday, right now already.
Red Dwarf – “Tongue Tied”
We admit it; it’s not just that this song is pretty neat. It’s the all-singing, all-dancing performance put on by the Red Dwarf lads that really makes it special. Even Rimmer manages to cut a dash, and make us forget that he’s a total gimboid for a few minutes. (Fun fact: the sequence was choreographed by the guy who played evil computer Queeg.)
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – “Peeno Noir”
“Caviar. Myanmar. Mid-sized car.”
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is available to watch now on Netflix
Community – “La Biblioteca”
Comedy rap can be painfully unfunny. But not when it features the lines “Good day, I like cold potatoes, the goat’s moustache is Cameron Diaz.” (Also, call us pathetic, but we genuinely think this is a good tune…)
Community is available to watch now on Netflix
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