Farewell: Top TV Shows for Music Discovery that Ended in 2018

Here at Tunefind we’ll be looking back at some of the highlights from 2018, including the top TV music moments, top movie soundtracks, and our favorite new shows for discovering music.  

We have a lot of fun stuff to cover as we look back at highlights of film and TV music during 2018. But we’ll start off on a bit of a sad note: A look back at some TV music powerhouse shows that aired their final episode this year. These shows are Tunefind fan favorites that have helped us discover thousands of new songs and artists over the past decade.


Music Supervisor: Lindsay Wolfington

E!’s first scripted series featured glamour, intrigue, romance, and lots of great music – no surprise with the showrunner and music supervisor from One Tree Hill teamed up again here. We went behind the scenes with Lindsay Wolfington on one of the big music moments of the series, with “Half Light” by BANNERS: Music Supervisors and Musicians Collaborate on Original Music for TV Shows.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Won't See Me Cry

by Stealth

from The Royals Soundtrack · Season 4 · Episode 7 · Forgive Me This My Virtue

Begins with Robert giving Rolex to Jasper and p…

Music Supervisor: Alexandra Patsavas

The vinyl collections of Olivia and her love-to-hate-him father inspired the classic, soulful soundtrack of this Shondaland political thriller. It’s fitting that the series concluded with an original song by the one and only Stevie Wonder. Also check out our list of Scandal’s Best Music Moments, in honor of the 100th episode.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Music Supervisor: Amanda Krieg Thomas, PJ Bloom

Featuring artists like Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, Juice Newton, Roxy Music, Air Supply, and many more, The Americans gave us iconic 80’s hits mixed with deep cuts that introduced fans to the joys of digging deeper in an artist’s catalog.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Music Supervisor: Frankie Pine, Mandi Collier

Musical juggernaut Nashville recorded and released over 300 songs during the show’s 7 seasons. Tapping established and up-and-coming songwriters from Nashville (the city) – and showcasing vocals from the multi-talented stars, several of the show’s songs broke through on the country charts.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Music Supervisor: Thomas Golubić, Michelle Johnson

Love helped us feel all the awkwardness, struggles, and humor of modern dating, all thoughtfully soundtracked to enhance the story.  Spanning genres from folk punk and 80s rock to EDM, indie and 60s pop, discovering the artists featured on the show gave fans another reason to fall in love with the series.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Oh Shit

by The Pharcyde

from Love Soundtrack · Season 3 · Episode 2 · Winners and Losers

Micky is listening in her bedroom while Gus is …

Music Supervisor: Wendy Levy

Kari Kimmel’s inspiring theme song, “Where You Belong,” welcomed fans into the Adams-Foster family and set the tone for the emotional series. Featuring music from Joshua Radin, The Weepies, and originals from The Fosters Cast, including a rock opera performed by the talented young actors in Season 3. Here’s hoping the touching music and cast performances continue into the spin-off, Good Trouble in January 2019.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Here & Now

by Dresses

from The Fosters Soundtrack · Season 5 · Episode 8 · Engaged

Brandon tries to asks Grace to prom but she tur…

Music Supervisor: Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe

Teaching us about the bonds of friendship and dysfunctional families, New Girl has left us with smiles. Upbeat and hopeful tunes that are relatable and quirky. Did you know? The show has featured songs by She & Him, the musical duo of M. Ward and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Brown Eyed Girl

by Candace Leca, Michael Paglia

from New Girl Soundtrack · Season 7 · Episode 5 · Godparents

Jess tries to cheer up Winston about being a go…

Music Supervisor: Gabe Hilfer, Season Kent

Marvel’s Luke Cage doubled down on music in season two, featuring a ton of on-screen performances that enhanced the action. One fan favorite was this B.B. King cover by Blues prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

The Thrill Is Gone

by Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

from Marvel's Luke Cage Soundtrack · Season 2 · Episode 4 · I Get Physical

[On-screen performance] Kingfish soundcheck at …

Music Supervisor: NA

Sense8 just snuck onto this list, thanks to a 2-hour special that aired earlier this year. The series finale gave series creator Lana Wachowski the chance to tie up loose ends after the abrupt cancellation of the cult hit show. Just like every other time episodes aired, Sense8 dominated the Tunefind charts following the big finale.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Small Things

by Ben Howard

from Sense8 Soundtrack · Season 2 · Episode 4 · Polyphony

(0:23:34) Amanita is running from someone, Kala…

Music Supervisor: Chris Mollere

A spinoff The Vampire Diaries (our #1 ended show last year; check out music supervisor Chris Mollere’s favorite music moments), The Originals also introduced fans to tons of new indie artists over the years. Fortunately, fans can enjoy the new TVD sequel, Legacies, which has been dominating our trending music chart of late.


Final Season Fan Favorite:

Last Goodbye

by The Hot Damns, Smokey Jones

from The Originals Soundtrack · Season 5 · Episode 4 · Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

The witches have a funeral for Poppy; The werew…


 And stay tuned for more to come in our Best of 2018 roundup…



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