Hello: Top New TV Shows of 2019 Driving Music Discovery

Here at Tunefind we’re looking back at some of the highlights from 2019, including the top movie soundtracks, top new TV shows driving music discovery, top tv syncs, and most popular artists on Tunefind. Check out our handy compilation of all our year-end coverage at Round Up: Tunefind’s Best of 2019.  

While we had to say goodbye to some of our favorite music-centric tv shows this past year, a lot of new shows are helping fill the void – and our playlists. Below we recap the most popular new shows in 2019 that have the highest activity and fan engagement on Tunefind. These new shows are the ones that sent fans scrambling to identify the songs and artists featured. All of these shows feature not only great storytelling, but those stories are enhanced and improved by stellar music selection.

Here are the top new shows of 2019 that are driving music discovery:

Music Supervisor: Alison Clark

Based on the New York Times column by the same name, this anthology series helmed by John Carney brought together a star studded cast to tell poignant tales of love and loss. The stellar soundtrack to Modern Love featured original songs and covers by Carney’s Sing Street collaborator and composer, Gary Clark, had fans turning to Tunefind for answers.

Music Supervisor: Billy Gottlieb

One of DC Comics’ most recent entrants into the anithero superhero category that’s on fire lately, this one follows a very unlikely set of superheroes who have al received the powers via tragic circumstances.  The Doom Patrol soundtrack mixes Lou Reed, Supergrass, Davie Bowie, and more. 

Music Supervisor: Alec Sharpe

While fans were trying to figure out the performers behind those elaborate costumes, they were also trying to figure out all those songs being sung by the mystery celebrities. The Masked Singer’s success is even spawning a dance-related spinoff, which we’ll definitely be covering here on Tunefind.

Music Supervisor: Chris Mollere

Speaking of spinoffs, Freeform revived the Pretty Little Liars world with this sequel from PLL creator I. Marlene King, inspired by Sarah Shepard’s novel, The Perfectionists. With Chris Mollere back as music supervisor, it’s no surprise fans were eagerly hunting down the tunes featured in the PPL: The Perfectionists soundtrack.

Music Supervisor: Matt Biffa

This British dark comedy was created, executive produced, directed by, and stars Ricky Gervais. Centered on a recent widower dealing with his grief, Gervais brings his comic genius to an emotional role. The soundtrack of After Life features several tracks by ambient/post-rock duo Hammock, plus songs by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Daughter, Mogwai, and more. 

Music Supervisor: Alexandra Patsavas, Justin Kamps

While many sci-fi series based in outer space tend to use music sparingly or rely primarily on instrumental score, the soundtrack of Another Life features the likes of Zola Jesus, The Prodigy, and Sharon Van Etten.

Music Supervisor: Kevin J. Edelman, Ben Sokoler

This Netflix adult animated sci-fi anthology had 18 stand-alone episodes, all animated by different crews from a range of countries. That made for a diverse soundtrack for Love, Death & Robots, including original score and custom songs by composer Robert Cairns.

Music Supervisor: Andrea von Foerster

This post-apocalyptic horror-comedy is based on a popular graphic novel by the same name. The Daybreak soundtrack features familiar throwbacks and indie jams and girl power ragers, plus an unreleased Japanese cover of the Backstreet Boys’ ‘I Want It That Way’ that fans are still eager to get.

Music Supervisor: Wendy Levy

This spinoff follows The Fosters sisters Mariana and Callie as they embrace the highs and lows of freedom in your twenties. The soundtrack to Good Trouble channels the successes and struggles of these sisters in Los Angeles with tracks by Ane Brun, Wildes, and Corii. 

Music Supervisor: Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe

This new Syfy series is baased on the comic book series of the same name created by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig. Set in the late-1980s at an elite academy training assassins, the Deadly Class soundtrack features Duran Duran, The Go-Gos, and other artists that help evoke the era.

Music Supervisor: Natasha Duprey

And speaking of assassins… In this new supernatural action crime drama from Netflix, some killer fight choreography was underscored by the Wu Assassins soundtrack, featuring artists like Kaleida, Sofi Tukker, and Lowell.

Music Supervisor: Manish Raval, Tom Wolfe

Amazon Prime Video got into the superhero game with the help of Erik Kripke (creator of Supernatural) and an unlikely crew of heroes gone vigilante fighting superheroes gone corrupt. The soundtrack of The Boys features a mad mix of tunes, from nostalgia hits from Spice Girls and R.E.M. to tunes from Royale Deluxe and Des Rocs.

Music Supervisor: Chris Mollere

The CW’s new series Roswell, New Mexico is a reimagined version of 1999’s cult hit Roswell – and that wouldn’t be complete without a focus on music (we know you’re humming that original Dido theme song). The Roswell, New Mexico soundtrack has paid homage by featuring covers of songs featured in the original series. The new series even has song titles as episode names, so you know the music is key.

Music Supervisor: Maggie Phillips

When the key characters have a shared playlist, you know music will play a central role in storytelling. The Trinkets soundtrack even features actress Kat Cunning (who plays Sabine) whose song ‘King of Shadow’ shot to the top of Tunefind’s trending chart. 

Music Supervisor: Iain Cooke

Based on the 2011 film (starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Baña, and Cate Blanchett) of the same name, Amazon Prime Video’s series adaptation was packed with CIA intrigue and fighting action. Featuring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman (first paired up in The Killing) and Esme Creed-Miles in the title role, the Hanna soundtrack featured songs from Bishop Briggs and Billie Eilish, plus an original track by Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), and her cover of Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings.’

Music Supervisor: Season Kent, Alexandra Patsavas, Brittany Whyte

Technically, this one aired on Lifetime in the Fall of 2018. But it wasn’t until it was added to Netflix in the very final days of the year that audiences really discovered Greg Berlanti’s stalker psychothriller. With the YOU soundtrack spiking up Tunefind’s trending music chart throughout January, Netflix realized they had a hit on their hands and picked up the series for season two (which we see you’re all binge watching right now).

Music Supervisor: Brienne Rose

This one had everyone talking thanks to the talented Natasha Lyonne and the quirky, dark take on Groundhog Day. The wide-raging soundtrack to Russian Doll features French pop, psych rock, and – of course – Harry Nilsson’s song ‘Gotta Get Up,’ which plays every time the show resets back to the beginning.

Music Supervisor: Matt Biffa

This one broke all our previous records for a new show premiere, thanks to fans binge watching and listening following the premiere on Netflix. The Sex Education soundtrack features songs by Muddy Waters, Beth Ditto, Billy Ocean, Chip Taylor, and more. American rocker Ezra Furman also contributed a bunch of previously released and brand new songs. Furman’s original music from the series was recently released on a Sex Education soundtrack album, including tracks from both seasons.

Music Supervisor: Maggie Phillips

And our top comic-adaptation of 2019, this one is based on the award-winning Dark Horse Comics graphic novels of the same name, created by Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Ba. The Umbrella Academy’s soundtrack is nostalgia-mania. Tiffany’s ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’, Mary J. Blige’s ‘Stay With Me’, ‘Istanbul’ by They Might Be Giants, and ‘Phantom of the Opera Medley’ by Lindsey Stirling were some of the most popular tracks.

Music Supervisor: Jen Malone

HBO’s hit took over top song week after week, from the licensed music by emerging and established artists to the original compositions by composer Labrinth. The music-heavy series featured more than 100 songs over the 8-episode season, making the Euphoria soundtrack a hot spot for music discovery. Series composer Labrinth even worked with lead actress Zendaya on a remix of his song, ‘All For Us Remix.’

For full details on this year’s most popular songs, artists, television shows, and movies in sync and more, check out our Round Up: Tunefind’s Best of 2019.

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