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You’ll be hooked to the original soundtracks from these TV shows

brunch Updated: Oct 22, 2016 19:24 IST
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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has become so popular that the soundtracks of the entire first season were released in the form of an album

With TV shows embracing music as a theatrical device, makers are churning out original scores, tailor-made to carry the story forward. And some of these are so catchy that you start hearing them on loop.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This romantic musical comedy has a song for every occasion. It received an Emmy nomination this year for the best original music and lyrics (for the song Settle for Me) and for outstanding original main title theme music. The songs from this show have become so popular that earlier this year, the soundtrack of the entire first season along with a cappella rough demos of a few tracks were released in the form of an album.

You can catch the show on Star World, every Sunday at 8pm, starting today


Nashville’s original songs not only take the story forward, but also provide a take on the future of the genre.

Set in the Nashville music community, the show revolves around two country singers — a legend whose career is almost over, and the other, a rising star. Its gorgeous original songs, sung mostly in intimate setups by the cast, are effectively used to take the story forward. Curated by Oscar winner T Bone Burnett, Buddy Miller, and Frankie Pine, they not only reflect the current country music scene but also provide a take on the future of the genre.

Airs Monday to Friday at 10pm on Colors Infinity


Empire earned a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual media this year.

A show about a family fighting over an entertainment company that promotes hiphop music is expected to have some quality soundtrack. With 18 original songs in their first album and nine in the second so far, Empire doesn’t disappoint. It has won a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media this year. Large part of the credit for the awesome, original jams go to executive music producer, Timbaland and his protégé, lyricist and songwriter of the show, Jim Beanz.

Airs at 9pm on Star World

Game of Thrones

The Light of the Seven is a powerful piece of music that drives the drama of the show to its crescendo.

Undoubtedly one of the most popular original scores in recent television history. Composed in just ten weeks, Ramin Djawadi’s title track grows on you and slowly takes you under its spell. All the major Houses have their own theme songs, of course. But it’s the finale track of Season 6 that blew our minds! The Light of the Seven, comprising of just four elements – the piano, frenetic strings, the organ, and a choral – is undoubtedly the single-most powerful piece of music that takes this high-pitched drama of blood and gore to its crescendo.


Glee’s last song, This Time, was nominated for an Emmy.

This is the show that is often credited for bringing about a musical revolution in the television industry and has sold more than eleven million albums. Along with recreated versions of popular chartbusters from artistes ranging from Michael Jackson to Adele, the show had originals scores, most of which were written and produced by the series’ music producer, Adam Anders, and some even by the members of the cast. One among these was the last song of the show, This Time, written by Darren Criss. It even got an Emmy nomination for the best score.

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From HT Brunch, October 23, 2016

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