Music on The Sopranos

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The HBO television drama The Sopranos has received considerable critical attention for its effective use of an eclectic array of music.[1][2][3][4] Series creator David Chase personally selected all of the show's music with the producer Martin Bruestle and music editor Kathryn Dayak, sometimes also consulting Steven Van Zandt, who, in addition to portraying Silvio Dante on the show, also serves as guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.[1] The music is often selected once the production and editing of an episode is completed, but on occasion sequences will be filmed to match preselected pieces of music.[5]

Stylistically, the music on the show range from mainstream pop (Britney Spears, The Bangles) to oldies and classic rock artists (The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd), from classic jazz and soul (Ella Fitzgerald, Ben E. King) to hip-hop (Xzibit, Time Zone), often within a single episode.[6]

Opening credits[edit]

The opening credits for each episode consists of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) driving from New York City to his home in North Caldwell, New Jersey. The musical accompaniment for this segment is the "Chosen One Remix" of the song "Woke Up This Morning" by the British group Alabama 3 (known in the United States as A3 for legal reasons).

End credits[edit]

Each episode's closing credits sequence features a unique piece of previously recorded music, with few exceptions. The episode "A Hit Is a Hit" uses a song by the fictional band Defiler, which was featured earlier in the episode. Three episodes feature multiple songs in the credits sequence ("Commendatori," "Whitecaps" and "Cold Stones"), while two episodes ("Full Leather Jacket" and "Made in America") have no music at all.

The following is a list of songs used at the end of each episode:

Season 1[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist
1 "The Sopranos (Pilot)" "The Beast in Me" Nick Lowe
2 "46 Long" "Battle Flag" Pigeonhed
3 "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" "Complicated Shadows" Elvis Costello & the Attractions
4 "Meadowlands" "Look on Down from the Bridge" Mazzy Star
5 "College" "Gold Leaves" Michael Hoppé
6 "Pax Soprana" "Paparazzi" (instrumental version) Xzibit
7 "Down Neck" "White Rabbit" Jefferson Airplane
8 "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti" "Frank Sinatra" Cake
9 "Boca" "Buena" Morphine
10 "A Hit Is a Hit" song unnamed Defiler (fictional group)
11 "Nobody Knows Anything" "Manifold de Amour" Latin Playboys
12 "Isabella" "I Feel Free" Cream
13 "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano" "State Trooper" Bruce Springsteen

Season 2[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist
14 "Guy Walks into a Psychiatrist's Office..." "Time Is on My Side" Irma Thomas
15 "Do Not Resuscitate" "Goodnight My Love" Ella Fitzgerald
16 "Toodle Fucking-Oo" "Viking" Los Lobos
17 "Commendatori" "Con te partirò" Andrea Bocelli
"Piove" Jovanotti
18 "Big Girls Don't Cry" "White Mustang II" Daniel Lanois
19 "The Happy Wanderer" "The Happy Wanderer" Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks
20 "D-Girl" "Vedi, Maria" Emma Shapplin
21 "Full Leather Jacket" none — only a ventilator and an electrocardiogram are heard n/a
22 "From Where to Eternity" "My Lover's Prayer" Otis Redding
23 "Bust Out" "Wheel in the Sky" Journey
24 "House Arrest" "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" Johnny Thunders
25 "The Knight in White Satin Armor" "I Saved the World Today" Eurythmics
26 "Funhouse" "Thru and Thru" The Rolling Stones

Season 3[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist
27 "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood" "High Fidelity" Elvis Costello & the Attractions
28 "Proshai, Livushka" "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" Les Paul
29 "Fortunate Son" "Where's the Money?" Dan Hicks
30 "Employee of the Month" "Fisherman's Daughter" Daniel Lanois
31 "Another Toothpick" "Shuck Dub" R. L. Burnside
32 "University" "Living on a Thin Line" The Kinks
33 "Second Opinion (The Sopranos)" "Black Books" Nils Lofgren
34 "He Is Risen" "The Captain" Kasey Chambers
35 "The Telltale Moozadell" "I (Who Have Nothing)" Ben E. King
36 "...To Save Us All From Satan's Power" "I've Got a Feeling" The Campbell Brothers with Katie Jackson
37 "Pine Barrens" "Sposa son disprezzata" (from Bajazet) Cecilia Bartoli
38 "Amour Fou" "Affection" Little Steven and the Lost Boys
39 "Army of One" "Blur" Aphex Twin

Season 4[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist
40 "For All Debts Public and Private" "World Destruction" Time Zone feat. John Lydon
41 "No Show" "Kid A" Radiohead
42 "Christopher" "Dawn (Go Away)" The Four Seasons
43 "The Weight" "Vesuvio" Spaccanapoli
44 "Pie-O-My" "My Rifle, My Pony and Me" (from Rio Bravo) Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson
45 "Everybody Hurts" "Take Me for a Little While" Dave Edmunds
46 "Watching Too Much Television" "Oh Girl" The Chi-Lites
47 "Mergers and Acquisitions" "When the Battle is Over" Delaney & Bonnie
48 "Whoever Did This" "The Man with the Harmonica" Apollo 440
49 "The Strong, Silent Type" "Drum Score" uncredited
50 "Calling All Cars" "Surfin' U.S.A." The Beach Boys
51 "Eloise" "Little Bird" Annie Lennox
52 "Whitecaps" "I Love Paris" (Vegas) Dean Martin
"I Have Dreamed" Fantastic Strings

Season 5[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist
53 "Two Tonys" "Heaven Only Knows" Emmylou Harris
54 "Rat Pack" "Undercover of the Night" The Rolling Stones
55 "Where's Johnny?" "Earth, Wind, Water" Mitch Coodley (The Metro Music Production Library)
56 "All Happy Families..." "La Petite Mer" Thierry 'Titi' Robin
57 "Irregular Around the Margins" "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" (from La rondine) Luba Orgonášová
58 "Sentimental Education" "The Blues is My Business" Etta James
59 "In Camelot" "Melancholy Serenade" Jackie Gleason
60 "Marco Polo" "Bad 'N' Ruin" Faces
61 "Unidentified Black Males" "If I Were a Carpenter" Bobby Darin
62 "Cold Cuts" "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" (live) The Kinks
63 "The Test Dream" "Three Times a Lady" Commodores
64 "Long Term Parking" "Wrapped in My Memory" Shawn Smith
65 "All Due Respect" "Glad Tidings" Van Morrison

Season 6[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist
66 "Members Only" "Seven Souls" Material feat. William S. Burroughs
67 "Join the Club" "When It's Cold I'd Like To Die" Moby
68 "Mayham" "The Deadly Nightshade" Daniel Lanois
69 "The Fleshy Part of the Thigh" "One of These Days" Pink Floyd
70 "Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request" "Every Day of the Week" The Students
71 "Live Free or Die" "4th of July" X
72 "Luxury Lounge" "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" Pepe Romero
73 "Johnny Cakes" "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" Ray Charles
74 "The Ride" "Pipeline" Johnny Thunders
75 "Moe N' Joe" "Let It Rock" Chuck Berry
76 "Cold Stones" "Home" Persephone's Bees
"As Time Goes By" (from Casablanca) Dooley Wilson
77 "Kaisha" "Moonlight Mile" The Rolling Stones
78 "Soprano Home Movies" "This Magic Moment" Ben E. King and The Drifters
79 "Stage 5" "Evidently Chickentown" John Cooper Clarke
80 "Remember When" "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" Benny Goodman Orchestra
81 "Chasing It" "Goin' Down Slow" Howlin' Wolf
82 "Walk Like a Man" "The Valley" Los Lobos
83 "Kennedy and Heidi" "Minas De Cobre (For Better Metal)" Calexico
84 "The Second Coming" "Ninna Ninna (Lullaby)" Smithsonian Folkways recording, artist unknown
85 "The Blue Comet" "Running Wild (Extended Instrumental)" Tindersticks
86 "Made in America" "Don't Stop Believin'" Journey

Alternative music in Europe[edit]

In the version of the series which was aired in Europe, the music has been partially replaced for licensing reasons. European DVD editions (in case of Season One: only the 16:9 re-issue) contain these altered versions as foreign language dubs as well as the original unaltered English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1.

Soundtrack compilations[edit]

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The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released December 14, 1999
Genre Various
Length 54:11
Label Sony
Producer Various
David Chase (exec. producer)
The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media 7.1/10 link

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The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released May 8, 2001
Genre Various
Label Sony
Producer Various
David Chase, Brad Grey (exec. producers)
The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

To date, there have been two official soundtrack compilations released in association with The Sopranos. The first, titled The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series, was released in 1999, and contains selections from the show's first two seasons.[7] The second, titled The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series, was released in 2001, and contains two Compact Discs of songs from the show's first three seasons.[8]

Track listings[edit]

The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series[edit]

  1. "Woke Up This Morning" (Chosen One Mix) — Alabama 3
  2. "It's Bad You Know" — R. L. Burnside
  3. "It Was a Very Good Year" — Frank Sinatra
  4. "Gotta Serve Somebody" — Bob Dylan
  5. "Inside of Me" — Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
  6. "I Feel Free" — Cream
  7. "Mystic Eyes" — Them
  8. "State Trooper" — Bruce Springsteen
  9. "I'm a Man" — Bo Diddley
  10. "Complicated Shadows" — Elvis Costello & the Attractions
  11. "The Beast in Me" — Nick Lowe
  12. "Viking" — Los Lobos
  13. "Blood Is Thicker than Water" — Wyclef Jean feat. G & B
  14. "I've Tried Everything" — Eurythmics

The Sopranos - Peppers and Eggs: Music From The HBO Series[edit]

Disc one[edit]
  1. "Every Breath You Take/Theme From Peter Gunn" (Mr. Ruggerio's Remix) - The Police; Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
  2. "Battle Flag" (Album Version) - Pigeonhed
  3. "I've Got A Feeling" (Album Version) - The Campbell Brothers with Katie Jackson
  4. "The Captain" (Album Version) - Kasey Chambers
  5. "Shuck Dub" (Album Version) - R.L. Burnside
  6. "Affection" (Album Version) - The Lost Boys
  7. "My Lover's Prayer" (Album Version) - Otis Redding
  8. "Certamente" (Album Version) Madreblu
  9. "Black Books" (Album Version) - Nils Lofgren
  10. "Frank Sinatra" (Album Version) - Cake
  11. "Baubles, Bangles and Beads" (Album Version) - Frank Sinatra
  12. "Thru And Thru" (Album Version) - The Rolling Stones
Disc two[edit]
  1. "High Fidelity" - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  2. "Living on a Thin Line" - The Kinks
  3. "Girl" - Vue
  4. "Vivaldi: Sposa son disprezzata" - Cecilia Bartoli
  5. "I Who Have Nothing" - Ben E. King
  6. "Return to Me" - Bob Dylan
  7. "Make no Mistake" - Keith Richards
  8. "Piove" - Lorenzo Jovanotti
  9. "Space Invader" - The Pretenders
  10. "Tiny Tears" - Tindersticks
  11. "Gloria" - Van Morrison
  12. "Core 'ngrato" - Dominic Chianese
  13. "Dialogue From 'The Sopranos'" - The Sopranos Cast

Other Music Used[edit]

Not all of the artists featured on the show made it on to one of the compilation albums. The producers are known fans of the "underground music scene" and have featured many locally relevant artists on the show. Also some of the classical pieces on the show failed to make any of the soundtrack albums; pieces by Beethoven, Luciano Pavarotti, Emma Shapplin, and even Al Di Meola were featured. Some of the lesser known artists featured include the disco artists The Hues Corporation and The Trampps & the southern rock group Gideon Smith & the Dixie Damned.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sepinwall, Alan (March 3, 2006). "The hits keep on coming". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2007-02-20.  Unknown parameter |italic title= ignored (help)
  2. ^ Gross, Joe (January 4, 2000). "Sharps & Flats". Salon.com. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  3. ^ Ventre, Michael (April 2, 2006). "Music another member of the Sopranos’ crew". MSNBC. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (May 18, 2001). "The Sopranos; Peppers & Eggs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-02-21. 
  5. ^ Biskind, Peter (March 13, 2007). "The Family that Preys Together". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  6. ^ "HBO: The Sopranos: Episode Guide". HBO. Retrieved 2007-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Amazon.com: The Sopranos: Music From The HBO Original Series". Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Amazon.com: The Sopranos - Peppers and Eggs: Music From The HBO Series". Retrieved 2007-02-27.