Music on The Shield

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Music plays an important role on the FX television drama The Shield. Stylistically, the music ranged from hip hop (Master P) to mainstream pop (Duran Duran) to rock (Kid Rock) to country music (Johnny Cash), often within a single episode.

Opening and end credits[edit]

The opening credits for each episode displays each starring cast member's name on a black screen interspersed with scenes from the episode. Usually at a poignant moment, an excerpt of the show's theme is played, leading into the show's logo and the listing of series creator Shawn Ryan. The theme is played in full during the closing credits. The tune is "Just Another Day", by Vivian Ann Romero, Ernesto J. Bautista & Rodney Alejandro.

Music throughout the episodes[edit]

Most episodes use a unique piece of music during the opening or closing montage sequence. Often the song signals the characters' emotional mood or the episode's themes. The show's characters visibly listen to music. The show makes little other use of background music.

Season 1[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist Notes
1 "Pilot" "Bawitdaba"
"Something's Coming"
"Ponle Cadera"
"Descarga Total"
"God Says No"
"La Plaga"
"Alleluia Melisma"
Kid Rock
Nick Pantell
Monster Magnet
Tha Mexakinz
Los Lobos
Steve Edwards
2 "Our Gang" "A Crowd Killer"
"Amazing Grace"
"Highway 45"
"Rock Tha Spot"
"Like Lightning Strikin'"
"Kansas City Feel"
Mike Jimenez
Bernie Marsden
The Urbanites
Bernie Marsden
Paul Lenart
El Peyote Asesino
3 "The Spread" "Show a Lil Mo"
"Get E Up"
"Air Max 95 Remix"
"Ese Es Mi Amigo"
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
"The Streets of Iran"
"Que Vuelva"
Out of Order
Howard Roark
Milo Berger & J. Zone
Los Corales
Los Pinguos
Zamp Nicall
Delinquent Habits
4 "Dawg Days" "The Flute Thing"
"One by One"
"Dance With the Devil"
"Sunday Jack"
"Do It Right"
"Throwin' You a Party"
"Heart of a Rebel"
Project 86
Jason Darling
Matthew Anthony
Young Dre
Flight 180
Molly M
Debbie Mitchell
Abby Dobson
John Leber
5 "Blowback" "Beer"
"Hyots Aghunak"
"Get Away"
"Wah Wah"
"Caught Up In the System"
"Yreg Votnlvai"
"Trial by Fire"
"The Flute Song"
"One by One"
"Ballad of Joliet"
Trailer Park Cassanovas
Seda Garibyan
Danny Wood
Arte Mixto
3rd Root
Arakel Siunetsi
Sam Spade
Project 86
Jason Darling
Bernie Marsden
6 "Cherrypoppers" "Love Loss"
"Under the Midnight Sun"
"Forbidden Fruit"
"Eine Kleine"
"Sexy Samba"
"Night In the City"
"Whiskey In the Morning"
Ian Love
Zamp Nicall
Lee Jung Hyun
Jim Blake
Sam Spade
Gregg Montante
7 "Pay in Pain" "Fumaza"
"Get Away (Alternative Remix)"
"Sugar Fine"
"La Maraca"
"No Queda Nada"
"Reflections of Isis"
"Take Me Somewhere Nice"
Los Pinguos
Danny Wood
Gerard McMahon
Bernie Marsden
Arte Mixto
Ducomet & Ascencio
Sam Spade
Dislocated Styles
Stephen Edwards
8 "Cupid & Psycho" "All My Little Words"
"Erase Me"
"Laws of Physics"
"We Got the Youth"
"Where Are You Gonna Find Another Fool"
The Magnetic Fields
Loot Pack
Sam Black Church
Soul Brother Six
9 "Throwaway" "Nacionabismo"
"Let's Ride"
"Cuiden a Los Ninos"
"Como En Secundaria"

"Green Fantasy"
"El Capitan"

Cage 9
Kinto Sol
Julieta Venegas

Julieta Venegas
Nick Pantell
Kinto Sol
Julieta Venegas

10 "Dragonchasers" "Pull You Into Me"
"Sing Along"
"I Am King"
"Helicon 1"
"Take Me Somewhere Nice"
Erinn Williams
11 "Carnivores" "Punk Ass"
"I'm Gone"
"What's Up For Tonight"
"Vesti la giubba"
"Los Parranderos"
"All I Really Want"
"Casta Diva"
Luther Johnson (Guitar Junior)
Out of Order
Gahee Lee
Daniel Indart
The Royal Philharmonic
12 "Two Days of Blood" "Como Te Gusta (Remix)"
"Superfunk 2000"
"Freedom Band"
"Teeny Bopper"
"Pa'Gozar Pilon"
"Even Now"
"I'm On the Move"
Daniel Indart
Henri Yonet
Delinquent Habits
Tony Cook
Steve Reynolds
Daniel Indart
Bobby Byrd
13 "Circles" "Trouble"
"Nothing's Clear"
"Spill Me"
"Planet LA"
"Eddie's Thing"
Ill Niño
Project 86
Jaya the Cat
Played during closing montage

Season 1 promo trailer by Rachel Stamp - Blackcherry

Season 2[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist Notes
1 "The Quick Fix" "Blue on Black"
"Long Awaited"
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
2 "Dead Soldiers" "Cuentan Que El"
"No Muerdas La Mano"
Kinto Sol
3 "Partners" "Breakdown"
"Debemos Creer"
"The Whole Truth"
Bye Sami
Michael Penn
4 "Carte Blanche" ? ?
5 "Greenlit" "Drinking Muddy Water"
"Fish Head"
North Mississippi Allstars
Slim & the Soulful Saints
6 "Homewrecker" ? ?
7 "Barnstormers" "Rich Girl" Hall & Oates
8 "Scar Tissue" "If I Ever Leave This World Alive" Flogging Molly
9 "Co-Pilot" "Justice" Black Uhuru
10 "Coyotes" ? ?
11 "Inferno" "Fade Away"
"2 Tha Floor"
"No Better Love "
"Mafia "
"Hilltop "
Fanny Grace
Sam Sneed
Angela Johnson
Kelis (feat. Markita)
12 "Breakpoint" "Thorn" Unida
13 "Dominoes Falling" "Trouble"
"Ghetto Starzz"
Daniel Ash
Grand Drive

Season 3[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist Notes
1 "Playing Tight" "Holy Roller Novocaine"
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)"
Kings of Leon
Rupert Holmes
2 "Blood and Water" "Nothing I Can Do About It Now" Willie Nelson
3 "Bottom Bitch" Jonny Lang Long time coming Vic talking to Farrah in the end
4 "Streaks and Tips" "The Stroke" Billy Squier Played as the Decoy squad streak
5 "Mum" ? ?
6 "Posse Up" "3030"
"My So Called Friends"
Deltron 3030
Vic and Julien get the killer for hire
7 "Safe" ? ?
8 "Cracking Ice" "Sway"
"Feelin' Me"
Baby Bash
Played while Shane gives Mara an engagement ring.
Playing in the background when Lil Syke and Trish begin to have sex while she is undercover.
9 "Slipknot" "Ashes to Ashes" Steve Earle
10 "What Power Is..." "Riley and Spencer" Blue Mountain Playing on Shane's car stereo just before Mara calls about her mom wanting more money.
11 "Strays" ? ?
12 "Riceburner" "Hangin' By A Wire" Gordie Sampson
13 "Fire In the Hole" ? ?
14 "All In" "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" Ween
15 "On Tilt" "Back of Your Hand" Dwight Yoakam Played in Shane's car

Season 3 promo on STV was Deltron 3030 - 3030

Season 4[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist Notes
1 "The Cure" Ooohwee Master P. Hope LARS-LUIS LINEK
2 "Grave" Amazing Grace Dropkick Murphys Played alongside in ex police chief Ben Gilroys funeral
3 "Bang" Lay Down Mikal Raymo Played on the pornographic video
4 "Doghouse" "Demon Called Deception" Grant Lee Buffalo Played during ending
5 "Tar Baby" "Hungry Like the Wolf" Duran Duran Played in Dutch's car as he sings to it, unaware that he's being recorded.
6 "Insurgents" ? ?
7 "Hurt" "Will You Smile Again" …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Played during ending montage
8 "Cut Throat" "Nutshell" Alice in Chains Played in introduction as Vic, observing destitute urban conditions, drives through Farmington streets to the Captains new house
9 "String Theory" ? ?
10 "Back in the Hole" ? ?
11 "A Thousand Deaths" ? ?
12 "Judas Priest" ? ?
13 "Ain't That a Shame" "Ain't That a Shame" Cheap Trick Source of episode title.

Season 5[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist Notes
1 "Extraction" "Till Kingdom Come" Coldplay
2 "Enemy of Good" ? ?
3 "Jailbait" ? ?
4 "Tapa Boca" ? ?
5 "Trophy" "Devil In Me" 22-20s Played while the Strike Team loads their weapons.
6 "Rap Payback" "Anything Goes" Madison Smartt Bell and Wyn Cooper Played during closing montage.
7 "Man Inside" "Glass House" SiOP
8 "Kavanaugh" ? ?
9 "Smoked" ? ?
10 "Of Mice and Lem" "Disarm" Smashing Pumpkins Played during closing montage.
11 "Postpartum" ? ?
  • Season 5 promo — "Bad, Bad Man" by John Cena

Season 6[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist Notes
1 "On the Jones" "I Hung My Head" Johnny Cash Played at beginning and end of episode; written by Sting
2 "Baptism by Fire" EI Imperio Nena Played while Vic is aheading to Santi's crib El Maloso Raza Pesada Vic and Santis guys face off with guns inside
3 "Back to One" "I Ran (So Far Away)"
"Miles de pasajeros"
A Flock Of Seagulls
Played in Dutch's car.
Played while Vic Mackey is invading Guardo's hiding place.
4 "The New Guy" ? ?
5 "Haunts" "18 Wheels Of Love" Drive-By Truckers Played in Shane's car.
6 "Chasing Ghosts" "GTO" Dirty Rig Played during the raid on Snail's crib.
7 "Exiled" ? ?
8 "The Math of the Wrath" Motivate Al Baile Baby Ranks Played in front of Santi place
9 "Recoil" ? ?
10 "Spanish Practices" "Interview "Respek" Skripture (Mike Foy) Played on Gangbanger porch scene

Season 7[edit]

# Episode title Song title Artist Notes
1 "Coefficient of Drag" "Reach for the Sky" Social Distortion Played at beginning of the episode.
2 "Snitches" ? ?
3 "Money Shot" ? ?
4 "Genocide" ? ?
5 "Game Face" ? ?
6 "Animal Control" "My Ashes" Porcupine Tree Played at the end of the episode.
7 "Bitches Brew" ? ?
8 "Parricide" "A Blessing And A Curse" Drive-By Truckers Played at beginning of the episode.
9 "Moving Day" ? ?
10 "Party Line" "Tonight" Michael Mazochi
11 "Petty Cash" ? ?
12 "Possible Kill Screen" ? ?
13 "Family Meeting" "Los Angeles"
"...Long Time Ago"
Concrete Blonde
Played at the beginning of the episode.
Played during the closing credits.
  • Season 7 promo — "Farewell Ride" by Beck

Soundtrack compilation[edit]

The Shield: Music from the Streets
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedSeptember 5, 2005
LabelLakeshore Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Empire Movies8/10 stars link

As of 2012, one official soundtrack compilation had been released. The Shield: Music from the Streets was released in 2005,[2] and contains selections from the first four seasons. Unofficial soundtracks on the Internet compiled by fans include tracks featured in episodes that were not included on the official soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Shield Theme" – Vivian Ann Romero, Ernesto J. Bautista & Rodney Alejandro
  2. "Hating Hollywood" – Theory of a Deadman
  3. "Death March" – Black Label Society
  4. "Bring Em Out Dead" – Onyx
  5. "Lay Down" – Mikal Raymo
  6. "Perkins" – Peyote Asesino
  7. "Caught Up in the System" – SX-10
  8. "Freedom Band" – Delinquent Habits
  9. "Pride" – Damageplan
  10. "Nothing's Clear" – Ill Niño
  11. "Rushing In" – Crazy Anglos
  12. "No Muerdas La Mano" – Kinto Sol
  13. "Breakdown" – Tantric
  14. "Betrayal" – The Black Maria
  15. "Let's Ride" – Conejo
  16. "Ooohhhwee" – Master P
  17. "Mafia" – Kelis featuring Markita
  18. "Cuiden A Los Niños" – Brujeria
  19. "The Shield" (X-Ecutioners Remix) – The X-Ecutioners


  1. ^ "Music (ep #s and titles) | TheShieldRap".
  2. ^ " The Shield: Music from the Streets". Retrieved 2007-08-02.

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