20 TV shows with the best soundtracks and music

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They got the beat. These are the top 20 TV shows with the best soundtracks and music.

There’s nothing more stirring than a song or melody. It can take you back to a time, position you inside a moment, and establish a feeling that will eventually become a memory. That’s why we hand picked 20 TV shows with the best soundtracks and music. Our favorite television shows understand the power of music, and some of the best employ it with a deft hand and an incredible amount of emotional intelligence.

Below are the shows with the best, and most affecting soundtracks and scores. Spanning genre, generation, and personal tastes, these TV series present the best in music, hands down. Music makes such a difference in how we enjoy our TV, and can make as show instantly better or far worse.

The way in which we participate with our visual media, like it or not, hinges on the way we process the aural media, and the songs and composition featured in a show is part of the overall experience. This has become a common and pervasive opinion, and the Television Academy agrees. They just recently started handing out an award for Best Musical Supervision, because it’s apparent that the music makes the media.

I’m proud to bear witness to the innovative and creative ways television is using music these days, but mostly I’m just grateful for the opportunity to get in my feels all the way over my favorite shows. Whether it’s a good ol’ fashioned musical theatre homage, a brass band, or an earnest lip sync moment, the music tells us how to feel, and puts words to an experience that might otherwise pass us by.