Songs in ‘Euphoria’ Season 2

Ah, the needle drop. The moment when the proverbial record begins to spin over whatever your eyes are gazing on, delivering unadulterated emotion straight from your ears into your heart. Is there a finer art in the history of the moving image? Maybe. But we’d argue that nothing feels quite as good as the perfect musical moment in the middle of a TV show.

Exhibit A? HBO’s Euphoria, where music is virtually a character in the show. Hell, look no further than Episode Four, where the lyrics of both Towns Van Zandt’s “I’ll Be Here in the Morning” and Labrinth’s “I’m Tired” offer a rare look into Rue’s mind. (But, you know, Euphoria will still throw in some Montell Jordan when things start feeling too heavy.) Now that we’re past the halfway point of this season, we ranked the best musical moments of the new episodes so far. Enjoy.

12. “Yeh I Fuckin’ Did It” by Labrinth

Episode Five is stripped of most of the flair behind the Euphoria we’ve come to know, showing the pain of Rue’s withdrawal. But Labrinth’s “Yeh I Fuckin’ Did It” queuing up just as the dizzying police chase commences? That’s Euphoria at its best.

11. “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty

I hate to say it, but some of Euphoria‘s best musical moments come when Rue is doing drugs. “Right Down the Line” is our breezy, ’70s-hued intro to the blossoming situationship between Rue and Elliot.

10. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” by Cutting Crew

The anatomy of a Euphoria needle drop: 1/ Fez beats the living shit out of Nate. 2/ A group of people pick up Nate and carry him away in their arms. 3/ Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” blares over the credits. Chef’s kiss.

9. “It Never Rains in Southern California” by Albert Hammond

Albert Hammond’s “It Never Rains in Southern California” playing right after Rue runs home, following one of the worst nights of her life? Just read the lyrics. “Out of work, I’m out of my head / Out of self respect, I’m out of bread / I’m underloved, I’m underfed / I wanna go home.” Perfect.

8. “Blue Monk” by Thelonious Monk

Ali trying to teach Rue the joys and wonders of the great Thelonious Monk—while she clearly doesn’t want to hear it—is funny, sure. But the moment is also a small reminder of everything Rue’s missing when she’s under the influence, refusing to interact with one of the only people in her corner.

7. “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan

Sure, the ages might not match up, but if Euphoria ever got a prequel series, I’d hope that Lexi/Cassie’s mom throws down to the entirety of “This Is How We Do It.”

6. “Hypnotize” by Notorious BIG

We’re still extremely skeptical about the idea of ​​high schoolers blaring ’90s/’00s rap at social functions—never forget when “Blow the Whistle” played at a school dance—but “Hypnotize” is the perfect welcoming track for a Euphoria party.

5. “I’ll Be Here in the Morning” by Townes Van Zandt

Compared to Season One, we’ve heard way more oldies in the new batch of episodes. Townes Van Zandt’s “I’ll Be Here in the Morning,” recorded in 1968, is the perfect accompaniment to Rue’s movie-reference-filled love letter to Jules.

4. “I’m Tired” by Labrinth

Labrinth’s original music, created just for Euphoria, is just as essential as any character. Look no further than the debut of “I’m Tired” during Episode Four, with Labrinth himself appearing at what we’re led to think is Rue’s imagined funeral.

3. “Call Me Irresponsible” by Bobby Darin

Euphoria doesn’t get more Euphoria than Rue waltzing to “Call Me Irresponsible” with… her pillow.

2. “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS

Young Cal and Derek slow-dancing to “Never Tear Us Apart” is now the moving image definition of love itself. Look it up.

1. “Drink Before the War” by Sinéad O’Connor

Number one, so far, belongs to Old Cal. Sinéad O’Connor’s “Drink Before the War” blares over Cal’s return to the bar where he fell in love with Sinéad O’Connor. (We also see Cassie rocking to the track.) It’s an eerily perfect match of sound and emotion, improbably giving us more insight to Cal’s meltdown than Cal himself.

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