Ah, there’s truly nothing better than binge-watching a good series that keeps you at the edge of your seat in every episode. That is, unless it’s a good series with an even better music soundtrack.
Following the revived success of Kate Bush’s “Running Up The Hill” – originally released in 1985 – thanks to Stranger Things, it’s become obvious that viewers nowadays enjoy series that contain a good story, and syiok tunes to match.
If you’re still searching for shows with amazing soundtracks, check out these series with the most streamed soundtracks by audiences.
The best news? You can catch them all on Netflix and have your subscription charged directly to your monthly M1 bill, so you can pay for your fix of Netflix on the go!
1. Stranger Things
Having just aired their fourth season, Stranger Things is no stranger to viewers everywhere.
The show revolves around characters in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. When a boy named Will goes missing, his mother starts to look into his sudden disappearance, which leads to a series of supernatural events that unfold over the course of the series.
Racking up more than four billion streams on music servicing platforms, the Stranger Things soundtrack is frequently quoted as one of the most streamable on this list – and clearly, it’s for a good reason.
Since it’s set in the mid-1980s, there’s a pretty decent amount of throwback tunes to songs from that era, and are just as diverse to correlate to each individual scene they’re heard in. These range from Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” to Peter Gabriel’s “Heroes”, showing just how dynamic the storyline and plot of the series as a whole.
2. 13 Reasons Why
Though the show aired its final episode in 2020, the soundtrack continues to dominate streaming charts. With over 5 billion streams on their record, 13 Reasons Why remains the most streamed Netflix soundtrack ever.
Based on a novel of the same name, the story starts with a high school student named Hannah who ends her own life.
We then subsequently follow fellow classmate Clay Jensen, who receives a bunch of tapes left to him by Hannah, detailing the thirteen reasons why she had reached this decision.
Exploring a wide range of social issues affecting the youth of today, the series is backed up by some exceptional song choices. Spanning from 1980s post-punk band Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” to the more recent Chromatics’ “Into The Black”, the various genres act as a perfect backdrop for each scene, making for an even more evocative watch.
3. Peaky Blinders
If you’re a fan of the old-day gangster series, look no further than Peaky Blinders.
Starting in 1919 and stretching across several years, this series follows the shenanigans of Thomas Shelby, a former World War I soldier. Alongside his brothers John and Arthur, the trio return to make their mark as part of the Peaky Blinders, a Birmingham-based gangster family who sews razor blades in the peaks of their caps. However, Thomas isn’t just looking to control the city. He’s looking to build an empire for his family.
Following the release of its sixth and final season earlier this year, it has been revealed that the development of a Peaky Blinders movie would start in 2023, to the excitement of its fans worldwide.
As one of British TV’s biggest hits since its debut, Peaky Blinders boasts a great soundtrack featuring a host of talented performers. With more than 1.7 billion streams in total under its belt, its soundtrack contains the likes of artists such as The Arctic Monkeys with “Do I Wanna Know”, to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ contribution to the now-famed title track: “Red Right Hand”.
4. Orange Is The New Black
Frequently shortened to “OiTNB” by its fans, Orange Is The New Black’s story revolves around Piper Chapman, a PR executive who seems to have her life together. Well, until she gets convicted of a crime she committed 10 years ago, and is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison.
While we follow Piper’s journey in prison, we meet eccentric characters which injects it with a healthy dose of humour.
But don’t be fooled, this show mainly explores the relationships not just between the inmates themselves, but between them and the systems of power that keep them there or hold them back from rejoining society.
The show might have ended in 2019, but its soundtrack proves to still be a hit with over 500 million streams in total. Ranging from familiar pop hits by Kelis to soulful ballads such as Benny Latimore’s “Move and Groove Together”, led by the adrenaline-pumping opening theme by Regina Spektor – rightfully titled “You’ve Got Time” – this soundtrack promises a song for everyone listening.
5. Black Mirror
Another well-known title among those who are fans of the psychological thriller genre, Black Mirror is the third most listened-to Netflix soundtrack with over 48 million streams.
This series has an overarching sci-fi theme and is set in a world like ours with a minor dystopian edge. Mostly, the show revolves around modern technologies and how they can backfire on humans, being used against us instead of for our benefit.
If you can’t quite keep up with long and winding storylines, Black Mirror might just be your go-to option. Each episode acts as a standalone, with every one featuring different characters in different realities, taking on and trying to fight off different types of technologies.
Along with an ever-present rendition of Irma Thomas’ 1968 hit “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is Will Understand”, the series complements each episode with unmissable tracks, even including a Miley Cyrus cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Head Like A Hole” in the mix.
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