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Big Soundtrack for “Big Little Lies”

I’ve said this a thousand times before (probably to myself in front of my TV but still), and I’ll say it again. The HBO hit show, “Big Little Lies”, has an amazing soundtrack. I would arguably say this is one of the reasons why the drama is so addicting.

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The Show

Now, if you haven’t watched “Big Little Lies” yet, I have a few things to say:

  1. Do you live under a rock?
  2. Kidding about #1 but like, not really
  3. It is a must-see with an all-star cast
  4. Literally everyone and anyone who even watches a few minutes of the show will be captivated and obsessed
  5. It’s dramatic, funny, serious, sad, happy, and everything in between
  6. You will end up yelling at your TV at the end of the episode waiting for the next week
  7. If nothing else, just watch it for the awesome soundtrack
Meryl Streep plays Nicole Kidman’s mother-in-law in Season 2
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The show stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Adam Scott, and yes — Meryl Streep!!!! With two seasons out and another on the way, it centers around a group of wealthy women and their families in Monterey, California who all have children the same age. Secrets, drama, crime, and friendship are at the heart of the show and the soundtrack does a great job accentuating that.

The Soundtrack

The theme song which plays over the opening credits is the beginning of the amazing songs that fill each episode. The song, “Cold Little Heart” by Michael Kiwanuka is catchy, soothing, and fitting to the credits which show the families driving over the famous Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, with shots of the ocean rolling in. Having never heard the song before, I became immediately smitten with it from the first episode.

Aside from the theme song, every song in each episode is unique and fits the scenes very well. From Leon Bridges’ “River “to “Pocketful of Rainbows” by Elvis Presley, the variety of different genres flows perfectly with the story lines.

Because I don’t want to give away too much, I won’t mention every featured song and artist. But, here’s a list of some of my favorites that I believe deserve a shoutout and the episode they’re in …

  • “Dance This Mess Around” by The B-52’s x Season 1 Episode 2
  • “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac x Season 1 Episode 3
  • “September Song” by Agnes Obel x Season 1 Episode 7
  • “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett x Season 2 Episode 1
  • “It’s My House” by Diana Ross x Season 2 Episode 1
  • “How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees x Season 2 Episode 4
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Patti Smith x Season 2 Episode 6
  • “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Willie Nelson (featuring Paula Nelson) x Season 2 Episode 7

Remember, these are just a few of my faves so it’s up to you to watch and listen to Big Little Lies!


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