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From Joni Mitchell to Metallica, the Music of ‘Billions’ Is a Mixed Bag of Mood

Classic rock has played a prominent role in Showtime’s “Billions,” not just in songs synched on the show — tracks by Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Sly & the Family Stone, AC/DC and Van Halen can be heard — but in the T-shirts worn by lead character Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) bearing the logos of Metallica, Black Sabbath, Motorhead and other hard rock bands.

The heavy-hitting placements continue this season, the series’ fourth, with songs by U2 (“New Year’s Day”) and Jackson Browne (“These Days”), both used on the most recent May 26 episode. But creators/writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien are quick to point out that the show’s music finds a balance between the familiar and the lesser-known, with such acts as Lucy Darcus, Fred Eaglesmith and Kevin Morby also soundtracking this season.

Indie rock bands like Guadalcanal Diary, The Replacements, Pylon and The Pixies make the “Billions” playlist too — appearances “that speak to our record collections,” says Koppelman, who followed in his father Charles Koppelman’s footsteps by going into the music industry as an A&R executive before turning his attention to film in partnership with Levien. “We are thinking in each episode about the musical palette and finding some unity. Either it’s a thematic unity or it’s a tonal unity in the songs. Or we’re trying to do a juxtaposition to show a couple of radically different emotional states.”

“Billions” is among the premium cable shows that have picked up the mantle from “The Sopranos,” using needle drops to make a significant impact. This season has had two particularly striking episodes musically: One relied on John Mellencamp’s “Troubled Man” and “Bob Dylan’s “World Gone Wrong” to underscore the tortured lives of multiple characters, amplifying the inner-turmoil for each. In another, Joni Mitchell’s “River” was the lone song used, running more than three minutes in the final scenes to underscore multiple sides of “family” and betrayal. In yet another episode, James Brown’s “The Payback” played as if it had been written for the show.

“As we dial in more and more, it’s rare now that if we write a song in and then put it against picture, it doesn’t work,” Levien says.

Friends since childhood, Koppelman and Levien spent much of their formative years sharing an affinity for music and film and taking in many, many concerts. It helped that Koppelman’s father was a music-publishing mogul who scored big on the label side with SBK Records.

“Billions” is the third series the two have worked on together, preceded by “Tilt” and “The Girlfriend Experience.” They also share writing credits on “Ocean’s Thirteen,” Runaway Jury” and “Rounders.” But the Showtime series has proven to be their most music-centric project to date.

“Around the fourth episode, when we found the Andrew Bird song [‘Oh No’], we realized sort of instinctively the way it can function in the show,” Koppelman says. “That episode also featured [multiple] Metallica [songs]. The combination of those things with Eskmo’s score helped us really lock in the tone and voice of the show. … Then it just deepened, as every other part of it does, as we kept making the show.”

Adds Levien: “From the beginning the music was going to drive energy and provide a more energetic counterpoint to the surface trappings of people in offices standing around talking. One approach we take in general is that we try to give the characters credit for knowing everything that we know jointly. That’s the intellectual firepower that they’re working with. They’re hyper-smart with broad points of reference in art and books and certainly in music.”

Since the start, Koppelman and Levien have kept a running list of songs they hope to use; right now it stands at around 120, with more added regularly.

Koppelman declines to discuss budget specifics, preferring to praise Showtime for picking up the licensing tab. Levien sees the process a bit more pragmatically. “There’s sort of a priority list of what are the most important songs versus how much they cost,” Levien explains. “We have managed to include most of the ones that are meaningful. And then in some other spots we’re able to use really unknown types of artists that provide the right backdrop sonically and often lyrically, but for a really low price. Brian has deep relationships with a lot of singer-songwriters and guys in bands that are undiscovered so that helps us get on to them.”

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Firstly, I identify a lot of things in my life with music. Almost every piece of music I love reminds me of some moment in my life, particularly good ones. And I associate my memories with music so much so that I believe we all should have a life soundtrack!

So when I hear a particular song from Billions soundtrack, I associate the song with the particular Billions scene it plays in. And every time I listen to the song, I re-live the scene as if I am watching the show again. So it is no surprise that most of the songs in my Billions playlist accompany some of my favorite scenes in my favorite show.

Secondly, I am a runner. I run 4 miles every two days and I occasionally run half marathons.

The Billions playlist I am sharing below is my actual 46-minute playlist that motivates and entertains me on a 4-mile run and cooling off every other day.

Finally, I  want to take this opportunity to thank Billions creators and show runners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who pick every single song for the show, for introducing me to two great artists that I did not know existed before: Titus Andronicus and Jason Isbell both of whom I have been very lucky to hear live multiple times since!

So, here you go – Damianista’s Billions running playlist in chronological order. I hope it gives you a fun run (walk) in Billions memory lane. ENJOY!

1. “Quite The Contrary” by Parker Mills – Season 1 Episode 10 Quality of Life

This great song that incorporates nursery rhymes accompanies one of the best scenes in TV history, namely the one and only Fake Fight!

Axe: “Come bonus time I will show you enough love you could start a third family.”

Bill: “Two is plenty!”

Original. Hilarious. Genius.

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2. “Tubthumping by Chumbawamba – Season 1 Episode 10 Quality of Life

I was not able to stop listening to this song once I heard it closing the episode where Axe leaves a leaf for Donnie at his memorial and walks away…

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Unlike most of my fellow blog mates, I never listened to hard rock or heavy metal growing up and beyond. I have always been a pop girl so HOW COME I missed this song when it came out in late 1990s? I believe though I compensated for the last two decades in the weeks following the episode that my husband got sick and tired of it 😀

3. “Dimed Out by Titus Andronicus – Season 1 Episode 12 The Conversation

I cannot think of a better song to accompany the final showdown between the man who leaves Nagasaki behind when he pulls a deal off the table and the man with nothing to lose in Season 1 Finale! ” It sets the tone, a march to the battle, as we hear the war drums playing in the first few notes… and the drums are loud all along. Simply brilliant!

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4. “Even The Losers” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers –  Season 2 Episode 11 Golden Frog Time

I cannot think of anything but Chuck’s infamous “cry-laugh” when I hear this great song now!

Baby even the losers
Get lucky sometimes
Even the losers
Keep a little bit of pride
They get lucky sometimes

5. “Spanish Stroll” by Mink De Ville in Season 3 Episode 1 Tie Goes to the Runner

This song does not only make me dance but  also makes me giggle every time I hear it. Look at the lyrics – it feels like the song was actually written for the new compliance officer at Axe Capital 😀

“Hey Mr. Jim I can see the shape you’re in
Finger on your eyebrow
And left hand on your hip
Thinking that you’re such a lady killer
Think you’re so slick!
Alright”

6. “Sinking Down” by Son Volt in Season 3 Episode 6 The Third Ortolan

While my playlist is in chronological order “Sinking Down” is by far my favorite Billions song – I use it in my runs for motivation especially when I need to speed up! And it is not only a great song but also the perfect song to go with the Holy Trinity agreeing to have total transparency in Third Ortolan thanks to Wendy “breaking that fucking stick.”

Axe: “Full transparency. I give you my word.”

Chuck: “You want transparency? How fucking clear is this?”

7. “Handle with Care” by Traveling Wilburys in Season 3 Episode 8 All the Wilburys

George Harrison. Bob Dylan. Tom Petty. Roy Orbison. Jeff Lynne. Enough said.

8. “I Wish I Was Your Mother” by Mott The Hoople in Season 3 Episode 10 Redemption

This beautiful song accompanies one of the most surprising scenes in Billions!

“Robert.”

“Hi mom.”

The use of the song in this scene is pretty amazing. “I wish I was your mother” is not about a mom or motherhood. It is about a guy who seems not able to keep happy and stable relationships because he had a troubled family life as a child. Sounds familiar?

9. “King of New York” by Fun Lovin’ Criminals in Season 4 Episode 1 Chucky Rhoades’ Greatest Game

This song perfectly complements the brilliant sequence in which Chuck goes from one power joint to another and trades favors to secure a gun permit for Mr. Brogan in Episode 1 Chucky Rhoades’ Greatest Game 😀 Besides it makes me dance like there is no tomorrow.

10. “Troubled Man” by John Mellencamp in Season 4 Episode 4 Overton Window

I do not know if I love this song or the scene it accompanies more in which Chuck chooses to add to the history of Fraunces Tavern – where he is supposed to end his political campaign – with his own historical speech. He starts with Churcill:

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

A prosecutor’s job is to dig deep and find what is under all darkness and Chuck will start now with shining light on his own: He practices BDSM with his consenting wife. Bondage, dominance, whips, ropes, masks, pinches punches, what have you.

Chuck trusts his constituency can handle it. It would be great if they still voted for him, but it would be the best if they told someone today about who they really are and felt more comfortable in their own skin.

My vote is for Chuck Rhoades! I think, as a voter, if this guy can tell people who want to control him to go fuck themselves now, he will tell them to go fuck themselves while in office. Way to go, Chuck!

11. “Eye of The Tiger” by Survivor in Season 4 Episode 8 Fight Night

This is not only one of my all-time favorite songs but also an unparalleled one for any kind of training! I claim this classic Survivor song is second to none when one wants to feel competitive.

Honestly, I feel like Rocky when I run to “Eye of the Tiger” and so should Mafee and Dollar Bill! Hmmm, maybe not 😀

12. “Behind Blue Eyes by Pete Townsend / The Who in Season 4 Episode 12 Extreme Sandbox

Next to being an amazing song, it feels as if it was written for Bobby Axelrod.

No one knows what it’s like
To be the bad man
To be the sad man
Behind blue eyes
And no one knows what it’s like
To be hated
To be faded to telling only lies

But my dreams they aren’t as empty
As my conscience seems to be
I have hours, only lonely
My love is vengeance
That’s never free

Could there be a better song to introduce the scene in which Axe is seemingly having a romantic evening with Rebecca but is actually getting ready to put his plan to destroy her business into action.

Ah the bad man behind those blue eyes!

In closing, I follow my blog mates and list a handful of honorable mentions: “Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell in Season 1 Episode 8 Boasts and Rails, “Homecoming” by Jason Ritter in Season 2 Finale Ball in Hand, “Troublemaker Doppelganger” by Lucy Dacus in Season 3 Episode 1 Tie Goes to the Runner, “Blue Train” by John Coltrane in Season 4 Episode 6 Maximum Recreational Depth (this is the kind of music I listen the most in my daily life)  “Peace, Love and Understanding” by Elvis Costello & The Attractions in Season 4 Finale Extreme Sandbox, last by not the least “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens – my all-time favorite song writer – in Season 5 Episode 3 Beg, Bribe, Bully.

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  • Episode 12 – S02E12 – Ball in Hand

  • So Long Baby Goodbye – The Blasters
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  • Homecoming – Josh Ritter
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    Episode 11 – S02E11 – Golden Frog Time

  • Even the Losers – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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    Episode 10 – S02E10 – With or Without You

  • What a Nice Way to Turn 17 – The Crystals
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  • With or Without You – U2
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    Episode 07 – S02E07 – Victory Lap

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    Episode 05 – S02E05 – Currency

  • A Legend In My Time – Johnny Cash
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  • Peace Sells – Megadeth
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    Episode 03 – S02E03 – Optimal Play

  • Trouble – Keith Richards
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    Episode 02 – S02E02 – Dead Cat Bounce

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  • Top Shelf Drug – Ryan Bingham
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    Billions Soundtrack List

    Genre:Drama
    Network:Showtime
    Premiere Date:Feb 19, 2017
    Exec. Producers: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin

     
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    [expand title=”About the Show”]Billions is a bold, contemporary drama that melds the worlds of ultra-wealth, influence and corruption as personified in two highly ambitious opposing figures: hard-charging, blue-blooded, politically connected U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and brilliant, calculating, blue-collar billionaire hedge fund king, Bobby “Axe” Axelrod.
    Set amongst the Machiavellian machinations of New York City power politics and finance, Billions weaves a complex, intricate narrative featuring a high-stakes game of predator-versus-prey.
    Cast: Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, Paul Giamatti as Charles “Chuck” Rhoades Jr., Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades, Malin Åkerman as Lara Axelrod, Toby Leonard Moore as Bryan Connerty, David Costabile as Mike “Wags” Wagner, Condola Rashād as Kate Sacker
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    Billions Soundtrack Season 2 Songs – Tracklist – Listen to the playlist of all of the songs played in the tv show, who sings them, including end credits and scene descriptions.

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    Fans of Billions love the show for its realistic plot lines, and the series' focus on the world of finance and financial crime often mirror real-life prosecutions and investigations. But in addition to its intriguing story and great acting, the amazing soundtrack for Billions is another solid reason to watch the show.

    Brian Koppelman and David Levien are the creators and writers of the show, and in 2019, Koppelman (who's actually a former A&R executive) told Variety that that they pick songs that will compliment each episode's mood and theme: "We are thinking in each episode about the musical palette and finding some unity. Either it’s a thematic unity or it’s a tonal unity in the songs. Or we’re trying to do a juxtaposition to show a couple of radically different emotional states."

    Levien also revealed how they strike the balance between big-name musicians and indie picks. "There’s sort of a priority list of what are the most important songs versus how much they cost," he explained. "And then in some other spots we’re able to use really unknown types of artists that provide the right backdrop sonically and often lyrically, but for a really low price."

    Season five of the Showtime series just recently began, and viewers are excited to head back into Bobby Axelrod's world. Of course, fans are also excited about the music too, and below you can find a list of the songs featured in season 5 of Showtime's Billions. We'll update the list each week.

    Episode 1: The New Decas

    Patti Smith - "Gone Again"

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    Bad Company - "Bad Company"

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    Patti Smith - "Summer Cannibals"

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    Episode 2: The Chris Rock Test

    U2 - "Vertigo"

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