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Every single episode has some of the best music ever used on television.

  • This starts with the title track, Nick Cave's "Red Right Hand", which lets us know that our protagonist is a bad bad man (though some have theorized the song also refers to the antagonist) and this is not your mother's period drama.
  • The Shelbys' beatdown of the Lees, set to the Raconteurs' "Blue Veins".
  • Arthur and John leading the Peaky Blinders' raid on Cheltenham to the White Stripes cover of "St. James Infirmary".
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  • Campbell raiding the Shelbys' cache of illegal booze to the Raconteurs' "Broken Boy Soldier".
  • The use of Tom Waits' "Time" over a heartwrenching montage of Arthur attempting to hang himself.
  • The montage of a happy, prosperous Shelby family in 1.05, set to Nick Cave's "Bring It On".
  • The Peaky Blinders' badass Power Walk down the streets of Birmingham to Dan Auerbach's "The Prowl".
  • The final montage of the season, showing the Shelbys celebrating their hard-fought victory and Tommy deliberating over the choice Grace has extended to him, set to Jack White's cover of "Love is Blindness".
  • The season two teaser is set to John Lee Hooker's "Bang Bang Bang Bang".
  • A recap of last season's cliffhanger, and its ultimate resolution, backed by PJ Harvey's "To Bring You My Love" kicks off season two. Which returns with a vengeance in 2.05 during Tommy and Grace's reunion.
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  • Johnny Cash's cover of "Danny Boy" playing over Tommy's first flat-out execution of an IRA target.
  • PJ Harvey brings it again with "When Under Ether", as Tommy heals himself on the boat to Camden.
  • A very sinister "Loverman" by Nick Cave playing as Arthur sits alone, after having killed a boy in a blackout rage.
  • 2.05 gives us an extremely apropos "What He Wrote" by Laura Marling playing under the aftermath of Campbell's rape of Polly, as well as her scene with Michael outside the jail the next morning.
  • "Red Right Hand" comes back with a different context in 2.06, highlighting Campbell's alliance with the Ulster Volunteers and his hit on Tommy.
  • PJ Harvey's "Down by the Water" playing as all of the pieces at Epsom — Tommy, the Field Marshall, Lizzie, Sabini, Campbell, the police, the Peaky Blinders, Grace, and May — get into position, ending with a shot of Polly, the final piece, getting ready, and Tommy and Campbell at opposite ends of the bar, knowing one of them won't walk out of Epsom.
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  • The awesome continues with the song playing in the aftermath of Campbell's death, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "River Styx", highlighting Polly's sheer coldness and badassery.
  • The final scene of the opening episode of series three has Radiohead's "You and Whose Army?", highlighting the highs (Tommy's domestic happiness, the vault in Birmingham with the Shelby fortune) and lows (Johnny Dogs and the men burning and burying the Russian spy, Arthur and Linda in the church trying to reconcile their faith with the brutality Arthur has just committed) of the family.
  • 3.03 brings the awesome music in a big way.
    • First, Nick Cave's "Tupelo" plays over Tommy's setting of Arthur and John onto wiping out the Chagrettas, and you can feel his rage. Then, Tom Waits' "Soldier's Things" plays over the aftermath of Tommy realizing how far he's gone in wanting to torture Changretta in retaliation for Grace's death, and like the use of "Time" in season one, the show uses Tom Waits as shorthand for a soldier gone too far into his own darkness.
    • From the same episode, "Burn the Witch" by Queens of the Stone Age plays as John and Arthur shoot glass vases as targets. In the dark. From at least twenty yards away. While drunk. Without missing once.
  • Further PJ Harvey awesomeness occurs when "Meet Ze Monsta" plays over the Shelby ladies' badass Power Walk out on strike in 3.04.
  • David Bowie, Big Name Fan extraordinaire, gave permission for the title track off Lazarus to be used in Peaky Blinders before his death. It plays over a montage of Tommy recovering from the hellacious beating Hughes and his men doled out, slowly returning to health.
  • The harrowing opening scene of 4.01 with Polly, John, Arthur, and Michael about to hang for their crimes is set to an original song - "No Heaven, No Hell", by music supervisors Anthony Genn and Martin Slattery.
  • The use of a stripped-down version of Nick Cave's "The Mercy Seat" in the opening scenes to 4.02, where John and Michael are shot right in front of John's home, John dies in Esme's arms, Michael survives but is badly hurt, and Tommy has to pull a distraught Polly away from Michael so the doctors can work on him.
  • The series four finale is bookended by Laura Marling covers: it opens with a haunting cover of "Red Right Hand", setting up the unrest at the boxing match, and closes with a triumphant rendition of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall", with the Shelby family victorious.
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