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    Original Score 
The original score is composed by Ramin Djawadi.note 
  • There is a separate Leitmotif for Finch, Reese, and the Machine ("Listening With a Million Ears").
    • There is noticeable (and appropriate) overlap between the Finch theme and the Machine theme.
    • The version of "Listening With a Million Ears" from the last three minutes of "Firewall" is particularly awesome.
    • Also worthy of mention is the swank, jazzy, uptempo version used in "The Perfect Mark" when Price gets the baseball from the soda vendor.
    • The dark version of Harold's theme that appears during his glorious monologue in "The Day the World Went Away". In combination with Michael's acting there are chills.
  • Take The Machine's Leitmotif and play it backwards, and you get Samaritan's chilling theme. This piece is more of an Image Song since it doesn't really appear in the show itself, but still features both the aforementioned leitmotif and a second string backing theme that also appears quite often to represent Samaritan. Also particularly memorable is the version that plays when the Machine gives it her location in exchange for Harold and Root's lives, also intertwined with The Machine's theme.
  • A particularly fantastic version of Martine's theme appears in "Prophets", duelling with a combination of the Machine's and Root's themes.
  • The themes evolve: for example, here are Season 2 compilations of new music pieces for Finch, Reese, and the Machine.
  • Root has a unique theme, which is usually introduced by the main notes of it being played in absence of other music. How awesome is it?
    "...we wrote the character back into the season just to hear the music again."
    Liner notes to Season 1 soundtrack album
  • The music from the Ambiguous Ending of "Cura te Ipsum", "Do People Change?" is deliciously menacing.
  • What makes "Elias" more awesome is how well it still fits him throughout his development. In the beginning, it gives an air of mystery to the man behind the name. When his motives are revealed, it highlights his quest for revenge well, fading slowly until returning loud and bombastic, like the man himself. After all is said and done, it adopts a tone that speaks very much to Elias' new power and control over New York. Truly a theme worthy of the Evolution of Organized Crime.
  • Introduced in "Relevance", Shaw's theme encompasses the character's motivations perfectly. The tone is distinctive from previous themes to indicate her independence compared to the rest of Team Machine, while more intense parts indicate when she's ready to lay down the hammer on her foes.
  • Out of all Reese's Pieces, Knock Knock, featured during the scenes of action and vehicular mayhem, is the most awesome. Carter gets her own version of "Knock Knock" when committing Reese-style vehicular mayhem in "Endgame". As does Root, in "The Day The World Went Away".
  • The slow, heartbreaking version of Shaw's theme that plays at the end of "If-Then-Else" during Shaw's Heroic Sacrifice and The Big Damn Kiss with Root. Oh, and the title? "Til Death Do Us Part".
  • Control's theme is gloriously sinister.
  • Aside from The Glitch Mob's "Fortune Days", "If-Then-Else" also features track of the same name that consists of Reese's and Machine's leitmotifs In the Style of... The Glitch Mob.
  • The slow version of Carter's theme is exceptionally powerful and highlights some of the series more emotional moments. It first appears in "Dead Reckoning", before the infamous roof scene. It appears again when Beecher dies ("I Always Told Cal To Be Careful" on the soundtrack) and in "The Devil's Share" when Fusco arrests Simmons. It makes a final appearance in "Terra Incognita" when John hallucinates Carter.
  • The showrunners were planning to use David Bowie's "Heroes" to close out "Return 0," but they quickly changed their minds when they heard Ramin Djawadi's score, which combines the Machine Theme with several other leitmotifs.
  • One YouTube user has put together a series of videos illustrating the various leitmotifs featured in the show and where and when they crop up. From the more obvious themes like those of Team Machine, Team Samaritan, and other major recurrers like Zoe Morgan and the Brotherhood, to more obscure themes like those of Iris Campbell, Claire Mahoney, and even a theme shared by several of the one-shot POIs during their quieter scenes.
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    Season 1 
  • "Live With Me" by Massive Attack, from the end of "Mission Creep", made the scene absolutely heartbreaking.
  • "New York" by Cat Power, from the end of "The Fix". Summing up Zoe's love for the city and giving her a triumphant end.
  • The appropriately titled and catchy "Sinnerman" by Nina Simone, used at the end of "Witness".
  • "I Know You Are But What Am I?" by Mogwai, hauntingly beautiful at the end of "Foe".
  • "When Things Explode" by Unkle, from the end of "Number Crunch". Really emphasizes how dire the situation is.
  • The chillingly ominous "If I Had a Heart" by Fever Ray, used in "Blue Code".
  • The somber and ominous "Burn My Shadow" by UNKLE, used at the climax of "Flesh and Blood", while Reese saves Taylor Carter in spectacular fashion.

     Season 2 
  • "It Serves You Right to Suffer" by John Lee Hooker, in "High Road", very fitting for the sequence where Graham, fearing for his family's safety, leaves his wife a note confessing his hidden past and slips out to join the gang of robbers.
  • "One of These Mornings" by Moby, used at the end of "'Til Death". As the song discusses the tragic nature of a person disappearing, it underscores the tragic nature of Finch and Grace's relationship.

     Season 3 

     Season 4 

     Season 5 
  • "B.S.O.D."'s opening made excellent use of "No Wow" by the Kills. It highlighted the tension of the scene and badassery of Team Machine gloriously.
  • The show often makes use of Nina Simone, usually with Elias, but "Do I Move You?" made for a glorious background for Root and Shaw reuniting properly in the simulation.
  • "The Day The World Went Away" has two:
    • Moby's "New Dawn Fades," during the firefight with Root & Shaw against Samaritan operatives.
    • The title song by Nine Inch Nails. Not the first time a Nine Inch Nails song was played, and the circumstances are heartbreakingly similar. The lyrics and the tone are a fitting backdrop to the loss of a team member, and Harold Finch's escape from Samaritan's clutches.
  • "Return 0" beautifully uses Philip Glass's "Metamorphosis One," for Reese's sacrifice, and the extremely apropos "Bunsen Burner" from the Ex Machina OST for the rooftop scenes with Finch.
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