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Rick and Morty has a plethora of good songs, including both original music and pre-existing tracks, to both set the show's darker scenes and make funny scenes funnier.

Original Songs

  • The actual score of the show isn't anything to sneeze at, either. Highlights include the main theme and the cue that plays when Jerry evaporates the Meeseeks by perfecting his golf game in "Meeseeks and Destroy".
  • "Goodbye Moonmen", the David Bowie pastiche written around Jemaine Clement's signature Bowie impression.
  • Though it's played for (surreal) laughs, "Head Bent Over, Raised Up Posterior" is strangely compelling. Possibly due to its marking Morty's triumphant return as he decides to stand with Rick and defend his planet from the Cromulons.
  • "Human Music" from the same episode is absurdly awesome; Jerry doesn't find anything weird about the station being literally called "Earth Radio", the song title, nor the fact that it consists of a handful of basic beeps over and over again.
    Jerry: Hmm. Human Music. I like it.
  • "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" uses several songs to move the plot along.
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    • Tiny Rick creates a catchy guitar song off the top of his head that not only gets everyone dancing, but helps Summer realise Old Rick is actually trapped inside Tiny Rick and he needs their help to get out.
      "Let me out, what you see is not the same person as me, My life's a lie, I'm not who you're looking at. Let me out, set me free. I'm really old, this isn't me. My real body's slowly dying in a vat. Is anybody listening, can anyone understand? Stop looking at me like that and actually help me. Help me! Help me I'm gonna die!"
    • At the school dance Tiny Rick creates a new dance, this time for Morty to realise that Tiny Rick is acting weird and to go get Summer to help Rick.
      "I'M DYIN' IN A VAT IN THE GARAAAAAAAGE"
  • At the beginning of the "Auto-Erotic Assimilation", Rick, Morty and Summer jam out to a song apparently called "Love Connection Experience". Youtuber Jinx RLM created a complete track just by extrapolating from the brief snippet they sing.
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  • "Alien Jazz Rap" from "The Wedding Squanchers" is a laid-back and catchy tune, though the audience doesn't get to hear the whole song, unfortunately.

Songs used

Season 1

  • "Look On Down From The Bridge" by Mazzy Star at the end of "Rick Potion #9" as Morty tries to process having just destroyed the planet, only to jump into a new reality where the only difference was that he got to bury his own alternate self.
    "I can't be the same thing to you now,
    I'm just gone, just gone."
  • "Seal My Fate" by Belly, at the end of "Rixty Minutes", which plays as Jerry & Beth reconnect after seeing how their alternate reality versions only wanted each other despite their riches and fame.
    "And when you breathe,
    You breathe for two,
    And if you think you've finally found the perfect light,
    I hope it's true."
  • The use of Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" in "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" Just after Rick and Jerry escape the simulation, Jerry makes a snide remark about how Rick is now one of the "dummies". Moments later the con artist aliens mix in his "dark matter formula" and explode. Rick then snarks back to Jerry before the song and Rick's a capella of the tune fades the show out.
  • "For The Damaged Coda" by Blonde Redhead plays over the end of "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind" as the Council of Ricks figure out that the dead Rick was a mere puppet, followed by the shot of Evil Morty walking away. It makes a surprise re-appearance at the end credits of "The Rick-Lantis Mix-Up". Apparently, this particular tune is Evil Morty's Leitmotif.
    "Find your name do it all the same equally,
    signal when you can't breathe no more."
  • "X Gon' Give It To Ya" by Dm X, the beatdown music Bro Rick and Bro Summer use against the Devil, the skinhead, the WBC protester, the bully, and the dog abuser.
    "X Gon' give it to ya!
    <what!> Waiting for you to get it on yo own?
    X Gon' deliver to you!"

Season 2

  • "Auto-Erotic Assimiliation" has "Do You Feel It?" by Chaos Chaos, a peppy little tune about a co-dependent relationship that plays during Rick's failed suicide after Unity dumps him.
    "Gotta find my way,
    Away from this place,
    Can you take me now?
    I-I want it, I want it real.
    Are you afraid of me now?"
  • Summer using the haunting "Between The Bars" by Elliot Smith to force Tiny Rick to come to his senses and want to go back to being old again.
    "Oh god, what is life? How can someone so talented die so young? What is being young? I'm not young, I'm old. I'm, I'm gonna die. my body isn't real. Summer, Morty, it's me, Rick. Regular Rick! ... I need you to connect the blue one to my left temple and the red one to why doesn't anyone really like me."
  • The heartbreaking use of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" during the climax of "The Wedding Squanchers" as Rick turns himself in to the Galactic Federation.

Season 3

  • "In The City" by Eagles is the perfect music backdrop to the introduction of the rebuilt Citadel of Ricks in the "Ricklantis Mix Up", with various downtrodden Rick & Mortys trying to get through life after the Council's destruction. The episode really hammers home that the citadel is far from perfect, fitting perfectly with the lyrics of the song.
    "I know there must be somethin' better, but there's nowhere else in sight. It's survival in the city."

Fan Works

  • In-universe, "Get Schwifty" is awesome enough to save the Earth from being destroyed by a panel of intergalactic music judges – plus, the catchy beat makes it an undeniable Ear Worm. This fanmade remix manages to turn it into an actual song.
  • A fan-made example with "Get Schwifty Numero Dos" by JT Music. The song not only references nearly all episodes of the show, but sounds great to boot. Dat remix of the main theme during the chorus.
  • Youtuber Chetreo has made a remix for each episode of season three (minus episode 1), and they're all AMAZING! Each one autotunes lines from the episodes to create some very unique song lyrics. Special mention to "I am Alive" and "Good Things". And even better, they're all available to download for free!
  • This orchestral remix of "For the Damaged Coda" is a haunting, mad tune that perfectly encapsulates the unstable, corrupted, badass Evil Morty.

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