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The Sopranos is noted for its "eclectic array of music." With no original score, these are just some of the great songs used throughout the show.

  • Much of the diegetic (in-universe) music qualifies:
    • Link Wray's famous "Rumble" that plays at the guys' first on-screen hangout at the pork store. It's a song so tough it got banned from radio, being an instrumental.
    • As a nice nod to Goodfellas, the ever so great "Layla" plays in Tony's car just before he gets home in "Whitecaps."
    • The version of "Comfortably Numb" by Roger Waters, Van Morrison, and the Band, which is the last song Christopher Moltisanti ever hears before he gets into a car accident and dies, is really cool.
    • Deep Purple's hard-rockin' "Smoke On The Water" plays on Tony's radio as he passes out behind the wheel in the Season 2 opener. Even Tony jams out to it.
    • Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" during Tony's fever dream/the car ride with Silvio in "Funhouse" is especially chilling in its uplifting tone, as it contrasts with the subsequent brutal murder of a close friend.
    • In the Season 3 opener, Tony comically sings along to the catchy gem of a song, "Dirty Work," performed by Steely Dan.
    • In the same episode, Tony works out to Eagles' amazing "Hotel California."
    • Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" plays inside a pizza parlor. What makes it notable is that usage of the already congenial song was the first time Led Zeppelin's music had been featured in any television series, and that the song is off what is considered to be one of the greatest albums of all time.
    • The Kinks' "Living On a Thin Line", which is the definition of a badass song, that plays in the dark just before and during the strippers' introduction at the Bing.
    • Bobby Baccalieri, Sr. crashes his car while listening to America's mellow #1 hit "Sister Golden Hair."
    • The hard-rocking "Gloria" by Them.
    • Paul Simon's "Mother and Child Reunion" that plays in Janice's car in "Do Not Resuscitate" is pretty catchy and is a great song in its own right.
    • The song that plays when Vito is dancing in the gay club, a mix-up of the bands Deep Dish and Dire Straits, is pretty energetic and fun to listen to.
  • "Thru and Thru" by the Rolling Stones as used in the Season 2 finale, is (predictably) haunting. The final shot of Season 2, Tony smoking in his living room, contrasted with Pussy Bonpensiero's final resting place, is truly something else.
  • The two sequences in the Season 3 premiere where the Peter Gunn theme and "Every Breath You Take" are played over each other. The two songs have the exact same beat and mesh perfectly.
  • Nils Lofgren's soothing and beautiful "Black Books", which plays over what is possibly one of the most tender moments between Tony and Carmela.
  • While it may not be a "true" musical moment, Uncle Junior shows off his singing abilities in the Season 3 finale with his rendition of "Core Ingrato" that's interrupted by Meadow.
  • "I Love Paris" by Dean Martin, blared over a boat's loudspeakers to intimidate the stubborn guy who sells Tony the Whitecaps house.
  • The use of "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" by The Kinks after Tony provokes Janice is simply cinematic/badass/great.
  • "Glad Tidings" by Van Morrison, accompanying and lyrically commenting on Tony Blundetto's death.
  • The Drifters' "This Magic Moment," a classic song with an incredibly soulful tone, which plays as Bobby embraces his kids after returning from Quebec, having killed a man for the first time.
  • "Evidently Chickentown" by John Cooper Clarke has an ominous foreboding quality at the close of "Stage 5" as it plays when Phil decides to declare war on the Sopranos and when the awkward tension between Tony and Chris is at its peak.
  • Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", as used in the final scene, is an iconic marriage of sight and sound and is a testament to creator David Chase's ability to select music appropiately for The Sopranos.

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