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Super Soundtrack: “Nine Perfect Strangers” on Hulu

Nine Perfect Strangers premiered on Hulu today, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the biggest shows of the summer (maybe even of the year?)! Based on the bestselling book by Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers is set at a boutique health and wellness resort led by Masha (Nicole Kidman) promising its 9 guests a better way of living following their 10-day retreat.

Nine Perfect Strangers is now streaming on Hulu, and it’s already shaping up to be one of the biggest shows of the summer (maybe even of the year?)! Based on the bestselling book by Liane Moriarty, Nine Perfect Strangers is set at a boutique health and wellness resort led by Masha (Nicole Kidman) promising its 9 guests a better way of living following their 10-day retreat.

Created by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, The Undoing, Big Sky, Big Shot) Nine Perfect Strangers has one of the most star-studded casts on TV as of late. The 8-episode series stars Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving, Melvin Gregg, Asher Keddie, Grace Van Patten, Tiffany Boone, and Manny Jacinto.

Each guest has their own trauma that brought them to Masha and the Tranquillum wellness retreat. There’s a lot of numbers involved here, but it’s a 10-day retreat involving a total of 9 strangers over the course of 8 episodes. This formula amounts to a show that is able to ride the line between thrilling, intense drama and perfectly uncomfortable, dry comedy. With this great of a cast, it was hard to go wrong, but the show really is addicting as you watch these characters deal with their addictions. 

Episode 1: “Random Acts of Mayhem”

“Strange Effect” by Unloved featuring Raven Violet

Theme song heard playing over the credits at the beginning of every episode

“It’s A Good Day” by Peggy Lee

Heard while Francis (Melissa McCarthy) is listening to the song in her car on her drive to the retreat

“I’ve Got To Use My Inagination” by Gladys Knight & The Pips

Heard playing over the end credits

Episode 2: “The Critical Path”

“The Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium” by Hanspeter Gmur & South German Philharmonic

Heard while we see Masha (Nicole Kidman) going for a run

“You Are My Sunshine” by Jimmie Davis

Heard as the group’s breakfasts are being prepared and characters getting ready to attend the breakfast

“Rumble” by Link Wray & The Wraymen

Heard while Francis (Melissa McCarthy) is floating in the pool before Tony (Bobby Cannavale) interrupts her relaxation

“Pretty Woman Pass On By” by Richard Marks

Heard during the group’s extreme hiking excursion

“Let’s Live” by Aaron Neville

Heard while Francis (Melissa McCarthy) and Tony (Bobby Cannavale) are in the pool together

“Loyalty” by Gabriels

Heard as the final song in the episode, and it continues to play over the end credits

Episode 3: “Earth Day”

“Only You” by The Platters

Heard as the first song playing while Masha (Nicole Kidman) is out for a swim

“Michicant” by Bon Iver

Heard while the women on the retreat are on their hike

“For Sure” by Future Islands

Heard at the grand banquet party outside

“Running Red Lights” by The Avalanches ft. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu

Heard playing over the end credits

Episode 4: “Brave New World”

“Angel Baby” by Rosie & The Originals

Heard while everyone is gathered around the fire, hanging out and talking

“No More ‘I Love You’s’” by Annie Lennox

Heard playing over the end credits

Episode 5: “Sweet Surrender”

“You’re the One That I Want” (from Grease) by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

Napoleon (Michael Shannon) sings the song in his bedroom

“What Makes Me Think About You” by Nicolas Godin

Heard while Yao (Manny Jacinto) and Delilah (Tiffany Boone) are together

“Happy Birthday Baby” by The Tune Weavers

Napoleon’s (Michael Shannon’s) second performance in the episode, he sings the song at daughter’s birthday party because it’s their annual tradition

Episode 6: “Motherlode”

“Money Money (Cabaret/Soundtrack Version)” by Joel Grey & Liza Minnelli

Heard in Francis’ (Melissa McCarthy’s) bedroom in an odd scene to say the least

“Love on the Brain” by Rihanna

Heard while Francis (Melissa McCarthy) and Tony (Bobby Cannavale) are talking

“Leather and Lace” by Stevie Nicks

Heard while Napoleon (Michael Shannon), Heather (Asher Keddie), and Zoe (Grace Van Patten) are together

“Enfant” by El Michels Affair ft. The Shacks

Heard while Jessica (Samara Weaving) is looking in mirror

“The Windmills of Your Mind” by Dusty Springfield

Heard as the final song in the episode

Episode 7: “Wheels on the Bus”

“Moon River” by Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

Heard while Francis (Melissa McCarthy) is in the sauna looking out the window to see a flashback of her life

“Xanadu” by Olivia Newton-John

Heard while Carmel (Regina Hall) is seen dancing around her room. It is also heard playing again during the end credits.

Episode 8: “After All”

“True Love Ways” by Buddy Holly

Heard while Masha (Nicole Kidman) is having a flashback in her bathroom

“Never My Love” by Astrud Gilberto

Heard while Carmel (Regina Hall) is having a flashback in the tub

“Motion Picture Soundtrack” by Radiohead

Heard while Napoleon (Michael Shannon), Heather (Asher Keddie), and Zoe (Grace Van Patten) are in the woods trying to connect with Zach (Hal Cumpston)

“Michicant” by Bon Iver

Heard while Napoleon (Michael Shannon), Heather (Asher Keddie), and Zoe (Grace Van Patten) are talking to Zach (Hal Cumpston)

“Silent Lucidity” by Queensrÿche

Heard when we see where all of these characters end up with their lives

“Crimson Blue” by Keith Urban

Heard playing during the finale’s end credits (fun fact — in case you somehow didn’t know — Keith Urban is Nicole Kidman’s husband, and he released this song specifically for this show’s soundtrack!)

All episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers are now streaming exclusively on Hulu. Stream the series here.

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