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Super Soundtrack: “Only Murders in the Building” on Hulu

The show is so addicting. It’s so great to see Selena Gomez acting again, and the chemistry she shares with Steve Martin and Martin Short is incredible. The energy when the three of them are on screen together is really something special. It’s a murder-mystery drama, but there are subtle hints of humor that elevate this to something so much more than your run-of-the-mill whodunnit. It just feels so fresh to see a story unfold that is so unlike anything else out there.

Only Murders in the Building has been one of the most highly-anticipated series of the year, and for good reason. With its star-studded cast, including Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Tina Fey, Amy Ryan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Sting (yes, the singer Sting), and more, it was honestly going to be kind of hard to go wrong. But wow, did Hulu deliver!

The show is so addicting. It’s so great to see Selena Gomez acting again, and the chemistry she shares with Steve Martin and Martin Short is incredible. The energy when the three of them are on screen together is really something special. It’s a murder-mystery drama, but there are subtle hints of humor that elevate this to something so much more than your run-of-the-mill whodunnit. It just feels so fresh to see a story unfold that is so unlike anything else out there.

The original score with music composed by Siddhartha Khosla (This Is Us, Love, Victor, Queenpins, Runaways) is truly entrancing. It adds so much to the intense drama without taking away or distracting its audience from the story at play. In addition to that great soundtrack score, Only Murders in the Building also features some past and current hit songs from artists you know very well. Read on to see which songs play during specific moments of the series…

Episode 1: “True Crime”

“Manhattan” by Jan & Dean

Heard as the first song of the episode while Charles (Steve Martin) is walking down the street to introduce us to his character

“Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa

Heard while Mabel (Selena Gomez) is walking down the street to introduce us to her character

“You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” (from Annie)

Heard while Oliver (Martin Short) is walking down the street to introduce us to his character

“Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy

Heard while Oliver (Martin Short) talks about a dance piece he saw on the internet where a man repeatedly climbs a set of stairs and repeatedly falls. It can be heard again later in the episode during another scene involving Oliver.

“Don’t Be Scared” by Daniel Johnston

Heard playing over the end credits

Episode 2: “Who Is Tim Kono?”

“Odessa” by Caribou

Heard playing during a flashback sequence while Mabel (Selena Gomez) is at a party with Oscar (Aaron Dominguez) and Zoe (Olivia Reis) are at a party together

Episode 3: “How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?”

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by The Police

Heard when Sting sings part of the song live acoustically at the end of the episode

Episode 4: “The Sting”

“If You’re Happy and You Know It” by Joe Raposo

Heard when Charles (Steve Martin) plays the song on his accordion out his window so that Jan (Amy Ryan) can hear it from a few floors below him

“Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” by Rod Stewart

Heard when Jan (Amy Ryan) plays the song on her bassoon in response to Charles (Steve Martin), who is standing at his window a few floors above her

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer

Heard when Charles (Steve Martin) plays the song on his accordion to Jan (Amy Ryan)

Episode 5: “Twist”

No songs heard during this episode

Episode 6: “To Protect and Serve”

No songs heard during this episode

Episode 7: “The Boy From 6B”

“Stairway to the Stars” by Ella Fitzgerald

Heard while Charles (Steve Martin) and Jan (Amy Ryan) are dancing and playing Scrabble together

“Soliloquy” by Joshua Henry

Heard playing over the end credits

Episode 8: “Fan Fiction”

“Keep Searchin’” by Del Shannon

Heard playing over the end credits

Episode 9: “Double Time”

No songs heard during this episode

Episode 10: “Open and Shut”

“Fields of Gold” by Sting

Heard when Charles (Steve Martin) asks Siri to do something, but she plays this song instead

“Manhattan” by The Supremes

Heard during the pivotal final scene of the final episode of season 1

Season 1 of Only Murders in the Building is now streaming exclusively on Hulu, and the show has already been renewed for a second season. Stream the series here.

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