The Y: The Last Man soundtrack includes music by Bad Company, Peter Gabriel and Neil Young. This info article contains spoilers for the FX on Hulu series. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Television section for more streaming guides.
Y: The Last Man stars Diane Lane as Jennifer Brown, a congresswoman who becomes president after an apocalyptic event. Ben Schnetzer co-headlines as Yorick Brown, the commander-in-chief’s son and the last male on Earth. Supervised by Susan Jacobs (Silver Linings Playbook, Servant), the series’ soundtrack features well-known singer-songwriters from the not-so-distant past. Here’s every main song in Y: The Last Man season 1 that complements the score by Herdís Stefánsdóttir (The Sun Is also a Star).
Y: The Last Man Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “The Day Before”
- “Company of Strangers” by Bad Company (00:12): Ashley Romans makes her first appearance as Agent 355. The Y: The Last Man soundtrack tune scores a sequence in Skiatook, Oklahoma. The character pretends to help a friend but ultimately blows up her “company of strangers.”
- “The Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel (00:52): Yorick sleeps while his monkey, Ampersand, throws Cheetos. The heartbroken character wakes up to the lyrics “Some of it’s just transcendental | Some of it’s just really dumb.” Yorick will soon learn the he’s the last male on Earth.
Y: The Last Man Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Would the World Be Kind”
The Y: The Last Man soundtrack includes a heavy instrumental at 34:00 when Yorick reunites with Ampersand, but it appears to be music from Stefánsdóttir’s score (and not from a mainstream song).
Y: The Last Man Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Neil”
- “After the Gold Rush” by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton (00:42): Nora (Marin Ireland) leaves home. Her daughter realizes that the power has returned upon hearing music on the radio. According to the song writer Neil Young, “After the Gold Rush” describes the last days of California during a catastrophic flood.
Y: The Last Man airs weekly on Hulu through November 2021. New episodes premiere every Monday. This article about the Y: The Last Man soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.
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