2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Ordinary Joe’

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack - Every Song in the NBC Series

The Ordinary Joe soundtrack includes music by Billy Joel, Elton John and Ray LaMontagne. This info article contains spoilers for Matt Reeves’ NBC series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

Ordinary Joe stars James Wolk as Joe Kimbreau, a Syracuse University graduate who appears in three different timelines. In one story, he’s a nurse who separates from his wife. The second tale details Joe’s life as a rock star, while the third follows his quest for enduring romance as an NYPD bachelor. The series’ soundtrack, supervised by Jen Ross (Empire, Power), incorporates numerous soaring anthems that align with the protagonist’s shifting perspective. Here’s every featured song in Ordinary Joe.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Way Leads on to Way”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC

  • “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel (00:05): In the nurse timeline, Amy (Natalie Martinez) teaches a song to her son, Christopher (John Gluck). Joe listens while at work.
  • “Piano Man” by Elton John (00:20): Joe takes a song request in the NYPD timeline. Various people drink and sing at a New York City bar.
  • “Sometime Around Midnight” by The Airborne Toxic Event (00:29): Joe arrives for his 10-year anniversary at Syracuse University in the nurse timeline. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song continues over a rock star sequence. “Sometime Around Midnight” plays again at 00:41 as Joe and Jenny (Elizabeth Lail) bond in the nurse narrative.
  • “Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne (00:34): Joe and Jenny dance in the doctor timeline. Wolk’s character reflects about past regrets. The song volume raises after Joe states that he loves Jenny.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Requiem”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC

  • “Fire and Rain’ by James Taylor (00:37): Joe performs live in the NYPD timeline. Jenny calls and leaves a voicemail about the near-assassin Wayne Coleman (Curtis Edward Jackson) being a former financial supporter of the politician Bobby Diaz (Adam Rodriguez). Jenny learns that she’ll be moving to Atlanta. Meanwhile, Joe and Amy grow closer.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Happy Birthday Jenny”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC

  • “Three Leaf Clover” by Teenage Joans (00:21): Joe attends a photo shoot in the rock star timeline. He is urged to pretend like he’s playing his guitar. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song plays in the background as the protagonist calls Jenny.
  • “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes (00:39): Joe sings the song for Jenny in the nurse story. A flashback shows Wolk’s character performing the song in college. In the present, Christopher sings with his father.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Shooting Star”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC

  • “Heavy” by Sam Smyers (00:06): Amy receives a text from Joe in the NYPD timeline. She watches a photoshoot featuring her lover Bobby Diaz, a married man. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song emphasizes Amy’s frame of mind.
  • “The Stars on Your Way” by Brock Tyler (00:20): Rock star Joe drives with Jenny to Binghamton. They spot Benny’s Roadside Burgers. The music cuts as Jenny tells Joe that she’s changed and doesn’t want to “dilly-dally.”
  • “Astronomy” by Conan Are (00:41): Joe and Jenny agree to relocate in the nurse timeline. Meanwhile, Jenny spots a shooting star in the rock star narrative. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song ends the episode as NYPD Joe deletes Amy from his contact list.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Mask On Mask Off”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC

  • “Under Pressure” by Queen, David Bowie (00:07): Christopher performs the Ordinary Joe soundtrack song with a classmate in the nurse timeline. The audience responds positively.
  • “Down the Road” by James Wolk (00:39): Joe performs in the rock star narrative. Meanwhile, the protagonist says goodbye to Atlanta-bound Jenny in the nurse story. NYPD Joe also learns that Bobby Diaz slept with his intern, Carrie Coleman, and paid her hush money.

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Ordinary Joe airs weekly on NBC. New episodes premiere every Monday through the fall 2021. This article about the Ordinary Joe soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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