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.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Always Do the Right Thing”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC - Episode 6

  • “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson (00:03): Rock star Joe prepares for a tour. He records a cover song performance for his fans.
  • “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train (00:04): Zeke performs the Ordinary Joe soundtrack song in the rock star timeline. He learns that Joe Kimbreau liked his TikTok video, unaware that the musician is his real father.
  • “Soldier On” by James Wolk and John Gluck (00:09): Rock star Joe performs a TikTok duet with Zeke. The song can be heard throughout the episode. Joe performs “Soldier On” at 37:00 shortly before a Rock the Vote tragedy.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “The Letter”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC - Episode 7

  • “Pressure” by Billy Joel (00:02): Joe receives a letter from his late father in the NYPD timeline. The character thinks deeply in correlation with the lyric “Where we all respond to pressure.”
  • “Martian Shanty Town” by Revolushn (00:08): The Ordinary Joe soundtrack music scores a party sequence in the doctor timeline. Eric drops off the title character. Joe is identified as “Jim” by a male character.
  • “The Longest Time” by Billy Joel (00:09): Joe spots Jenny at a party. The 80s classic plays as the pregnant female character waves. Joe receives a phone call from his mother.
  • “Verdadero Amor” by Alex Torres y Los Reyes Latinos (00:28): Amy brings the titular letter to Joe in the NYPD timeline. They embrace at a Latin fusion restaurant. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song continues as the characters kiss.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Reset”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC - Episode 8

  • “O-O-H Child” by The Five Stairsteps (00:02): Amy listens to her “Getting Ready” playlist in the rock star timeline. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack music plays as she applies makeup. Meanwhile, Joe prepares a meal for his wife.
  • “Coming Out of the Dark” by Artist (00:38): Joe performs the song at Bobby’s funeral in the rock star timeline. Amy approaches the politician’s widow, Regina (Christine Adams), and gets scolded for her behavior. The music continues as Joe learns that his wife slept with Bobby.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 9 “Thankful”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC - Episode 9

  • “Perfect World by Allen Stone” by Artist (00:10:00): Joe and Christopher interview potential aides in the nurse timeline. The music fades when Kinsley arrives to discuss the position.
  • “Love Is Pain” by FINNEAS (00:39:00): The Ordinary Joe soundtrack music scores the final sequence. A heartbroken Joe chats with Amy in the rock star timeline; Joe expresses his love for Amy in the NYPD storyline; Amy learns that she is pregnant in the music narrative.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 10 “Snow Globe”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC - Episode 10

  • “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Suede (00:23:00): Kinsley sings for Christopher. She hopes that he’ll remember the moment when experiencing stage fright. Christopher performs at a dinner table for his family and friends.
  • “Where You Lead, I Will Follow” by Carole King (00:39:00): Joe performs on stage with Christopher in the nurse timeline. They celebrate Gwen’s achievements at her music school for family members of 9/11 victims. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song scores the end of the episode.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 11 “Calling an Audible”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC - Episode 11

  • “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, John Stafford Smith (00:23:00): Joe sings the United States National Anthem at a New York Giants football game. He performs a duet with his son, Zeke.
  • “I Was Salt, You Were the Sea” by Covenhoven (00:34:00): The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song scores a driving sequence. In the NYPD timeline, Amy tells Joe that she can’t have kids. The characters move forward with their relationship.
  • “Light Years” by The National (00:41:00): Joe cancels a plan to tour with Zeke. He texts Amy and says that he’ll be traveling alone. The episode ends with three different images of a New York Giants hat.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 12 “Whiteout”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC - Episode 12

  • “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel (00:00): The title characters performs the Ordinary Joe soundtrack song during an opening montage sequence. Joe tours America while drinking heavily.
  • “All or Nothing” by Ordinary Joe Cast (00:21): Joe performs with a young guitarist named Simon (Jackson Champ Winkler). He sings the chorus while hyping up the crow and drunkenly falls off the stage. The music plays on the radio during the episode’s final scene at 00:41.
  • “One Week” by Barenaked Ladies (00:24): Jenny and Barrett (Brandon Sutton) perform a karaoke song. The characters enjoy a drink at the bar.
  • “Take Me Out of Town” by Matt Berninger (00:33): Joe visits with his uncle Frank in the rock star timeline. They have a serious conversation about pain and coping mechanisms. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song continues as Frank quits working for Joe because of his reckless behavior.

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 13 “Aftermath”

Ordinary Joe Soundtrack on NBC - Episode 13

  • “All or Nothing” by Ordinary Joe Cast (00:14): Joe leaves a hospital in the rock star timeline. He exits with his uncle Frank. The Ordinary Joe soundtrack song continues during a mug shot sequence.
  • “All of Me” by John Legend (00:34): Mallory goes into labor. She requests her birth playlist. Joe and Eric sing together as Mallory gives birth to a child.
  • “Love Like Ghosts” by Lod Huron (00:40): Joe proposes to Amy in the doctor timeline. He expresses his  love for Jenny in the rock star narrative. The Ordinary Joe episode ends with narration about the concept of “chasing love.”

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

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