The Chicago Party Aunt soundtrack includes jams by Styx, Aerosmith and Rush. This info article contains spoilers for Chris Witaske, Jon Barinholtz and Katie Rich’s Netflix series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.
Chicago Party Aunt stars Lauren Ash as Diane Dunbrowski. The titular protagonist looks after her teenage nephew, Daniel (Rory O’Malley), while raising hell across the north side of the city. Diane also proves that one can enjoy large amounts of alcohol while still being productive at work. Supervised by Sarah Maniquis-Garrisi (McMillions, City of Ghosts), the series’ soundtrack includes a variety of hair band anthems. See below for a full breakdown of every frickin’ jam in Chicago Party Aunt, a Netflix series featuring an original score by Nathan Whitehead (The Purge).
Chicago Party Aunt Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Chicago Party Aunt”
- “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis (00:17): Diane prepares for a big rager. She rides a massive sub sandwich and shows off her promotional posters. The Chicago Party Aunt soundtrack song plays as internet people react online to “The Rager to End All Ragers.”
- “Come Sail Away” by Styx (00:19): Diane celebrates a new era and toasts to her nephew, Daniel. Bonnie (Jill Talley) suddenly arrives, with her Chicago accent in full effect, and frickin’ gets all aggressive. Styx rocks out as Diane defends her behavior.
Chicago Party Aunt Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Helicopter Aunt”
- “Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner (00:20): Diane arrives to frickin’ rescue Daniel. She references Apocalypse Now before falling violently from a helicopter. A heavy metal version of the composition is used for dramatic purposes.
Chicago Party Aunt Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Ribs for Her Pleasure”
- “I Swear” by All-4-One (00:11): Daniel states that he’s a little tired upon receiving a visit from friends. He suddenly perks up with the arrival of Taylor Hogswitch. The Chicago Party Aunt soundtrack song is used during a stylized character introduction.
- “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan (00:20): Daniel throws a frickin’ rager at his aunt’s apartment. Diane teases him about not getting an invitation. The classic 90s jam plays in the background and cuts when the titular character gets all frickin’ feisty and throws people out of her home.
Chicago Party Aunt Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Tailgate Jailgate”
- “Heavy Action” by Johnny Pearson (00:01): The Monday Night Football theme scores an opening football sequence. Diane explains her parents’ legendary tailgate gatherings to the audience. She then acknowledges that viewers are hearing “the football song.”
- “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith (00:10): Diane and Bonnie talk shit to a tailgater named Eileen. They reminisce about a Rumple Minse booze competition from back in da 80s. The Chicago Party Aunt soundtrack track scores an alcohol sequence and can also be heard over there at 00:16.
- “The Spirit of Radio” by Rush (00:14): Eileen’s husband, Mr. Wychek, talks trash to Diane and Bonnie. He then taunts the duo during a game of Cornhole, otherwise known as Washer Toss up there in the Upper Midwest. The rock song revs up during the competition and then cuts after a miserable final throw from Diane and Bonnie.
Chicago Party Aunt Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Halloweener Circle”
- “Funky Town” by Lipps Inc. (00:12): The Chicago Party Aunt soundtrack song scores a Halloween party sequence. Diane puts down some pumpkin spice kamikazes. Gideon (RuPaul Charles) refuses to drink the “foul syrup” and orders one of them gimlet things.
- “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (00:14): Gideon worries about not perceived as a fun guy. Diane comforts him, and they groove together on the dance floor. The party aunt gets the name of the artist wrong, as she thinks it’s the 1999 version by frickin’ Tina Turner.
- “Get Down Goblin” by Jan Terri (00:22): Diane and Daniel have a morning conversation after getting blasted on Halloween. The characters decide to have another round of alcohol — the “hair of the dog.” The Chicago Party Aunt soundtrack tune plays as the episode ends.
Chicago Party Aunt Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Twenty-Six Point Tattoo”
- “Rhythm of the Night” by Debarge (00:18): Diane hears music by “El Barge.” Daniel mistakes “Debarge” for “da barge” like he’s in a frickin’ Chris Farley Saturday Night Live Super Fans skit. The music scores a finish line sequence featuring a very tired Mark (Ike Barinholtz) and plays again at 20:30.
Chicago Party Aunt Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “The Beefys”
- “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” by Jerry Downs (00:18): Diane attends The Beefys. Mark fails hard on stage while handling a “beef case.” The Chicago Party Aunt soundtrack song plays after Andy Richter once again wins “Chicagoan of the Year,” a moment that precedes the arrival of “da coach” Mike Ditka.
Chicago Party Aunt Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Emergency Contact”
- “Silent Night” by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber (00:06): A bar patron sings on Christmas Eve. The character hasn’t seen his daughter in two decades but remembers that “Silent Night” was her favorite song way back when. The Chicago Party Aunt soundtrack song is heard only briefly in the music-light holiday episode.
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