2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Acapulco’

Acapulco Soundtrack - Every Song in the Apple TV+ Series

The Acapulco soundtrack features music by Los Hooligans, La Banda Baston and Verónica Castro. This info article contains spoilers for the  Apple TV+ series. Peep Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Television section for more music guides.

Acapulco stars Eugenio Derbez as a Mexican-American business mogul who reflects about his 80s business education at Las Colinas Resort. The storyline primarily follows a younger version of the character, portrayed by Enrique Arrizon, with composer Bo Boddie (Fresh Off the Boat) scoring each episode. Music supervisor Javier Nuño (Who Killed Sara?) energizes the narrative with a mixture of heavy metal, Mexican pop music and mainstream tracks from the early 80s. Here’s every featured song in Acapulco.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

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  • “Vacation” by The Go-Go’s (00:15): Maximo and Memo (Fernando Carsa) take in the action at Las Colinas. The resort entertainers perform The Go-Go’s 1982 single in Spanish. The Acapulco soundtrack song fades as Chad (Chord Overstreet) speaks with Maximo and Memo.
  • “Acapulco Rock” by Los Hooligans (00:16): Hector (Rafael Cebrián) explains the lay of the land to Maximo and Memo. He struts around Las Colinas while showing off his techniques for pleasing the guests.
  • “True” by Spandau Ballet (00:21): The Las Colinas entertainers perform a Spanish version of the 1983 single. Maximo offers to help resort owner Diane Davies (Jessica Collins). He impresses his boss and guests from Schenectady, New York with a bottle-opening trick.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Jessie’s Girl”

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  • “Me Gustas” by La Banda Baston (00:00): Present Day Maximo hits a gold golf ball in Malibu. The Acapulco soundtrack song cuts as he explains to Hugo that the neighbors never invite him over.
  • “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club (00:04): The Las Colinas entertainers perform as the camera roams over the resort. The bartender Beto (Lobo Elías) tells a joke to a patron. Don Pablo (Damián Alcázar) arrives with Maximo to teach him about “creating” financial opportunities.
  • “Money” by The Flying Lizards (00:06): Present Day Maximo reflects about “upselling.” In 1984, the character makes an offer to an American couple. The music fades shortly before Maximo offers a “triple platinum package” to a guest named Jessie.
  • “Kids in My Neighborhood” by Alcoholics (00:15): Sara (Regina Reynoso) visits a record store with her mother, Nora (Vanessa Bauche). She finds Judas Priest’s Defenders of the Faith album and calls it “religious music.” Nora reunites with a former love interest named Emilio.
  • “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton (00:24): Memo sings the 1977 song as Jessie proposes to his girlfriend. Maximo reflects about helping the couple experience a happy moment. The song is later performed at 26:00 by the Las Colinas entertainers.
  • “Soy Celosa” by Verónica Castro (00:25): Jessie celebrates after proposing. He thanks Maximo for his help. The Acapulco soundtrack song picks up when it’s revealed that Maximo used Hector’s motorcycle tires for a swing.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Invisible Touch”

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  • “No Puede Esperar” by Skeewiff (00:00): The Acapulco soundtrack tune scores the opening sequence. Older Maximo pulls out an item from his “treasure box.” Hugo isn’t impressed by an old magazine.
  • “Vamos A La Playa” by Righeira (00:09): Memo is allowed to choose one item from the Lost and Found cabinet (from the bottom shelf). He selects a Rubik’s cube over Maximo’s pendant. The song fades as Memo chuckles to himself; the music can also be heard again at 22:00 when Memo trades his Rubik’s cube for an electronic Simon game.
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (00:13): Don Pablo prepares Maximo for a VIP event. The Las Colinas entertainers perform the Acapulco soundtrack song in Spanish. Hector informs Maximo about the dangers of the Fiesta Carajillo.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

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  • “Nomas Contigo” (00:01): Older Maximo shows Hugo a video clip of the pop singer Rodolfo. He recalls when the musician visited Las Colinas during the 80s. Rodolfo also performs “Nomas Contigo” in the final sequence.
  • “Aire” by Pedro Marin (00:06): Rodolfo arrives at Las Colina. Beto strategizes to get an autograph without upsetting Don Pablo. Older Maximo narrates about Rodolfo using a decoy to get away from fans.
  • “Rock You Like a Hurricane” by The Scorpions (00:10): Sara receives cigarettes from a friend. In a transition scene, the Las Colinas entertainers sing the 80s classic. Maximo spots Rodolfo with Julia.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “All Night Long”

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  • “Honky Tonk Boots” by Marc Ferrari & Paul Taylor (00:23): Las Colinas employees try to shut down a late-night wedding party. Julia tells the bride, Debbie (Anna Grace Barlow), about a faux Mexican tradition at the beach. The Acapulco soundtrack song fades as the party ends at the resort.
  • “Let My Love Open the Door” by Pete Townshend (00:28): Maximo worries about “fixing” Chad and making him more appealing to Julia. He then flirts with a female guest, Becca Rosenthal (Eliana Jones), who seems like she wants to hang out.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Uptown Girl”

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  • “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez (00:01): The Acapulco soundtrack music scores the opening scene. The instrumental plays as Older Maximo asks Hugo to speak in Spanish.
  • “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel (00:05): The Las Colinas entertainers perform in Spanish. Hector informs Maximo about wealthy guests from New York. Becca inquires about the conversation and introduces her parents.
  • “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama (00:12): Maximo and Becca begin their date at a luxurious hotel. The Acapulco music scores their arrival scene and fades during a wide shot before a lunch scene.
  • “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy (00:28): Maximo and Beto enjoy a meal together. They discuss Julia’s early return from a weekend getaway. Maximo envisions a bright future.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “For Your Eyes Only”

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  • “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister (00:08): Sara and Nora arrive at Los Colinas. The resort entertainers performs the Acapulco soundtrack song in Spanish. Nora discusses the “horrible place” while observing the guests.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Time After Time”

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  • “Papa Loves Mambo” by Perry Como (00:08): Don Pablo gives a Las Colinas tour with Diana. The Acapulco soundtrack music scores a 1954 sequence. Don Pablo greets guests at the front desk.
  • “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks (00:14): The song plays during a 1964 sequence. Los Colinas guests walk through the lobby.
  • “Psychedelic Surfer” by Rob Johnson (00:17): Diane recalls the year 1967. Chad runs through the Las Colinas lobby. Diane introduces herself to Don Pablo.
  • “Call Me” by Blondie (00:22): Don Pablo remembers the year 1981. The Acapulco soundtrack tune scores another lobby sequence. Two female guests discuss the second wave British anarchist punk movement.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 9 “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

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  • “Dame Un Besito” by Mexican Institute of Sound (00:00): The Acapulco soundtrack music scores the title sequence. A wide shot captures Maximo’s Malibu home. The music fades as Sara offers compliments to her brother’s chef.
  • “Cha Cha The Halls” by Anders Lewin & Christer Bjorklund (00:03): Maximo roams through Las Colinas. He spots Julia and sparks up a conversation. They discuss a big meeting with Diane.
  • “Everyone’s a Winner” by TBA (00:18): Sara dances with Roberta. Nora arrives at Las Colinas. The music continues as Julia speaks with Maximo.
  • “Mentias” by Daniela Romo (00:22): Maximo narrates about his mother complicating a plan to protect Sara and Roberta at Las Colinas. The Acapulco soundtrack music fades as Memo tries to maintain appearances during two dates.

Acapulco Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 10 “You Should Hear How She Talks About You”

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  • “Las Mañanitas” by Traditional (00:00:00): The Acapulco soundtrack song is sung during the opening sequence. Maximo vocalizes with his sister Sara for Hugo’s birthday.
  • “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves (00:14:00): Maximo narrates about New Year’s Eve 1984. The Las Colinas entertainers perform the song. Maximo intends to speak with Julia, but his plans are interrupted by Diane.
  • “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates (00:18:00): The Las Colinas entertainers perform again on New Year’s Eve. Maximo pops a bottle of champagne and assists Diane’s table. Julia smiles while learning about a new “annual tradition.”
  • “Donde Hubo Fuego… ” by Efraín Ríos (00:23:00): The music scores a New Year’s celebration sequence. Memo kisses his love interest. Don Pablo speaks with Diane.
  • “Head Over Heels” by The Go-Go’s (00:31:00): Maximo says goodbye to Sara and Hugo. He looks at a bracelet during a transitional sequence that shifts back to 1984. Maximo chats with Memo and says “This is just the beginning. The Acapulco soundtrack song accompanies the end credits.

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

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