The Acapulco soundtrack features music by Los Hooligans, La Banda Baston and Verónica Castro. This info article contains spoilers for the Mexico-themed 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”
- “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”
- “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”
- “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 airs weekly on Apple TV+. New episodes premiere every Friday through the fall 2021. This article about the Acapulco soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.
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