2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Guilty Party’

Guilty Party Soundtrack - Every Song in the Paramount+ Series

The Guilty Party soundtrack includes music by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Michael Legrand and Paul Young. This info article contains spoilers for Rebecca Addelman’s Paramount+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Guilty Party stars Kate Beckinsale as a disgraced journalist named Beth Baker. She loses her job at “The Denver Chronicle” and hopes to land a big story while working at “Pop Bite News.” First-time TV actress Jules Latimer co-stars as a convicted killer named Toni who asks Beth to investigate her case. Musically, the series incorporates various genres of music. Here’s a breakdown of every featured song in Guilty Party.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “The Last Real Journalist Working in Denver”

Guilty Party Soundtrack on Paramount - Season 1, Episode 1 Songs

  • “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by Ol’ Dirty Bastard (00:00): The Guilty Party soundtrack music scores the opening sequence. Four years prior to the main timeline, Wallace Plimpton (Cody Kearsley) cooks and smokes while singing the hip-hop classic. The scene functions as the incident incident for the murder mystery narrative.
  • “Di-Gue-Ding-Ding” by Michael Legrand (00:05): Beth complains about the on-camera demeanor of Channel 24 News reporter Tessa Flores (Alanna Ubach). The song continues during an exterior driving shot in Denver. “Di-Gue-Ding-Ding” fades as Beth arrives at “The Denver Chronicle” and steals her former boss’ fish.
  • “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” by El Michels Affair (00:29): The song plays after Beth visits Wyatt Plimpton (Andre Hyland). A cover version scores the end credits.

Guilty Party Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Crazy Bitches Who Kill”

Guilty Party Soundtrack on Paramount - Season 1, Episode 2 Songs

  • “Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young (00:22): Tessa trolls Beth by leaving her with a journalism trophy. Beckinsale’s character then cries in her vehicle while driving home. The Guilty Party soundtrack song plays as George (Laurie Davidson) tails Beth.
  • “I Can Help” by Billy Swan (00:28): Toni (Jules Latimer) agrees to work with Beth. The journalist walks to her car as the music ramps up. “I Can Help” continues during the end credits.

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Guilty Party airs weekly on Paramount+. New episodes premiere every Thursday through December 9, 2021. This article about the Guilty Party soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

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

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