2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Station Eleven’

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in the HBO Max Miniseries

The Station Eleven soundtrack includes music by Bob Dylan, Parliament and Lee Hazlewood. This info article contains spoilers for Patrick Somerville’s 2021 HBO Max miniseries. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Station Eleven stars Mackenzie Davis as Kirsten, a former child actor who survives a flu pandemic. Gael García Bernal portrays a famous movie star who dies shortly before a global catastrophe; Danielle Deadwyler co-stars as the author of a science fiction novel that Kirsten reads as an adult. Musically, the HBO Max series includes a variety of folk, funk and orchestral tracks, thanks to music supervisor Liza Richardson (Friday Night Lights, Narcos: Mexico). Here’s every featured song in Station Eleven, an adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s 2014 novel.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “Wheel of Fire”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 1

  • “Turn Around, Look at Me” by Glen Campbell (00:09): The Station Eleven soundtrack song plays during an aerial sequence. The camera observes a street crowd after a King Lear performance starring Arthur Leander (Bernal). “Turn Around, Look at Me” continues as the narrative jumps back 10 days after the title graphic appears.
  • “Jingle Bells” by Bill Connor (00:20): Jeevan (Himesh Patel) leaves a voicemail for Frank (Nabhaan Rizwan). Young Kirsten (Matilda Lawler) inquires about Tanya and Arthur’s relationship. The music fades as the characters arrive at their destination.
  • “Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913: I. (Presto)” by Peter Wartchorn (00:23): Clark (David Wilmot) drinks alcohol and reads an article about Arthur. He briefly watches a flu-themed news report and says “No fucking thank you.” The music fades as Clark puts on his headphones.
  • “Carol of the Bells” by Crouch End Festival Chorus (00:28): Jeevan’s sister, Siya (Tiya Sircar), begins coughing at work. The Station Eleven soundtrack song kicks in as she walks through the hospital.
  • “Deck the Halls” by The Craig Gildner Sextet (00:36): Jeevan and Kirsten push grocery carts after encountering a sick man. They arrive at Frank’s building. The music continues as a security guard makes a call.
  • “O Trem Azul” by Lô Borges (00:38): Jeevan explains the flu outbreak to Frank. Kirsten gazes out the window. The music drops as a plane crashes outside the building.
  • “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” by Bob Dylan (00:40): The Station Eleven soundtrack song plays during an “80 Days After” time-jump. Jeevan leaves Frank’s apartment with Kirsten and heads towards Lake Michigan. An astronaut receives a radio signal from the two characters on Earth.
  • “Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1, Ms 25–caprice No. 24 (24)” by Steven Staryk (00:44): Kirsten, now an adult, reads Station Eleven. The music scores the end of the episode.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2 “A Hawk from a Handsaw”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 2

  • “The President’s Speech” by Nicholas Dodd (00:08): Dan (Dylan Taylor) auditions for the Traveling Symphony. He recites dialogue from Independence Day. Music from the 1996 blockbuster film scores the moment.
  • “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)” by Parliament (00:09): Dan gets accepted into the Traveling Symphony. The Station Eleven soundtrack song kicks in as he celebrates. An overhead wide shot captures St. Deborah-by-the-Water.
  • “Your Sweet Love” by Lee Hazlewood (00:30): Jeevan speaks with Frank. They discuss the fact that Kirsten hasn’t eaten in three days. The music and dialogue overlaps with a Hamlet performance scene in Year 20.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “Hurricane”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 3

  • “Somebody Please” by The Vanguards (00:07): Miranda Carroll (Deadwyler) draws at a diner. Arthur strikes up a conversation and speaks about the city of Chicago. The Station Eleven soundtrack song scores the moment when the characters first meet.
  • “This Little Light” by Bob Gibson (00:11): Arthur and Miranda speak on the street. The music plays from a nearby venue. Miranda refuses an offer to hang out.
  • “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James (00:47): Miranda duct tapes her room aboard the Robespierre. She remembers her last meeting with Arthur. The Station Eleven soundtrack song plays during the end of the episode as Miranda recites text from her book and visualizes her main character.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 4 “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Aren’t Dead”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 4

  • “It’s All Over” by Pearl Dowell (00:09): Kirsten and Alexandra finish a conversation about the Prophet and “Station Eleven.” The Station Eleven soundtrack song scores a hang-out sequence. Kirsten plays cards and drinks alcohol with the Conductor.
  • “La Campanella” by Franz Liszt (00:40): The Conductor performs at her piano. Kirsten ties her boots and spots a child wearing a bomb. The music concludes when two children approach Gil (David Cross) and blow themselves up.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 5 “The Severn City Airport”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 5

  • “Ave Maria” by Bobby McFerrin & Yo-Yo Ma (00:03): Clark walks through a Vista American airplane. He speaks with Arthur’s widow, Elizabeth (Caitlin FitzGerald), and her son Tyler (who is later revealed to be the Prophet). The music can also be heard at 00:15 and 00:20.
  • “Man Oh Man” by The Impressions (00:34): Miles (Milton Barnes) informs Clark that they could technically last forever at Severn City Airport. He leans in for a kiss. Clark rejects the advance and states that he’s in mourning; the Station Eleven soundtrack song kicks in as Miles processes the moment.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 6 “Survival Is Insufficient”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 6

  • “La Campanella” by Franz Liszt and Niccolò Paganini (00:00): The Station Eleven soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Kirsten searches for Alex in the both the past and present. The orchestral piece drops as Young Kirsten speaks with Gil.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:43): The music plays during the end credits.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 7 “Goodbye My Damaged Home”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 7

  • “A Chant for Bu” by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (00:05): Frank receives a phone call during the initial flu outbreak. The Station Eleven soundtrack song plays as he dumps a bag of heroin and cleans up his apartment.
  • “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by The Craig Gildner Sextet (00:11): The scene takes place 75 days before Young Kirsten’s play at Frank’s apartment. Jeevan speaks with his brother about the girl. The holiday music accompanies the moment.
  • “The First Noel” by Traditional (00:16): Young Kirsten sings for Jeevan and Frank. The brothers enjoy a moment of peace and happiness. Jeevan wipes his eyes as Kirsten finishes her performance.
  • “Excursions” by A Tribe Called Quest (00:23): Frank pretends that he decoded an audio message. He then breaks into a performance of the classic hip-hop song, using looped audio as a sample beat. Kirsten and Jeevan dance as Frank rhymes.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 8 “Who’s There?”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 8

  • “All Star” by Smash Mouth (00:09): The Station Eleven soundtrack song scores a moment in the present timeline. Clark discusses a karaoke machine at the Museum of Civilization. An instrumental of the 1999 single plays briefly.
  • “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb (00:21): Clark chats Arthur in the “Before” era. He explains that he’s been sober nine years. Alexandra sings the song in the present timeline at the Museum of Civilization; Kirsten reunites with her Traveling Symphony friends.
  • “Beautiful Dreamer” by Roy Orbison (00:35): A ukulele instrumental plays during a Museum of Civilization sequence. Sarah recovers from a heart attack. Clark chats with Miles about Elizabeth.
  • “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert (00:36): Miles plays the song on a ukulele. The Station Eleven soundtrack song accompanies a flashback sequence. Clark lashes out at Arthur after a bender; the music scores the end of the episode at 00:56.
  • “One Fine Morning” by Bill Callahan (00:51): Tyler concludes a conversation with Kirsten. Clark speaks to himself in bed next to Miles. Tyler reunites with his mother.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 9 “Dr. Chaudhary”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 9

  • “Creep” by TLC (00:33): Jeevan declines to help deliver a baby. The self-proclaimed doctor states that he will “observe.” The Station Eleven soundtrack song plays during a dance sequence.
  • “If You Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (00:50): Jeevan — aka Dr. Chaudhary aka Dr. Eleven — receives a name tag. The music sets in as he prepares to visit the former country home where he lived with Kirsten. “If You Leave” continues during an exterior winter sequence.
  • “Can I Kick It?” by A Tribe Called Quest (00:56): Jeevan embraces his daughter in the present timeline. He prepares to leave home. The Station Eleven soundtrack song scores the end of the episode as Jeevan prepares to enter a boat.

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Station Eleven Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 10 “Unbroken Circle”

Station Eleven Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 10

  • “Small Town Talk” by Bobby Charles (00:08): The Station Eleven soundtrack song plays during the title sequence. Miranda asks Clark for help. Kirsten walks through the Museum of Civilization and learns that her quarantine has ended.
  • “Groovin’ in Love” by Inner Circle (00:49): Clark speaks with Miles about the before times. He recalls giving speeches. Clark tells Miles that he “turned on the lights.”
  • “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & the Pips (00:50): Wendy sings in honor of the late Conductor. She is accompanied by background singers and a tuba player. Kirsten loses her “Station Eleven” copy and reunites with Jeevan moments later.
  • “United We Stand” by Brotherhood of Man (01:00:00): Kirsten says goodbye to Jeevan. They head down different paths. The Station Eleven soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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