2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Afterparty’

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in the Apple TV+ Series

The Afterparty soundtrack includes music by Shaggy, Khia and Bleachers. This info article contains spoilers for Christopher Miller’s Apple TV+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

In The Afterparty, Tiffany Haddish stars as a Bay Area detective who investigates the murder of a pop star. Sam Richardson co-stars as the main suspect, while Ben Schwartz plays a wannabe music producer. Composer Daniel Pemberton (Being the Ricardos) scored the Apple TV+ series; music supervisor Kier Lehman (Space Jam: A New Legacy) selected the needle-drop tracks. Here’s every featured song in The Afterparty.

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The Afterparty Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Aniq”

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Angel” by Shaggy (00:00): The Afterparty soundtrack song opens the series. Aniq (Richardson) listens to the music in his vehicle. The track fades as he arrives at a high school reunion event.
  • “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher (00:23): Zoë (Zoë Chao) sings a karaoke song at her high school reunion. Aniq watches near the stage. Yasper (Schwartz) tells Aniq that Zoë is singing to him.
  • “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” by Khia (00:24): Aniq dedicates a song to Zoë. The wrong music plays. Aniq makes up his own lyrics.
  • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (00:30): A slideshow begins at the Hillside reunion party. The Afterparty soundtrack song continues as Aniq and Zoë leave to get cookies.
  • “Rollercoaster” by Bleachers (00:31): Aniq and Zoë eat cookies together. They visit the teacher’s lounge and find Mr. Shapiro (Christopher May) and Heather hooking up in a closet. Aniq and Zoë consume weed gummies.
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Eric Kupper Remix)” by Diana Ross (00:39): Aniq and Yasper leave the reunion party. Brett (Ike Barinholtz) briefly chases after their vehicle. Yasper drives Aniq and Chelsea (Ilana Glazer) to a party hosted by Xavier (Dave Franco).

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The Afterparty Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Brett”

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz (00:12): Brett begins “Operation Nostalgia.” The Afterparty soundtrack song plays as he strategizes against Xavier. Brett takes control of the DJ’s computer.

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The Afterparty Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Yasper”

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “Two Shots” by Ben Schwartz, Sam Richardson & Jamie Demetriou (00:07): Yasper performs a motivational rap song for Aniq. He rhymes in a gymnasium as his classmates dance. Aniq and Walt (Jamie Demetriou) join in on the rap.
  • “Yeah Sure Whatever” by Ben Schwartz (00:15): Xavier reluctantly agrees to bless Yasper’s track. Schwartz’s character celebrates with a spontaneous performance. The Afterparty soundtrack song continues as Yasper rocks out with several classmates.
  • “Three Dots from Stardom” by Ben Schwartz (00:20): Yasper worries about getting his track blessed. He roams around Xavier’s home and waits for a text message. Yasper continues performing with an acoustic guitar.

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The Afterparty Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Chelsea”

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • Background Music Only

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The Afterparty Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “High School”

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “The Way I Are” by Timbaland, Kari Hilson, D.O.E. (00:05): Walt reflects about St. Patrick’s Day 2006. He remembers a “buzz in the air” at Pattensale Hall. The Afterparty soundtrack song plays as Walt preps for a big party.
  • “Ridin'” by Chamillionaire, Krayzie Bone (00:06): Eugene aka Xavier arrives at school in a sports car. Aniq and Yasper groan. Eugene puts on a backpack and smiles.
  • “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World (00:07): Aniq talks about getting into Stanford. He hopes to connect with Zoë due to his “new confidence.” Yasper begins using his trademark “one shot” line.
  • “Heartbeats” by The Knife (00:10): Aniq speaks with Zoë in class. He receives advice from Yasper. The Afterparty soundtrack song plays in the background
  • Hey Ya!” by Outkast (00:12): The track scores a party montage. Chelsea eats frosting from a cake. She starts a conversation with Zoë as Walt watches.
  • Needy Girl” by Chromeo (00:18): Chelsea compliments Eugene about his new hairstyle. They discuss the latter’s “new persona,” Xavier. The music scores a party scene.
  • Ms. New Booty” by Bubba Sparxxx feat. Ying Yang Wins & Mr. Collipark (00:24): Eugene leaves a bedroom. He is questioned by party guests on camera as The Afterparty soundtrack song plays. Eugene claims that he had a three-way with Chelsea and Walt.
  • “Dance Like This” by Wyclef Jean feat. Claudette Ortiz (00:25): Aniq takes a big drink of alcohol. Yasper tells him to take it slow. Aniq belches and relaxes.
  • “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean (00:25): The track scores a home footage montage.  Various party guests enjoy themselves outdoors. Eugene boasts about a sexual experience.
  • “My Humps” by Black Eyed Peas (00:26): Chelsea leaves a bedroom. A room full of party guests stare at her. The Afterparty soundtrack song continues as Jennifer 2 speaks with Chelsea.
  • “Angel” by Shaggy feat. Rayvon (00:28): Brett tries to impress Zoë. He claims to have a mixtape for her that actually belongs to Aniq. Zoë states that “Angel” is her favorite song as she bonds with Brett.
  • “Boom” by P.O.D. (00:30): Aniq breaks the windshield on Eugene’s vehicle. The characters prepare to fight. Cameras roll as Brett scoffs at Aniq and Eugene’s fighting techniques.

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The Afterparty Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Zoë”

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher (00:08): Zoë sings karaoke at her high school anniversary party. She is joined on stage by her imaginary double. The Afterparty soundtrack song continues as Aniq smiles during an animated sequence; the song can be heard again at 00:27.
  • “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” by Khia (00:09): Aniq performs a karaoke song. Zoë and her double giggle at the accidental selection. Aniq makes up clean lyrics while performing.
  • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (00:11): A Brett and Zoë slide show begins. Aniq states that he would like to see the teachers’ lounge. Zoë prepares to drink “something hard.”

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The Afterparty Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “Danner”

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • “Guilty All the Same” by Linkin Park feat. Rakim (00:19): The Afterparty soundtrack song scores a flashback sequence. Danner recalls investigating a Los Angeles murder case in 2008. Her former partner, Klews (Jimmy Tatro), listens to a new Linkin Park song and states that “It freaking rips.”

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The Afterparty Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Maggie”

The Afterparty Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “Angel” by Shaggy (00:34): The music plays during a coastline sequence. Zoë pulls over and wonders if Aniq will make a move. The characters kiss as Walt asks to be dropped off.
  • “Imma Live Forever” by Xavier (00:36): The Afterparty soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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