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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Reacher’

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in the Amazon Series

The Reacher soundtrack includes music by Howlin’ Wolf, Patsy Cline and Blind Blake. This info article contains spoilers for Nick Santora’s Amazon Prime series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Reacher season 1 stars Alan Ritchson as the title character, a U.S. Army veteran who gets arrested for murder in Georgia. Malcolm Goodwin and Willa Fitzgerald co-star as Oscar Finlay and Roscoe Fitzgerald, respectively; two police officers who investigate a counterfeiting conspiracy. Composer Tony Morales (Elena of Avalor) scored the thriller series; music supervisor Mike Caroleo (Station Eleven) assisted with the featured needle-drop tunes. Here’s every song in Reacher season 1, an adaptation of Lee Child’s 1997 novel Killing Floor.

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Reacher Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Welcome to Margrave”

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Smokestack Lightning” by Howlin’ Wolf (00:01): The Reacher soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Jack exits a bus in Margrave, Georgia.  The music fades as he arrives at Margrave Diner.
  • “Getting It In” by East Vs. West (00:24): Jack leaves his cell. He speaks with Paul Hubble (Marc Bendavid) about being grouped with “the lifers.” Jack offers advice about prison swaps.
  • “Line Em Up” by Low Pass Lushes, 1STCLSS (00:27): Jack wears shades during a slo-mo sequence. He sits next to Paul at the prison yard. “I’m not a ventriloquist,” Jack says, “Get off my lap.”
  • “Get It While You Can” by Howard Tate (00:31): Jack arrives in a special prison cell. He lays down as the Reacher soundtrack song plays. Oscar leaves a voicemail for his wife, Sharon.
  • “Let Me Do My Thing” by Jordan Max (00:34): Jack awakens in his new cell. Paul states that he’s been waiting for a song by The Beatles. He apologizes for waking his cellmate.
  • “Shake ‘Em on Down” by Mississippi Fred McDowell (00:40): Jack speaks with Roscoe. They make plans to see each other later. Jack speaks with Mosley (Willie C. Carpenter) about the musicians Fred McDowell and Blind Blake.
  • “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” by The Rolling Stones (00:51): The Reacher soundtrack song plays during the end credits.

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Reacher Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “First Dance”

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • .“Police Dog Blues” by John Cephas & Phil Wiggins (00:39): Roscoe drives with Jack in the passenger seat. They listen to a radio DJ explain that the tune was originally recorded by Blind Blake. The Reacher soundtrack song continues as Jack looks out the window.
  • “Midnight Train” by Naked Blue (00:39): Roscoe and Jack arrive at a bar. They each enjoy an adult beverage. Jack watches Roscoe and smiles.
  • “Crazy” by Patsy Cline (00:40): Roscoe takes a drink of her beer. She asks Jack to dance. The characters share an intimate moment together.
  • “Call In the Cavalry” by The Shys (00:49): The Reacher soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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Reacher Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Spoonful”

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “PTP” by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears (00:17): The Reacher soundtrack song accompanies a sequence at Jolene’s Chicken Shack. The camera pans around Jack as he sits outside at a table. Oscar and Roscoe arrive.
  • “Lowdown” by Boz Scaggs (00:33): Oscar arrives at a shooting range. He speaks with Debbie Shane (Claire Armstrong). Oscar introduces himself as “Steve Williams.”
  • “Good Time Gone” by Jade Jackson (00:38): Jack enters the Blue Cat Bar & Grill. He looks around and surveys the scene. Jack speaks with a patron about Tanner Spivey (Patrick Garrow) and gets in a fight.
  • “Spoonful” by Howlin’ Wolf (00:40): Jack navigates the Blue Cat Bar & Grill after a scuffle. A tracking shot follows his movements. The music fades as two South America baddies follow Jack.
  • “Red Telephone” by Richard Rose (00:44): Jack finds Spivey’s body. The Reacher soundtrack song plays during the end credits.

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Reacher Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “In a Tree”

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Let Me Down Easy” by Steve Freund, Gloria Hardiman (00:17): Jack decides to take a shower. He tells Roscoe to shoot anyone who tries to come through the door. The music scores a love sequence between the two characters in a bathroom.
  • “Mama Got Worried” by Corey Harris (00:28): Jack and Roscoe finish a meeting with Picard (Martin Roach). They investigate the whereabouts of “Ron Hassey.” The music fades as a motel clerk states that the man in question checked out 20 minutes prior.
  • “Caught Up in You” by .38 Special (00:40): Oscar drives to the airport with Jack and Roscoe. He plays music from one of his favorite bands. The Reacher soundtrack song continues as the characters discuss the impending arrival of Molly Beth Gordon (Lara Jean Chorostecki).

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Reacher Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “No Apologies”

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up” by Nathan Bartell (00:14): Jack reads notes from livestock auction receipts. The Reacher soundtrack song plays lightly in the background. Jack questions Oscar and Roscoe about the cattle purchases of Kliner Sr. (Currie Graham).
  • “City of Angels” by Mike Dawson & The Smokin Kills (00:29): Jack and Frances Neagley (Maria Sten) question a fisherman in Arkansas. The music plays from a radio. The characters discuss Clarron Chemicals.
  • “Late at Night” by Joy Room (00:45): Oscar discovers Kliner Sr.’s body. The track scores the end credits.

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Reacher Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Papier”

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • “Goin’ to Chicago Blues” by T-Bone Walker (00:14): Jack and Oscar discuss trailing techniques during a road trip. The music plays on the radio. Oscar says, “I can’t take another blues song.”
  • “Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas (00:15): Oscar selects new music during his trip with Jack. He inserts a disc into the CD player. Jack questions Oscar about his air drumming.
  • “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum (00:45): Jack chokes an attacker on an exterior building staircase. He drops to his feet and grunts. The Reacher soundtrack song scores the end of the episode.

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Reacher Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “Reacher Said Nothing”

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • “Ain’t It a Sin” by Charles Bradley (00:15): Jack visits a clothing store. He picks out new gear and a hunting knife. The music fades as the cashier inquires about Jack’s purchases.
  • “Bad Ju-Ju” by The Owsley Brothers (00:38): Jack speaks with Neagley. He realizes that Picard is dirty. The music accompanies the end credits.

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Reacher Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Pie”

Reacher Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “If You Will” by Craig Erickson (00:05): Jack meets at a diner with Picard. He draws on a map. Jack explains his history of chasing down AWOLs as the Reacher soundtrack song continues.
  • “Down on the Ground” by Chris Cain (00:44): Jack enters Margrave Diner. A patron walks nearby and excuses himself. Jack spots Oscar and sits down.
  • “Good Woman” by DL Rossi (00:45): Jack speaks with Oscar at Margrave Diner. The music kicks in as they discuss Roscoe. Oscar expresses his appreciation for Jack, and vice versa.
  • “Police Dog Blues” by Blind Blake (00:48): Jack visits his brother’s grave and leaves Margrave. He walks down a highway and tries to catch a ride. The Reacher soundtrack song scores the end of the episode and plays during the end credits.

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