2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Severance’

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song in the Apple TV+ Series

The Severance soundtrack includes music by Grant Green, Jacknife Lee and I Monster. This info article contains spoilers for Dan Erickson’s Apple TV+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Severance stars Adam Scott as Mark Scout, a New York City man who receives a procedure to separate his home and work lives. Britt Lower co-stars as Helly, a Lumon Industries employees who learns that she willfully participated in the company’s “severance” program. Composer Theodore Shapiro (The Eyes of Tammy Faye) scored the off-kilter drama series, which includes a variety of throwback mainstream tracks. Here’s every featured song in Severance.

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Good News About Hell”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 1

  • “TBA (Background Music)” by TBA (00:50): Mark visits Pip’s Bar & Grille. He receives a phone call from Mrs. Selvig (Patricia Arquette) and gets confronted by Petey (Yul Vazquez). The Severance soundtrack song scores the entire diner sequence.

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Half Loop”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Joshua Fit De Battle Ob Jericho” by Grant Green (00:09): Mark grabs a container of Lumon’s Rwandan Ground Coffee. The Severance soundtrack song plays during an office sequence. Mark tidies up the workplace; he puts new soap in the bathroom sink area and vacuums his department floor.
  • “Here Kitty Kitty” by Jacknife Lee (00:20): Seth (Tramell Tillman) speaks with his colleagues about gratitude. He smiles and jokes around about an untouched melon tray. Mark apologizes to Helly.
  • “Daydream in Blue” by I Monster (00:54): Petey panics in a bathroom. He groans and envisions himself taking a shower. The music kicks in as Mark calls out for Petey. “Daydream in Blue” scores the end credits.

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “In Perpetuity”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 3

  • No Featured Songs

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “The You You Are”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Enter Sandman” by Metallica (00:33): The Severance soundtrack song plays during Petey’s funeral. Mark attends the service. A home video clip shows Petey performing the Metallica classic with his daughter, June (Cassidy Layton).

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “The Grim Barbarity of Optics and Design”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 5

  • No Featured Songs

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Hide and Seek”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 6

  • “TBA” by TBA (00:32): Mark attends a hardcore concert. He watches June play on stage. The Severance soundtrack song was presumably written for the show.

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “Defiant Jazz”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 7

  • “Shakey Jake” by Joe McPhee (00:25): Seth awards Mark’s team with a five-minute “Music Dance Experience.” The Severance soundtrack song plays as the characters groove around the office. “Shakey Jake” stops when Dylan attacks Seth.
  • “Times of Your Life” by Paul Anka (00:42): Seth plays a record at Burt’s retirement party. The innie musical selection continues during a brief montage. Irving worries about losing his friend and potential partner, Burt.
  • “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Billie Holiday (00:48): Mark picks up the pieces of a torn photo. He looks at his late wife and remembers her personality traits. The Severance soundtrack song accompanies the end credits.

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “What’s for Dinner?”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 8

  • “Ace of Spades” by Motörhead (00:04): Irving’s outie plays a cassette tape. He listens to the Severance soundtrack song while painting. The music plays again at 00:45 as Dylan tries to find out the truth about his existence.
  • “Chinese Surfer” by Kava Koh (00:21): The macrodata team eats together. Dylan tells Helly that the egg bar is “coveted as fuck.” Seth takes photographs.

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Severance Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 9 “The We We Are”

Severance Soundtrack - Every Song Season 1, Episode 9

  • “Ace of Spades” by Motörhead (00:03): Irving the innie awakens with a paint brush in his band. The Severance soundtrack song plays as he looks at various paintings of a dark hallway.
  • “Your Mind Is On Vacation” by Mose Allison (00:41): Dylan pulls a lever. Mark senses a change. The track scores the end credits.

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