2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Dropout’

The Dropout Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2022 Hulu Miniseries

The Dropout soundtrack includes music by Alabama, Sean Paul and Amy Winehouse. This info article contains spoilers for Elizabeth Meriwether’s 2022 Hulu miniseries. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Based on Rebecca Jarvis’ 2019 podcast series, The Dropout stars Amanda Seyfried as the disgraced American entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes. Naveen Andrews co-stars as Sunny Balwani, the subject’s love interest and business colleague. Composer Anne Nikitin (Fate: The Winx Saga) scored the eight-episode limited series; music supervisor Maggie Phillips (Night Teeth) assembled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in The Dropout.

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The Dropout Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “I’m in a Hurry”

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  • “I’m in a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)” by Alabama (00:03): The Dropout soundtrack song plays during a December 2001 sequence. Elizabeth drives her brother Christian (Sam Straley) home from school. She sings along to the 1992 country song; the music plays again at 00:09.
  • “Steal My Sunshine” by LEN (00:14): Elizabeth enters a kitchen during a trip to Beijing. She speaks Mandarin to a fellow student.
  • “Gold Day” by Sparklehorse (00:18): Elizabeth recovers after a rough meal. She bikes with Sunny (Naveen Andrews) and practices Mandarin. Elizabeth states that she wants to be a billionaire like Steve Jobs.
  • “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake (00:23): The Dropout soundtrack song scores a 2002 sequence. Elizabeth has sex with a male classmate at Stanford. The music cuts when Elizabeth discuss microfluidics and beer with Sunny.
  • “I’ll Believe in Anything” by Wolf Parade (00:24): Elizabeth chats with Sunny on the phone. She jogs to a Stanford event during a transition sequence. Elizabeth watches an interview with Phyllis Gardner (Laurie Metcalf).
  • “Leave It to the Expert” by Andy Cooper (00:34): Elizabeth prepares for party conversations. She speaks to herself in a mirror. Elizabeth poses as classmates enter her room.
  • “Y Control” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (00:41): Elizabeth experiences an epiphany at Stanford. She wears headphones and works in her dorm room. The Dropout soundtrack song continues as Elizabeth rubs an iPod against her neck and then introduces a tech redesign to her Stanford instructors.
  • “North American Scum” by LCD Soundsystem (00:48): Elizabeth reunites with Sunny. They hook up as the song plays. Elizabeth speaks during a July 2017 deposition as the episode ends.

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The Dropout Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2 “Satori”

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  • “We Run This” by Missy Elliott (00:02): Elizabeth listens to music through her headphones. The Dropout soundtrack song plays as she eats dark chocolate and dances. “We Run This” fades as Miriam (Kate Comer) arrives for work; it can be heard again at 00:10.
  • “Temperature” by Sean Paul (00:27): Elizabeth meets with Larry Ellison (Hart Bochner). They discuss CEO leadership and business techniques. Larry pumps up Elizabeth.
  • “Cobrastyle” by Robyn (00:36): Elizabeth celebrates a breakthrough with colleagues. She arrives at a hotel and grins. The music cuts when Rakesh (Utkarsh Ambudkar) shows up to discuss a problem.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:45): Elizabeth gets drunk at a party. She speaks with Sunny and fires Miriam.
  • “Living in America” by Dom (00:49): Elizabeth speaks with Sunny in his vehicle. She reflects about attending Stanford. The Dropout soundtrack song plays as Elizabeth screams, “I’m going to change the world!”

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The Dropout Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “Green Juice”

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  • “1234” by Feist (00:00): The Dropout soundtrack song plays during a June 2007 sequence. Elizabeth awaits the release of the iPhone. Sunny gets questioned about a trip to India.
  • “Sleepyhead” by Passon Pit (00:09): Elizabeth speaks with her parents about Richard (William H. Macy). She spills her coffee and parks. The music fades as Elizabeth speaks with Ana Arriola (Nicky Endres).
  • “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse (00:50): Elizabeth tells Sunny that she needs a $20 million investment. She offers him a COO position at Theranos if he will help her stay on board as the CEO. The Dropout soundtrack song scores an episode-ending montage in which Elizabeth makes power moves and changes her look.

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The Dropout Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 4 “Old White Men”

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  • “Firework” by Katy Perry (00:01): Jay Rosan (Alan Ruck) changes the radio station in his vehicle. He sings along to The Dropout soundtrack song. The music plays again at 00:41.
  • “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall (00:11): Jay arrives at Theranos with his Walgreens colleagues. They discuss the meaning of a customized license plate. “Suddenly I See” continues as Jay and company enter Theranos.
  • “La fanciulla del West, SC 78, Act II: Or son sei mesa che mio padre mori” by Giacomo Puccini (00:34): Ian Gibbons (Stephen Fry) listens to music at home. The camera pans across a room. Rochelle (Kate Burton) speaks with her husband.
  • “What I Like About You” by The Romantics (00:48): Jay and his colleagues perform a cover song for Elizabeth. They alter the lyrics to incorporate “blood.” Elizabeth stares down a Walgreens executive (portrayed by Rich Sommer) as he inspects Theranos technology; The Dropout soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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The Dropout Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 5 “Flower of Life”

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  • “La Rondine, Act I: Parigi! (Live)” by Yosep Kang (00:06): Ian listens to music at work. He watches the time pass at his desk. The Dropout soundtrack song cuts as Ian leaves Theranos.
  • “How to Love” by Lil Wayne (00:20): Elizabeth plays a song at work. She awkwardly dances and approaches Sunny. The characters share an intimate moment.
  • “My Way” by Frank Sinatra (00:25): Elizabeth sits alone in silence. She is approached by her mother, Noel. Elizabeth wonders what would happen if she stopped working at Theranos.
  • “Tosca, Act 2: ‘Vissa D’arte'” by Angela Gheorghiu (00:40): Elizabeth discusses Ian’s death with Sunny. She seems happy and states that “We won.” Rochelle watches Theranos employees take Ian’s computer.
  • “Utopia” by Albela (00:50): Elizabeth has fun at a party. Phyllis tells Richard that Theranos’ CEO is a fraud. The Dropout soundtrack song scores the end credits.

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The Dropout Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 6 “Iron Sisters”

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  • “Die Young” by Kesha (00:25): Elizabeth ends a conversation with Sunny. The Dropout soundtrack song plays as she heads to a birthday party. Elizabeth looks at people wearing masks of her face.
  • “Jealous” by Nick Jonas (00:31): Sunny arrives at home with Elizabeth. He keeps the party going with a musical selection. The characters dance while wearing their birthday masks.

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The Dropout Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 7 “Heroes”

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  • “Heroes” by David Bowie (00:01): Elizabeth speaks with Bill Clinton. She jogs during a transition sequence in 2015. The Dropout soundtrack song continues during a montage.
  • “2 Legit 2 Quit” by MC Hammer (00:21): Christian introduces Elizabeth at a Theranos event. The track plays as Sunny grins in the audience. Elizabeth smiles and says “We’ve got herpes!”

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The Dropout Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 8 “Lizzy”

The Dropout Soundtrack on Hulu - Every Song in Episode 8

  • “Pay Your Way in Pain” by St. Vincent (00:49): Elizabeth screams while waiting for an Uber ride. A driver arrives and asks if she is “Lizzy.” The Dropout soundtrack song scores the epilogue and end credits.

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