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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Slow Horses’

Slow Horses Soundtrack - Every in the Apple TV+ Series

The Slow Horses soundtrack includes music by Daniel Pemberton and Mick Jagger. This info article contains spoilers for Will Smith’s Apple TV+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Slow Horses stars Gary Oldman as Jackson Lamb, the leader of an MI5 unit called Slough House. Jack Lowden co-stars as River Cartwright, a disgraced agent who tries to repair his reputation. The storyline follows MI5 outcasts as they investigate a terrorist group and its connection to a Pakistani military officer. Composer Daniel Pemberton (The Trial of the Chicago 7) scored the Apple TV+ series, which features “Strange Game” by The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger as the official theme music. Here’s every song in Slow Horses, an adaptation of Mick Herron’s 2010 novel.

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Slow Horses Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every in Episode 1

  • “Strange Game” by Mick Jagger (00:10): Jackson looks out a window. The Slow Horses soundtrack song is used as a musical motif, a continuation of the theme music. “Strange Game” closes out the Apple TV+ series premiere at 00:53.

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Slow Horses Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every in Episode 2

  • Vier letzte Lieder, TrV 296: 3. Beim Schlafengehen” by TBA (00:11): The Slow Horses soundtrack song plays during a flashback sequence. Jackson introduces himself to Catherine Standish (Saskia Reeves). He says that “Berlin is blown.”
  • “Strange Game” by Mick Jagger (00:47): River takes care of Sid (Olivia Cooke) in the episode’s climax. The theme song plays during the end credits.

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Slow Horses Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every in Episode 3

  • “Strange Game” by Mick Jagger (00:42): The Slow Horses theme song scores the end credits.

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Slow Horses Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every Song in Episode 4

  • “The Scientist” by Coldplay (00:08): The Slow Horses soundtrack song scores a car sequence. Louisa (Rosalind Eleazar) argues with Min (Dustin Demri-Burns) about the music. The track can be heard again at 00:17.
  • “Vier letze Lieder, TrV 296: 3. Beim Schlafengehen” by Jessye Norman, Gewandhausorchester & Kurt Masur (00:29): Catherine has a flashback. She thinks about her husband, Charles. The music drops as Jackson enters Catherine’s bedroom.
  • “Strange Game” by Mick Jagger (00:43): The Slow Horses theme song scores the end credits.

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Slow Horses Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every Song in Episode 5

  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers (00:17): Jackson drives a vehicle. He is stopped by a team of Dogs. Jackson hums the Slow Horses soundtrack song at 31:00 while taunting Diana.
  • “Strange Game” by Mick Jagger (00:42): The theme song scores the end credits.

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Slow Horses Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Follies”

Slow Horses Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • “The Scientist” by Coldplay (00:12): Louisa and Min argue in a vehicle. The music plays as they leave a gas station. “The Scientist” can be heard again at 00:17.
  • “Vier letze Lieder, TrV 296: 3. Beim Schlafengehen” by Jessye Norman, Gewandhausorchester & Kurt Masur (00:50): The Slow Horses soundtrack song scores a flashback sequence. Charles plays music and prepares for a bath. He is killed by Jackson.
  • “Strange Game” by Mick Jagger (00:53): The theme song scores the end credits.

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