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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Russian Doll’

Russian Doll Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Series

The Russian Doll soundtrack includes songs by Harry Nilsson, Depeche Mode and Pink Floyd. This info article contains spoilers for Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler’s Netflix series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Russian Doll stars Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, a New Yorker who dies on her 36th birthday and reawakens in a time loop. Charlie Barnett co-stars as Alan Zaveri, a depressed man who continuously relives the worst day of his life. Season 2 follows Nadia and Alan as they travel back in time to Budapest and East Berlin, respectively, and learn more about their familial heritage. Composer Joe Wong (Master of None) scored the Netflix series; music supervisor Brienne Rose (Search Party) assembled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Russian Doll.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Nothing in This World Is Easy”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson (00:00): Nadia opens the bathroom door at her birthday party. The Russian Doll soundtrack song is used as musical motif throughout season 1. “Gotta Get Up” plays again at 00:09 and 00:21.
  • “…And the Rain” by John Mads (00:08): Nadia schedules an Uber ride for Mike (Jeremy Bobb). She listens to music at her computer desk during a transition sequence. The music fades as Nadia looks for a cigarette.
  • “Morning After” by Ariel Pink, Weyes Blood (00:14): Maxine (Greta Lee) starts a “communal experience.” A projection art show begins. Nadia envisions being hit by a taxi.
  • “If” by Kat Edmonson (00:19): Nadia walks away from John (Yul Vazquez). The Russian Doll soundtrack song scores a street sequence. Nadia looks for her cat, Oatmeal.
  • “Shallow Tears” by Light Asylum (00:22): Nadia walks away from Mike. She makes eye contact with Horse (Brendan Sexton III). Nadia crosses the street as the episode ends.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “The Great Escape”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Don’t Put Off Til Tomorrow” by Pony Sherrell (00:00): The Russian Doll soundtrack song accompanies the opening sequence. Nadia wakes up and clutches a pillow. She smokes a cigarette in bed.
  • “My New Year’s Resolution” by Mae West (00:03): Nadia finishes a phone call. She walks down a sidewalk and smiles at locals. The music fades as Nadia arrives at work.
  • “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson (00:08): Nadia falls and dies. She wakes up at a birthday party bathroom. The track can also be heard at 00:11 and 00:25.
  • “Get What You Love” by Wordsmith (00:09): Nadia navigates a bar. The Russian Doll soundtrack song continues as she speaks with a doorman. The music drowns out as Nadia enters a back room.
  • “I Go to Sleep” by Anika (00:15): The music scores a slo-mo sequence. Nadia lights a cigarette and takes a shot. Nadia continues drinking alcohol at a party.
  • “Cherry Blossom (Moors Remix)” by ALA.NI (00:19): Nadia finishes a conversation with Lizzy. She walks down a sidewalk. A man stares as Nadia.
  • “Migas 2000” by The Liminanas (00:25): Nadia dances at a party. She lights a cigarette and hugs Maxine. The track scores the end credits as Nadia implies that her life won’t change.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “A Warm Body”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “Dreams-Come-True-Girl” by Cass McCombs feat. Karen Black (00:00): Nadia groans while adjusting her hair. The Russian Doll soundtrack song scores the title sequence. Nadia speaks with a confused man in a bathroom.
  • “Caldera, Caldera!” by Gemma Ray (00:14): John walks away from Nadia. The music plays during an exterior scene. Nadia looks for Oatmeal.
  • “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson (00:18): Nadia realizes that she froze to death. She washes her hands in a bathroom. Nadia tells Maxine that she has to leave her birthday party.
  • “Cop Killer” by John Mads (00:20): Nadia finishes a phone call with John. She arrives at The Salvation Army. The Russian Doll soundtrack song fades as Nadia locates Horse.
  • “Death of a Rockstar” by The Echocentrics feat. Alex Maas (00:23): Nadia wakes up at a shelter. Horse ruffles through his hair. Nadia stands next to Alan in an elevator.
  • “MindKilla” by Gang Gang Dance (00:24): The track scores the end credits.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Alan’s Routine”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58: III. Rondo Vivace” by Ludwig Van Beethoven (00:00): Alan begins his daily routine. The Russian Doll soundtrack song scores a bathroom sequence. The music plays again at 09:00, 00:20 and 00:23.
  • “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson (00:09): Nadia looks at a mirror. Alan brushes his teeth. Both characters stress about their existence.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Superiority Complex”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “Water” by Ladi Earth feat. Baby Blue (00:01): Nadia chats with Alan. She inquires about their shared time loop dilemma. Alan believes that he’s experiencing “purgatorial punishment.”
  • “Diamond Veins” by French 79 feat. Sarah Rebecca (00:05): Maxine chats with Mike at a party. She expresses an interest in “plagiarism as an art form.” The Russian Doll soundtrack song plays as Alan talks with Mike about art.
  • “Black Water” by Timber Timbre (00:23): Nadia and Alan die at the same time. The music plays during the end credits.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Reflection”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • La plus belle chanson” by Jacqueline Taïeb (00:15): The Russian Doll soundtrack song scores a sex sequence. Nadia and Alan hook up. The characters attempt to role play.
  • “You Know What I Mean” by Cults (00:24): Nadia looks for Alan. She waits at his apartment entrance. Alan reveals that he initially died after jumping from a building.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “The Way Out”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • “The Promise” by When in Rome (00:00): The music scores a 1991 sequence. Nadia and her mother, Nora (Chloë Sevigny), shop for melons. The track plays during the title sequence.
  • “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson (00:04): Nadia has a heart attack. She dies and wakes up in a bathroom. The Russian Doll soundtrack song can also be heard at 00:06 and 00:12.
  • “Organs” by Pussy Riot (00:24): The music accompanies the end credits.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Ariadne”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58: III. Rondo Vivace” by Ludwig Van Beethoven (00:00): The Russian Doll soundtrack song scores the opening sequence.
  • “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson (00:00): The recurring musical motif overlaps with Alan’s classical routine tune.
  • “Front” by Vex Ruffin (00:03): Nadia walks down a staircase with Maxine. Alan bumps into a woman on a sidewalk.
  • “Migas 2000” by The Liminanas (00:06): Alan attends a party. The Russian Doll soundtrack song plays as he looks for Nadia. Lizzy says that she probably “caught some tail and left.”
  • “Alone Again Or” by Love (00:27): Nadia prevents Alan from killing himself. They enter an elevator and bond. Nadia navigates a parallel timeline.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 2, Episode 1 “Nowhen”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 2, Episode 1

  • “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode (00:00): Nadia strolls down a sidewalk. The Russian Doll soundtrack song continues as she crosses a street. Nadia enters Astor Place Station.
  • “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus (00:07): Nadia navigates a train. She observes various people. Nadia reads a newspaper and realizes that she’s in a 1982 timeline.
  • “Bonchida A” by Traditional; Arranged by Laszlo Borteri & Niko Radic (00:16): Nadia/Nora hangs out with Chez (Sharlto Copley). They steal gold as a record plays. Nadia and Chez kiss as the music continues.
  • “Mother” by Danzig (00:20): Nadia vomits in a toilet. She leaves Chez’s building. The Russian Doll soundtrack song plays as Nadia walks the street as her mother.
  • “Get It While You Can” by Janis Joplin (00:30): Nadia stares in a mirror. She navigates an apartment building as Nora. Nadia realizes that Chez left.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 2, Episode 2 “Coney Island Baby”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 2, Episode 2

  • “Angel Eyes” by Big Debbie (00:08): Nadia researches Chez’s background. She projects her computer screen onto a wall. Nadia discovers an address for Chez in the Bronx.
  • “Never Let You Go” by Michael Miglio (00:22): The Russian Doll soundtrack song scores a bar sequence. Nadia hangs out with Young Ruth (Annie Murphy). The characters toast to their friendship.
  • “Goin’ Out of My Head” by Little Anthony & The Imperials (00:27): Nadia (as Nora) spots Alan on a train. She looks around as the music sets in. Nora looks for her bag of gold as the episode ends.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 2, Episode 3 “Brain Drain”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 2, Episode 3

  • “Put a Straw Under Baby” by Brian Eno (00:00): Nora sleeps on a subway train. She is observed by multiple passengers. Alan’s grandmother alerts Nora/Nadia about the “last stop.”
  • “Puddin’ N’ Tain” by The Alley Cats (00:10): Nora navigates the New York Public Library.  She looks for the G section of index cards. The Russian Doll soundtrack song continues as Nora speaks with a librarian.
  • “Black Night” by Cheryl Thompson (00:16): Nadia pulls a bug from her arm. She hallucinates and sees her mother. Nora talks about her apartment and landowner.
  • “Sunday Morning” by The Velvet Underground & Nico (00:25): Nadia escapes from a psychiatric facility. She once again hallucinates and sees her mother. Nadia relaxes on a train.
  • “Der Kommissar” by Falco (00:27): Nadia links her familial heritage to a Nazi captain named Marton Halasz. She speaks to her cat as the Russian Doll soundtrack song plays. Nadia decides to visit Budapest in a time travel loop.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 2, Episode 4 “Station to Station”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 2, Episode 4

  • “Morgen” by Ivo Robić (00:00): Alan chuckles in a bath tub. The water bubbles as someone knocks at a door. Alan (as his grandmother Agnes) speaks with Lenny in 1962 East Berlin.
  • “Wasurenaiwa” by Peggy March (00:09): Maxine arrives in Budapest with Nadia. Alan walks through a train station in the East Berlin timeline. He arrives at a revolutionary meeting as Agnes.
  • “Mindkilla” by Gang Gang Dance (00:12): The Russian Doll soundtrack song scores a Budapest sequence. Nadia naviagates the internet as Maxine sleeps. She researches Marton Halasz.
  • “Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix Edit)” by Depeche Mode (00:25): Nadia gets hit by a taxi. She falls down a flight of stairs. Nadia roams through a night club.
  • “99 Luftballoons” by Nena (00:30): Nadia prepares for another trip to 1982. She yawns on a subway train. Nadia wakes up in World War II-era Budapest.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 2, Episode 5 “Exquisite Corpse”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 2, Episode 5

  • “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in D Minor” by Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra & Mátyás Antál (00:02): The Russian Doll soundtrack song plays during the title sequence. Nadia arrives at her grandmother’s Budapest home.
  • “Hungarian Dances, Woo 1: No. 2 in D Minor, Allegro Non Asai” by Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra & Roman Matsov (00:12): Nadia wakes up in a Budapest chapel. She groans and curses during a service. Nadia meets Father Laszlo Kiss.
  • “I Found Out Too Late” by The Sapphires (00:18): Nadia rides a subway with Delia. The characters walk through a station in 1982. Nadia realizes that her trip to the 1940s Budapest didn’t change anything in the time loop.
  • “Bonchida A” by Traditional; Arranged by Laszlo Borteri & Niko Radic (00:22): Nadia plays a record. She drops and hides a bag of coins. The Russian Doll soundtrack song continues as Nadia (as her grandmother Vera) spots her mother, Nora, as a child.
  • “The Thin Ice” by Pink Floyd (00:24): Nadia/Vera embraces Young Nora. She rides a subway train and confronts a male passenger. Nadia walks from train to train as a confused 1982 Nora.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 2, Episode 6 “Schrödinger’s Ruth”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 2, Episode 6

  • “Runnin’ with the Devil” by Van Halen (00:01): Nadia gives birth to herself as Nora. Delia wraps the baby in a shirt. Derek applauds Nadia/Nora for having a “real subway baby.”
  • “Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58; III. Rondo: Vivace” by Ludwig Van Beethoven/Howard Shelley (00:22): Nadia holds herself as a newborn. The AI system known as Alexa plays the Russian Doll soundtrack song. Nadia describes a Stephen Hawking book as “basic.”
  • “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson (00:23): Alan visits a bathroom. He hears a knock on the door. The musical motif from season 1 plays as Alan sees Nadia holding her baby self.

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Russian Doll Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 2, Episode 7 “Matryoshka”

Russian Doll Soundtrack on Netflix - Every Song in Season 2, Episode 7

  • “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nilsson (00:00): The music scores the title sequence. Nadia reunites with Alan. The characters discuss the “tabula rasa” concept.
  • “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd (00:24): Nadia rides a subway train. She spots Vera, Nora and her child self. The Russian Doll soundtrack song fades as Nadia says goodbye to Young Ruth.

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