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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Shining Girls’

Shining Girls Soundtrack - Every Song in the Apple TV+ Series

The Shining Girls soundtrack includes music by the Patti Smith Group, Los Solitarios and El General. This info article contains spoilers for Silka Luisa’s Apple TV+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Shining Girls stars Elisabeth Moss as Kirby Mazrachi, a traumatized woman who investigates a serial killer. Wagner Moura co-stars as Dan Velazquez, a down-and-out reporter who assists the protagonist. The storyline follows Kirby as she struggles with psychological and marital issues while pursuing leads. Composer Claudia Sarne (Outcast) scored the Apple TV+ series; music supervisor Maggie Phillips (Snowfall) handled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Shining Girls, an adaptation of Lauren Beukes’ 2013 novel The Shining Girls.

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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “Cutline”

Shining Girls Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • Danger” by Pylon (00:06): The Shining Girls soundtrack song scores a 1992 sequence. Kirby says goodbye to her mother, Rachel (Amy Brenneman). The music sets in as she wears headphones and walks across a street.
  • Lamento Jibaro” by Sexteto Borinquen (00:19): Dan enters a restaurant. Salsa music plays in the establishment. Dan meets with a police officer and learns about a suspect named Pawel Banik (Jimmi Simpson).
  • “Ain’t You” by Kleenex (00:20): Kirby wears headphones and reads an article. Marcus (Chris Chalk) shows up and comments on the music. Kirby doesn’t realize that she’s speaking to her husband.
  • “Pissing in a River” by Patti Smith Group (00:41): Kirby lashes out at Dan and a medical examiner named Howard. The Shining Girls soundtrack song plays during an apartment sequence. Rachel sings while petting a dog.
  • “Lonesome Lover” by Max Roach (00:47): Kirby strolls down a sidewalk. Harper Curtis (Jamie Bell) observes an outdoor party crowd. The music fades as he walks away.
  • “Alone Again Or” by The Damned (00:51): Kirby realizes that she lives in apartment 3B. The music plays as she approaches the door. Kirby enters her home, dazed and confused.

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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2 “Evergreen”

Shining Girls Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • I Can’t Help Myself” by Orange Juice (00:01): The Shining Girls soundtrack song accompanies an apartment sequence. Kirby speaks with Marcus. Party guests knock on the door.
  • “Shout to the Top” by The Style Council (00:03): The party at Kirby’s home continues. Guests toast to Marcus. Kirby breathes shakily and wishes a happy birthday for her husband.
  • “Stardust” by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (00:10): Harper speaks with Pawel during a 1990 sequence. The music plays in the room. Harper prepares to leave.
  • “Sufrir” by Los Solitarios (00:13): Julia arrives at home. She looks around for her father. The Shining Girls soundtrack song continues as Raymon identifies the band by name.
  • “I Believe” by Jeanne Aguzarova (00:16): Kirby takes Dan to a laundromat. She explains that her attacker left matches inside her from the Bee Happy bar. The music plays via the laundromat’s stereo system.
  • “Celebrate His Good Life” by Steve Green (00:19): Kirby enters The Well. Church vocalists perform the song. Kirby spots her mother.
  • The Birds” by Rick Cuevas (00:26): Kirby enters her home. Marcus tests new film stock. The Shining Girls soundtrack song plays lightly throughout the scene.
  • “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty (00:34): Dan drives and prepares to visit Raymon with Kirby. The song plays from the car stereo system. Kirby inquires about Dan’s son.

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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “Overnight”

Shining Girls Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • Tame” by Pixies (00:05): Dan enters his vehicle. The music blasts as he turns on the car engine. “Tame” plays on the radio momentarily.
  • “La Conga De Jaruco” by Los Cubaztecas (00:15): The Shining Girls soundtrack song accompanies a bodega sequence. Harper reads a newspaper and observes a customer. The woman asks him to buy alcohol for her.
  • “Cosita Caliente” by Andy Gonzales y Sus Amigos (00:23): Harper looks around a bodega. A song plays via the stereo system. Harper speaks with Dan’s son, Freddie.
  • “TBA” by TBA (00:51): Dan leaves work after being insulted by Marcus. He drinks and dances at a Spanish club. He gives money to the DJ.
  • “Pu Tun Tun” by El General (00:49): The Shining Girls soundtrack song scores a club sequence. Dan pays to hear a song and then dances alone. The music continues during a montage as Dan gets ripped.

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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 4 “Attribution”

Shining Girls Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

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Shining Girls Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 5 “Screamer”

Shining Girls Soundtrack on Apple TV+ - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “Our Love” by Al Hazan feat. The Starr Sisters (00:17): Harper speaks with Leo. He wonders if things ever change at the hospital. The Shining Girls soundtrack song later plays on a television at 00:35.
  • “Thoughts In My Mind” by Donnie & Joe Emerson (00:25): Kirby arrives at her home. Marcus prepares his wife’s “happy good.” Kirby doesn’t remember having the sandwich before.
  • “St. Louis Blues” by Bessie Smith (00:36): Kirby and Dan visit a psychiatric facility. The music plays from Leo’s room. Kirby says that he looks too young to be at the facility.
  • “‘Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do” by Bessie Smith (00:38): Kirby asks Leo about his military service. The sequence implies that he fought during World War I. The Shining Girls soundtrack song continues as Kirby inquires about Harper.

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Shining Girls airs weekly on Apple TV+. New episodes premiere every Friday through June 3, 2022. This article about the Shining Girls soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

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