Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

The Time Traveler's Wife Soundtrack - Every Song in the HBO Series

The Time Traveler’s Wife soundtrack includes music by MGMT, Sting and Groove Theory. This info article contains spoilers for Steven Moffat’s HBO series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Based on Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife focuses on a couple with unique marital issues. Rose Leslie stars as Clare Abshire, an artist with a husband who frequently disappears due to a genetic disorder. Theo James co-stars as Henry DeTamble, a time-traveling man who reunites with his wife under odd circumstances. The storyline examines the focal couple’s relationship and how they deal with their problems. Composer Blake Neely (Riverdale) scored the HBO series; music supervisor Season Kent (The Walking Dead) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in The Time Traveler’s Wife.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1

The Time Traveler's Wife Soundtrack on HBO - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Electric Feel” by MGMT (00:40): The Time Traveler’s Wife soundtrack song plays during a bar sequence. Clare grabs a drink and shuts down the romantic advances of a male patron. She sits down in alignment with the lyric “You can feel it in your mind.” Clare senses someone standing near her and says “No” without looking at the person.
  • “Shape of My Heart” by Sting (00:41): A man says that he’s been watching Clare for 10 minutes. She looks up and sees 36-year-old Henry. The Time Traveler’s Wife soundtrack song sets in as Clare tries to process the moment. She tells Henry that she missed him, and then scolds him for being “an asshole.”
  • “Tell Me” by Groove Theory (00:45): Thirty-six-year-old Henry jokes about his younger self being “way hotter.” He pats Clare on the back while saying, “I fucked him, too.” The music continues as Henry leaves the bar.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife airs weekly on HBO Max. New episodes premiere every Sunday through June 18, 2022. This article about the The Time Traveler’s Wife soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

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