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Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Bear’

The Bear Soundtrack - Every Song in the FX on Hulu Series

The Bear soundtrack includes music by Wilco, Serengeti and Radiohead. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Christopher Storer’s FX on Hulu series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

The Bear stars Jeremy Allen White as Carmy Berzatto, a famous chef who inherits The Real Beef of Chicagoland from his late brother. Ebon Moss-Bachrach co-stars as Richie Jerimovich, the protagonist’s fiery co-worker and longtime friend. The storyline follows Carmy as he tries to fix a failing business while dealing with feelings of grief, loneliness and frustration. Composer J.A.Q. (Just Another Story) scored the FX on Hulu series; series creator Christopher Storer and co-music supervisor Josh Senior selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in The Bear.

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The Bear Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “System”

The Bear Soundtrack on FX on Hulu - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “New Noise” by Refused (00:01): Carmy wakes up from a dream. The Bear soundtrack song plays as he arrives at work. Carmy gets ready for the day.
  • “Old Engine Oil” by The Budos Band (00:02): Carmy prepares meat. He calls Chi Chi (Christopher Zucchero) and leaves work. The music plays again at 00:19.
  • “Don’t Give a Damn” by Serengeti (00:06): Sydney (Ayo Edebiri) asks Carmy about his job at The Real Beef of Chicagoland. The track scores a kitchen sequence. Carmy complains about his late brother’s system.
  • “Don’t Blame Steve” by Serengeti (00:10): Carmy finishes a conversation with Richie. He tells his chefs that they need to sharpen knives. The Bear soundtrack song continues as Richie complains about Carmy’s process.
  • “Via Chicago” by Wilco (00:16): The music scores a brief cooking montage. Carmy tells Tina (Liza Colón-Zayas) that he needs to visit his sister. Sugar (Abby Elliott) arrives at The Real Beef of Chicagoland.
  • “Animal” by Pearl Jam (00:27): The track scores the end credits.

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The Bear Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Hands”

The Bear Soundtrack on FX on Hulu - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Rocco and His Brothers” by Mi Loco Tango (00:04): The Bear soundtrack song plays as Carmy smokes a cigarette. He returns to work and cleans his kitchen. The music continues during a scene at Carmy’s home.
  • “Ajai Finale” by Kenny Segal & Serengeti (00:06): A Chicago montage begins. Carmy looks at a whiteboard. Sydney shows up and asks for more responsibilities.
  • “Black Venom” by The Budos Band (00:09): Sydney talks to Carmy about cutting costs. Tina speaks with Ebraheim (Edwin Lee Gibson) during a break. She complains about Sydney.
  • “Have You Seen Me Lately” by Counting Crows (00:14): Sydney starts Richie’s vehicle. The Bear soundtrack song accompanies a cityscape montage. “Have You Seen Me Lately” plays during the final scene and end credits at 00:30.
  • “St. Dominic’s Preview” by Van Morrison (00:22): Richie talks with Sydney in his vehicle. Carmy looks at business records. He tries to reach Sugar and speaks with Pete (Chris Witaske).
  • “Saints” by The Breeders (00:28): Sydney tells her colleagues about new orders. Carmy walks around his kitchen. He officially hires Sydney.

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The Bear Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Brigade”

The Bear Soundtrack on FX on Hulu - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “In Too Deep” by Genesis (00:15): Sydney checks on her fellow chefs. The Bear soundtrack song continues as Tina walks through the kitchen. She turns up the heat on a burner.
  • “Oh My Heart” by R.E.M. (00:27): A Chicago-themed montage begins. Carmy receives a voicemail from Sugar about the birthday of their late brother, Michael (Jon Bernthal). The music scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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The Bear Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Dogs”

The Bear Soundtrack on FX on Hulu - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “One Fine Day” by David Byrne & Brian Eno (00:00): The Bear soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Marcus (Lionel Boyce) visits Roeser’s Bakery of Chicago. He looks through the window and smiles.
  • “Help Me, Rhonda” by The Beach Boys (00:10): Tina rolls her eyes at Sydney. Richie smokes a cigarette. Marcus talks to Fak (Matty Matheson) about pastry research.
  • “Loved by You” by KIRBY (00:26): Sydney tastes Tina’s mashed potatoes. She says, “It’s great. Thank you, chef.” Tina smiles after receiving the compliment.
  • “Check It Out” by John Mellencamp (00:27): Carmy drives home after meeting with Cicero (Oliver Platt). Pete says, “Thank you for letting me be a part of this family.” The track scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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The Bear Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Sheridan”

The Bear Soundtrack on FX on Hulu - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “Wish I Was” by Kim Deal (00:00): Sydney takes medication during a morning sequence. The Bear soundtrack song continues as she looks at a file cabinet for Sheridan Road Catering. Sydney takes a train to work.
  • “Da Doo Ron Ron” by The Crystals (00:08): Richie chases down Fak. They wrestle as Carmy watches. Fak reveals that Richie has been selling cocaine in the back alley.
  • “Sisyphus” by Andrew Bird (00:14): Carmy and Sugar hug. Sydney gives orders to her chefs. Fak checks a gas line problem.
  • “Impossible Germany” by Wilco (00:20): Sydney speaks with Carmy during a kitchen sequence. She talks about her failed catering business. The music plays during the final scene and end credits at 00:24.

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The Bear Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Ceres”

The Bear Soundtrack on FX on Hulu - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • “Call the Police” by LCD Soundsystem (00:00): Michael tells a story during a flashback sequence. The Bear soundtrack song plays in the background. Richie recalls an interaction with Bill Murray.
  • “Beat City” by The FLowerpot Men (00:04): Richie shows a picture of his date to Tina. He complains about the woman’s lack of Chicago history knowledge. Carmy tries to work as Sydney keeps talking.
  • “Peace Blossom Boogy” by Babe Rainbow (00:16): The Original Beef of Chicagoland opens. Carmy prepares food in the kitchen. He approves of Sydney’s risotto dish.
  • “Aphasia” by The Budos Band (00:25): The Bear soundtrack song scores a kitchen sequence. Richie tells a story to Tina. He gets angry and leaves.
  • “Last Train Home” by John Mayer (00:28): Carmy works with his colleagues in the kitchen. He apologizes to Sydney for his behavior earlier in the day. The music continues during the episode’s final moment and end credits.

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The Bear Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “Review”

The Bear Soundtrack on FX on Hulu - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • Chicago” by Sufjan Stevens (00:00): The Bear soundtrack song accompanies the opening sequence. Lin Brehmer speaks to WXRT listeners. The track scores a Chicago cityscape montage.
  • “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” by Wilco (00:10): Carmy navigates his kitchen. Tensions rise as various characters argue. The music scores an extended sequence that culminates with Sydney and Marcus leaving in disgust.

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The Bear Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Braciole”

The Bear Soundtrack on FX on Hulu - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “Homicide” by 999 (00:10): Jeff talks to Tina during a kitchen sequence. Richie tells a story to Ebraheim. The Bear soundtrack song continues as Carmy organizes a pre-service meeting.
  • “Sashimi” by Serengeti (00:23): A fight breaks out during a bachelor party. Carmy and Richie try to break it up. A patron gets injured.
  • “New Noise” by Refused (00:32): Carmy receives a pork delivery. He smiles nervously upon receiving the wrong meat. The music fades as Carmy watches a kitchen fire and freezes.
  • “Let Down” by Radiohead (00:43): Carmy and company find thousands of dollars stashed in tomato sauce cans. Sydney arrives at The Real Beef of Chicagoland and reunites with her culinary family. The Bear soundtrack song scores the end of the season as Michael smiles during a flashback visual.

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