The Dear Edward soundtrack includes music by George Ezra, Brandi Carlile and Bruce Springsteen. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Jason Katims’ Apple TV+ series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.
Dear Edward stars Taylor Schilling as Aunt Lacey, a woman who grieves her sister’s death. Colin O’Brien co-stars as Edward Adler, the lone survivor of a plane crash. The storyline follows the main protagonists as they try to find meaning in their pain. Composer Jonathan Sanford (Teenage Bounty Hunters) scored the Apple TV+ series; music supervisor Liza Richardson (Friday Night Lights) handled the featured needle-drops. In addition, Lizzy McAlpine recorded the intro track, “Hold On.” Here’s every song in Dear Edward, an adaptation of Ann Napolitano’s 2020 novel.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”
- “Budapest ” by George Ezra (00:02): The Dear Edward soundtrack song plays during an exterior scene. Edward and Jordan (Maxwell Jenkins) ride bicycles. The siblings order sodas at Central Park West.
- “Drinkee” by Sofi Tukker (00:21): Adriana (Anna Uzele) answers phone calls. The music continues as she walks outside. Adriana arrives at an apartment building.
- “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack” by Liars (00:42): Zoe (Audrey Corsa) ends a conversation with Dee Dee (Connie Britton). The track picks up during a transition scene. Rescue workers arrive at a crash site.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “Food”
- “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” by Thomas A. Dorsey (00:02): A funeral sequence begins. Singers perform the Dear Edward soundtrack song. Adriana honors her late grandmother.
- “I’ll Be Alright” by Foxwarren, Andy Shauf & D. A. Kissick (00:06): Edward arrives at his home. The camera pans across Dee Dee’s room during a transition scene. She walks outside with donuts.
- “Inside Problems” by Andrew Bird (00:29): Edward says good night to his brother. Adriana walks outdoors. She watches a video online.
- “The Truest Stars We Know” by Iron & Wine (00:36): Aunt Lacey convinces Edward to eat something. The Dear Edward soundtrack song continues during a supermarket scene. Aunt Lacey helps her nephew pick out items.
- “Thousand” by Rosie Carney feat. Lisa Hannigan (00:43): Adriana introduces herself to Becks (Khloe Bruno). She hangs out with Kojo (Idris DeBrand) during a transition scene. The characters talk about politics.
- “Crawl!” by IDLES (00:46): Dee Dee calls her late husband’s California home. Rock music kicks in as she gets up and walks around. Dee Dee yells and eats cake.
- “Somewhere Far Away from Home” by Angelo De Augustine (00:52): Edward hangs out with Shay (Eva Ariel Binder) in her bedroom. He asks to sleep on the floor. Shay throws a pillow at Edward.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “Stuff”
- “Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: II. Intermezzo (Adagio)” by Sergei Rachmaninoff (00:01): Edward talks to Shay as his family’s luggage arrives. The Dear Edward soundtrack song is featured during a transition scene. O’Brien’s character plays a piano at a public recital.
- “Have You Ever” by Brandi Carlile (00:14): Shay plans a trip with Edward. They decide to look for the “mystery girl” (Jenna Qureshi as Mahira). Edward and Shay arrive in Manhattan.
- “Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen (00:17): Kojo talks to Adriana about becoming a congresswoman. The track continues as Dee Dee listens to a record. She strums a guitar and enjoys an adult beverage.
- “Change” by Bobby Darin (00:21): The Dear Edward soundtrack song scores an exterior scene. Dee Dee sobs while leaving a woman’s home. Shay visits a museum with Edward.
- “Under Water” by Lauren Nagel & Jonathan Sanford (00:28): Edward and Shay walk around Manhattan. Becks hands out fliers. Adriana talks to voters.
- “Morning Is Mended” by Steve Gunn (00:46): Edward works at Aunt Lacey’s shop. Dee Dee visits a rage room. Aunt Lacey hires Edward.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “Chrysalis”
- “Theme of Separation” by Igor Chernenko (00:00): The Dear Edward soundtrack song accompanies the opening sequence. O’Brien’s character arrives at Riverview Middle & High School. He walks nervously through a hallway.
- “You Need Me” by Nathaniel Rateliff (00:12): Aunt Lacey sits in her vehicle. Music plays from the speaker system. Edward enters the vehicle with Shay.
- “Do My Thing” by Janelle Monáe feat. Estelle (00:19): Edward wears his brother’s jacket and pops the collar. The track continues during a transition scene. Edward impresses classmates with a confident walk.
- “Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Springsteen (00:31): Evan (Christian Conn) admits to having a sexual relationship with Charles (Ted Koch). The Dear Edward soundtrack song plays in the background as Dee Dee listens. Evan worries about being a homewrecker.
- “Prayer” by Keaton Henson (00:37): Shay finishes a conversation with Aunt Lacey. Edward sits alone in his bedroom. He talks to Aunt Lacey about leaving class early.
- “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg (00:43): Dee Dee orders a chicken biryani meal from T (Ash Spencer). A choir sings during a transition scene. Kojo honors his late sister.
- “Alhaji” by Chief Obi (00:46): The Dear Edward soundtrack song scores a celebration of life sequence. Kojo enjoys a traditional ceremony with his family members and friends. Adriana dances with her new acquaintances.
- “Astral Jacket” by Spoon (00:49): Amanda (Brittany S. Hall) talks to Steve (Ivan Shaw). The track continues during a transition scene. Shay receives a visit from Edward.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “Haunted”
- “Change” by Big Thief (00:27): Aunt Lacey makes plans with her nephew. The Dear Edward soundtrack song sets in as the title character ventures off. Edward hangs out at Central Park.
- “Come Around” by Jesse Blitz feat. Juliana Richard (00:35): John arrives at a bar. Music plays from within the establishment. John inquires about a crash site.
- “Daydream” by Britta Phillips (00:40): Amanda talks to Steve at a bar. Music plays lightly in the background. Amanda and Steve kiss.
- “The Long Road” by Passenger (00:50): Edward hangs out with Shay. He talks about finding Mahira. The track scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “Truth”
- “Time in a Bottle” by Lykke Li (00:01): The Dear Edward soundtrack song accompanies the opening sequence. Dee Dee sits at a table. She looks through financial records.
- “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” by Rufus Wainwright (00:24): Sam (Dario Ladani Sanchez) looks at his computer monitor. Music plays from a speaker system. Sam reads a text message.
- “The Tower” by māsa (00:26): Shay lies down in her bed. Edward says good night to her. The music fades during a kitchen scene.
- “Shrike” by Hozier (00:49): Edward talks to Linda. He recalls talking to her boyfriend before a plane crash. Edward chats with Mahira about Jordan.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “Folklore”
- “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by Kate McGill (00:01): The Dear Edward soundtrack song scores the opening sequence. Shay texts the title character. Edward communicates with Mahira.
- “Turns Out I’m Sentimental After All” by Sondre Lerche (00:14): Edward imagines talking to Jordan. He looks at a cropped photo of Mahira. Steve meets with Amanda.
- “I Can’t Help But Feel” by Surfaces (00:20): Dee Dee finishes a conversation with Zoe. The track continues during a transition scene. Sam enters a bar.
- “All My Love Is Coming Back to Me” by S.G. Goodman (00:29): The Dear Edward soundtrack song accompanies a gym sequence. Shay participates in a roller derby competition. She celebrates in front of the crowd.
- “Sunday” by Ben Rector feat. Snoop Dogg (00:31): A gym sequence continues. Shay smiles at her father. Adriana travels with Kojo and Becks during a transition scene.
- “Try Me” by Esther Phillips (00:40): A dinner sequence begins. Edward talks with Lacey, John and Linda. The characters discuss the past.
- “Anchors” by Damien Jurado (00:51): Dee and Zoe talk about a champagne gift. Music plays lightly in the background. Edward watches John leave during a transition scene.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “Music”
- “Faded Dream” by Goldmyth (00:09): Lacey finishes a confrontational conversation with her nephew. The Dear Edward soundtrack song continues during a transition scene. Sam works out.
- “Afraid” by Nico (00:47): Dee Dee stands in her kitchen. She thinks about her late husband. Dee Dee recalls a happy dinner memory.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 9 “Paper Covers Rock”
- “Good Luck” by Abhi the Nomad (00:06): The Dear Edward soundtrack song plays during a street sequence. Adriana greets potential voters. She speaks during a press conference.
- “Slow Motion Life” by Gas Coombes (00:20): Edward finishes a conversation with Lacey. The music sets in as he looks around anxiously. Adriana runs during a transition sequence.
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Dear Edward Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 10 “Shelter”
- “Sometimes You Need” by Rufus Wainwright (00:17): The Dear Edward soundtrack song scores an exterior sequence. The title character has an imaginary fight with his deceased brother. Edward walks through a park.
- “American Pie” by Don McLean (00:28): Edward walks with Lacey. The music is sung during a transition scene. Zoe greets Dee Dee.
- “Rock & Roll” by The Velvet Underground (00:30): A party sequence begins. Edward dances with Adriana. Lacey teases Sam.
- “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young (00:43): The track score an exterior scene. Edward talks to Shay about letters. The track scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.
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