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Say Goodbye To 'True Detective' With All The Music From The Series

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 10, 2014 9:11 AM
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True Detective, season finale

And just like that, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart have disappeared from the psychosphere of our television sets, with HBO airing the final episode of "True Detective" season one last night. And everyone was watching. In fact, so many people hit the network's HBO GO service that it crashed, leaving many fans looking at an endless load sign, as they took to the Internet to voice their fury. But by now, fans have caught up with the fate of Rust and Martin and their search for The Yellow King, and are left with that feeling of what to do next.

Well, we've got a solution that will hopefully hold you over until details of the second season emerge—all the music from "True Detective" season one. Unlike "Girls," where music forms a part of the package that's being sold around the show, the tunes in "True Detective" have always been about texture. In fact, it's so deeply woven, we truly didn't realize at the time that we were hearing songs by Wu-Tang Clan or School Of Seven Bells or Father John Misty. Indeed, the choices have been part of a fabric that includes lots of blues, gospel and old timey country.

So, if you're sitting at home or in the office today and want to experience "True Detective" all over again, the songs below will be good ones to spin. Take a listen... 

Opening: The Handsome Family "Far From Any Road"
Episode 1: "The Long Bright Dark"
Bob Dylan "Rocks And Gravel"
The McIntosh County Shouters "Sign Of The Judgment"
The Black Angels "Young Men Dead"
Episode 2: "Seeing Things"
John Lee Hooker "Unfriendly Woman"
John Lee Hooker "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer"
Vashti Bunyan "The Train Song"
McIntosh County Shouters "Sign Of The Judgment"
Reverend C.J. Johnson and Family "You Better Run To The City Of Refuge"
Steve Earle "Meet Me In The Alleyway"
Cuff The Duke "If I Live Or Die"
13th Floor Elevators "Kingdom Of Heaven"
Episode 3: "The Locked Room"
The Staples Singers "Stand By Me"
Buddy Miller "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger"
Johnny Horton "I'm A One Woman Man"
Jo Ell Sonnier "The Heart That You Own"
Jo Ell Sonnier "Evangeline"
Episode 4: "Who Goes There"
Bo Diddley "Bring It To Jerome"
Melvins "The Brain Center At Whipples" Boogie Down Productions "Illegal Business"
Blind Uncle Gaspard "Sur Le Borde De L'Eau"
Lucinda Williams "Are You Alright"
Slim Harpo "Rainin' In My Heart"
Melvins "History Of Bad Men"
Primus "American Life"
Sleep "Holy Mountain"
Wu-Tang Clan "Clan In Da Front"
Grinderman "Honey Bee (Let's Fly To Mars)"

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  • Ron | August 17, 2014 11:16 PMReply

    Thank you SO MUCH!!! This is amazing. Why can't they put these on a CD so I can buy it? Well, until then, I can visit this awesome website you've made. Thank you!

  • Ines | July 15, 2014 11:06 AMReply

    Hey!!! Thanks so much for this!!! Spent the whole afternoon listening to these songs :))) Great!!

  • Notdat | June 3, 2014 4:15 PMReply

    Hi ! Does anybody know who composed / made the music of the 7th episode, which starts at 26'51", when Rust asks about how's Marty's life and ends at 27'52" , something like a piano tune. This is so beautiful... I LOVE that part and really would like to know who made it and where i could find it ! Thanks

  • Paul | July 5, 2014 12:20 PM

    me too

  • Jack | June 20, 2014 10:43 AM

    I came on here searching for that exact tune! It was my favourite piece from the entire series, and I thought it served as the perfect accompaniment to images of the two men leading their solitary, uncomplicated lives in 2012. Here's hoping someone can help us out with the name of the tune. If I find out, I'll come back on here and let you know!

    Take care,


  • Nuatha | May 15, 2014 2:38 PMReply

    Amazing. Thanks for this!

  • joe l | May 12, 2014 11:32 AMReply

    wow what a great selection of songs. i enjoyed the show but the music was amazing!

  • Lp | April 28, 2014 2:35 PMReply

    Thank u!!!

  • Otto Horner | April 3, 2014 10:32 PMReply

    I just absolutely loved the music in this excellent series. If I liked this music, what kind of music do I like nowadays? I just turned 60 and don't really know where to look for or listen to new music, or a genre of older music since Bob Dylan was featured as well. I've just started listening to classical and have given up on the radio. But every now and then stumble onto something "new" that I really like. True Detective music, for instance.

  • Brett | April 7, 2014 2:55 PM

    You might enjoy a website called 8tracks. It's a user-based playlist website, where members upload playlists they create on their own computers. It's put together with a few rules in mind, and everything is referenced with hastags. So, for instance, typing in 'oldies' will give you playlists that the creators have tagged with that genre. You can also search for 'true detective', and then check out other playlists that the same user has created.

  • Andy | March 29, 2014 1:13 PMReply

    Thanks! This is *exactly* what I was looking for, you've saved me so much time, I was expecting to have to spend hours tracking all this down.

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  • T | March 24, 2014 8:51 AMReply

    This list is great ! thanx so much ;)

  • Pam | March 18, 2014 6:52 PMReply

    I can not find the song by Jo Ell Sonnier "The Heart That You Own" anywhere. I am wondering if this title is correct. Anyone? (I think it is "JoEl".)

  • Pam | March 18, 2014 6:54 PM

    Could it be "Raining in my Heart?"

  • Pete | March 15, 2014 1:11 PMReply

    This list was great, but would have been better still with small descriptors of the scene in question.

  • swaty | March 15, 2014 6:05 AMReply

    great stuff, the youtube format was the best idea, my fav
    Far From Any Road
    The Angry River
    Casey's Last Ride

  • Waldorf_Mike | March 14, 2014 3:32 PMReply

    Missing from Ep.8: Neither the sound nor even the attribution of Errol's tune -- (Not original, but slightly prophetic if not a freak idea of Mr. Fleschler).

  • Annoyed | March 13, 2014 11:29 PMReply

    Were all the videos on the page really necessary?

  • mully | July 11, 2014 10:47 PM

    geeez grumpy-pants, you didn't like all of them together for your listening pleasure? : i thought it was a thoughtful/ awesome compilation at the tip of my fingers! i had to do no work for the entire package :-D

  • Will | March 23, 2014 9:43 PM

    Im sorry that you dont like the ability to listen to the songs without looking them up

  • isaac | March 13, 2014 5:36 PMReply

    Page size
    Load time

  • jeremy | March 12, 2014 6:49 PMReply

    what about all the good ambient music throughout? during the atmospheric shots of the hospital, the grass and the trees towards the end of the final episode?

  • MRX | March 12, 2014 12:38 PMReply

    JOE H. Thx, cos I checked every possible track and nothing.

  • Joe H. | March 12, 2014 11:47 AMReply


  • hero | March 12, 2014 6:37 AMReply

    What's the song from the end of ep. 3?

  • Joe H. | March 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    That's probably an original track composed by T. Bone Burnett, the show's official composer. If there's ever an OST release it'll probably be on it.

  • MrX | March 12, 2014 6:34 AMReply

    What's the song when the two detectives drive to the first crime scene and during the scene of Rust's drawings?

  • Eric | March 11, 2014 4:26 PMReply

    For those of you looking for more songs, try Tunefind. There's a True Detective link up there...can't post it here unfortunately.

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  • Fudge Urbut | March 11, 2014 3:50 AMReply

    The angry River - The Hat ft. Father John Misty & SI Istwa.

  • Shwetha | March 10, 2014 11:36 PMReply

    What's the song that plays in the end credits of episode 8. I tried Shazam and SoundHound. Neither brought up any results.

  • Sarah | March 10, 2014 7:32 PMReply

    I know "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac was also in there somewhere.

  • June | March 26, 2014 2:57 AM

    Are you sure ? Which episode ?

  • Geraldine McMenamin | March 10, 2014 5:50 PMReply

    Thanks so much for this. Helps with withdrawal symptoms....!

  • Matthew Starr | March 10, 2014 4:37 PMReply

    For example, what is the song from the "True Detective - Dora Lange Murder Scene 7 years later (2002)" clip on Youtube.

  • Matthew Starr | March 10, 2014 4:17 PMReply

    In addition to all the songs didn't this show also have an original score? I can't seem to find it anywhere.

  • daf | March 10, 2014 4:00 PMReply

    Kris Kristofferson- Casey's Last Ride from the bar scene at the beginning of episode 5

  • L | March 10, 2014 11:15 AMReply

    You're missing Sign Of the Judgement by Cassandra Wilson.

  • Dan | March 11, 2014 1:17 PM

    Yeah I was looking for this one in particular it's so good.

  • Mann | March 10, 2014 10:28 AMReply

    There is at least one song missing the song played at the end of episode 5. I've been looking for it since it aired.

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