What happens when the world’s most-loved caped crusaders turn to corruption, negligence, and addiction? You call The Boys: the underground group of vigilantes dead-set on dishing out justice (and vengeance) in Amazon’s newest show based off the comic books by Garth Ennis and Darick Roberston.
But when you’re going up against super-powered bad guys, you need all the help you can get, including a soundtrack that brings the ruckus. Because if there’s anything that The Boys bring, it’s the ruckus (also, guns).
So we’ve done the legwork of rounding up every song that supports the action on the screen in each episode of “The Boys”, and there’s quite an eclectic collection. You’ll hear everything from British punk rock, to nineties alternative, to French hip hop. Oh, and there’s even some Spice Girls in the mix, too.
Episode 1 – The Name of the Game
- “Barracuda” – Heart
- “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” – Chris Isaak
- “Take You Down” – Daniel Pemberton
- “London Calling” – The Clash
- “The Passenger” – Iggy Pop
Episode 2 – Cherry
- “Dans Ma Ruche” – Guizmo
- “Neat Neat Neat” – The Damned
- “La Foule” – Youssoupha
- “Cherry Bomb” – The Runaways
Episode 3 – Get Some
- “Stop!” – Jane’s Addiction
- “Never Gonna Give You Up” – Rick Astley
- “Ready When It’s On” – James Desmond, Panauh Kalayeh, John Eugenio and Andrew Davis Roland
- “Fight Night” – Freedom, Kevin Skaags, and Alexander Pol
- “Gotta Go” – James Jacob Farris and Jonas Sorman
Episode 4 – The Female of the Species
- “Strike Blues” – John Lee Hooker
- “Howoagero!” – Boys And Men
- “Eyes Can’t Hide” – Extreme Music
- “Wannabe” – Spice Girls
Episode 5 – Good for the Soul
- “A Lo Caliche (feat. Pana Black)” – Sr. Ortegon
- “Raise It Up” – Clooney
- “Salve Regina” – Hilliard Ensemble
- “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
Episode 6 – The Innocents
- “You Got It All to Give” – Dan Gautreau & Wolfgang Black
- “Big Shot” – Billy Joel
- “Fame” – Irene Cara
- “Roar” – Katy Perry
Episode 7 – The Self-Preservation Society
- “Jingle Bell Rock” – Daryl Hall and John Oates
- “All Out Of Love” – Air Supply
Episode 8 – You Found Me
- “Rock El Casbah” – Rachid Taha
- “”Everybody Hurts” – R.E.M.
- “Sleepwalk” – The Shadows
The music in “The Boys” accompanies the frequently intense, messy violence and action scenes found throughout the show. Of course, these moments are given an extra factor of “cool” when paired with songs like “Neat Neat Neat”, or “Cherry Bomb” as the ending song for Episode 2. But there are also a lot of moments in which the music helps to inform the audience regarding the characters. In more than a few scenes, we hear the music each character would listen to. Frenchie, for example, is paired with Youssoupha, and Butcher with The Clash. While Hughie gets a little Billy Joel thrown in for him, and later can be seen wearing a Billy Joel shirt.
As you can see, there’s a lot of great music to find in the first season of Amazon’s “The Boys”. The accompanying score also pulls a lot of weight in some of the more dramatic scenes. But when it comes to pulling together the last shot of each episode, “The Boys” proves time and time again that it can finish on a bang of a scene, with a killer tune to make it punch. It’s a solid strategy if you really want people to binge an entire show in one sitting.
“The Boys” Season 1 is currently available to stream on Amazon, and has already been renewed for a second season, which could be released as early as summer, 2020.