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The Bear Soundtrack: Each Tune in The Emmy Award-Profitable Drama

The Bear Soundtrack: Each Tune in The Emmy Award-Profitable Drama

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Popular FX drama The Bear bagged six awards at the Emmys 2024, including accolades for best comedy series, best comedy actor, and best comedy supporting actor and actress. And deservedly so — The Bear has been lauded for its excellent acting and riveting script, along with a fantastic soundtrack of songs tailored to its pivotal moments.

Starring Jeremy Allen White, Ayo Edebiri, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Lionel Boyce, Liza Colón-Zayas and Abby Elliott, the show is slated to return this year with a third season.  Its previous season ended on a cliffhanger, with Carmy at a crossroads after making some questionable decisions in the lead up to opening his team’s shiny new restaurant. The past episodes also featured several guest stars such as Bob Odenkirk, Will Poulter and Molly Gordon.

While we eagerly await season 3 of The Bear and celebrate its Emmy victories, we also look back on its past seasons’ killer soundtrack that we simply can’t get enough of. From Counting Crows to Otis Redding, there’s a song to suit every mood and occasion.

Read on for a list of all the songs featured in the soundtrack of The Bear, and check out this particularly memorable highlight from the cast’s award acceptance speech at the Emmys 2024.

All the songs from The Bear soundtrack

The Bear season 2

Episode 1 – Beef

The Show Goes On – Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Handshake Drugs – Wilco

Transcendental Blues – Steve Earle

New Noise – Refused

Episode 2 – Pasta

She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals

Baby, I’m a Big Star Now – Counting Crows

You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples

Strange Currencies – R.E.M

Episode 3 – Sundae

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Carmy (played by Jeremy Allen White) and Sydney (played by Ayo Edebiri). The two actors won the Emmy awards for best comedy actor and best comedy supporting actress respectively. (Image: The Bear/ FX/ Facebook)

Goodbye Girl – Squeeze

Secret Teardrops – Martin Rev

Twenty Five Miles – Edwin Starr

Future Perfect – The Durutti Column

Make You Happy – Tommy McGee

I Like the Things About Me – Mavis Staples

Episode 4 – Honeydew

Holiday Road – Lindsey Buckingham

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) [Live] – Otis Redding

Tezeta – Mulatu Astatke

Beneath the Surface – Bob Bradley & Mia Bradley

Welcome – Harmonia & Eno ’76

Episode 5 – Pop

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A still from The Bear. (Image: The Bear/ FX/ Facebook)

Bastards of Young – The Replacements

Anytime – Neil Finn

Pretty in Pink – The Psychedelic Furs

Tonight Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins

Before the Next Teardrop Falls – Freddy Fender

Strange Currencies – R.E.M

Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements

Episode 6 – Fishes

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

All Alone on Christmas – Darlene Love

Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – Ramones

Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison

The Little White Duck – Dorothy Olsen

Dominick the Donkey – Lou Monte

I Want You – Lindsey Buckingham

A Marshmallow World – Dean Martin

Something So Wrong – Crowded House

The Things We Did Last Summer – Dean Martin

The Christmas Song – Weezer

Episode 7 – Forks

Glass Concrete & Stone – David Byrne

Diamond Diary – Tangerine Dream

Love Story (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

Episode 8 – Bolognese

Lay My Love – Brian Eno and John Cale

Stop Your Sobbing – Pretenders

The Crane Wife 3 – The Decemberists

Episode 9 – Omelette

The Day the World Went Away – Nine Inch Nails

Strange Currencies – R.E.M

New Noise – Refused

Come Back (Live) – Pearl Jam

If You Want Blood – AC/DC

Episode 10 – The Bear

Supernova – Liza Phair

Velouria – The Pixies

Vega-Tables – Brian Wilson

Spiders (Kidsmoke) – Wilco

Animal – Pearl Jam

Half a World Away – R.E.M

The Bear season 1

Episode 1 – System

New Noise – Refused

Old Engine Oil – The Budos Band

Don’t Give a Damn – Serengeti

Don’t Blame Steve – Serengeti

Via Chicago – Wilco

‘Bulls on Parade’ for Orchestra – Walt Ribeiro

Animal – Pearl Jam

Episode 2 – Hands

Rocco and His Brothers – Mi Loco Tango

Ajai Finale – Kenny Segal & Serengeti

Black Venom – The Budos Band

Have You Seen Me Lately? – Counting Crows

Saint Dominic’s Preview – Van Morrison

See Also

Saints – The Breeders

Episode 3 – Brigade

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Jeremy Allen White. (Image: The Bear/ FX/ Instagram)

The Dream is Always the Same – Tangerine Dream

In Too Deep – Genesis

Heat Not Heat – Serengeti

Oh My Heart – REM

Episode 4 – Dogs

One Fine Day – David Byrne & Brian Eno

Help Me, Rhonda – The Beach Boys

Loved By You – KIRBY

Check It Out – John Mellencamp

Episode 5 – Sheridan

Wish I Was – Kim Deal

Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals

Sisyphus – Andrew Bird

Impossible Germany – Wilco

Episode 6 – Ceres

Call the Police – LCD Soundsystem

Beat City – The Flowerpot Men

Peace Blossom Boogy – The Babe Rainbow

Aphasia – The Budos Band

Last Train Home – John Mayer

Episode 7 – Review

Chicago – Sufjan Stevens

Spiders (Kidsmoke) – Wilco

Episode 8 – Braciole

Homicide – 999

Sashimi – Serengeti

New Noise – Refused

Let Down – Radiohead

(Main and featured image: The Bear/ Hulu)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– Is there a soundtrack from The Bear?

Yes, The Bear has an excellent soundtrack for seasons 1 and 2, filled with songs that tie in nicely with some of its key moments.

– Why are there so many REM songs in The Bear?

In a media interview, executive producer Josh Senior said this is because he and series creator Christopher Storer are fans of REM’s music.

Who created the soundtrack for The Bear?

Josh Senior and Christopher Storer are the creators of The Bear‘s soundtrack.

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