On Dec. 10 ABC’s Nashville and Big Machine Records released the first soundtrack from the show’s second season:The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1. The season two soundtrack didn’t do as well on the charts–only reaching number four on Billboard’s US Soundtracks–but that might be a result of the show’s diminished focus on music. In season two Nashville has become less concerned with cramming 4-7 songs into a single episode and has paid more attention to the plotlines of the series, which I’m totally okay with.
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Midway through the first season of ABC’s Nashville, I counted down my top five favorite songs so far in the season. Now that we’re more than halfway through the second season of Nashville, I figured it’s time to take a look back at some of the music from the show. Despite recording and releasing fewer tracks in the second season, I’ve found that I like the music on Nashville just as much–maybe even more.
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As far as trends within my favorite songs, I’ve noticed I really enjoy the younger artists from the show like Will Lexington and Scarlett O’Connor rather than Rayna James–who isn’t on here at all, sorry Rayna fans! The music this season has also been spread out amongst the artists rather than having Rayna and Juliette Barnes sing all the songs. I’ve been disappointed by the lack of duets between Scarlett and Gunnar Scott–though that’s to be expected after they broke up last season. However, I’m excited to see more from Scarlett as she begins working with Liam McGuinnis (Michiel Huisman) on her first album. I’d also like to see more from Scarlett’s on-again, off-again best friend Zoey Dalton, who has had one single this season and a duet with Gunnar. Perhaps in the coming episodes we’ll get even more great music, but for now, these are my ten favorite songs of season two.
‘Nashville’ airs at 10pm ET on ABC. Photo courtesy of ABC.
Following in the footsteps of Fox’s Glee and NBC’s Smash, ABC’s Nashville premiered on Oct. 10, 2012 as the most recent musical drama on television. ABC Studios, in partnership with Big Machine Records, began releasing the music to Nashville on Oct. 9 but the official soundtrack was released on Dec. 11. By November, Nashville had already surpassed 500,000 digital downloads, dominated the iTunes country charts and Hayden Panettiere’s “Telescope” made it onto Billboard’s Country Songs chart.
Needless to say, Nashville’s music is fantastic. The songs are a mix of originals and covers—from Elvis Costello to The Civil Wars—that work well within the narrative of the show. Plus, “Telescope” is catchy as hell. Since I saw Nashville’s five most popular songs on iTunes (“Fade Into You,” “Wrong Song,” “When the Right One Comes Along” and both the radio and original versions of “Telescope”) I thought I’d list mine and see if they line up.
Hayden Panettiere plays Juliette Barnes in ‘Nashville’ which premieres October 10. Photo courtesy of ABC.
What if the new Fall TV lineup were a part of your senior class, which superlatives do you think these shows would have won? Well, I thought I’d try to answer that question with some superlatives I wish we’d had when I was in high school. Of course these, like actual senior superlatives, are all in good fun. (Although I don’t doubt Hayden Panettiere could get into a catfight; I mean, did you see Bring It On: All or Nothing?)