10 Anthems Perfectly Suited for 10 of Our Favorite TV Characters
It's official: Fall TV season is here, and we're rooting for our favorite characters like they're our real friends. And for a friend, what better gift is there than a mix? Below, we've paired 10 songs with some of our favorite TV characters, from Stranger Things to Key and Peele to It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
DeVon the Landlord (Key and Peele)
TLC – "Creep"
"So I creep, yeah, just creepin' on, but I'll know"
Finally scoring their much-deserved Emmy, Key and Peele brought a variety of hysterical characters to the table. Devon the Landlord – a fan favorite – is the king of creeping. From the thin mustache to the bare chest adorned with a bright chain, this character embodies a landlord we've all unfortunately had at some point. This is absolutely the song playing in his head as he searches through tenant's apartments for the purple-bearded mystery.
Barb (Stranger Things)
Otis Redding – "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay"
"I can't do what ten people tell me to do / So I guess I'll remain the same, yes"
Oh Barb, the fan favorite of misfortune. We all can relate to her in some way. We've all fought with friends during adolescence, we've all felt a little lonely, and we all casually get dragged into the Upside Down. This song pairs great with her character perfectly, even to where she is last seen sitting.
Selina Meyer (Veep)
Courtney Barnett – "Pedestrian at Best"
"I think you're a joke, but I don't find you very funny"
Veep gives a fly on the wall view of a truly dysfunctional team. The show fuses politics and humor, showing how our system is hanging by a thread sometimes. Selina's sanity takes a huge toll as she goes through these massive changes. Are they for the best? Only time will tell. But Courtney Barnett's sharp lyrics are filled with the same wit Selina is known for dishing out.
Morello (Orange is the New Black)
Billie Holiday – "Crazy He Calls Me"
"Crazy he calls me. Sure I'm crazy, crazy in love I'd say"
With a vintage flair that is totally copacetic, Morello could make the most hardened criminal weak in the knees. The cruel irony is that her fascination with love is what has brought her to Litchfield Penitentiary. Despite that, she wouldn't trade that feeling for the world. What some may consider "crazy," Morello just considers concern. Here's to you, Morello.
Dev (Master of None)
Angel Olsen – "Lights Out"
"No one's gonna try it for you, darling no one/ No one's gonna wait there with you"
Spoiler alert: In the end of Master of None, Dev realizes that his pursuit for a partner can't be rushed. Instead, he takes time for himself and focuses on his passion by going to culinary school. This song would've been on his flight mix for sure. It reassures you that at the end of the day, only you can make yourself happy, and that's what Dev is doing.
Kimmy Schmidt (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
C2C – "Happy" ft. D.Martin
"You'll never be happy until you try"
Kimmy has faced some very rough times. Throughout it, though, she has remained optimistic. It's a trait that has taken her far, and it is one of the focuses of the show. C2C's "Happy" is the perfect complement. It's a triumphant tune that could pick anyone up from a bad day, just like Kimmy could.
Gus Cruikshank (Love)
Jeffrey Lewis – "Cult Boyfriend"
"A cult boyfriend is like a record in a bargain bin, no one knows its worth till a collector comes in"
Most of us can relate to Gus in some sense or another. He's a sweetheart who is just looking for the right match. However, after a series of disaster dates, Gus has a hard time figuring it all out. Jeffrey Lewis' "Cult Boyfriend" is a perfect summation of how he feels. The song is filled with nerdy references and catchy hooks, two things that Gus adores completely. I mean, who else would write themes to movies they enjoy?
Abby & Ilana (Broad City)
Urbs & Cutex – "The Thing"
"Don't you know we need each other, I need you and you need me"
Abby and Ilana are a match made in heaven. They're role models for the perfect friendship. They balance out each other's quirks, reassure one another of how great they are, and they bring light the others life. The tone of the show is also very laid back, so we can't help but think this would be playing in the background of their hangouts.
Frank Reynolds (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
The Trashmen – "Surfin' Bird"
Complete chaos would be a light way of describing Frank. His antics started off relatively small, but over the seasons we've seen Frank go from a rich father to a beer-gargling mess. We think this tune matches perfectly with his wrestling alter ego – The Trash Man (Pronounced "Tray-Uh-Sh"). Both the song and Frank are free from being understood, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)
Charles Bradley – "Changes"
"I'm going through changes"
Watching Rick go through a post-apocalyptic world is truly heartbreaking. He's had to deal with tremendous loss, find new grit, and go through some of the most troubling changes a person can face. We soon stop caring about the zombies and instead end up wondering, "What would happen to an upstanding citizen who has to make those calls?" If Rick had enough battery power for one song, we're sure he'd let this Black Sabbath cover blast. It is infectious, after all.