The great period music, songs and original score heard on the television series Mad Men has led me to compile song lists for each season of the show. This article covers season one and links are provided to the right for the other seasons.
This list details the episode the song appeared in, the title and artist of the song and a brief description of the scene it appeared in.
There are definitely some songs that haven't been identified and they are likely to be by the show's composer or could be stock music.
Unknown tracks will be referred to as "Unidentified song, music or original score".
Feel free to suggest mistakes and any songs missing from the list.
- Mad Men Season 1 Playlist - YouTube
Music from Season 1
S01E01 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
"A Beautiful Mine" by RJD2 & Aceyalone (Title sequence for all episodes)
"Band of Gold" by Don Cherry (First scene of Mad Men; Don sits in The Lenox Lounge in Harlem)
"Deep Purple" by Santo & Johnny (Don talks to Midge about his cigarette work and she puts on a record)
"The Twenty Third Floor" by David Carbonara (Introduction to the Sterling Cooper Building; elevator talk)
Unknown original score by David Carbonara (The office tour)
"These Modern Times" by David Carbonara (Peggy visits the doctor)
"Shangri-La" by Robert Maxwell (At the strip club during Pete's bachelor party)
"Caravan" by Gordon Jenkins (Don travels home to his wife and children)
"On The Street Where You Live" by Vic Damone (Don looks over his children and contemplates his life; end credits)
Extra Tracks: "Don't Forbid Me" by Pat Boone, and "Some Ways Too Soon" by Rashid Lanie
S01E02 Ladies Room
"Kim's Blues" by Primo Kim (Opening restaurant scene)
"Every Boy Like Me" by Kerry Adams (Don & Betty driving home from dinner)
"The Carousel" by David Carbonara (Betty smokes in bed; wondering who Don really is)
"'Till Death Do Us Part " by Jimmy McHugh, Buddy Kaye & O. Hawes (Ken, Harry and Dale take Joan and Peggy out for lunch)
"I Can Dream Can't I" by The Andrews Sisters (Peggy types some correspondence as the men of Sterling Cooper look at her like she's dessert)
"Christmas Without You" by The Yuletide Orchestra (Don & Betty restaurant scene) (Unconfirmed song)
"The Great Divide" by The Cardigans (Don rings Dr. Wayne to check up on Betty; end credits)
S01E03 Marriage of Figaro
"Hollywood Holiday" by Frank Samuels (First song at Menken's department store)
"Melody in Moccasins" by Wilfred Burns & "There's a Move You Make" by Dick Walter (Other songs played during the department store scenes)
Unidentified song (Betty & Francine chat; Don builds the playhouse outside)
"The Marriage of Figaro Act I (Duet) Cinque, Dieci, Venti and Act II (Aria) Voi Che Sapete Che Cosa È Amor" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Michelle Breedt (Plays at Sally's party)
"P.S. I Love You" by Bobby Vinton (Don comes home after ditching Sally's birthday party; end credits)
S01E04 New Amsterdam
"Driving Instructor (Comedy Bit)" by Bob Newhart (Pete, Paul, Harry and Ken listen to the comedy record in Pete's office)
Unidentified original score by David Carbonara (As Pete and Trudy check out an apartment)
"The Carousel" by David Carbonara (Betty reads a bedtime story to Sally and Bobby; Betty walks the dog)
Unidentified jazz music (Pete has dinner with Trudy and the in-laws; also at the club with Pete, Ken and Walter Veith of Bethlehem Steel)
"Manhattan" by Ella Fitzgerald (Pete surveys the view from his new apartment; end credits)
Extra Track: "Please Me" by Harry Warren
"Blue in Green" by Miles Davis (Don & Midge in bed)
"You" by Aquatones (Don & Adam at a diner)
"Non Dimenticar (Don't Forget)" by Percy Faith & His Orchestra (Peter & Trudy apartment scene towards the end of the episode)
"Don's Meeting With Adam" by David Carbonara (Don prepares a briefcase and goes to meet Adam at his apartment)
"The Carousel" by David Carbonara (After Don talks to Betty in bed about summer plans; end credits)
"The Carousel" by David Carbonara (Don, Betty and the kids return home after going out for Mother's Day; Don and Betty in bed)
"Lipstick" by David Carbonara (The men of Sterling Cooper watch as the ladies try out Belle Jolie lipstick)
"Babylon" originally arranged by Don McLean and Lee Hays, based on a composition by Philip Hayes, words taken from Psalm 137, original cast recording, arranged by David Carbonara (Don, Midge and her friends listen to the live performance; montage of various characters) (Watch the scene here)
Extra Track: "Autumn Pink" by Harry Warren
S01E07 Red in the Face
"The Men of Sterling Cooper" by David Carbonara (Everyone leaves for the day; Roger talks to Joan; Pete tries out his new gun)
"Flower Display" by Jack Shaindlin (Betty shops and talks to Helen Bishop in the supermarket)
"Candid Snaps" by Curt Andersen (Pete exchanging the chip and dip at Bloomingdales)
"There Will Never Be Another You" by Bud Powell (Plays after Pete offers to help Peggy, right before Don and Roger have drinks at a bar)
"Dinner Jazz" by Ben Lasker (Don and Roger have another serving of oysters for lunch)
"Night and Day" by Luiz Bonfa (Roger joins Don and Betty for dinner)
"The Men of Sterling Cooper" by David Carbonara (Don and Roger take the stairs)
"Botch-A-Me (Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina)" by Rosemary Clooney (End credits)
S01E08 The Hobo Code
"Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio)" by Miles Davis (Midge puts on the record in her apartment as she invites Don to get high with her friends)
"Choo Choo Cha Cha" by Rinky Dinks (Peggy dances with Freddy at P.J. Clarke's as Pete looks on; Joan talks with Lois and then dances with Paul)
"The Twist" by Chubby Checker (Everyone dances at P.J. Clarke's; Pete rejects Peggy)
"(Gimme That) Old Time Religion" by Unknown Artist (End credits) (Listen to it on YouTube)
Extra Tracks: "Strawberry Ice Cream" & "You're Never Near Enough" by Harry Warren
"The Carousel" by David Carbonara (Betty, Sally and Bobby watch the neighbour's pidgeons)
"My Special Angel" by Bobby Helms (Betty does some shooting; end credits)
Extra Tracks: "A Sweet Forever" & "Blackberry Winter" by Harry Warren
S01E10 Long Weekend
"Lipstick" by David Carbonara (Roger pretends to be talking to Joan about work as they walk through the office)
"The New Girl" by David Carbonara (Don and Roger entertain the twins auditioning for Cartwright's double sided aluminum ad)
"Volare" by The McGuire Sisters (Don and Roger continue to entertain the twins)
"The Carousel" by David Carbonara (Roger embraces his wife and daughter as Don looks on)
"The Carousel" by David Carbonara (Don opens up to Rachel; end credits)
S01E11 Indian Summer
"Lipstick" by David Carbonara (Roger tells Joan what she means to him)
"Agua de Beber" by Astrud Gilberto (Betty uses the washing machine and fantasizes)
"The New Girl" & "The Men of Sterling Cooper" by David Carbonara (Peggy gets a raise and a new desk; Pete snoops in Don's office)
"Fly Me to the Moon" by Julie London (Peggy and the relaxicisor; end credits)
Extra Track: "Pearl Curtain in the Moon" by Xiansi Province Folklore Ensemble
S01E12 Nixon vs. Kennedy
"Hot Dog, Here He Comes" by The Tri-Lites (First office party song; The men of Sterling Cooper get some creme de menthe from the supply closet)
"Gopher Mambo" by Yma Sumac (Second office party song; Ken goes on a panty hunt)
"Metro Polka" by Frankie Laine (Third office party song; everyone dances)
Unknown original score & "The Carousel" by David Carbonara (Flashbacks to Don's past; Dick/Don takes the train past and present)
"The Carousel (Alternate Version featuring Saxophone)" by David Carbonara (End credits)
S01E13 The Wheel
"The Men of Sterling Cooper" by David Carbonara (Don talks to Bert about the Menken's account; Duck shows Don the Kodak slide projector)
"The Carousel" by David Carbonara (Don gets some bad news; Don's presentation of the Kodak slide projector; Peggy in the hospital; Don's imagination)
"Beguine Mood March" by Sidney Torch (Don and his family; final scenes)
"Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" by Bob Dylan (Don arrives home; end credits)
- Mad Men Episode Music
Music used in each Mad Men episode, listings as complete as we can make 'em, an on-going project. Author, Basket of Kisses 2012.
- Music from Mad Men - heardontv.com
User contributed community of music heard in your favorite tv shows. Author, heardontv.com.
John on October 13, 2017:
What's the name of that song? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik_4wfBb4eg
When Don and Midge are in the office.
The song looks like Santo and Johnny's song, from the episode "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"
charliecrews38 (author) from Melbourne, Australia on November 28, 2014:
@JoeCap greetings from down under, i wasn't aware of that actually, we don't get AMC in Australia, thanks for the song additions, it is about time I added scene descriptions for those songs in episode 5, i haven't updated this page much lately, i've been busy, writing song lists is not enough to earn a living apparently, it would be good if it was, thanks for checking in, looking forward to the final episodes
JoeCap on November 23, 2014:
Hope all is well with you. By now, I'm sure you're aware that AMC has started the re-run of all Mad Men episodes. I thought I had all the songs laid out on my list but, of course, I had a lot of omissions that, naturally, I find here.
The two added in Ep 3 are a great find. And, i'll do some digging as to the song playing when Betty and friend are talking.
Next, in Ep 4, the only partial addition I would make is Bert whistling "This Old Man" after meeting with Don and Roger.
Finally, Ep 5 is great! To add to your comments, I would note that "Blue in Green" - Miles Davis is playing when Don is in bed with Midge. "You" - the Aquatones is playing in the diner with Don and his brother. And, "Non Dimenticar" - Percy Faith is playing in the apartment with Pete and wife near the end of episode.
Now, at the beginning, Don gets a call from Midge saying that she is "Bix Beiderbecke". I looked him up on Amazon and he has a lot of 1950s jazz music that sounds a lot like many of the jazzy tunes often heard in background of many episodic segments. I do some follow up and let you know if I hear any similarities.
One last note, as I was watching Ep 1 last week, "Don't Forbid Me" - Pat Boone popped up on the closed captions. It could be the song that is playing in the car when Don is driving.
In closing, I hope all is well is Aussie-land. Life is good here in New England.
All the best,
milien on November 23, 2014:
Hey thx Charlie!
Yep I found your YouTube channel and thanks for add this song.
I've just shazam the scene ;)
I love this track, I want to sample it in my next track.
Have a good Sunday
charliecrews38 (author) from Melbourne, Australia on November 21, 2014:
@Milien I did a google search and i found it, you can listen to it here http://www.itu.dk/stud/speciale/stian/album.php?a=... it's track 18 of an album called vintage vocals, i'll also upload it to my youtube channel and i'll put it on my mad men season 1 song list at the top of this page, i particularly like the tune at the start, you could hardly hear any of the vocals in the diner scene so I'm not sure how you found out the name of the song, thanks for visiting
Milien on November 20, 2014:
But this song is nowhere... Not on YouTube, not on iTunes, nowhere.
I want this song me to. Please, share a link if you found it ;)
Milien on November 20, 2014:
'Till Death Do Us Part (Jimmy Mchugh & Buddy Kaye & O. Hawes)
The unidentified song in S1E2 when they out of restaurant.
charliecrews38 (author) from Melbourne, Australia on September 03, 2014:
if you have the dvd's you could try shazam for the scene but I'm not sure if it recognises old songs, also you could search for 50s or 60s songs which start off with talking in google, otherwise i'm stumped
Unidentified Song Ep 2 on September 03, 2014:
That is the one song I really, really, really want to find (season 1, episode 2). Any suggestion(s) as how I could better find it besides hours of web searches and luck?