All the 'Westworld' Season 3 Songs You Can't Get Out of Your Head

In Westworld, music isn’t just atmospheric; it’s thematic. It both builds the fictional world and communicates something about that world to a viewer. Composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) accomplishes the first feat easily enough with the opening ear warm (can you hear it already? Do-do-do-dodododo, do-do-dooo. So catchy). But Djawadi is also able to achieve something more interesting.

The use of cover music, for instance, communicates something of the series’ other-worldliness—something familiar and yet not. In season 1, the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black” orchestral cover overlaid rock and roll with western gun fights and saloon robberies. The music suited neither the American Western era nor the future world in which the series takes place. Again, familiar but also not. It’s a kind of displacement appropriate for a show that constantly bends and twists its own medium, pulling the rug out from under the reader with alternating timelines and slight-of-hand editing—it’s also a movie that feels familiar (the western), but is not (the sci-fi).

Then there’s music’s image—the orchestra, the conductor, the visual order of sound. Throughout every season, the one consistent image in the opening credits remains the fingers playing the saloon’s piano. The fingers then lift off the keys, the keys play on regardless. Robert Ford—Westworld’s conductor—often plays the piano both in the park and the digital representation of the park’s data. The image is one of orchestration and the illusion of agency; the hosts, programmed to run on “loops,” play what they are programmed to play. They are the keys that sound even when Ford isn’t operating them.

Which is all to say that music is pretty damn essential to Westworld. And season 3 hasn’t abandoned its cover motifs and “loop” thematics.

Here are all the songs they’ve used so far.

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Episode 1

“IL TROVATORE: ACT III: DI QUELLA PIRA” by GIUSEPPE VERDI

“DEEPWATER” by CRISTIAN VOGEL

“99 LUFTBALLOONS” by NENA

“BUBBLES BURIED IN THIS JUNGLE” by DEATH GRIPS

“DISSOLVED GIRL” by MASSIVE ATTACK (Ramin Djawadi Cover)

“STRING QUARTET IN C MAJOR, OP. 29, II. ADAGIO MOLTO ESPRESSIVO” by LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

“HUMAN” by SEVDALIZA

“COMMON PEOPLE” by PULP

Episode 3

“HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY IN E MINOR” by FRANZ LISZT

“YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE ” by JIMMIE DAVIS

“LEFT IN THE DARK” by TRUETT

“DOOMED” by MOSES SUMNEY

Episode 4

“REVERIE” by CLAUDE DEBUSSY (Ramin Djawadi cover)

“HUNTER” by BJORK (Ramin Djawadi cover)

“HIGHER SPEED CLUB” by KNOWKNOW (feat. BABYBO and HIGHER BROTHERS )

“WICKED GAMES” by THE WEEKND (Ramin Djawadi cover)

Episode 5

“RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES” by RICHARD WAGNER

“THEME FROM LOVE STORY” by FRANCIS LAI (Ramin Djawadi cover)

“BUBBLES BURIED IN THIS JUNGLE” by DEATH GRIPS

“NIGHTCLUBBING” by IGGY POP

“SPACE ODDITY” by DAVID BOWIE (Ramin Djawadi cover)

“THE SHINING MAIN TITLE THEME (DIES IRAE)” by WENDY CARLOS and RACHEL ELKIND (Ramin Djawadi cover)

“EMERGE” by FISCHERSPOONER

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