Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy can’t be a cheap show to make. This superhero story is based on an ambitious, colorful comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá and as such it features big action setpieces, depictions of superpowers, and even a talking chimp or two.
Still it’s hard to imagine any portion of The Umbrella Academy’s budget is larger than the music clearance department. The series features a moody score from Jeff Russo but also a truly stunning amount of pop hits. The Umbrella Academy made its musical intentions clear in its first episode with the now-beloved dance scene set to Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now.” And the show’s investment in soundtrack and music has only grown from there.
“Music is such an important thing to me and I really take time to pick the songs,” showrunner Steve Blackman says.
“We do things differently on the show. Most shows finish the scene, the shooting, and then they add the music afterwards. I pick the songs mostly ahead of time. I put them in the scripts. Sometimes I even hear a song and then I decide what scene I want to write with that song in my mind.”
With The Umbrella Academy season 2 now on Netflix, here is a breakdown of what songs are included in the soundtrack and when you can hear them.
The following contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy season 2.
“Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin – Episode 1
Plays as Klaus and Ben arrive in 1960.
“Right Back Where We Started From” by Maxine Nightingale – Episode 1
This song not only gives episode 1 its name but also plays in the intro as the Hargreeves family arrives in the 1960s.
“My Way” by Frank Sinatra – Episode 1
This classic Ol’ Blue Eyes song scores the apocalypse that Five and the gang find themselves in on November 25, 1963. Blackman highlights this as a personal favorite song choice from season 2.
“You Must Be An Angel” by Richard Myhill – Episode 1
Plays as Diego is introduced in the hospital.
“Trying” by Fran Jones – Episode 1
Vanya has dinner with Sissy’s family on the farm.
“I Wonder What the Future Holds for Me” by Glenn Snow – Episode 1
This plays as Klaus and Ben enter the bar to cause trouble.
“Rocket Fuel” by DJ Shadow – Episode 1
This song scores Luther’s introduction as a prize fighter.
“Be Thankful You’re You” by Fern Jones – Episode 1
Vanya and Sissy catch feelings in the barn.
“Crazy” by Daniela Andrade (Gnarls Barkley cover) – Episode 1
This quiet, subdued version of Gnarls Barkley’s pop hit plays as Diego is sent to a padded cell.
“Comin’ Home Baby” by Mel Tormé – Episode 1
This far more ebullient song plays as Diego and Luna escape the mental hospital
“You Only Want Me When You’re Lonely” by Jim Boyd – Episode 1
Luther meets Five at Jack Ruby’s club.
“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” by Al Hoffman, Mack David, and Jerry Livingston (Cinderella Soundtrack) – Episode 2
This song plays as The Handler is spared from the incinerator.
“Who’s That Knocking?” by The Genies – Episode 2
Diego and Lila plot their escape.
“I’m a Man” by Spencer Davis Group – Episode 2
“I’m a Man” scores Diego’s fight with his father Reginald.
“I Gotta Get the World Off My Back” by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter – Episode 3
Klaus gets kicked out of a diner.
“Sunny” Boney M. – Episode 3
This episode opens with “Sunny” by Boney M. over the opening montage of Klaus’s time as a cult leader.
“I’ll Never Do You Wrong” by Joe Tex – Episode 3
Luther visits Allison’s home.
“Golden Brown” by The Stranglers – Episode 3
The song playing at episode’s end is “Golden Brown” by The Stranglers.
“Love is Blue” by Marty Robbins – Episode 4
Lila trains to be an assassin.
“Renegade” by Styx – Episode 4
Klaus falls back into alcoholism and addiction as this song blares.
“Have You Ever Been Hurt” by Helen Wilson – Episode 4
Luther enjoys world class Texas barbecue and meets Allison.
“Unwind Yourself” by Marva Whitney – Episode 4
Luther also enjoys drugs.
“I Was Made For Lovin’ You” by Kiss – Episode 4
This song is featured at episode’s end.
“Major Tom” by Peter Schilling – Episode 5
Of course Pogo’s time is space is scored by “Major Tom.”
“Twistin’ the Night Away” by Sam Cooke – Episode 5
The Umbrella Academy season 1 was infamous for a scene in which the group danced to “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany. This season’s version only features three of the Hargreeves siblings and they’re accompanied by Sam Cooke’s “Twistin’ the Night Away”.
“Bad Guy” by The Interrupters (Billie Eilish cover) – Episode 5
The song playing as Five and Lila fight is a ska cover of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” by The Interrupters.
“Hello” by My Kullsvik (Adele cover) – Episode 5
What better song to hear as The Swedes consign their fallen brother to Valhalla than this Swedish-language cover of a classic Adele hit? Blackman describes this as another favorite. “I really love our Swedish version of ‘Hello.’ It’s from a young woman from a small town in Sweden who I found on YouTube. It’s just so unexpected because you hear that opening riff and you think, ‘Oh, I know this song.’ and then you’re like, ‘Wait a second. There’s something different about this.’
“Won’t Be Long” by Aretha Franklin – Episode 6
Allison begins work at the hair salon…
“An Old-Fashioned Christmas” by Jack Huddle – Episode 6
…and meets Raymond.
“Hold on I’m Coming” by Sam and Dave – Episode 6
Sam and Dave’s joyful classic scores Allison and Ray’s day out on the town.
“I Live Alone” by Bob Cox – Episode 6
Lila and The Handler enjoy a Bingo Night.
“The Order of Death” by Public Image Ltd. – Episode 6
This song plays as the Hargreeves approach their Tiki Lounge meeting with their father.
“In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company” by The Dead South – Episode 6
Luther and Diego find poor Elliot’s body.
“Polk Salad Annie” by Tony Joe White – Episode 7
Five arrives in ’80s Wisconsin.
“Give Me a Reason to Stay” by Zoe Muth – Episode 7
Sissy hears this song on the radio.
“Sister of Pearl” by Baio – Episode 7
“Sister of Pearl” plays as Ben successfully inhabiting Klaus’s body for the first time.
“Everybody” by Backstreet Boys – Episode 7
This song is an atypical choice for the fight scene between Allison and The Swedes. And Blackman loves it for that exact reason. “The Backstreet Boys has no business going over the fight scene that we did, but yet it just somehow magically works.”
“Pepper” by Butthole Surfers – Episode 8
Not only does “Pepper” sonically work with Vanya’s LSD trip but some of the lyrics are quite apt for the season. “They were all in love with dying, they were doing it in Texas.”
“Dancing With Myself by Generation X – Episode 9
Fittingly, the song that plays as young Five fights the older version of himself.
“Partita No. 2 in D Minor” by Bach – Episode 9
In addition to “Pepper,” Much of Vanya’s acid trip is set to Bach’s “Partita No. 2 in D Minor” on violin. This is fitting given Vanya’s aptitude for the instrument.
“Here Comes the End” by Gerard Way – Episode 9
The episode concludes with a new song from Umbrella Academy creator and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way called “Here Comes the End.”
“Wicked Games” by Parra for Cuva featuring Anna Naklab (Chris Iaak cover) – Episode 10
The song playing during the closing montage is a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Games” by Parra for Cuva featuring Anna Naklab.