Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Wire All seasons and episodes

*Updated 23rd of June 2015 updated  + spotifylist

Below you can find an extensive, but still incomplete, tracklisting for all seasons of The Wire.
Please leave a comment if you've got any info or questions or just want to comment :)


I've made a Spotify playlist with everything I could find. Updating as I go. Currently at 760 subscribers :)

Made an account over at WatZatSong? (sndtrksfwtfr) and uploaded some samples. Hope it will help.

Just want to thank everyone who's been linking this post all over the web, the reddit link almost doubled my traffic for a day :)
Oh and I just now replied to some messages on facebook, sorry for the enormous delay, never checked the 'other messages' section before. I will now, but you can always comment too.
Major thanks go out to a Jeremiah and to Bendy1 and Jacobwhitt (giving credit where credit is due ).

Other sites of interest
Drake over at http://drakelelane.blogspot.com links to a bunch of tracks on rhapsody, but as non-American I can't listen to it :(

Nora Lee Mandel's blog about the popcultural influence of The Wire:
Mavens nest - The Wire

(09/07/12) Added Baltimore music info from: Citypaper.com. They've also got links to where you can búy the music so visit! I've noted that the episode numbering he used seems different...so either he or I am one episode off. I'll have to check that later..(or let me know in the comments which saves me time)

A piece-by-piece, episode-by-episode look at The Wire:
The Wire blog

Alan Sepinwall gives indepth reviews per episode: What's Alan watching?

There have been a lot of questions specifying a specific scene and asking which song is played. Since I don't know the answer but somebody else might. I've paraphrased the questions here:

1.12: I got a decent recording of the audio, but I can't find the track (even googling the lyrics won't seem to help). Check below (at 1.12) for the lyrics.

2.09: Which song is playing in the SUV when Bodie throws the guns off the bridge in The Wire Season 2 Episode 9 around the 10 minute mark.

3.02: What is the song playing while Kima is in the bar?
3.04: What is the song playing in a car that Bubbles is spying on writing down the license plate number of (about 9 minutes and 50 seconds in the ep)?

Other questions:
1) Anyone know what song Marlo has on in the car?: scene.
2) piece of jazz music when marlo and levy talking in the cocktail party? Just before Marlo went to the street and shouts.

S1 Theme: Blind boys of Alabama – Way down in the hole
S2 Theme: Tom Waits – Way down in the hole (original version)
S3 Theme: The Neville Brothers – Way down in the hole
S4 Theme: DoMaJe– Way down in the hole
S5 Theme: Steve Earl - Way down in the hole

Closing theme, there are 3 slightly different versions!: Blake Leyh - The Fall

s1.01 (episode 1)
D'Angelo in the car
Song: Jay-Z's - IZZO (H.O.V.A.)

1st scene @ Orlando's
Song: Bill Withers - Use Me

D'Angelo arriving at the pit

Bubs cutting copied money

Dealings at the pit
Song: Heavy D feat. 8Ball and Big Pun - On point

McNulty whines to Bunk about his ex-wife
Song: Gram Parsons and Emmylou - The Streets Of Baltimore

Hooker tries to get D'Angelo to buy her a drink
Song: Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper

Bunk waking up at his desk
Song: Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.3 In E "Tristesse" performed by Maurizio Pollini

s1.02 (episode 2)

D'Angelo and Wallace and Poot at the pit

McNulty and Bunk arriving at the pit

Stringer pulls up just as Bunk and Mcnulty are arresting D'angelo (probably the scene I mention above)
Song: Kool Keith - Make up your mind

Song in Avon's truck

D'Angelo and Avon in the community centre
Song: Aaliyah - Got to Give it Up

D'Angelo and Avon on the stairs at the community center
Song: Chic - Good Times

Prez, Herc and Carver drinking beer and arguing about the case
Song: The Guess Who - American woman

McNulty is drinking in his car
Song: Mickey and Silvia - Love is strange

Nighttime dealing in the pit

s1.03 (episode 3)
Wee-Bey and Wallace playing checkers on a chess board.

Kima and McNulty talking about Avon

D'Angelo goes to drop off the cash at the club
Song: Ja Rule - Down ass bitch

Back in the club talking to the stripper
Song: Rufus and Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good

Song:  Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock - It takes two

McNulty disturbs Pearlman to ask her about the pagers
Song: Lucinda Williams - 2 kool 2 be 4 gotten

Stinkum at the stash

D'Angelo returning with the food

D'Angelo and Wee-Bey talking about Omar

McNulty in the police station listening to the radio
Song: The Pogues - Dirty Old Town (also check out the version of the Dubliners!)

McNulty in his car waiting for his FBI buddy
Song: The Marvelettes - The hunter gets captured by the game  (we're talking about this scene right?)

s1.04 (episode 4)

Kima studying law with her girlfriend on the couch

In the bar before McNulty goes to Kima's place
Song: Nina Simone's - Sugar in My Bowl

s1.05 (episode 5)
Avon's Radio alarm clock thingy while he gets dressed
Song: Michael Franti and Spearhead - Oh My God (links to accoustic version)

Poot and Wee-Bey talking about aids

Drunk McNulty warbling to himself with his Ikea beds
Song:  Pogues - Star of the County Down 

D'Angelo and girl walk into the fancy restaurant

Avon and Stringer discussing Omar

Stringer and Avon and Bird talking (etc)

D'Angelo talking to Wallace

D'Angelo talking to Orlando and asking the stripper out
Song: Poe - Hey Pretty

McNulty, Kima and Daniels scoping D'Angelo

McNulty asking Prez for his pager
Song: Blue Öyster Cult - Burning for you (not sure!)

s1.06 (episode 6)
D'Angelo looks at his wardrobe
Song: Subtle people - Let's ride

D'Angelo talking to his girl
Song: Positive Black Soul - Respect the Nubians

D'Angelo catching up with girl with groceries


D'Angelo walking around with crew
Song: crunk it up????

Daniels talking to Prez

Bubbles and friends tricking the copper shop

Avon visits the pit in slomo
Song: Lorem Ipsum (or Indigo as youtube commenter A Zaal says!) - Wax Music Box

Lester asking if it cost Daniels at the end
Song: Duke Ellington - Fleurette Africaine

s1.07 (episode 7)

The car chase of Herc and Carver after Stinkum
Song: Sharpshooters - Analyze

Bunk and McNulty in the bar
Song: Loretta Lyne and Conway Twitty - You're the reason our kids are ugly

Daniels at fundraiser

Daniels talking to Damien Price

D'Angelo telling Stringer no one's snitching

s1.08 (episode 8)
McNulty's kids following Stringer
Song: The Tokens - The lion sleeps tonight

Wee-Bey, D'Angelo, Stinkum and Savino driving up into the towers area
Song: Chuck D - No (The Wreck League Massive Remake)

Song in Stinkum's Jeep when Wee-Bey, Stinkum and Savino take D'Angelo into the restaurant
Song: Chuck D - No (The Wreck League Massive Remake)

Wee-Bey, D'Angelo, Stinkum and Savino celebrate Stinkum's promotion.
Song: Glen Campbell - Gentle on my mind

Barksdale telling off Orlando for dealing on the side

D'Angelo at party 

D'Angelo returning to party

Stringer explaining macro economics at the copy shop

Bunk is eyeing up some other woman in the bar.
Song: a cover of Marvin Gaye's Trouble man.

s1.09 (episode 9)
Bubs and friend talking about Bubs stealing drugs


Music which when Omar enters his hide-out

Poot walks up to a corner watching Wallace
Song:  (something with...ain't nothing here / pop pop pop ...? around 25m.40s)

Avon and Stringer being followed after the game
Song: Michael Franti and Spearhead - Rock the Nation

Avon is at his club with Orlando and Wee-Bey 
Song: J-Live - Nights like this

s1.10 (episode 10)
Avon en Stringer in Orlando's

Music playing from Orlando's car
Kool and the gang - Power of the dollar (unable to find it on spotify :( yet)

D'Angelo waiting up Shardeen outside Orlando's

Kima out with her girlfriend
Song: Me'Shell Ndegéocello - Call Me 

Kima approaches her doom
Song: Talib Kwelli and Mos Def (they form Blackstar) - Hater Players

s1.11 (episode 11)
D'Angelo and Wee-Bey talking about Orlando
Song: J-Live - Satisfied

Wee-Bey and D'Angelo go and meet the fishies
Song: Masta Ace ft Strick - Unfriendly game

Kima's gf crying
Song: Nina Simone's - Sugar in My Bowl

s1.12 (episode 12)
Song playing in the dancer's dressing room
Song: **got a decent recording now**
It gives at least the following lyrics: 
Sex money and drugs is the thing

I got a small dream of making lots of cream.
Just for me and my team, lots of cream
Everything in the ghetto ain't always what it seems.

Poot and Wee-Bey talking about Wallace

Bodie walks through the Pit to meet Stringer 
Song: Mos Def ft Diamond D - Hiphop

McNulty and Daniels at Wallace's mother
Song: Angie Stone - No more rain

Wallace's last meal in the diner
Paul Anka - Put Your Head on my Shoulder

s1.13 (episode 13)
Stringer picking Avon up from jail

Arriving at the funeral home

Jazzpiece at Daniels'house

At Stringer's copy shop

Bodie Walks through the pit to confront Onion 
Song: Roots manuva - Witness the fitness

Herc, Carver and Prez at the basement office
Nighthawks - Blind love

Wee-bey on the phone
J-Live - Mcee

Poot Lectures Dealer in the pit about taking the money more discreetly 
Song: Ja Rule - Always on time

Ending montage
Song: Jesse Winchester - Step by Step

s2.01 (episode 14)
McNulty checks on the partyboat
Song:  Irving Berlin - Blue skies

Dragging the boat
Song: instrumental (?)

Wee-Bey and ..  in the bus getting burners
Songs: Kool and The Gang - 99 100 percent

Bodie and Shamrock in the car listening to radio
Song: Akrobatik - Balance

Car still following 
Song: (?)

Van detour - car following
Song: (?)

Bunk and Mcnulty in the bar
Song: (?)

Ziggie and Nick at the bar

Ziggie takes is dick out of his pants
The Nighthawks - Sixteen Tons

Nick and Ziggie waking up
Iggy Pop and The Stooges - Search and destroy (also on The Life Aquatic ost)

Ziggie arriving back in the harbour
Song: The Knack - My Sharona

Frank calls Nick to complain about wanting Sergei to move the "can" off the port
Song:  Brenda Lee - I'm sorry

McNulty checking the shipping location of the body they found
Song: Waylon Jennings - My heroes have always been cowboys

Wee-Bey and others talking about the stash
Song: Sean Paul - Gimme the light

Song on Beady's headphones when she finds the container
Song: (?)

I don't know in which scenes thése play, probably one of the above with a questionmark:

Looking Glass - Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)

Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin - My Minnesota home

s2.02 (episode 15)
Avon eating KFC

McNulty, Bunk and Lester at the bar

McNulty hungover in bed
Song: Lyle Lovett - Goodbye to Carolina

Aretha Franklin - The House That Jack Built

s2.03 (episode 16)
Nick at the barber

Girls talking to Omar

Omar and his boy talking shop and making out
Song: Sean Paul - Get busy

Stringer and in bar

Tillman is putting dope into Halls cough drop wrappers 
Song: Chambers Brothers - So fine 

Stringer comes over at D'Angelo's girl
Song: Chaka Khan - Sweet thing (?)

Bunk, McNulty and Beady in bar
Song: The Band - The great pretender

Frank talking to dock worker in his office
Song: Lesley Gore - It's my party

Song playing in Nick's truck

Inmate scraping drugs together

Ziggy in the bar

Avon reading his book / after the bad package
War - Cisco kid

----I need to put this one in chronological order (need to check)
Scene: Corrupt prison guard driving to jail 
Song: The fiestas - So fine

s2.04 (episode 17)
Ziggie taking pictures at the bar

McNulty putting a note on Omar's burned out van
Song: Velvelettes - He Was Really Saying Something

McNulty driving around before asking for Omar
Song: Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers - I Promise To Remember

McNulty driving around looking for Omar and spots Bubs
Song: Irma Thomas - Ruler Of My Heart  or Norah Jones' version..

Nick and Ziggie talking about chemicals with a 'Greek'

Kima and her girlfriend in the car arguing
Song: The Roots - 100% Dundee

Song playing on walkman while Bubs asks about Omar

Ziggie working at the computer 
Song: Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride

Kima, her girlfriend eating at Lt. Daniels
Song: Bach - Brandenburg concertos (probably the 3rd)

Song on McNulty's ex's walkman 

Bunk, Beady and Lester entering bar
Song: Tammy Wynette - Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad

 [maybe one of the above?????]
Song: Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris - Streets of Baltimore

s2.05 (episode 18)
Cheese stops Ziggi
Song: St John - Down with me (prod. Black Toast Music)

Thugs drive off in Ziggi's car

Wee-Bey talking to Poot

Stringer at D's girl

Nick going after Ziggi's money

Beedy and her ex sitting in a lunchroom
Song: Maria Muldaur - Midnight at the Oasis

Herc buying drugs while Kima and Carver are staking out
Song: Akrobatik – The hand that rocks the cradle

s2.06 (episode 19)
Nick meets Eton (the Israeli)

Sergei intimidates Cheese
Song: St John's - The game is over

Song: Tone Loc - wild thing

Sergei meeting up with Prop Joe
Song: The Commodores - Brick house

Nick, Ziggi, Sobotka etc at the bar
Song: Barret Strong - Money (that's what I want)

McNulty and his ex having dinner
Song: (piano)

s2.07 (episode 20)
Beadie is talking with Frank Sobotka at the ports.
Los cubaztecas - Olga
You can listen here or download it here.

Nick and Ziggi at a bar
Song: Diana Ross and The Supremes - Love Child

Kima and Prez outside stripclub

D'Angelo's burial
Song: A capella: Call him up and tell him what you want (just a church community singing)

Nick telling his girlfriend he's got a new job
Song: Zee Asha - Taste of luv
(I did find a 'Zee - Taste of luv' on spotify, not sure if that's the same - need to check)

Bunk and Lester in a bar

s2.08 (episode 21)
McNulty drunk calling home

McNulty drunk driving and crashing his car
Song: Pogues - Transmetropolitan 

McNulty drunk at lunchroom

Ziggie with his duck at the bar
Song: Dion - The wanderer

Nick and Sobotka talking at the bar

McNulty and Beedy at the bar
Song: (piano play)

Wee-Bey staking out the opposition
Song: St John - Gangsta heaven

Wee-Bey with Poot and crew taking over territory

s2.09 (episode 22)
Wee-Bey selling WMD

Ziggi and Johnny at the bar
Song: Mary Wells - You Beat Me To the Punch

Ziggi whiling out over his duck

Brother Mouzone arriving

s2.10 (episode 23)
Prez building the evidence board, Carv/Herc tracking and tracing etc
Song: Johnny Cash - I Walk the Line

Butch at his bar (Omar walks in)

Ziggie stealing cars
Song: Joan Jett - Roadrunner

Ziggi in the car after shooting George the Greek
Song: The Fleshtones - I'm back again

Greek: 'No phones, no more calls' 

s2.11 (episode 24)

The Greek at restaurant
Song: Stelios Kazantzidis - To Psomi tis Xanthias (Bread in a Foreign Land)

Omar's girls arriving at Brother Mouzone's motel

Greeks at the restaurant (again) - Frank Sobotka raging
Stelios Kazantzidis - Efige Efige-- album possibly: Palia Laika
Even have this on the Spotify list, but you'll have to look at:  Έφυγε, έφυγε

s2.12 (episode 25)

WYE Radio Opening.
Song: Maktub - Baby can't wait

Bunk and Beedy asking about security records

Lester, Bunk etc at bar
Song: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Have You Ever Seen the Rain

Episode wrap up
Steve Earle - I Feel Alright

(episode 26)
Mcnulty and .. looking at Cheese
50ct - In da club

Song playing Herc's car chasing around the cornerboys
Song: Shaft theme

Song playing in the car while Cutty talks to the driver
Song: Beef Wellington ft Melissa Mya - Dedication

Bunny driving in the hood passed corners
--hardly worth mentioning this one but still...*unknown song*

s3.02 (episode 27)
Guys building up the dogfight arena in the hangar
Song: George Clinton - Atomic dog

The dogfight
Song: ......

Cheese's dog lost
Song: ......

Song playing in Marlo's car  
Song: Ludacris - Stand Up

McNulty and Bunk in the bar
Song: ....

at 32m:15 when McNulty is talking to D's girl?

s3.03 (episode 28)
.....**need to check...probably 3.2
Song: George Clinton - Atomic Dog

Song: The Pogues - Body of an American

Bunk drunk on the sidewalk
Song: The Pogues - Sally MacLennane

s3.04 (episode 29)

Cutty looking at guys in truck
Song: Ludacris - Splash waterfalls

Bubbles writing down the numberplate
Song: ?

Cutty working in the garden
Song: ?

Carver telling the cornerboys they can sell 
Song: 50centish beat  ***needs checking***

Bubbles talking to Kima, track in Marlo's truck
Song: Biggie Smalls ft DMC - My Downfall 

Track in bar where Carcetti sits

Stringer and Burrel + 2 others in cafe

McNulty and Bunk at bar
Song: Marvin Gaye - Aint no Mountain High Enough

Cutty in houseparty
Song: DJ Technics - My life extra

Woman walking up to and kissing Cutty
Song: DJ Technics - Neva Eva Extra

s3.05 (episode 30)

Avon's homecoming party
Song: Lloyd Banks - On fire

Avon's homecoming party (other song)
Song: Hieroglyphics - Full Circle

Song: War- Me and Baby Brother

s3.06 (episode 31)

Drug Dealers in neighborhood outside of Hamsterdam in beginning of episode
Song: Usher - Confessions Part II

Drug dealing in Hamsterdam
Song: Jay Z - Dirt off your shoulder

Men playing trumps (Omar comes along)
Song: ?

s3.07 (episode 32)
Avon and Slim Charles in the car
LL Cool J - Head Sprung

Bubbles walks through Hamsterdam
Song 1: G$tack (Darkroom Productions)- Goodbye
Song 2: Wu-tang Clan - Gravel pit

Omar at bar paying of his conscience
Song: ?
Sheryl Crow - Are You Strong Enough to Be My Man?

Bernard and his girl in car
Song: Usher - Let it burn

Buying phones again, arguing with his girl over not buying in bulk
Kevin Lyttle - Turn me on

s3.08 (episode 33)
Song: Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (not sure)

Marlo in the club
Song: J-Kwon - Everybody in the Club Gettin Tipsy?

Snoop eating chicken 
Song: Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier

Scene: Bunny at pool hall
Song: James Brown - Big Payback

s3.09 (episode 34)
Avon's guys staking out Omar on sunday morning
Outkast - I like the way you move

s3.10 (episode 35)

Bubbles Talks to Squeak about selling cellphones
Song: Hush- LL Cool J

Song: Dem Franchise Boyz - In my White Tees

Song: Music Explosion - Little Bit of Soul

s3.11 (episode 36)

s3.12 (episode 37)
Song: Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot

Cops are dispatched to Hamsterdam
Song: Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries

End of season wrap up
Song: Solomon Burke – Fast train

SEASON 4 (info from the HBO site and Citypaper.com)
(episode 38)
Bodie's corner
Song: Dead Meadow - At Her Open Door

Slim Charles in SUV
Song: Bone Thugz-n-Harmony - Handle The Vibe

Outside club with Fruit
Song: Kid Kurrupt - Something Wrong

Fruit gets shot
Song: Elephant Man - Krazy 

Carcetti comes home
Song: The Chi-Lites -(For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People

Carcetti's political ad
Song: Blake Leyh - The Patriot Act

Carcetti tours the neighborhood alleys
Song: Black Toast Music - Back Home

On the corner with Kevin and Randy
Song: Mobb Deep - Survival of The Fittest

Craps in the alley
Song: Parliament - Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)

End Titles
Song: Blake Leyh - The Fall (for link see themes)

4.02: (episode 39)
Prez cleans the classroom
Song: Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire

Bodie's corner
Song: Chingy - Ur Uh Freak

Carcetti in police bar
Song: George Jones - White Lightning

Marlo hands out cash on corner
Song: Black Toast Music - Spread The Word (Black toast music site)

Marlo hands out cash on corner
Song: Black Toast Music - Spanish Fly

Donut steals an SUV
Song: Ying Yang Twins - Salt Shaker

Namond comes home
Ohio Players - Love Roller coaster

4.03: (episode 40)
Omar in deli
Song: Sm Town - 2nd Winter (I warn you..this is just ..weird)

Chris and Snoop in SUV
Song: Black Toast Music - Drop From Below

Michael handles junkies
Song: The Diplomats - Crunk Muzik

Omar and Ronaldo in van
Song: Paco - Brinquen Mi Raza

Greggs in store
Song: Alfonso Christian Lover - Can't You See

McNulty at home
Song: The Iguanas - 9 Volt Heart

McNulty at home
Song: The Iguanas - Arrimate

Colvin in hotel room
Song: Max Harris - Cool Stepper

Omar robs store
Song: Macy Gray - Why Didn't You Call Me

Ext funeral home car by
Song: Black Toast Music - Bullet To The Brain

Funeral home organ
Song: Billy Sherwood - Organic

In the car when the backpack is dropped off (4.03 or 4.04 citypaper.com info ep41)
Song: Diablo - Jumpin Like Rope

Re-up car drops drugs (is this 4.03 or 4.04?? citypaper.com info ep41)
Song: DJ Technics - Pumpkin

4.04: (episode 41)
Card game
Song: The Wild Magnolias - Smoke My Peace Pipe

Marlo in drugstore
Song: Super Junior - Oh Nuel Man Eun

Chris pulls up in SUV
Song: G-$tack - Git A Move On

Rim shop
Song: Chamillionaire - Ridin'dirty

Donut drives by
Song: Damian Champ - Jumpin' Like Rope / Diablo - Jumpin Like Rope ?

Re-up car drops drugs (is this 4.03 or 4.04??)
Song: DJ Technics - Pumpkin

Royce's poker game
Song: Jerome Sedeyn - La Marelle

Bunk * Freamon in bar
Song: The Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You)

Butchie's bar
Song: Deacon John - Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

Omar robs card game
Song: The Meters - Cissy Strut

Cutty drops off the boys
Song: G$tack - This Is War

Namond's corner (citypaper info says 4.06: episode 44)
Song: Diablo - Jail Flick

Bubbles and Sherrod on the street
Song: Rod Lee - Dance My Pain Away

4.05: (episode 42)
Carcetti at flea market
Song: Clint Eastwood - Another One Bites The Dust

Prez in classroom at lunch time
Song: Chris Brown - Yo (Excuse Me Miss)

Car by outside Andre's store
Song: Black Toast Music - Walkin' The Wild

Chris robs store
Song: Alicia Keys - A Woman's Worth

Freamon and Bunk search sewers
Song: The O'Jays - Backstabbers

Chris and Marlo in SUV
Song: Vybz Kartel ft. Wayne Marshall - New Millenium

4.06: (episode 43)
Song: Church choir - Lead Me Guide Me

Song: Opus1 - Psalm

Carcetti and Clay Davis
Song: Black Toast Jazz - One More Once

Cutty jogs
Song: Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up (Extended Version)

Boys in Donut's SUV
Song: Black Toast - Attention

Omar in store
Song: Rick James - Give it To Me Baby

Namond at home
Song: Angela Johnson - Got To Let It Go

Namond's video game
Song: Blake Leyh - Robots In The Hood

Carcetti victory rally
Song: Opus1 - Three Deuces

Carcetti victory rally
Song: Sister Sledge - We Are Family

Namond's corner (citypaper info says 4.06/ episode 44)
Song: Diablo - Jail Flick

Bubbles and Sherrod on the street (citypaper info says 4.06/ episode 44)
Song: Rod Lee - Dance My Pain Away

4.07: (episode 44)
Namond's corner
Song: Dierks Bentley - Lot of Leavin' Left to Do

Namond's corner (citypaper says 4.04...)
Song: Diablo & Darkroom Productions - Jail Flick (it's in the list)

Sherrod runner in car
Song: Lil' Flip - You'z a Trick

Greggs searches alley
Song: Ray Cash - Bumpin' My Music

Bubbles and Sherrod on street (citypaper says 4.06..)
Song: Rod Lee - Dance My Pain Away

Bunk in Andre's store.  (citypaper info)
Song: Paula Campbell - Won't Love You Back

4.08: (episode 45)
Herc pulls over SUV
Song: Black Toast Music - Get It Done

Forerster's wake
Song: The Pogues - Body of An American

Prop Joe's store
Song: Funkadelic - Thumparella  (apparently by Jimmy G, brother to George Clinton)

Carcetti watches cops work
Song: Outkast - B.O.B.

Bunk in Andre's store 
Song: Paula Campbell - Won't Love You Back

Namond's walkman
Song: Black Toast Music - Hard Time

Marlo's courtyard 
Song: Tyree Colion  Darkroom Productions - Soldierz Story

Bunk in Andre's Store
Song: Angela Johnson - Where's The Love

Daniels and Carcetti meet
Song: Black Toast Jazz - Another Moon

4.09: (episode 46)
Prop Joe and Marlo talk
Song: Chamillionaire - Picture Perfect

Chris and Marlo Talk  
Song: Mullyman and Darkroom Productions - Get Ready (Bodymore Soldiers)

Omar and Renaldo in van
Song: Alexis and Fido - Eso Ehh

Prop Joe's Store
Song: Billy Paul, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes - Don't Leave Me This Way

Michael at Store
Song: Pump Audio - Water

Colvin's car
Song: Billie Holiday - I Cover The Waterfront

Colvin in restaurant
Song: Black Toast Music - Highway 14

Daniels and Pearlman
Song: Alison Krauss and Union Station - Goodbye Is All We Have

Namond plays the car radio
Song: Three 6 Mafia ft Project Pat - Poppin' My Collar

Andre and Slim Charles
Song: DMX - Lord Give Me A Sign

4.10: (episode 47)
Donut steals an SUV 
Song: Dirty Hartz ft Verb - That's Da Sound (it's in the list)

Walker looks for Donut 
Song: Tyree Colion  (Darkroom Productions) - Projects

Omar watches Marlo
Song: G-$tack - Before I Die

Kevin talks to Marlo
Song: Ray Cash - Dope Game (imeem..login to hear full version)

Bubbles in car
Song: William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You've Got

Herc's ringtone
Song: Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly

Dinner at Colvin's house
Song: Solomon Burke - Got to Get You Off My Mind

Omar and Renaldo on stake out
Song: Khriz and Angel - Ven Bailalo

Bunk and McNulty at restaurant
Song: Joe Cocker - Feelin' Alright (apparently also featured on the 'House' ost)

Bug's dad in convenience store
Song: Clarence Carter - Slip Away

4.11: (episode 48)
Chinese restaurant
Song: The Chaozhou Ensemble - Gong Yan Shi Chun

Walker and boys on street
Song: G-$tack - What You Lookin' At

Omar and Renaldo on stakeout
Song: K'Luba - Carta Del Hijo Preso

Walker comes out of bar
Song: Martha Reeves and The Vandellas - Come and Get These Memories

Carcetti visits office
Song: Men At Work - Land Down under

McNulty and Bodie in restaurant
Song: Anthony Hamilton - Comin' From Where I'm From

Carcetti fundraiser
Song: Opus1 - Music Maker

Omar at Prop Joe's
Song: The Meters - Hey Pocky a-Way

Chris talks to Marlo
Song: Dem Franchize Boys ft Peanut and Charlay - Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It

when the owner's wife drops the bomb on her husband about the affair she had with Malik, that scene takes place right outside the club right in front of Malik and his girlfriend.
Song: ***checking***

4.12: (episode 49)
Omar and Renaldo watch Cheese
Song: Pitbull ft Lil' John - Toma

Kenard and Namond on corner
Song: Diablo (Darkroom Productions) - Round My Hood

Michael and Namond on street
Song: G-$tack - This Is a Raid

Omar in Butchie's Bar
Song: The Wild Magnolias - New Suit

Carcetti Waits
Song: Opus1 - Silent Night

Carcetti Waits
Song: Opus1 - Joy To The World

Carcetti Waits
Song: Opus1 - We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Bunk and McNulty in bar
Song: Raymond Winnfield - Things Could Be Better

Prop Joe gets a call
Song: Funkadelic - In The Cabin of My Uncle Jam

Kimmy sings to guard
Song: Salt-n-Pepa ft Spinderella- Get Up Everybody

4.13: (episode 50)
Landsman in homicide office
Song: Jingle Bell Rock (The HBO site didn't mention who sings/which version they used)

Omar's gang wraps up
Song: Dueto Bertin Y Lalo - Corrido a Santa Adelaida

Dukie sees Michael in bed
Song: Tha Plague - When You See Us  - on the Beyond Hamsterdam OST there's a version from The get 'em mami's ft L Cash

Dukie outside high school 
Song: Sqad Up  - I'm a Baller

Carcetti waits
Song: Opus1 - We Three Kings

Wilson and Parker talk in bar
Song: Al Green - Love and Happiness

Season finale montage
Song: Paul Weller - I Walk on Gilded Splinters

Namond sees Donut in SUV 
Song: Mullyman - The Life, The Hood, The Streetz 

(episode 51)
Marlo's Lair, McNulty Watches
Song: Eric B and Rakim - Eric B Is President

Chris and Michael talk on street
Song: Chamillionaire ft Kelis - Not A Criminal

Guy In Blue Car Buys Drugs On Corner
Song: The Nighthawks - Blind Love (linked to a sample) (free download)

Michael, Dukie, And Bug At Home
Song: Ne-Yo - Because Of You

Mcnulty and Detectives In Bar
Song: Slim Harpo - I'm a King Bee

Herc and Detectives In Bar
Song: Blondie - The Tide Is High

Mcnulty Drinks In A Bar
Song: Ernie K-Doe - Mother-In-Law

Newspaper Staff In Bar
Song: Davis - Do Me That Way

5.02: (episode 52)
Mcnulty In Car, Has A Flat
Song: Boston - More Than a Feeling

Freamon Waits For Marlo
Song: Sarah Vaughan - Black Coffee

Freamon Sings In Car
Song: Erma Franklin - Piece Of My Heart

Freamon Listens To The Radio
Song: Etta James - Don't Cry Baby

Bunk, Freamon, Mcnulty Drink In Bar
Song: Donald Harrison - All My Love

Sc58 Bubbles And Waylon Talk On The Street
Song: Solomon Burke - Cry To Me

5.03 (episode 53)
McNulty buys red ribbon
Song: The Fifth Dimension - Up Up And Away

Greek Diner
Song: Lyra - To Tragoudi Xenitias (song of exile) (version by Grigoris Bithikotsis)

McNulty with woman in bar
Song: ? and The Mysterians - 96 Tears (? = a band/artist)

Scene: Wilsonand Haynes meet in bar
Song: Eddie Houston - Away From Home

Greek Diner
Song: Markos Vamvakaris - Mi Me Pismatonis

Scene: Marlo Meets with Prop Joe
Song: Sterling Silver Starship - Booty Body Ready for the Plush Funk (George Clinton)

Scene:  McNulty and Gutierrez in coffee shop
Song: Salim Nourallah - Don't Be Afraid

Scene Michael and the boys dropped off
Song: Hugh Mundell - Red Gold and Green

Haynes and Twigg in bar
Song: Kermit Ruffins - When I Die (You Better Second Line) (click the album 'Big easy' and listen :) )

Butchie's Bar
Song: Little Junior Parker - Mystery Train

Butchie's back room
Song: Junior Wells (and Mike Bloomfield) - Messin With The Kid

s5.04 (episode 54)
Altercation On Michael's Corner
Song: Ogun Feat. Phathead - What You Know About Baltimore

Prop Joe Visits A Florist
Song: Barbara Lewis - Baby I'm Yours

Omar And Slim Charles
Song: Trouble Funk - Drop The Bomb

McNulty In The Bar
Song: The Clash - Train In Vain

Omar And Donnie
Song: Shortie - Street Legendz

s5.05 (episode 55)
Cutty and Dukie talk at the gym
Song: Sly and The Family Stone - In Time

Mcnulty Meets Journos In Bar
Song: Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (I personally also like the version that Nas did on Stillmatic!)

Omar And Donnie Wait In Car
Song: Joe Tex - Just Out Of Reach (linked Solomon Burke's version)

Marlo's Crew Talk At The Rim Shop
Song: Shop Boyz - Party Like A Rock Star

Omar And Donnie Wait In Car
Song: The Temptations - Just My Imagination (running away with me)

The Mcnulty Boys At Home
Song: Dead Meadow - Beyond The Fields We Know

Omar And Donnie Wait In Car
Song: Smokey Robinson and Miracles - My Girl Has Gone

Omar And Donnie Wait In Car
Song: Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions - Gypsy Woman

S5.06 (episode 56)
Bunk Talks To Randy
Song: Don Ferquan (aka Quan) - Amerikkka's Pie (I can link to his myspace)

Landsman In His Office
Song: Patsy Cline - Walkin' After Midnight

Omar Steals Stash
Song: Nikstylz ft Mullyman - I'm Good There

McNulty Goes For A Drive
Song: The Pogues - Turkish Song Of The Damned

s5.07 (episode 57)
McNulty, Pearlman and Phelan In Diner
Song: Sam Cooke - Shake

Carver Picks Up Michael On His Corner
Song: G.E.M. - The Ooh Ahh Song

Fletcher Meets Bubbles At Soup Kitchen
Song: Zapp and Roger - Dance Floor

Greggs Assembles Ikea
Song: Maya Azucena - Down, Down - Part 1 Part 2

Haynes In Cop Bar
Song: Little Walter - My Babe (not performed by Little Walter, but this guy makes a good alternative)

Omar And Savino In Alley Behind Club
Song: Ground Loop Music - Eurotrash

Haynes And Mello Talk In Bar
Song: The Nighthawks - I Told You So (You Should'a Known Better) (their website)

Greggs Assembles Ikea Again
Song: Erykah Badu - On and On

Michael's Corner Gets An Unexpected Visitor
Song: Bossman - Ayo (his myspace)

s5.08 (episode 58)
Poot and Dukie In Shoe Store
Song: Lady D - Stay

Dozerman and Truck Check Out Rental Car
Song: Parliament - Every Booty (Get On Down)

Kenard and Omar In Corner Store
Song: Choi Suk Jun - Let This As Nothing Happened

Bunk's Ringtone In Crime Lab
Song: Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find A Love Like Mine

Chris and Snoop In Suv
Song: Hurricane Chris - A Bay Bay

Freamon And Davis, Scene 65
Song: Coleman Hawkins - I'm Lookin' Over A Four Leaf Clover

s5.09 (episode 59)
Haynes and Ruby Talk In Coffee Shop
Song: Donald Harrison - Idris Song

Detectives Watch Monk and Cheese
Song: Ghostface ft Trife - Be Easy

Herc and Guys Drink Around Car
Song: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Refugee

Freamon and Clay Davis In Club
Song: Ramsey Lewis trio- The In Crowd

Haynes Meets Wiley At Veterans Hospital
Song: Thin Lizzy - Jail Break

Michael In Cab
Song: Bossman - So Fresh  Bossman's website

Michael and Snoop In Suv
Song: T Pain ft Akon - Bartender

s5.10 (episode 60)
Freamon and McNulty In Empty Bar
Song: Liz Carroll - The Green Mountain

McNulty Plays a Game With The Kids at Home
Song: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Rich Woman

Bubbles Brings Crabs Up For Rae
Song: Lafayette Gilchrist - Assume The Position

Wake In Bar
Song: Joe Shannon and John McGreevy - The Bucks Of Oranmore

Wake In Bar
Song: The Pogues - The Body Of An American

Exit Bar, Greggs Talks To McNulty and Freamon
Song: The Pogues - The Broad Majestic Shannon

Michael Sticks Up Rim Shop
Song: David Banner - K.O.

:1) G-$tack - Wiglle it jiggle it
:2)maybe the other one you can hear 

Song: The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Way Down In The Hole (see themes, way up)


High Power Rocketry said...

What an impressive effort.

Arjan said...

Thanks, it was fun to do and I could do it in stages :)
And now I can listen back tracks (and rip em with audacity) when I like.
There's loads of great music in there.

I really promise that there's gonna be a Dexter update somewhere this week. Maybe I'll try and make a youtube compilation for it with the music.

Anonymous said...

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Arjan said...

thanks :)

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Guive said...

can you find out what song is the played while they're driving off after Cheese gets shot in the last episode?

Arjan said...

I will check it out :)

Guive said...

thanks. its the one with the good beat, theres two songs playing I would appreciate it so much

Guive said...

any luck with that song?

Arjan said...

nope, I've tried and ask around on the HBO forums and at the comments of the youtube'd scene but didn't come up with an answer.

I think this might be the other track though.

Diego :) said...

Hi there. I want to know what is the music playing while D'Angelo is getting dressed in episode 6 of the 1st season? It is not on the list so if anyone knows... Thanks. Great blog by the way.

Unknown said...

fabulous effort. it is delight for me to watch the wire online without stupid ads and fun uninterrupted

Arjan said...

just a short update.
I've got all seasons on dvd so I'm better able to check out stuff,

I'm going to pay attention in the end of ep6 (I'm re-watching everything at the moment).

I might try and give the links an update too, step by step because they're probably a lot of dead links.
Also gonna update with a True Blood-link post.

Pascual said...

Muchas gracias..

Unknown said...

Any luck identifying the songs played after Cheese got shot on the Wire?

Arjan said...

sorry to be such a slowpoke in reacting...

nobody seems to know what song they're playing.
Maybe I need to check up on the HBO forums again and or mail some of the people who worked on the Wire, especially the one(s) responsible for the music.

Anonymous said...

Hi! First of all, you've done a great job putting those songs here, but I was wondering what is that song you didn't mention in the season 2 episode 10? It comes after Ziggy shoots that Greek guy and goes back to his car. He starts the car and the radio plays this song while he tries to light a cigarette. The scene can be found somewhere around 30 minutes of the episode. I think it sounds like some rock or power pop from the seventies or the eighties. Does someone recognize that song?

Arjan said...

Hi Henri,

Thanks :)
I'm going to check it out, I know which scene you mean. Might be this weekend though.
I'll make a list of the other questions too. I might even check it on that app that recognizes music if I can't find it easier :)

Mikestr said...

And does anybody know which track is playing when Dukie walks in on Michael and the girl?

Stefan Joseph said...

Awesome list, will be hunting a few of these down for sure!

One song I haven't managed to find is the song played in the departing cars when Slim Charles kills Cheese, Season 5 Episode 10?

You/anybody know what it is? Would be hugely appreciated.

Again, awesome job!

Arjan said...

@ Stefan Joseph
Thanks :)
That song is really hard to find, haven't been able to track it.
The problem with some of the songs is that they're made by local artists and are therefore not big hits and hard to find.

I've been promising to do another update search, might do it today, the HBO forums are probably the best way to go.

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Coach R said...

Looking for the song that is playing in the SUV when Bodie throws the guns off the bridge in The Wire Season 2 Episode 9 around the 10 minute mark. Any help would be appreciated.

Charlot said...

mad props dude, awesome work! thx a lot for that, been lookin' for it!
you know if someone's compiled all the tracklists into a torrent or downloadable zipfile?
I'll get on it, but thx again and keep up the good work

D said...

SO2 E7 Beadie is talking with Frank Sobotka at the ports.

The song is called Olga by Los cubaztecas.

You can listen @ http://www.bienve.com/nombrespropios/olga-los-cubaztecas/

download @

Arjan said...

I'm gonna update with your info tomorrow and check out the HBO forums too. Thanks.

I'll also list the questions into the post.

Anonymous said...

You missed "My Sharona" by The Knack in s2.01

Arjan said...

@ poczciwy

I've updated it, thanks. I'll also update it in the Spotify list.

Anonymous said...

where do i find the actual song damian champ- jumpin like rope????

Dani GV said...

great work, thank you!!

Arjan said...

@B-q29470q742749723 etc
I'll look into it.

@Dani, you're welcome. If you have any tips, let me know :)

Ghost said...


Anyone know what song Marlo has on in the car?

金 Mr. Gold said...

Great work!

Anyone knows what's the song in the car chase of Herc and Carver after Stinkum in S01 E06?

金 Mr. Gold said...

Sorry, the car chase is in S01 E07.

Arjan said...

@Ghost that's almost as tough as the song that's played after Cheese get's killed.

@Mr Gold I'll have a listen..if you find out, please report back :)

GMcG said...

Thank you!

Been trying for years to find out who sings the brilliant track playing in Orlando's during the very first episode and now I know - Bill Withers singing 'Use Me' - it's superb.

Thanks again.

fg said...

great effort for putting togehter all these songs, i just want to know the name of the song used in the very end of the S1E3 when McNultys friend from FBI drives off from the place where they met.Thank you.

Moo said...

Love the list, great job! :) I've been scratching my head for ages to find some of these so thanks. One that isn't listed tho that hopefully you or someone can help out with...Season 2, Episode 6 when Sergei intimidates Cheese, there's a hip hop song playing. Help would be appreciated :)

rachmaninov43 said...

This is regarding season 1 episode 8. Its the scene in the bar with McNulty and Bunk, where Bunk is eyeing up some other woman. The song in the background is not listed here. I've listened to it about 10 times and can't even get any lyrics. Anyway great job on what you have achieved so far! Its a gold mine of info here!

Arjan said...

thanks people! If anyone finds the songs that are missing (as asked above) please do tell!

I've emailed HBO but got no response.

In other related The Wire-news, have a look over at : http://wirefans.com/ They've been busy.

rpc44 said...

Anybody tell me the name of the song playing in s3e10 when bubbs is talking to girl about selling pre wired cell phones I think it's an ll cool j song but I can't find it and I have been trying thank you and the site is awesome

Arjan said...

Thanks for the praise :)

There are a couple of things I'm planning to do this Easter.
1) Collect all questions that haven't been answered and post them.
2) Search the internet to see if I can get some answered
3) See if I can get some answered myself
4) add any new found stuff to the blog as well as to the Spotify list.

rlehmann said...

I'm trying to find out what song is playing in season 3 episode 2 while kima is in the bar.
So far I've had no luck.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

DMJ said...

Q: Anyone knows what's the song in the car chase of Herc and Carver after Stinkum in S01 E06? (Correction: E07)

A: Sharpshooters "Analyze"

Arjan said...

@rlehmann: I've put the question up, hope someone can help us :)

@DMJ: thanks!! Updated the blog and the spotify list. I'll make a spotify update run somewhere this weekend, at least for a part.

Yano Solong: Reality Architect said...

Hi, there is a scene in s02e03 where Tillman the correctional officer is putting dope into Halls cough drop wrappers. 27:00 mark. Anybody know the song playing in his car?

Arjan said...

@ Yano Solong: I've added your question to the list in the post.

I hope someone can tell us :)

Nick said...

Hey, does anyone know the song about 9 minutes and 50 seconds into the fourth episode of season 3? its being played in a car that Bubbles is spying on and writing the license plate number of. it doesnt play for long and i tried to use the app shazzam to find out but there is too much background noise. any help would be much apprieciated

Arjan said...

Hey Nick,
Thanks for visiting. I've added your question to the post in the hope someone can answer it.

There are quite some almost snippet-like songs I can't seem to get a hold of. If you know the answer to any of the other current questions, please let me know.

Colin Johnson said...

Season 1 / Episode 08: Which song is playing in the background in the scene in the bar with McNulty and Bunk, where Bunk is eyeing up some other woman.
-- Cover of Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man.

Arjan said...

@ Colin: do you happen to know which artist did the cover?

Kumamoto Ken said...

Hi all,

Great job on the listings.

I think the song in Tillman's car at 27:00 in S02E03 is 'So Fine'. I'm not sure on the artist though, might be the Oak Ridge Boys.

Arjan said...

Hi Kumamoto Ken,

Thanks for commenting. I'll try and check it somewhere this week, thanks.

Unknown said...

This is amazing! Thank you!

Arjan said...

@ Tulpesh Patel: thanks!

Arjan said...

Updated season 2 up to 2.06. I thínk I got the track the play when Sergei intimidates Cheese. Let me know what you think.

jacobwhitt said...

The song you're looking for when Sergei intimidates cheese is "The Game is over- St John

This myspace page is the only place I could find it-


- A few other songs in The Wire I discovered- Season 1- Episode 9 when Avon is at his club with Orlando and Wee Bay talking about his long day. A song by J live called "Nights Like This" is playing in the background

- Another J Live song called "Satisfied" plays in either Season 1- Episode 11 or 10 when D'Angelo and Bodie are sitting on the couch in the Pit

Arjan said...

Thanks Jacob!!

I've corrected it :) I couldn't play the full song (only 30secs) at myspace(am I doing something wrong?) so I linked to Amazon where you can listen to a more recognizable sample.

Also inserted the info for J Live in 1.09. I've noted down 'Satisfied' by J Live in my notes, I'll check it and insert it in the right episode.

I've been noting down évery scene with music...there's still a lot of blancs to fill in :(

jacobwhitt said...

No problem man :)

And as far as it only playing 30 seconds, I think that's just something they did so people get the full version on Amazon.

This is an awesome page though, and I'm watching The Wire again (Just finishing up Season 1) Because I love the music in it too. So I'll be sure and post all my discoveries here!

Arjan said...

Will be looking forward to more finds :)

I have a hard time skipping through episodes and not stick around and watch more scenes or whole episodes, but otherwise it'll take months to index the scene-song list haha. I'll definately re-watch the episodes again later too.

jacobwhitt said...

Got through season 2 and I'm back with more discoveries. I'm gonna start Season 3 up so I'll keep posting what I find as I go along.

I think with some of the songs, their harder to find since their either underground artists or alot of times when it plays on the show the sound is muffled and hard to make out.

Season 1- Episode 6- D'Angelo looks at his wardrobe- Subtle People Lets Ride

Season 1- Episode 12- Bodie walks through the Pit to meet Striger- "Hip Hop- Diamond D- Mos Def

Season 1- Episode 13- Bodie Walks through the pit to confront Onion- Roots Manuva "Witness The Fitness

-- Season 1 episode 13- Poot Lectures Dealer in the pit about taking the money more discreetly- Ja Rule Always on time

-Season 2 Episode 1- Bodie and Shamrock in the car listening to radio- Balance Akrobatic

Season 2- Episode 1- Ziggy and Nick at Bar- Wooly Bully- Sam the Sham and the Pharohs

Season 2 Episode 1- My Heroes have always been cowboys- Waylon Jennings- McNulty checking over shipping location-

Season 2 Episode 1- Frank calls Nick to complain about wanting Sergei to move the "can" off the port- Brenda Lee I'm Sorry

Season 2- episode 2 Mcnulty hung over-
Good-Bye To Carolina- lyle lovett

Season 2 Episode 3- So Fine- The Fiestas- Corrupt prison guard driving to jail

Season 2- Episode 3- It's my party- Lesley Gore The Wire- Frank talking to dock worker in his office

Season 2 Episode 4- Norah Jones- Ruler of my heart- McNulty still driving around looking for Omar

Season 2 Episode 4- The Roots- 100% Dundee- Kima and Sheryl arguing in car

Season 2- Episode 6- Brick House- Commodores- Sergei and Nick meet Prop Joe

Season 2- Episode 8 Ziggy's Duck- Dion Dimucci The Wanderer

Season 2- Episode Episode 9- Beat me to the Punch- Mary Wells- Ziggy Johnny at Bar

Season 2- Episode 10- Ziggy shoots Glekas- I'm Back- The Fleshtones

Season 3- Episode 1 Cutty talks to people in car- - Beef Wellington- dedication

Arjan said...

Major thanks Jacob!! I'm gonna update the info today! Will also see if I can find the tracks on spotify.

jacobwhitt said...

Finished Season 3- I'm gonna start Season 4 but most of those songs should already be discovered, still I'll let you know what I find!

Season 3- Episode 4- Aint no Mountain High Enough-Marvin Gaye McNulty and Bunk at bar

Season 3- Episode 5- Lloyd Banks on fire- Avon's homecoming party

Season 3- Episode 6- Part 2 confessions- Usher- Drug Dealers in neighborhood outside of Hamsterdam in beginning of episode

Season 3- Episode 6- Dirt off your shoulder- Jay Z- Drug dealing in Hamsterdam


Season 3 Episode 7- Bubbles walks through Hamsterdam

(Both songs are playing in background in same scene)

- Goodbye- G$tack (Darkroom Productions)

Gravel Pit- Wu Tang

Season 3- Episode 7- Bernard and his girl in car- Usher Let it burn

Season 3- Episode 8- Bunny at pool hall- James Brown Big Payback

Season 3- Episode 10- Bubbles Talks to Squeak about selling cellphones- Hush- LL Cool J

Season 3- Episode 12- Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner- Cops are dispatched to Hamsterdam

Arjan said...

Thanks! Also, if you want..note scenes where there is music even if you don't know the track :)

I've updated the blog with your most recent info!
A belated merry christmas to you :)

pdoubleu said...

Do you know of a song, I think around when snoop was on, that sounds like a hip hop, school yard song? I know that's Incredibly vague, but can't think of the lyrics. Its about shooting/murder maybe?

Arjan said...

Do you happen to know which episode/season?
If you've got spotify, try skipping through the list, otherwise it's a bit too vague: 1) snoop on, 2 hip hop 3) track about shooting/murder ;)

pdoubleu said...

Definitely to vague. No luck with spotify. I think snoop and Chris are riding together? But still very vague. Thanks for the help. Will have to watch again , and report back!

Arjan said...

Not in my list? Hmm.
Chris and Snoop are quite the duo :)
Let me know if you can pinpoint the track a bit more.

R.A. Huston said...

Hey do you know the name of the song in the 2X12 cold open?

Arjan said...

what do you mean by 'cold open'?
I'll have a look at 2.12, haven't checked it thoroughly yet.
Maybe today, otherwise somewhere this weekend.

R.A. Huston said...

just the very start of the episode, before the credits. The song I mean is right after the HBO logo. Thanks for any help.

Arjan said...

@ R.A. Huston:
I really tried to find it..but the closest thing I could find is:
Musiq - Just friends.

But I'm pretty sure that just isn't it...
I caught the lyric '..I know this might sound strange, but [....]'
and searched for that. You might want to have another extensive go at it...

sv said...

Hey yo, thanks for compiling this! I hear a couple great ones here.

Question - I was just watching this show and I have this one song stuck in my head, it's just an instrumental section of some disco-era song that has these exuberant horns, I'm pretty sure it's playing when you see Orlando before his whole downfall, maybe in his ride, like when he's riding out to meet the guys who turn out to be undercover state police. Any clue would be appreciated, thanks!

Arjan said...

you're welcome :)

Can you name the episode (IMDB puts him in only 7 episodes, if you could point it out..)

I still have to re-watch S1 for the scene-song listing.

User said...

s02.01, in the van at the beginning,

Kool & The Gang - 99-44/100%


Unknown said...


I appreciate this greatly my brother. Here is a peace offering from me to you for this audio dope:

s2.12 (episode 25):
WYE Radio Opening.
Song: Maktub - Baby Can't Wait

Arjan said...

@User: Thanks!!

@DJ TES: Thanks man! You made at least 2 people happy today :)

The list wouldn't ever be completed without cool people like you helping out.

HARM CITY GOD 410 said...

What's the song playing in the background when bubbles goes to hamsterdam and has to make bodie re-up also gets himself a discount deal?

Arjan said...

@ Harm city god 410

It's not one of the songs I note in season 3? Checking back I don't know why I'm not 100% sure why I don't have a scene for some of the songs.

I'll check back.

jacobwhitt said...

Hey guys 1 thing I noticed is that alot of the tracks in The show are actually production tracks.

For Example the song the plays when Stringer is over at D's girls house in Episode 2.05 is

"Down with me"- St John
From Black Toast Music

Black Toast Music's website lists their albums that were used for certain shows like The Wire,

so now the trick is just finding what songs were used were.

I'm listening to some on Spotify too from Black Toast and I already heard a bunch that I've heard in The Wire.

Its just a matter of figuring out what episode their in

Arjan said...

@ Jacobwhitt

Thanks! I've added the track and I'll have a look (listen..) too. Added the track you named to the spotify list too. There's currently one other track by St John in the list.

I also followed BTM on twitter, I'll ask if they've got a list of sorts. Never hurts to ask :)

Willer said...

Awesome blog!

S1 E06 when Avon visits the Pit: the theme is called Wax Box Music

Please, help. S1 E08. What's the song playing in the Stinkum's jeep, when Wee Bey with him and Savino takes D'Angelo into resaurant?

Arjan said...

Thanks! Corrected the mistake :)

I'm going to re-watch S1 somewhere in the coming month to at least make the scene list completer.

Willer said...

I am sorry for my english. This is not restaurant, it's a

-Beef run.
-Beef run, where at?
-Pulaski, baby...

About Wax Box. May be it's a Lorem Ipsum the band, not Cytoplastik, isn't it?

In the beef run sound Glen Campbell - Gentle on My Mind (1967).

Arjan said...

@ Willer: going to check that.

Not entirely sure what you meant with the beef run thing..

I can also understand German or Dutch, so if either fits you better?

Willer said...

German or Dutch - no. I study English, but I have difficulties with the transfer of exact sense of what I want to say.

With beef run I want to say that people for each essence thought up the exact name. In 1.05 D'Angelo was in a restaurant with his wife. But in 1.08 he and his crime partners were in the fast-food eatery. Wee Bey called it a Beef run. I have read it in the subtitles.

German Petrov said...

Hi! Can you please tell. what song plays in 3x4 in the club, when Cutty is going to the room with woman?

Arjan said...

@ Willer : I'll get back on it this weekend.

@ Gyptest: hi! I'll try and find out, in hindsight I don't know why I don't have the scenes mentioned (instead of ...). I'll check back this weekend.

Arjan said...

@ Gyptest:

found it. DJ Technics - Neva eva extra.

I've also made a youtube link to it, can't find it on spotify though (the other DJ Technics (My life extra) track playing in the same houseparty ís in the list though).

Jerome said...

Season 2 episode 4: the classical music at the dining room tables is Bach: Brandenburg concertos, probably the 3rd

Arjan said...

Thanks Jerome!
Added it.

Willer said...

Arjan, please add in 1x08: Glen Campbell - Gentle on My Mind. Wee Bey, D'Angelo, Stinkum and Savino celebrate Stinkum's promotion.

But I still wating your help with my question. May I ask you to type the lyrics of this song's fragment? I failed with it.

Arjan said...

@ Willer, added, thanks.

@ the other question, sorry..haven't gotten around to re-watching s1 with Game of Thrones taking up time and life in general...

Checking it now. The things I hear (at least think that's what I hear) are sentences like:

'how many ways can I say it (.......) no means no'
'You don't understand, I only got 2 letters to send and it only takes a second.'

'no contest no stress, no second guess'

I tried google and rapgenius.com but can't seem to find anything so far.
I'll add it to the question.
Let me know if you dó find the answer :)

Arjan said...

I also fixed the Cytoplastic ->> Lorem Ipsum + added the youtube (found via your youtube).

If I missed any other questions, please remind me :)

Willer said...

Thanks for your efforts!

I found something on your tip-off

only got two letters, (only) takes a second to say it
no meaning no
no conscience, no stress
no second guess
no bodyguards
no questions

It's a insertion-refrain (chorus) in some rap song (Chuck D - No, Psycho Voyager - No Meaning No).

However this is not the desired songs. Therefore, searching in progress.

clem said...
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clem said...

Thanks for you impressive job!
I'm desperately searching a track wich is on the episode 1.7 (one arrest), at 37.30 mn.

Sorry for my bad english!

Arjan said...

Hi Clem,
You're welcome :)
I'll put it on my to-do list.

As for your English, ah well some minor grammar thingies..it's not my native language either. You should see my French (and that after 5 years of classes...) ;)
I'm sure I mess up my English from time to time on this blog =)


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clem said...

I study english for ten years and i'm learning more words on the wire, broadwalk empire or other than in class!
If you want you can try to learn french vocabulary on french TV series but good luck to find a good serie^^

Have a nice day!

Arjan said...

Best way to learn a language :D

Maybe I should try Metal Hurlant in the untranslated version :D

Joe said...

this is great, man! been looking for the "peace of my heart" version featured on 5:3, got it now thanks to you. will be back to check out the blog when I have some free time ;)
rock on

Arjan said...

Hi Joe,

Glad to be of service :)
If you have any info I might have missed, just let me know.


Unknown said...

Episode 16
Bunk, McNulty and Beady in bar
Song: The Great Pretender by The Band
It was really killing me that one, great version

Arjan said...

Thanks newpo sition!
Added it to the blog and the spotify list :)


jacobwhitt said...

Hey found some stuff

one of the songs playing in Season 5-Episode 10 after Cheese gets shot is
Wiggle it Jiggle It- by G-$tack

Another in Season 2- Episode 8 when Bodie is staking out the opposition is
Gangsta Heaven- St John

Arjan said...

@ Jacobwhitt:

thanks man! I've been wondering about that track after Cheese gets shot for years (and I'm not alone)! :)

I don't know why I didn't put the scene from the Q's to the tracklisting below.

Added both tracks to the spotify list too :)

jacobwhitt said...

No problem! Happy to help! It sounds like there was 2 songs in the background when he got shot. Hopefully the other gets found

Arjan said...

there are 2 songs indeed.
I've put them in the tracklisting..that is, a link to a track that míght be it (see 5.10).

Will have to listen a couple more times though.

Arjan said...

@ Willer:

I added Chuck D to 1.08 (noting that it's a remix)

mattia85 said...

Don't forget "Miss fat booty - Mos def feat. Q Tip"... it's like in the episode n. 10 or 11 in the first season... i don't remember exactly... sorry :)

Arjan said...

Hi Mattia,

Thanks! I'm going to check it out. I'm coming up on re-watching those episodes so I should come across it.

MasterSpeculator said...

Good work!

Thank you

Arjan said...

thanks :)
You're welcome.

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Unknown said...

Great listing! I have one question for you or anyone else that may be able to help.

In Season 1 Ep 10 (1x10), Orlando is listening to a song with some awesome horns in it when he pulls up to Troy Wiggins' car. This is the scene where he makes the buy that gets him arrested. Does anyone know the song? There are no lyrics in the short time that it's played, only horns.


Arjan said...

Hey Steve-O,

Thanks! I'm gonna check and see if I can find the info as soon as I can find time, won't be this weekend, but next week should be doable.

Maybe anyone with shazaam or a similar app?

Unknown said...

Shazam is a good idea. I'm going to DL it and give it a go. However, the song clip is only about :20 so I'm not sure if it will work. If it does, I'll post it here.

Unknown said...

I found it with Shazam. In case anyone wants to know:
Season 1 Episode 10 (1x10) at ~8:55 (I'm watching it on VLC which counts time DOWN instead of UP so that is an estimate). The song clip playing from Orlando's car is "Power of the Dollar" by Kool and the Gang. It's an instrumental, there are no lyrics. The horns are fucking amazing.

Thanks for the tip on Shazam and for this awesome listing!


Arjan said...

Somehow I overlooked your last two comments...
Thanks! I will add it!!

Unknown said...

WOW! Thank you so much for this blog.

I have been thinking about the music from The Wire for some time now, just never had the time to do the research necessary to compile a respectable playlist. And, now I have a huge head start.

You've done a fantastic job!

Arjan said...

Always good to hear it's appreciated :)

I'm slowly re-watching S1 and updating the list if I come across things that are still missing. Let me know if you have additional info.


philfyHarry said...

The Chuck D track in 1.08 is No (The Wreck League Massive Remake)

Found it eventually!

Arjan said...

Thanks philfyHarry! I added it.

I should have some more free time soon to re-watch the last episodes of S1 to see if I can update the post even more :)

Unknown said...

Does anyone know this piece of jazz music when marlo and levy talking in the cocktail party?just before marlo went to the street and shout?I've searching it for a long time but couldn't got an answer..

ag93130 said...

Season 2 episode 7 at 46min 50s: The song is Taste of luv from Zee Asha (when Nick is with his girlfriend)

Arjan said...

@ Smith Rudy : I'll try and have a look...not much time the next week though.

@ ag93130 : thanks! Added it to the listing. Will see if it's also on spotify, couldn't find it on youtube.

Unknown said...

I don't know if you missed one on Season 1 Episode 2 or didn't know it it is where Stringer pulls up just as Bunk and Mcnulty are arresting D'angelo

YouTube link: http://youtu.be/_u-60DeHvUU

It is Kool Keith - Make Up Your Mind
And it is possibly and instrumental playing both can be found on Spotify but only the singing 1 on YouTube

Arjan said...

Hey JubblyFiles345,

I've probably missed it since sometimes there can be so many instrumentals I don't note them down for fear I will never get to find out which track it is (for instance the many piano pieces that are played).

But...if anyone finds stuff like this, I'll jump on the chance to add it to the list and to the spotify list :) So, thanks!! Consider it added.

Unknown said...

Can you find the song of season 3 episode 4 where Carver telling the cornerboys they can sell. The song you put is not clear.i tried to search for that rap song that look like 50 cents" in da club" but i couldn't find it by any means also i cant hear the song lyrics from the episode due to foreground sounds.
Could you find it pleeeezzzzzzzzzz

Arjan said...

@ Edd: Thanks for visiting :) I'll try to look into it this weekend.

Unknown said...

Thanks Arjan

Unknown said...

Great stuff

"Tillman is putting dope into Halls cough drop wrappers
Song: Oak ridge boys - So fine (as for the artist: best guess, the Fiesta's sound different)"

Was looking for this song. Did a little digging and found that the artist is actually The Chamber Brothers.

video can be found here:

great song

Wineguy999 said...

That version of "So Fine" in season 2, episode 3 is by the Chambers Brothers.

No self-respecting black man in The Wire would be caught dead listening to the Oak Ridge Boys.

Unknown said...

Hey thank you for this blog it is awesome! I was wondering if you could help me find the song I've been looking for the song plays at the end of season four episode 11 when the owner's wife drops the bomb on her husband about the affair she had with Malik, that scene takes place right outside the club right in front of Malik and his girlfriend.

Arjan said...

Hey Rokhaya, thanks! I'll try to check it out this weekend :)

Unknown said...

The Wire [1x10] @35:18 Kima out drinking with her girlfriends, "Call Me" by Me'Shell Ndegéocello: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNwrNp458tE

Unknown said...

[1X3] Last scene Bushytop talking with the FBI guy in car:

--"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" by the The Marvelettes:

[2X9] Bodie throws guns off the bridge:
--"Refuse to Loose" by St. John:

[1x1] Dealings at the Pit:
--"On Point" by Heavy D feat. 8Ball & Big Pun:

[1x1] Bunk waking up at his desk:
--"Chopin: 12 Etudes, Op.10 - No.3 In E "Tristesse"" performed by Maurizio Pollini:

Arjan said...

Thanks! I'll have a look after the 4th of October since I'm on holiday :)

Arjan said...

sorry for my lack in updates. I wíll add the above, will try to in the weekend.
My thesis and life in general seem to eat away at my time at the moment..

*btw: 555 subscribers to the spotify list!! thanks!!

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Unknown said...

What song is playing in Season 3 Episode 2 at 32:15 when McNulty is talking to D's girl?

Arjan said...

Hi Pardeep,

I'll try to look into it as soon as I can find the time. Hopefully this weekend or early next week.

Unknown said...

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Arjan said...

Thanks Pardeep! Much appreciated.

Short message to all, thanks for being patient...
I've been quite busy, but I'll try and update all music tips you gave which I haven't added till now. I'll also sum up all your q's which I won't be able to answer because I don't know (yet), directly into the post.

I think I will be able to manage to get in an episode or 2-3 this weekend for checking.

Also, if you yourself have a very complete tracklisting from a different tv-series? Let me know, I watch a lot and might want to subscribe :)

Sergio said...

s1.09 (episode 9)

Poot walks up to a corner watching Wallace
Song: O.C. & EZD - Return To The Terrordome

Now I could be wrong about the placement of this, but that song is definitely used in either ep 8 or 9.

Arjan said...

Thanks Stud Dookie, I'll try to check it tomorrow and will add it :)

Arjan said...

checked the 1.09 scene, that's not it.

Will check the rest of the episode, but might not have time to check 1.08 before next weekend :(

I will keep an ear out for EZD & OC though.

Anonymous said...


i'm looking for the song in season 1 episode 2 (1.02) right after the drink in the car scene (song starts at approx. 54:00).

can someone help me?

Arjan said...

Hi Julia,

Thanks for visiting :)
Is it the song that should be filled in here (see the listing):

Nighttime dealing in the pit

Or am I missing something in my list?
I'll try and have a look again in the weekend..my days are filled up quite a bit at the moment :(

Ashwin said...

OMFG! Just wish to leave a note of gratitude and much respect for putting this up! SO SO SO GOOD!! You've made my day man!

Arjan said...

@ Antbrain: you're welcome :-)
Thanks for cheering up my day too.

Jonathan said...

The song from "One Arrest" (Season 1 Episode 7) is "Feel Fantabulous" by Beef Wellington.

Arjan said...

Thanks Jonathan! Added it to the blogpost and added to the spotifylist.
Hope Clem is still reading along :)

I'll try and have a look tomorrow at other comments I might have missed (as in adding) above.

Jonathan said...

It's the scene where D tell Stringer no one is snitching.

steve said...

Episode 2.1: The piano song at the yacht party is Blue Skies, written by Irving Berlin.

Arjan said...

Thanks Steve! These might be the hardest to find for me and most others. Will add it as soon as I'm home.

Arjan said...

finally added it.

Admin said...

did you find the song when mc nulty visits dee's girl ???

PeelPub said...

Thanks for doing this.

Does anyone know the song in Season 3 Ep 6 "homecoming" where jimmy and kima are at the gay bar?

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Arjan said...

@ Admin, nope. Can't seem to find out :(

@ Peelpub, hopefully I'll be able to take another listen sometime soon.

@ Cliff: thanks, you're welcome.
I will try and post something new soon. It's been ages!

Rawk said...

Hey, thank you very much for that great list ! :)
On episode 3.05 there is another song playing at Avon's homecoming party:
Hieroglyphics - Full Circle

Arjan said...

@ Cloud Empire: you're welcome!

Thanks for the track, added it to the listing above incl. youtube link ánd added it to the Spotify list!

PeelPub said...

Sorry- season 3 episode 6 homecoming @ 13:38 - still can't figure this song out, lyrics are hard to make out

Iamtherealtobi said...

for season 3 episode 2 min. 30 when mcnulty visits dee's girl, the lyrics i was able to make out are " i wonder why the world can't all sing my song" and it had a female chrous and sounds 90's. if you can update it would be amazing it's killing me

wire123 said...


Kima and McNulty talking about Avon

Song is 'Blue Riff' by Stanley Turrentine

agoodman said...

Can anyone ID the hip hop track towards the end of Episode 2 , Season 1

Night time dealing in the pit with the burnt out cop car, weird instrumental hip hop track

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I think "So Fine" is the Chambers Brothers version, but I could be wrong.

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Arjan said...

@ Naagra, sadness right :(
I'll prune the spam comments sometime soon btw.
Also, I might need to add/edit stuff because of info in useful comments. Thanks!

Flannel Boy said...

Hey man, good work on this list!

Any luck finding out the track on s03.e02 about 20 mins in when Bunk and McNulty are in the bar?

eddierapide said...

In S1E4, the song playing in the background while Kima studies and Cheryl complains about the blue highlighter stain on her couch is called "Love Stains" and was penned for the occasion by the show's music supervisor and sound designer, Blake Leyh. I know this because Leyh told me so. After a year or two of being driven bonkers every time I watched that scene and finding nothing online despite copious searching, I figured maybe I should just go straight to the source – Leyh's website. That strategy worked out rather well!

Arjan said...

Thanks! I'll update somewhere this weekend. There are still so many unknowns!!!

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Avon en Stringer in Orlando's


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S03E01 whats the song when Bunny is passing by the hood

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Wirefan80 said...

Anyone know the song that can be heard from the club when marlo and devonne were in marlo's truck in season 3 episode 8?

Norman said...

Anyone Know the song S3 E6 Kima and McNulty at the bar?

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