Episode Music


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Season 1
Episode 1.01: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Featured: Caravan by Gordon Jenkins (as Don takes the train home at the end)
Closing Song: On the Street Where You Live, Vic Damone

Episode 1.02: Ladies Room
Featured: I Can Dream, Can’t I, The Andrews Sisters
Closing Song: The Great Divide, The Cardigans

Episode 1.03: The Marriage of Figaro
Closing Song: PS, I Love You, Bobby Vinton

Episode 1.04: New Amsterdam
Featured: Glen plays Liszt’s Liebestraum on the piano.
Closing Song: Manhattan, Ella Fitzgerald

Episode 1.05: 5G
Featured: Blue in Green, Miles Davis

Episode 1.06: Babylon
Closing Song: Babylon, Original Cast Recording (Written by Don McLean)

Episode 1.07: Red in the Face
Closing Song: Botch-A-Me (Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina), Rosemary Clooney

Episode 1.08: The Hobo Code
Featured:The Twist, Chubby Checker

Episode 1.09: Shoot
Closing Song: My Special Angel , Bobby Helms

Episode 1.10: Long Weekend
Featured: Volare, The McGuire Sisters

Episode 1.11: Indian Summer
Featured: Agua de Beber, Astrud Gilberto

Episode 1.12: Nixon vs. Kennedy
Featured: Metro Polka, Frankie Laine

Episode 1.13: The Wheel
Closing Song: Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, Bob Dylan

Season 2
Episode 2.01: For Those Who Think Young
Opening Song: Let’s Twist Again, Chubby Checker
Featured: Song of the Indian Guest, from “Sadko,” by Rimsky-Korsakov plays when Betty descends the stairs.
Closing Song: Again, Song of the Indian Guest, Rimsky-Korsakov

Episode 2.02: Flight One
Featured at Paul Kinsey’s party: Congratulations Honey, Baby Washington and Crooked Woman, Edd Henry
Featured: Ue o Muite Arukō (The Sukiyaki Song), Kyu Sakamoto, in the Japanese restaurant
Closing Song: Temptation Is Hard To Fight, George McGregor & the Bronzettes (this also played at Paul’s party)

Episode 2.03: The Benefactor
Closing Song: Lollipops and Roses, Jack Jones

Episode 2.05: The New Girl
Featured: Theme from a Summer Place, Percy Faith and His Orchestra, on the radio as Don and Bobbi drive

Episode 2.06: Maidenform
Opening Song: The Infanta, the Decemberists
Featured: How Mable Get Sable Cha Cha Cha, David Carbona; when Peggy goes to the strip club

Episode 2.07: The Gold Violin
Closing Song: Break it to Me Gently, Brenda Lee

Episode 2.08: A Night to Remember
Closing Song: Early in the Morning, by Paul Stookey, performed by Colin Hanks

Episode 2.09: Six Month Leave
Closing Song: I’m Through With Love, Marilyn Monroe

Episode 2.10: The Inheritance
Closing Song: Telstar, The Tornadoes

Episode 2.11: The Jet Set
Closing Song: What’ll I Do?, Johnny Mathis

Episode 2.12: The Mountain King
Closing Song: Cup of Loneliness, George Jones

Season 3
Episode 3.03: My Old Kentucky Home
My Old Kentucky Home is sung by Roger during the episode
Paul and Jeff sing Hello My Baby
Closing Song: Memories of You, Ben Webster

Episode 3.04: The Arrangements
Closing Song: Over There

Episode 3.05: The Fog
Closing Song: Me Voy a Morir de Tanto Amor by Alberto Iglesias (also featured when Betty is dreaming in the hospital)

Episode 3.06: Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency
Shortly before the lawnmower scene: Come on Twist, Jody Reynolds
Closing Song: Song to Woody, Bob Dylan

Episode 3.08: Souvenir
Closing Song: There’s a Small Hotel

Episode 3.09: Wee Small Hours
Closing Song: Prelude to a Kiss

Episode 3.11: The Gypsy and the Hobo
Closing Song: Where is Love, Oliver!

Episode 3.12: The Grown-Ups
Closing song: The End of the World, Skeeter Davis (1962)

Ep 3.13: Shut the Door. Have a Seat
Closing song: Shahdaroba, Roy Orbison

Season 4
Ep 4.01: Public Relations
Closing song: Tobacco Road, The Nashville Teens

Ep 4.02: Christmas Comes But Once a Year
Closing song: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Teresa Brewer

Ep 4.03: The Good News
Featured: Sidewalk Surfin’, Jan and Dean
Featured: Old Cape Cod, Patti Page
Sung by a character: The House of the Rising Sun
Closing Song: Pacific Coast Highway by David Carbonara

Ep 4.04: The Rejected
Featured: Signed DC by Love; we hear a cover version by Brave New World (during the party that Peggy attends with Joyce)
Featured: Ruby in the Dust, by Micky Moody (again, at the party, while Peggy smokes pot)

Ep 4.05: The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
Closing song: I Enjoy Being a Girl sung by Doris Day

Ep 4.06: Waldorf Stories
Closing song: Up the Ladder of Success, Skeeter Davis

Ep 4.07: The Suitcase
Closing song: Bleecker Street, Simon and Garfunkel

Ep 4.08: The Summer Man
Featured song: Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
Featured song: The Big Rock Candy Mountain (while the children play musical chairs)

Ep 4.09: The Beautiful Girls
Stan Rizzo sings Petula Clark’s Downtown.
Petula Clark’s I Know a Place was heard in the PJ Clarke’s scene.

Ep 4.10: Hands and Knees
Closing song: Do You Want To Know a Secret?, The Beatles, instrumental performed by Santo & Johnny.

Ep 4.11: Chinese Wall
Closing song: Welcome to My World, Jim Reeves

Ep 4.12: Blowing Smoke
Closing song: Trust in Me, Etta James

Ep 4.13: Tomorrowland
The song that Megan teaches the children is Il était un petit navire ( There Was A Little Ship), discussed here.
Featured (when Don jumps into the pool): Hot Dog, Here He Comes, Tri-Lites.
Featured (in the California diner): The Name Game, Shirley Ellis
Closing song: I’ve Got You, Babe, Sonny and Cher

Season 5
Ep 5.01: A Little Kiss Part 1
Featured (played as Sally wakes up and wanders through the apartment) Ebb Tide, played by Ken Griffin
Featured (played as an instrumental at a party): The In Crowd
Featured (sung by Megan): Zou Bisou Bisou, by Gillian Hills

Ep 5.02: A Little Kiss Part 2
Closing song: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Dusty Springfield.

Ep 5.03: Tea Leaves
Closing song: Sixteen Going on Seventeen, from The Sound of Music.

Ep 5.04: Mystery Date
Closing song: He Hit Me and It Felt Like a Kiss, by The Crystals (written by Carol King and Gerry Goffin).

Ep 5.05: Signal 30
Featured: Beethoven’s 9th, 2nd movement, the scherzo, played by Pete on his new stereo.
Closing song: Beethoven’s 9th, Ode to Joy.

Ep 5.06: Far Away Places
Featured: The Beach Boys, I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times, played at the LSD party.
Featured: I Should Not Be Seeing You, Connie Conway, as Roger and Jane leave the party.
Featured: The Beatles, I Wanna Hold Your Hand—Don whistles it in his flashback of coming home from Disneyland.

Ep 5.07: At the Codfish Ball
Featured: Meditation, Antonio Carlos Jobim, as Don and Emile carry the bags.

Ep 5.08: Lady Lazarus
Featured: September in the Rain, performed by The Wedgewoods, was suggested by Ken as a substitute for the Beatles for the Chevalier Blanc ad.
Featured: Don listens to Tomorrow Never Knows from Revolver (The Beatles).
Closing Song: Tomorrow Never Knows continues.

Ep 5.09: Dark Shadows
Closing song: Sweeping the Clouds Away, performed by Maurice Chevalier.

Ep 5.10: Christmas Waltz
Featured: The Christmas Waltz, performed by Doris Day, in the bar as Don and Joan talk.
Closing song: The Christmas Waltz, performed by Nellie McKay.

Ep 5.11: The Other Woman
Closing song: Girl, You Really Got Me Now, The Kinks.

Ep 5.12: Commissions and Fees
Closing song: Butchie’s Tune, The Lovin’ Spoonful

Ep 5.13: The Phantom
Closing song: You Only Live Twice, by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse, performed by Nancy Sinatra

Season 6
Episode 6.01/6.02: The Doorway
Featured: The Francis women attend the Nutcracker
Featured: Sandy plays Chopin’s Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op. 9. No 2 on the violin
Closing Song: Hawaiian Wedding Song, Elvis Presley

Episode 6.03: The Collaborators
Featured: Aria during Don and Sylvia’s love scene is Casta Diva from Norma by Bellini.
Closing Song: Just a Gigolo, Bing Crosby

Episode 6.04: To Have and To Hold
Featured: I See Her Pretty Face, The Grand Prix
Featured: Friends I Haven’t Met Yet, by Blue Sandalwood Soap, plays while Don and Stan get stoned.
Featured: The Devastator, Stormy
Featured: A Teenager Feels It Too, Denny Reed
Featured: Bonnie and Clyde by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot plays in the Electric Circus while Joan and Kate get their groove on.

Episode 6.05: The Flood
Closing Song: Love is Blue by Paul Mauriat

Episode 6.06: For Immediate Release
Featured: Get Back to the Westside, The Steam Machine; at the brothel
Featured: Baby Jane by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels; at General Motors before the presentations.
Closing Song: Autumn Leaves, Cannonball Adderley

Episode 6.07: Man With a Plan
Closing Song: Reach out of the Darkness, Friend and Lover

Episode 6.08: The Crash
Featured: Going Out of My Head, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66; on the radio while Don listens at Sylvia’s door.
Featured: Dream a Little Dream of Me, Ozzie Nelson; on the radio in the scene where Aimeé seduces/molests Dick.
Closing Song: Words Of Love, The Mamas and the Papas

Episode 6.09: The Better Half
Closing Song: Always Something There to Remind Me, Lou Johnson (written by Burt Bacharach)

Episode 6.10: A Tale of Two Cities
Featured: Harper Valley PTA, Jeannie C. Riley; when Don, Roger, and Harry arrive at the party.
Featured: Rag Ahir Bhairav, Ravi Shankhar; plays during the hookah scene at the party.
Featured: Found Love, Fly-by-Nites, playing during the party.
Closing Song: Piece of My Heart, Janis Joplin

Episode 6.11: Favors
Featured: Why Oh Why, Little Alice (at dinner with Ted, Pete and Peggy)
Featured: Stranger On the Shore, Acker Bilk (playing in background at bar with Don drinking)

Episode 6.12: The Quality of Mercy
Closing Song: Porpoise Song (Theme from Head), the Monkees

Episode 6.13: In Care Of
Featured: Band of Gold, Don Cherry; when Don punches the preacher in the bar
Featured: Moon River is playing in Joan’s apartment on Thanksgiving Day.
Closing Song: Both Sides Now, Judy Collins (written by Joni Mitchell, this is the Judy Collins mega-hit version)

Season 7
Episode 7.01: Time Zones
Featured: I’m a Man by the Spencer Davis Group (when Megan arrives to pick up Don at the Los Angeles airport)
Closing Song: You Keep Me Hanging On, performed by Vanilla Fudge

Episode 7.02: A Day’s Work
Featured: Elenore by the Turtles (during Don and Sally’s car ride)
Featured: Your Name and Mine by the Acorns (while Don and Sally are at the diner)
Closing Song: This Will Be Our Year, by the Zombies

Episode 7.03: Field Trip
Closing Song: If 6 Was 9, by Jimi Hendrix

Episode 7.04: The Monolith
Featured: Meet the Mets (sung by Don)
Closing Song: On a Carousel, The Hollies

Episode 7.05: The Runaways
Featured: You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, Blood, Sweat, and Tears (on the stereo at Megan’s party)
Featured: Turkey in the Straw; opening notes played live at Megan’s party
Featured: Petite Fleur, Sidney Bechet, played live at Megan’s party
Featured: How Much Can A Man Take, Big John Hamilton; heard when Don and Harry are at the bar
Featured: Betty listens to Wagner’s Abendlich Strahlt der Sonne Auge on the radio
Featured: Savoy, at the end, in the Algonquin
Closing Song: Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line, Waylon Jennings (written by Jim Alley)

Episode 7.06: The Strategy
Featured: Don and Peggy dance to My Way, by Frank Sinatra.

Episode 7.07: Waterloo
Featured: The Best Things in Life Are Free, lyrics by B.G. DeSylva and Lew Brown, music by Ray Henderson

Episode 7.08: Severance
Featured: You’ve Got What I Like, by Christopher Blue, in the diner on the radio after Di and Don return from the alley.
Featured and Closing: Is That All There Is?, by Peggy Lee, in the opening scene as well as the closing.

Episode 7.09: New Business
Featured: Goldigger, by Jay Ramsey, in Stan’s office when Pima comes in.
Featured: The Train, by The Souls, in Pete’s car.
Closing: C’est Si Bon, by Yves Montand

Episode 7.10: The Forecast
Closing: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, by Roberta Flack

Episode 7.11: Time & Life
Featured: Please Come On To Me, The Clovers, in the bar as they all drink beer, continuing as Joan gets up to leave.
Closing: Money Burns a Hole in My Pocket, Dean Martin

Episode 7.12: Lost Horizon
Featured: Sealed with a Kiss, Bryan Hyland (on Don’s car radio, right before he hallucinates)
Closing: Space Oddity, David Bowie

Episode 7.13: The Milk and Honey Route
Featured: Okie From Muskogee, Merle Haggard (in Don’s dream)
Featured: Harbor Lights, Frances Langford
Featured: Over There, sung by the veterans
Everyday, Buddy Holly

Episode 7.14: Person to Person
Featured: Hello, I Love You, The Door (opening scene, on the radio when Don is in the garage)
Closing: I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (from the Coca-Cola commercial)

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  47 Responses to “Episode Music”

  1. What was the music in the final scene of episode 9?

    The romantic piece?


  2. I need to know: what was the song during the closing credits of “Out of Town” (season 3, episode 1)? It was so good.

  3. i’m not quite sure but I think during the one of the party scenes in Nixon vs. Kennedy, they play Hot Dog, Here He Comes by the Tri-Lites. It’s in the background but I think it’s that song.

    Also, does anybody know the jazz song that plays during My Old Kentucky Home?

  4. Does anyone know what’s the Song in the Closing Credits of Season 4 Episode 4 “The Rejected ” ??? It’s intrumental…I ‘ve been looking everywhere and noone seems to have even noticed of it , even though it excited me from the very first moment…Please, if you have a clue…

  5. I believe at the party from A Little Kiss the band also plays “Walk on By.” This version of the Dionne Warwick hit begins after the commercial break and the return to the party,. The band plays a portion of a song before “The In Crowd,” which I can’t identify.

  6. Ever since it first aired, I’ve been trying to figure out the song playing in the Greek diner on Muzak, when Don and Peggy are there, in The Suitcase. The style reminds me of country/pop pianist Floyd Cramer, but I just couldn’t put a title to it.

    Now, in S-5, what sounded like a brief fragment of it was heard at the Ho-Jo, when Don was dashing around, trying to track Megan down, in Far Away Places.

    I think I may have the title, but I don’t know how/where to confirm it. The song in question sounds an awful lot like an instrumental version of Dean Martin’s 1964 vocal, “The Door Is Always Open To My Heart”.

    In the grand scheme of things it’s not a big deal, but it’s been bugging me since S-4, so if anyone knows how to find out for sure, please post.

    • I agree, I want to know all the music played during all episodes of Mad Men. So hard to pin it down sometimes and so frustrating as well.

  7. Cant wait to find out song at the end of At the Codfish Ball while everyone sitting at the table and music over closing credits. Thank you.

  8. Hey, does anyone know the name of the song played during the staircase scene right before roger pukes in s1e7-red in the face? I’ve heard it in another episode but can’t place it.

  9. Hi i’m searching everywhere for the song from this great scene.You can hear it first at 40seconds and then 1.50 and several times through the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzsJsbGLTUY Please if anyone can name this, you would bring so much relief to me as I unfortunately have this tiny snippet of beautiful music incessantly looping in my head.

    • Sorry I was wrong about “Night and Day” I thought I had it right for some reason. Is this not the most annoying thing, not being able to ID the music. Nice to know someone else is as obsessed about naming all the music as I am. 🙂

    • It’s a Carbonara piece called ‘The Men of Sterling Cooper’. You can find it in Mad Men: Original Score Vol. 1.

      • Thank you so much, this was it!!! Yay! I’ve been looking for it everywhere, I’m so relieved and I thank you profusely!!

  10. Has anyone else noticed that Waltzing Matilda was playing at the restaurant when Greg announced his decision to re-enlist? Check out this link on the song:


    ” German soldiers commonly referred to their greatcoats as “Matilda”, supposedly because the coat kept them as warm as a woman would. Early German immigrants who “went on the waltz” would wrap their belongings in their coat, and took to calling it by the same name their soldiers had used.
    The National Library of Australia states:

    Matilda is an old Teutonic female name meaning ‘mighty battle maid’. This may have informed the use of ‘Matilda’ as a slang term to mean a de facto wife who accompanied a wanderer. In the Australian bush a man’s swag was regarded as a sleeping partner, hence his ‘Matilda’

    Furthermore, the song tells a story of soldiers trying to force a wanderer to accompany them. “You’ll go a waltzing matilda with me”

    Greg tries to force Joan to remain with him through his military career, to go “a waltzing matilda” with him.

    The man in the song refuses to be forced, but instead runs to a waterhole, jumps in, and drowns himself, exercising an “nuclear option” rather than accompany the soldiers.

    Joan exercises a “nuclear option” of her own by choosing to end the relationship rather than give in to Greg’s demand.

  11. Still hoping somebody can answer the question about the gorgeous piece of music that bookends Season 3 Episode 1, “Out of Town.” It’s all instrumental, and ends the episode as Don fails to tell Sally the story of her birth, leaving Betty to take over. Breathtaking.

  12. I was wondering if anyone could help me find the background music that played when the Partners were clearing out Sterling Cooper in the Season 3 finale “Shut the Door. Have a Seat”. Ive been searching everywhere but to no avail…

  13. Thanks for your work on this, Deborah. And to all the others who have responded with answers to questions. Here’s my question:
    >Season 4, Episode 10, Hands and Knees: the Beatles tune was obvious at the end.
    But what about the hard bop jazz in the Playboy Club scene?

  14. Season 2: Last episode I think when Betty has her own little quickie wasn’t it Acker Bilk’s Stranger on the shore playing?

  15. I have the Mad Men albums just for David Carbonara’s music. I wish they would release an album of just his music

  16. How about the two Hawaiian songs during Don and Megan’s stay in Waikiki?
    And also the song as Betty is in the village hangout looking for Sandy?

    • One of the hawaiian songs is called Blue Hawaii by All Star Hawaiian Band. The village-Betty song is What’s Happening by Phil and the Frantics

  17. Does anyone know what song was playing in season 6, episode 4 during the scene when Joan and her friend were at the bar on the sofa?

  18. The end-credit music is not Tropicando. I’d love to know what it is, but it clearly is not the widely misreported Tropicando.

  19. Does anyone know the song that played in Season 6, Episode 6 when Peggy and her boyfriend were kissing while she imagined him being her boss?

  20. Looking for the music in Season 4, episode 2: Christmas comes but once each year…does this actual song play in the episode? There is a lot of music in this episode, but only the closing song is credited above. Thanks!

  21. This is an old one that I’ve seen asked elsewhere, but not answered. In the third episode of season one, “Marriage of Figaro,” there’s piece of elevator music playing in the kitchen while Betty and Francine gab and Don is outside building the playhouse. Can anyone tell me what it is?

    • I’ve been trying to find that same song too. It sounds something similar to the style of Paul Mauriat, but I can’t find it as well.

  22. Great list. Re: Season 6 ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’, as above, definitely worth mentioning ‘Found Love’, a superb slab of Southern psych from Georgia’s Fly-Bi-Nites (and Jeannie C. Riley’s ‘Harper Valley P.T.A.’). Not forgetting from Season 3 ‘The Gold Violin’, The Pentagons’ ‘I’m In Love’ and, from ‘Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency’, a snippet of Bob Kelly’s ‘Better Luck Next Time’ (from the 1960 horror flick ‘The Demon From Devil’s Lake’) can be heard during Joan’s leaving do. Ooh, and from Season 2, ‘The Jet Set’, Martin Denny’s ‘Misirlou’ from his 1961 ‘Exotic Percussion’ LP.

  23. I’m wondering if the music from the final scene is a David Carbonara original, it’s so lush and haunting.

  24. So you’re listing ‘Band of Gold’ in S06E13 but you miss the fact, that it was the VERY FIRST song EVER played in the entire show?! The song that got me hooked to the show in its first 30 seconds and you’ve missed it?! 😀


    Nevermind: You did a gread job!!! 🙂

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