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All The Songs That Played On HBO's 'The Idol'

The show’s soundtrack includes pop hits new and old.

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After countless delays, investigative exposés, and a headline-grabbing premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival — HBO’s The Idol is finally here.

The controversial Sam Levinson and Abel Tesfaye-helmed show, which darkly dives into the budding relationship between a young pop star and a sleazy club owner (and possible cult leader) while also commenting on celebrity, exploitation, and media, made its world premiere on Sunday and already the reviews are looking pretty... mixed (and that’s putting it nicely). NPR called it “stylish” but “inert”; USA Today called it “sexist, gratuitous, [and] exploitative”; while CNN declared its first epsiode to be — perhaps the worst review of all — “just plain boring.”

Of course, we’ll let you all decide what to make of the star-studded spectacle, which in the first half-hour already includes several topless Lily-Rose Depp scenes. The show is already shaping up to be one of 2023’s more controversial events, but there is one thing that hopefully everyone can agree on: the music in the show is actually... pretty good.

For a show about pop stars, there’s no shortage of pop music. The pop queen herself, Madonna, plays during a pivotal scene in a club, and there are additional sonic appearances from Prince, Nicki Minaj, Fiona Apple, Diplo, and more. Given that the show’s official soundtrack is curated by The Weeknd, there is little doubt that it will be just as on-the-pulse on the state of pop music, new and old.

Below, see every song that’s featured on the show, and come back each Sunday as we update the list:

Season 1 Episode 1: ‘Pop Tarts & Rat Tales’

  1. “Criminal” - Fiona Apple
  2. “Super Freaky Girl” - Nicki Minaj
  3. “World Class Sinner/I’m A Freak” - Lily-Rose Depp
  4. “Andromeda” - Ethel
  5. “Like A Prayer” - Madonna
  6. “Telegram Sam” - T. Rex
  7. “On My Mind” - Diplo
  8. “I Put Something In Your Drink” - Ramsey
  9. “Piece Of Your Heart” - Meduza
  10. “The Lure” (Main Theme) - The Weeknd, Mike Dean
  11. “From Death” - Mike Dean
  12. “Darling Nikki” - Prince

Season 1 Episode 2: ‘Double Fantasy’

  1. “Family” - Suzanna Son & The Weeknd
  2. “Devil’s Paradise” - Mike Dean
  3. “Double Fantasy” - The Weeknd ft. Future
  4. “P.I.MP The SIMP” - Rick James, Grandmaster Flash
  5. “Love To Love You Baby” - Donna Summers

Season 1 Episode 3: ‘Daybreak’

  1. “A Lesser Man” - The Weeknd
  2. “No Hay Ley” - Kali Uchis
  3. “Every 1’s A Winner” - Hot Chocolate
  4. “Nike” - Shygirl
  5. “2AM” - Gavin Turek
  6. “BDE (feat. slowthai)” - Shygirl, slowthai
  7. “Journey North” - Mike Dean
  8. “Smoke State Chapter 1 Stem 3” - Mike Dean
  9. “Get It B4” - Moses Sumney
  10. “Smoke State Chapter 2” - Mike Dean
  11. “Take Me Back” - The Weeknd

Season 1 Episode 4: ‘Stars Belong To The World’

  1. “Jealous Guy” - The Weeknd
  2. “Fill The Void” - The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp, Ramsey
  3. “Crocodile Tears” - Suzanna Son
  4. “I Put Something In Your Drink” - Ramsey
  5. “My Own Summer (Shove It)” - Deftones
  6. “Café Con Leche” - Pitbull
  7. “Melting” - Kali Uchis
  8. “Intimate Friends” - Eddie Kendricks
  9. “Quiet Storm” - Smokey Robinson

Season 1 Episode 5: ‘Jocelyn Forever’

  1. “One of the Girls” - The Weeknd, JENNIE, Lily-Rose Depp
  2. “Devil’s Paradise” - Mike Dean
  3. “False Idols (with Lil Baby, Suzanna Son)” - The Weeknd, Lil Baby, Suzanna Son
  4. “Get It B4” - Moses Sumney
  5. “I Put Something In Your Drink” - Ramsey
  6. “My Sweet Lord” - Troye Sivan
  7. “Dollhouse (with Lily-Rose Depp)” - The Weeknd, Lily-Rose Depp
  8. “The Lure (Main Theme) (with Mike Dean)” - The Weeknd, Mike Dean
  9. “Family (with Suzanna Son)” - The Weeknd, Suzanna Son
  10. “Like A God” - The Weeknd

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