The Sopranos always ended with a song. It was one of the most defining characteristics of the show, and it was always exciting to see how the song would play into the themes and story of a particular episode.
Of course, they can’t all be winners. Some end credit songs were a little “whatever.” But some complimented the themes, story, and tone of the episode in a marvelous way, creating a beautiful and artistic marriage between visual media and music.
These are some of the greatest ending in Sopranos history – the ten best uses of end credit music, according to the show’s most die-hard fans on Reddit.
The top comment in this thread states that John Cooper Clarke’s Evidently Chickentown was the best end “song” to a Sopranos episode. Evidently Chickentown is not so much a song as it is a piece of performance poetry expressing futility and frustration. According to user tankatan, “This is definitely my favorite, the way it conveys the feeling of chaos, violence and indignation we’re left with after Phil’s monologue and the baptizing scene is one of the tensest moments I’ve ever seen on television.”
The Sopranos mixed with Radiohead is a match made in entertainment heaven. Back in 2000, Radiohead’s Kid A blew and perplexed minds in equal amount. Some hated its obtuse songwriting, others declared it an immediate artistic masterpiece. The dark and dreary title track served as the ending song to season four’s No Show, and it wonderfully conveyed the darker tone that season four was exploring. With this, viewers knew there was no going back to the happier days of The Sopranos.
I’m Not Like Everybody Else
I’m Not Like Everybody Else was a single released by The Kinks back in 1966. It served as the B-side to the primary single, Sunny Afternoon. A live version of the song plays over the credits of season five’s Cold Cuts after Tony struts out of Janice’s house after intentionally provoking her into an anger-fueled meltdown.
The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti is the eighth episode of the show’s first seaosn, and it ends with an elated Christopher seeing his name in the newspaper.
This scene segues into the credits playing Cake’s Frank Sinatra. According to Reddit user gunguolf, “It matches perfectly the feeling of vindication and approval Chris has been craving all along.” sharpyjpeg agreed, arguing that “it complemented the ending of that episode perfectly.”
Continuing with the first season, the episode Pax Soprana ends in spectacular fashion. As Junior celebrates his promotion, the FBI secretly takes photos through a waiter wearing a button camera. As the FBI place the photos on a board, Xzibit’s Paparazzi begins to play. It’s certainly a fitting theme for the end of the episode, and the tone of the song nicely conveys the mood of the episode’s ending. With this, The Sopranos was officially on.
Living On A Thin Line
Moving on to this thread, the top comment claims that The Kinks’ Living on a Thin Line is the greatest credits song, much to the agreement of many other users. The song ends season three’s University, and producer Terence Winter claims that this is the song he is most asked about. The comments suggest its love within the fandom, with such lines as “Yeah that moment sealed the deal for me, officially the best show ever made,” and, “Went out and bought the album on vinyl because of this.”
Thru And Thru
Thru and Thru isn’t one of The Rolling Stones’ more popular songs, but it gained incredible popularity after it was played at the end of the season two finale, Funhouse.
According to Reddit user wikipediareader, “Thru and Thru by the Rolling Stones at the end of Funhouse. Season two might be my favorite, and that song is an amazing ending.” Season two certainly is a fantastic season of television, and The Rolling Stones will forever remain iconic.
I Saved The World Today
Just one episode earlier, The Eurythmics’ I Saved the World Today played over the credits of The Knight in White Satin Armor, and it was beautiful. This is an iconic episode of The Sopranos, ending with Tony returning home after cleaning up Richie’s death and getting crap from Carmela. It pertains to the theme of the episode and of Tony’s role within it while also serving as an ironic statement – Tony did save the world (at least Janice’s world), yet no one really cares.
When It’s Cold I’d Like To Die
The season six episode Join the Club closes with Moby’s When It’s Cold I’d Like to Die, with vocals by Mimi Goese. The episode is regarded as one of the greatest of The Sopranos. And what better way to wrap an outstanding episode with an outstanding credits song? This is peak Sopranos, a beautiful marriage between story and music.
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
Released in 1978, Johnny Thunders’ You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory closes out the second season episode, House Arrest. As Reddit user somerton wonderfully states, “Hard to lose with that song choice, but the ending scene they put it in was so fitting: a mixture of contentment and boredom, relief and wistful nostalgia, as Tony settles back into his normal life at Satriale’s with the guys…and yet, if you look at it a certain way, this shot of all the guys is the last time we’ll see them all together and happy like this before Pussy’s death just two ep’s later (which brings a certain darkness to the show).”