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A Running List of 'American Horror Story: Hotel' Songs

By Cindy Davis | Music | January 13, 2016 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Music | January 13, 2016 |


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This season more than ever, the soundtrack of AHS is its own beast, a sign of the times ranging from the early 1900s to the 2000s.

Just in case something caught your ear and you weren’t quite sure what it was, here are the great tunes team Murphy/Falchuk, and composer Mac Quayle threw in:

Episode 12, “Be Our Guest”

Peter Murphy, Cuts You Up

“It takes you in and spits you out.”


Giorgio Moroder, Knights in White Satin (Disco cover of the Moody Blues song)

“Just what the truth is, I can’t say anymore.”


Marianne Faithfull, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan


“‘Til the world turned to orange, and the room went spinning round.”

Mazzy Star, Fade Into You

“I think it’s strange you never knew.”


Episode 11, “Battle Royale”

Human League, Seconds

“It took seconds of your time to take his life.”


Shana Falana, Go

“When you can’t seem to do anything about it, just go.”


The Stone Roses, I Wanna Be Adored

“I don’t have to sell my soul.”


Episode 10, “She Gets Revenge”


The Sisters of Mercy, Lucretia My Reflection

“Empire down, empire down.”


*If anyone caught the two background songs playing at the bar in the scene with Liz Taylor and her son, please speak up in the comments!


Drake, Hotline Bling

Episode 9, “She Wants Revenge”


New Order, Blue Monday


Visage, Fade to Grey


Episode 8: “The Ten Commandments Killer”


Episode 7, “Flicker”


Beniamino Gigli, La Canzone Dell’ Amore


The Cure, Lullaby

“Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead.”


Chet Baker, Isn’t It Romantic

“Moving shadows write the oldest magic word.”


The Soft Moon, Circles


Episode 6, “Room 33”

Depeche Mode, One Caress

“Oh girl, lead me into your darkness.”


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jack the Ripper

“Well, I got a woman, she rules my house with an iron fist.”

Episode 5: “Room Service”

Depeche Mode, Just Can’t Get Enough

“Just like a rainbow, you know you set me free.”

Kim Carnes, Bette Davis Eyes

“And she’ll tease you, she’ll unease you.”


Episode 4: “Devil’s Night”


Forest Swords, Miarches


Natalie Merchant, Carnival

“Hypnotized and paralyzed by what my eyes have found.”


Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane

“You’re waiting for Jimmy down in the alley.”

Episode 3: “Mommy”


Jesus and Mary Chain, Just Like Honey

“Listen to the girl as she takes on half the world.”


The Cure, Siamese Twins

“I chose an eternity of this.”

Episode 2: “Chutes and Ladders”:


Joy Division, In a Lonely Place

“How I wish you were here with me now.”


Bryan Ferry, Don’t Stop the Dance

“Will I ever find my way again?”

Chic, I Want Your Love

“Do you feel like you ever want to try my love and see how well it fits?”


Benny Goodman, Body and Soul

“I’ll gladly surrender myself to you, body and soul.”


Siouxsie And The Banshees, Spellbound

“We are entranced, you have no choice.”

Episode 1: “Checking In”:

Joy Division, The Eternal

“Praise to the glory of loved ones now gone.”

The Sisters of Mercy, Never Land

“We shall pass through this place to the other side.”

She Wants Revenge, Tear You Apart (video directed by Joaquin Phoenix)

“Or maybe this is danger and you just don’t know…I want to fucking tear you apart.”

Petula Clark, Downtown (appropriately used in flashback)

“You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares.”

Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi’s Dead

“Undead, undead, undead.”

The Eagles, Hotel California

“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”

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Cindy Davis, (Twitter) still wears velvet Docs.



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