The Songs In The 'Big Little Lies' Finale Give The Series A Perfect Sendoff
One of the many highlights of HBO's amazing limited series has been the music on Big Little Lies. It didn't take me long to learn that, before I tune in for each episode, it's wise to have my trusty Shazam app ready to go — and, although I've been building my own iTunes playlist since the premiere, I'm still stoked that the soundtrack was released on March 31. Because music has always been so crucial to each and every episode, it was fitting that a strong focus was placed on the songs in the Big Little Lies finale. FINALE AND BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD.
Of course, the music in the finale was a departure from the role it played in the first six episodes. Before Trivia Night turned deadly, the Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley themed event provided the opportunity for the show's characters to belt out a few tunes — and, unsurprisingly, Zoë Kravitz's rendition of "Don't" was the hit of the night. Meanwhile, Ed and Nathan (per usual) were relentlessly competitive with one another — but, by the end of the night, they'd put their differences aside after witnessing Perry's violent attack on Celeste, which was immediately followed by Bonnie shoving him off the balcony to his death.
No episode of Big Little Lies would be complete without a proper roundup of the songs, and the finale is no exception. Here are all the songs featured in the finale episode.
"It's Now Or Never" by Elvis Presley
As the parents arrive at Otter Bay School for Trivia Night, Presley's classic tune plays in the background.
"Don't" by Zoë Kravitz
Kravitz's rendition of "Don't" is definitely one of the highlights of both the Big Little Lies finale and soundtrack, which is available on both iTunes and Spotify.
"The Wonder Of You" by Conor Obrien
Ed sings the Elvis tune "The Wonder of You" to Madeline, which prompts her to run outside in tears because she's overcome with guilt about her infidelity. Adam Scott was onstage, but the vocals were dubbed courtesy of Conor O'Brien and this version is also available on the Big Little Lies soundtrack.
"How's The World Treating You" by Daniel Agee
Nathan performs "How's the World Treating You," with vocals dubbed by Daniel Agee. This version is also available on the show's soundtrack.
"September Song" by Agnes Obel
This somber instrumental song has been featured in multiple episodes of Big Little Lies, typically during the characters' darkest moments. It plays in the background as everyone grapples with the aftermath of Perry's death. This one can be purchased on its own as a single, but it's also on the show's soundtrack.
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" by Ituana
Ituana's cover of the Rolling Stones classic was the perfect song to end the series. It plays as the main characters, all of whom now share an unbreakable bond, lounge on the beach watching their children play. Like "September Song," it's on the show's soundtrack and can also be purchased as a single.
In addition to the songs featured in the finale, the Big Little Lies soundtrack also includes some of the best songs from the entire season: "Cold Little Heart" by Michael Kiwanuka, "Victim of Love" by Charles Bradley, "Bloody Mother F*cking Asshole" by Martha Wainright, "River" by Leon Bridges, "Queen of Boredness" by Kinny, "This Feeling" by Alabama Shakes, "Changes" by Charles Bradley, "Straight From the Heart" by Irma Thomas, and "Nothing Arrived" by Villagers.