There's no other word for it, The Umbrella Academy soundtrack is just cool. These songs are showing up to class late, iced coffee in hand, effortlessly pulling off the kind of outfit only cool people seem to find at the thrift shop cool. There are so many incredible songs this season, from classic hits to throwbacks and incredibly creative covers of recognizable pop hits, that we simply had to curate a playlist of The Umbrella Academy season 2 soundtrack's greatest hits and accompanying moments that made them even greater.
They had cool shoes to fill already. The Umbrella Academy season 1's soundtrack had "Barracuda" by Heart, "I Think We're Alone Now," a kickass cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade Of Winter," and even managed to make a Phantom of the Opera medley seem rad. Did they really have to do it to us a second time? They absolutely did. It shouldn't be that surprising. The show is based on a comic co-created by Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, and Way serves as an executive producer on the series. Musical excellence is to be expected.
Here are the soundtrack standouts, but be warned, if you haven't seen the particular episode labeled in the slide, avert your eyes if you don't want to know what happens. Happy listening!
Warning: There are spoilers for season 2 of The Umbrella Academy ahead.
Episode 1: The Hargreeves Siblings Land In DallasMaxine Nightingale, “Right Back Where We Started From”
Right off the bat, this retro bop/montage is beyond appropriate as the Hargreeves siblings find themselves metaphorically back where they started from at the beginning of the first season: separated from one another and on the brink of an apocalypse.
Episode 1: Five Watches The Apocalypse Happen AgainFrank Sinatra, “My Way”
One montage bleeds into another as Five (Aidan Gallagher) finds himself in the middle of the aforementioned second Doomsday and watches his super-powered siblings
fail. As far as he knows they caused this apocalypse too... and they did it their way.
Episode 1: Diego's Escape From The Mental Hospital
Daniela Andrade, “Crazy”
Season 2 features many covers of popular songs that you'll want to add to your playlist ASAP. This one's plot significance is a little on the nose. Diego (Daniel Castaneñeda) is escaping an mental health facility because people in the '60s think he's lost his mind. But a slow jam cover of the Gnarls Barkley hit is so memorable it stands out.
Episode 2: The Handler's Return To The CommissionPerry Como, “Bippity Boppity Boo”
Kate Walsh's character, The Handler, appears in the '60s
with a plan to take over the Commission and run the world. She definitely sees herself as a kind of fairy godmother, though her victims may not agree. So this cover of the song from Disney's Cinderella
fits, even if it's kind of square.
Episode 3: Klaus Becomes A Cult LeaderBoney M., “Sunny”
Klaus goes from depressed and dejected in a diner to a debutante's companion turned cult leader... and this song punctuates that reveal and the montage of him becoming a cult leader joyfully. As always, Klaus is diving headfirst into a distraction from his grief at being separated from his siblings and stranded in the past. The song was originally written by Bobby Hebb in the days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy
, which could make this song a bit of sneaky foreshadowing.
Episode 4: Diego, Lila, & Five Fight The Swedes
KISS, “I Was Made For Loving You”
The beat drops as one of the Swedes' strangles Diego, and it is freakin' on. While Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) and his associates skirt out of the mansion, Diego, Five, and Lila (Ritu Arya) are upstairs kicking ass against the mysterious Swedes. It's ironic, in a way, because the Hargreeves siblings were not made for loving (they were made for combat — Reginald made sure of it).
Episode 5: Klaus, Allison, & Vanya Have A Dance PartySam Cooke, “Twisting The Night Away”
It wouldn't be The Umbrella Academy
without at least one group dance, and the cathartic scene in the salon where Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman)
, and Vanya (Ellen Page) twist their anxieties out is absolutely perfect. The song comes on the radio, so it's period appropriate too, which makes the rest of episode 5's songs, from decades across time and space, even more stark.
Episode 5: That Ska Cover Of Billie EilishThe Interrupters, “Bad Guy”
Seriously, what did we do to deserve this soundtrack? Lila and Five have yet another big fight, and this song feels right for the two of them somehow. They're kind of each other's bad guys at this point in the story, each getting in the way of the others' goals. And if that wasn't enough, again, it's ska Billie Eilish.
Episode 5: The Unforgettable Swedish Adele Cover
My Kulsvik, “Hello”
Just when you think the hits can't possibly keep coming in this episode, the second Swedish assassin WAILS just before the proverbial needle drops on this unexpected track. He's memorializing his fallen comrade with a kind of Viking funeral in the scene in question, and it's perfect. We all crave a little Adele when we're sad.
Episode 6: Allison & Ray's Shopping Makeover MontageSam & Dave, “Hold On, I'm Coming”
When Allison finally tells her '60s husband Ray (Yusef Gatewood) the truth, she demonstrates her abilities by persuading a racist salesperson to let them try on and presumably just take anything in the store they want. It's a (super) power move that puts Pretty Woman's "big mistake, huge"
scene to shame, and every good makeover montage needs a triumphant song.
Episode 7: Klaus-Ben's Epic Backstreet Boys Moment
Backstreet Boys, "Everybody"
Klaus has been using song lyrics from the future as sermons to his cult, but when Ben is possessing Klaus and is asked to drop some wisdom, the best he can come up with on the fly is a quote from the Backstreet Boys. Guess what? It's perfect, because watching Klaus-Ben recite as deadpan as possible, the opening line of the song, "Oh my God we're back again. Brothers, sisters, everybody sing. We're gonna bring the flavor show you how" before the song drops is maybe the best moment of the season.
Episode 9: Five Versus Five
Billy Idol, "Dancing With Myself"
Okay, one more on the nose song choice for the road. Five seeks out a physically older version of himself in order to send him to the future, which is very headache-inducing, and this song plays when they start fighting. Poor Luther (Tom Hooper) is just caught in the middle — as in literally caught because these two Fives time jump faster than the guy can recover from his first blow.
Episode 9: The Requisite New Gerard Way Song
Gerard Way, "Here Comes The End"
As The Handler stabs a switchboard operator in order to enact her newest plan, the episode ends, and this new song by the comic book's own co-creator start playing. The 2020 song also accompanied the season 2 trailer, and seems to be inspired by the Umbrella Academy too, with lyrics like "I've got a broken mask" and "We got a love that's bigger than World War 3." Here comes the end, indeed... of the world and of the episode, that is.
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