May Playlist: Listen To Songs Featured On Your Fave VH1 Shows

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At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. In fact, the team responsible for this task, known as the Creative Music Integration (CMI) group, listens to thousands of songs each month in an attempt to figure out how best to utilize musical cues to reinforce the emotion and drama on shows like Single Ladies and Basketball Wives. We thought it would be a cool idea to give you an inside glimpse into this world.

To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in May — from artists like Santigold, Estelle, Tank, Neon Hitch and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and stay tuned for our June playlist!

VH1 SHOW PLAYLIST: MAY 2012

BASKETBALL WIVES

  • The Wanted “Chasing The Sun” in Basketball Wives #412
  • Neon Hitch “Poisoned with Love” in Basketball Wives #412
  • Collie Buddz “ I Feel So Good” in Basketball Wives #412
  • James Morrison “One Life” in Basketball Wives #412
  • Jamie Woon “Shoulda “ is featured in Basketball Wives #413: Tami regrets her choice of words with Kesha . We wanted to find a song with a pensive tone that allowed Tami to reflect on her actions, along with lyrics that showed the remorse she was feeling – “walked when I shoulda run, and I ran when I should have walked, and don’t I know it”. – Tracey, CMI Music Coordinator
  • Estelle ft Janelle Monae “ Do My Thing” is featured in Basketball Wives #413
  • K’naan ft Nelly Furtado “ Is Anybody Out There” is featured in Basketball Wives #413
  • Imagine Dragons “On Top of the World” in Basketball Wives #414
  • Alex Clare “ Too Close” in Basketball Wives #414
  • Maverick Sabre “Running Away” in Basketball Wives #415
  • Melanie Fiona ft B.o.B “Change the Record” in Basketball Wibes #415
  • Outasight “ Now or Never” in Basketball Wives #415
  • Santigold “The Riot’s Gone” in Basketball Wives #415:You heard Santigold’s “The Riot’s Gone” in two separate scenes with Shaunie. First at the dinner table with her family and then the song is reprised at the end of the following scene with her pastor. Both scenes speak to Shaunie’s focus on family and the important things in life. She struggles with the negativity surrounding her because of all of the fighting between the other ladies. Santigold sings “I heard it for a moment now the riot’s gone” as Shaunie’s pastor forces her to consider leaving bickering friends behind in order to maintain her integrity. – Isaac, CMI Music Supervisor
  • Sarah Jaffe “Halfway Right” in Basketball Wives #415:It’s clear that Evelyn and Jennifer’s friendship will never be the same after their time in Tahiti. We decided to feature Sarah Jaffe “Halfway Right” during their final argument. Sarah’s writes and sings with such raw emotion, it perfectly mirrored the sadness, frustration and anger Evelyn and Jennifer felt towards one another. – Tracey, CMI Music Coordinator

SINGLE LADIES

  • Estelle “The Life” in Single Ladies #201:”This is the life / and we live this to the fullest / do whatever we like” sings Estelle to wrap up the end of the season 2 premiere episode, a fitting ode to these single ladies’ lifestyles, as Keisha, April, and Raquel drive off into the night in Keisha’s Aston Martin. Estelle’s female empowerment was exactly what was needed here to give viewers a sense of what’s to come for the season. We featured another Estelle track, “Break My Heart,” off her new album in episode 106 last season – Paul, CMI Music Coordinator
  • Tank “Next Breath” in Single Ladies #201:The two biggest sales increases we’ve seen after placements in this series both came from the intimate scenes between Keisha and Malcolm! Last season, Marsha Ambrosius’ “With You” was the soundtrack for their first steamy scene, and it shot up to #2 on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers chart, which measures biggest sales increases over just the last 24 hours. After this placement, Tank’s “Next Breath” shot up to #5 on the same chart, and “Next Breath” was trending on Twitter. This was song made total sense, not just because of how it synced musically and lyrically, but because viewers will get to actually see Tank make a cameo in an upcoming episode. Stay tune(re)d! – Paul, CMI Music Coordinator

MOB WIVES

  • Four Tops “Reach Out I’ll Be There” in Mob Wives #217
  • The Impressions “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” in Mob Wives #217
  • Buddy Miles “We Got To Live Together” in Mob Wives #217

MOB WIVES CHICAGO

  • Elle King “Playing For Keeps” is the theme for Mob Wives Chicago