Episode 08 “Form and Void” s01e08
The Angry River (feat. Father John Misty & S. I. Istwa) – The Hat, Father John Misty & S. I. Istwa
Ending credits

Episode 07 “After You’ve Gone” s01e07
Lungs – Townes Van Zandt
ending song
Angel of the Morning – Juice Newton
Rust and Cohle in first bar when jukebox selection is made
Far From Any Road – The Handsome Family
True Detective Theme
Trance Figure – School of Seven Bells
Rust meets with Tobey Boelert. Gay/tran bar scene.
Red Light – Vincent and Mr Green
Going in to Interview Miss Delores
Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed – Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson
Maggie visits Rust at the bar where he works.
Floating Bridge – Gregg Allman
Fault Line – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Episode 06 “Haunted Houses” s01e06
Waymore’s Blues – Waylon Jennings
Hart outside the Fox and Hound.
Too Many Tears In My Eyes – Ike & Tina Turner
Right after Cohle gets suspended.
Every Man Needs a Companion – Father John Misty
Sex scene between Hart & Beth
Core Chant – Meredith Monk
Rust and Maggie sexscene.
Variations Goldberg, BWV 988: Aria – Glenn Gould
scene in the psych ward when Rust talks to Kelly
The Good Book – Emmylou Harris
Maggie at bar in red dress

Episode 05 “The Secret Fate of All Life” s01e05
Casey’s Last Ride – Kris Kristofferson
Playing in the bar during the opening
Tired of Waiting for You – The Kinks
Playing during the roller skating scene with Hart and his daughters
Eli – Bosnian Rainbows
Played during ending credits
Far From Any Road – The Handsome Family

Episode 04 “Who Goes There” s01e04
Bring It to Jerome – Bo Diddley
They interview Jerome’s mother at the start of the episode.
The Brain Center At Whipples – Melvins
The detectives interview Kelsey as she gets ready for a show.
Illegal Business – Boogie Down Productions
Song at the strip club. Hart asks the bartender a question.
Sur Le Borde de L’Eau (On the Water’s Edge) – Blind Uncle Gaspard
Song in the bar after Cohle takes Hart from the hospital. Hart complains but Cohle says its none of his
Are You Alright? – Lucinda Williams
Cohle is injecting fluid into his arms to make him look like a junkie. Continues as Cohle sneaks into the
Rainin’ In My Heart – Slim Harpo
Song in the diner as Cohle talks to Maggie, he leaves after she insults him.
A History of Bad Men – Melvins
Song as Cohle walks into the bikie headquarters.
American Life – Primus
Hart walks into the bikie club looking for Cohle.
Holy Mountain – Sleep
Hart is allowed into the back section of the headquarters but is kicked out.
Clan In da Front – Wu-Tang Clan
Song from the house as they break in and try to find the stash.
Honey Bee (Let’s Fly to Mars) – Grinderman
End of of the episode; end credits.

Episode 03 “The Locked Room” s01e03
Far From Any Road (Main Title Theme from “True Detective”) – The Handsome Family
beginning of show
Stand By Me – The Staple Singers
Song as episode opens on the church.
Does My Ring Burn Your Finger – Buddy Miller
First song on the double date at the barn.
I’m a One Woman Man – Johnny Horton
Second song at the barn. Hart spots Lily and gets up to buy more drinks.
The Heart That You Own – Dwight Yoakam
Song they dance to at the pub.
Evangeline Special – Jo-El Sonnier
Next song as they dance at the barn.

Episode 02 “Seeing Things” s01e02
Unfriendly Woman – John Lee Hooker
Hart tells the guys a story about a girl he slept with at the bar.
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker
Hart calls Lily from outside the bar. You can hear this song from inside.
Train Song – Vashti Bunyan
Song from playing from Lisa’s apartment when Hart visits her at night.
Sign of the Judgement – The McIntosh County Shouters
Rust goes back in the the mechanic shop and beats what the answer out of the attendants.
You Better Run to the City of Refuge – C.J. Johnson
Cohle and Hart drive out to the whorehouse.
Meet Me In the Alleyway – Steve Earle
Cohle drives around asking people if he’s seen the murdered victim.
If I Live or If I Die – Cuff the Duke
Song as they drive out and try to find the church.
Kingdom of Heaven – The 13th Floor Elevators
End song, plays into end credits.

Episode 01 “The Long Bright Dark” s01e01
Far from Any Road – The Handsome Family
Opening Theme
Sign of the Judgement – The McIntosh County Shouters
Detectives Cohle & Hart drives to Marie Fontenot’s house.
Young Men Dead – The Black Angels
Song during end credits
Rocks And Gravel – Bob Dylan
Song playing in the bar as Detective Cohle approaches two prostitues

In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is pulled back into a world they believed they’d left behind. In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law.
Written and created by Nic Pizzolatto (‘The Killing’) and directed by Cary Fukunaga (‘Sin Nombre,’ ‘Jane Eyre’), ‘True Detective’ stars Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart and Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle. The series also stars Michelle Monaghan (‘Mission: Impossible III’) as Maggie, Hart’s wife; Kevin Dunn (‘Veep’) as Major Quesada, the supervising officer in 1995; and Tory Kittles (‘Sons of Anarchy’) and Michael Potts (‘The Wire’) as Dets. Papania and Gilbough, the investigators now probing Hart and Cohle for answers.
Matthew McConaughey as Det. Rustin “Rust” Cohle
Woody Harrelson as Det. Martin Hart
Michelle Monaghan as Maggie Hart
Michael Potts as Det. Maynard Gilbough
Tory Kittles as Det. Thomas Papania

True Detective TV Songs Soundtrack, by episode

True Detective (Season 1) Soundtrack List


  1. I have been searching for the song that is playing in the truck-stop when Cohle interviews the prostitues. No One has identified it yet and it’s driving me mad trying to figure it out!

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