Peaky Blinders season 6 continues the TV series tradition of strong musical selections. Here is a complete soundtrack guide for every song that plays.
Warning: Contains spoilers for Peaky Blinders season 6, episode 1.
The Peaky Blinders soundtrack has always been carefully orchestrated and the use of songs in Peaky Blinders season 6 promises to continue the tradition. Peaky Blinders is returning for its sixth and final season ahead of a movie that is set to conclude the main storyline. However, creator Steven Knight has already indicated that the movie will serve to set up spin-off shows that can take place within the same universe.
Peaky Blinders season 6 picks up where season 5 left off as Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) contemplates suicide after the failed assassination of Oswald Mosley. After the bodies of Barney Thompson, Aberama Gold, and Polly Gray are delivered to his house, the Shelby family hold a funeral for Polly and then the series takes one of its traditional time jumps forwards four years. In 1933, Tommy Shelby is exploring his options in America and facing a new age of jazz (which he doesn’t care for).
Peaky Blinders has a strong history of using anachronistic music that leans heavily on blues and folk influences to highlight powerful moments, and Peaky Blinders season 6 episode 1 has already shown the power of subverting that trend. The first episode does not include the iconic “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave that has served as the Peaky Blinders theme song for 5 seasons, hinting at a larger change in the character of Tommy Shelby. Similarly, the ending credits pay tribute to Helen McCrory, who played Polly Gray, and forgoes using music over the end credits, using the simple sounds of nature instead. With that said, here is a complete soundtrack guide to every song in Peaky Blinders season 6 so far.
Peaky Blinders Season 6, Episode 1, “Black Day”
“You’re Not God” – Anna Calvi: Anna Calvi is the musical composer for Peaky Blinders season 5 and 6, and “You’re Not God” is one of her original compositions for the TV series. It plays over the recap at the start of Peaky Blinders season 6 episode 1, and ends with the title card.
“Disorder” – Joy Division: Joy Division’s “Disorder” begins to play as Ada Shelby (Sophie Rundle) leaves the opium den after seeing to Arthur Shelby (Paul Anderson) and continues as Gina (Anya Taylor-Joy) goes to visit Michael (Finn Cole) at Norfolk Prison in Boston.
“Sixteen Men Swinging” – Count Basie: When Tommy Shelby goes to see Gina, she is listening to the jazz son “Sixteen Men Swinging” by Count Basie, a jazz musician that was active from 1924 until his death in 1984. Gina turns the music off at Tommy’s request, but starts the same song up again later to annoy him.
“Ain’t No Grave” – Anna Calvi: When Tommy Shelby goes to visit Michael at Norfolk Prison, Anna Calvi’s cover of the Johnny Cash song “Ain’t No Grave” plays until he gets out into the yard at the end of Peaky Blinders season 6, episode 1.
Peaky Blinders Season 6, Episode 2, “Black Shirt”
“Nessun Dorma” — from Turandot by Giacomo Puccini: As Tommy Shelby exits the elevator when visiting Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy), Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” can be heard playing and is eventually revealed to be a record that Alfie is listening. Tommy waits for the song to dramatically conclude before speaking. The song deals with a man’s assumed victory as the death of many others hangs in the balance.
“You’re Not God” — Anna Calvi: As Oswald Mosley (Sam Claflin) finishes his preparations for his fascist rally, Anna Calvi’s “You’re Not God” once again plays and continues to score Tommy Shelby and Lizzie’s (Natasha O’Keefe) entrance to the event.
“Ain’t No Grave” – Anna Calvi: As Tommy enters the cathedral to meet with Jack Nelson (James Frecheville), Anna Calvi’s cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave” plays for the second time in Peaky Blinders season 6.
“Red Right Hand” — Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: The music on the end credits for Peaky Blinders season 6, episode 2, brings back Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Red Right Hand,” the song that has served as the Peaky Blinders theme song for the first 5 seasons.
Peaky Blinders releases new episodes Sunday on BBC.
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