You can now Stream Music from The Young Pope on Spotify


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There are many reasons that The Young Pope is a unique series – we’ve touched on most of them in our recaps. There is, however, one reason that we haven’t paid quite enough attention to, and that would be its music. The soundtrack of The Young Pope is eclectic; both calming and tense when it needs to be. It stands as one of the best soundtracks currently being used on television.

Outside of the intro music, which is a version of Jimi Hendrix’s take on “All Along the Watchtower,” the score is composed by Lele Marchitelli. You can now listen to select music from The Young Pope on an official Spotify playlist put together my HBO. No, it’s not as good as having an official release of the full soundtrack, but for now this is as close as we’re going to be able to get. The playlist is mostly made up of insert songs and not the score, to be fair.

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If this doesn’t do it for you, the European release of the soundtrack can be imported through Amazon. That release, while generally robust, also eschews much of the score for insert songs. The use of licensed music in The Young Pope is expertly done, but it’s not what makes the soundtrack actually great. That would be the score by Lele Marchitelli, which remains elusive.

This is not the first time that we’ve been given the run-around on a soundtrack release HBO. Sure, Westworld was quick to release its soundtrack, but fans of True Detective had to fight for that one. And to be fair, Westworld’s score was done by Ramin Djawadi, famous for scoring Game of Thrones. Djawadi was already established, and his score for Game of Thrones had already received accolades, so releasing the Westworld score was an easy choice.

Next: The Young Pope Recap: Episode 7.

Hopefully we will someday have the full soundtrack to The Young Pope, including the score, but for now we’re happy to make do with whatever we can get.