Billions is many things to many people: some love the amazing acting, some enjoy the sharp writing, and many love the pop culture references galore.
However it’s the soundtrack to Billions that can be all things to all people!
From Dylan to Black Sabbath, from Sammy Davis Jr. to Nelly, Billions has it all, and more.
I’ve written several times about Axe and his music; it was only natural for the gang at Fan Fun to share our favorite songs featured in our favorite show.
Without further ado, here is Lady Trader’s Playlist, and I’m sure most of the picks will not surprise you! Also, look for an updated “From the Trader’s Desk”: Bobby Axelrod – a Man and his Music, now that we know Axe’s metal t-shirt for S5 (and yes, I called it here!)
“Never Say Die” by Black Sabbath – Season 3 Episode 8 All The Wilburys
No surprise here. I love Black Sabbath, Axe loves Black Sabbath, and Brian Koppelman loves Black Sabbath. Axe returning as the triumph king in his Master of Reality t-shirt was legendary!
“Master of Puppets” by Metallica – Season 1 Episode 4 Short Squeeze
Our first introduction to Axe the metalhead, but certainly not our last!
“Ace of Spades” by Motörhead – Season 4 Episode 1 Chucky Rhoades’s Greatest Game
If ever there was a thrash metal song written about Axe, then this is it!
“Peace Sells” by Megadeth – Season 2 Episode 4 The Oath
“Battle” Axe goes to war with Chuck, and his armor is his Megadeth t-shirt. How fitting!
“For Those About to Rock” by AC/DC – Season 2 Episode 7 Victory Lap
Axe racing in a yellow Ferrari with Angus playing in the background? Genius!
“And the Cradle Will Rock” by Van Halen – Season 1 Episode 11 Magical Thinking
Yes, that’s Van Halen – not Van Hagar!
“TNT” by AC/DC – Season 4 Episode 8 Fight Night
You have to be a damn good band to be on this playlist twice; and the Bon Scott years of AC/DC are damn good! As an aside, any band that can use bagpipes in a hard rock song will always have a piece of my heart.
“Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who – Season 4 Episode 12 Extreme Sandlot
I’m not the biggest Who fan (unless you mean Doctor Who!) but the placement of this song in this episode was brilliant.
“New Year’s Day” by U2 – Season 4 Episode 10 – New Year’s Day
Bono’s haunting voice along with the deserted wintery scenes of lower Manhattan may just be my favorite opening to an episode of Billions ever.
“Handle with Care” by The Traveling Wilburys – Season 3 Episode 8 All the Wilburys
Yes, I am a metal-chick, but if you don’t like the Wilburys we can’t be friends. When Gingersnap was assigning the Fan Fun group which Wilbury they were, she gave me Tom Petty and that is one of the highest compliments I have ever gotten!
“Trouble” by Keith Richards – Season 2 Episode 3 Optimal Play
Why is this song on the list? Because it’s Keith Richards, and that’s all that needs to be said!