Playlist: Orange Is The New Black

Now that you’ve watched the entire first season of Orange is The New Black 45 times, you may be looking for new ways to engage your senses with Orange is The New Black. Good news, we have a playlist for you!


Orange Is The New Black


* = a song that appeared in the actual show

This Place is A Prison – The Postal Service
*A Better Son/Daughter – Rilo Kiley
*I Don’t Give a Fuck – Boss
Going Down – Ani DiFranco
Murder Was the Case – Snoop Dogg
Drug Girls – Velocity Girl
Women’s Prison – Loretta Lynn
Prison Trilogy – Joan Baez
Criminal – The Roots, Truck North & Saigon
Shoplifters of the World, Unite – The Smiths
*Living This Life Makes It Hard – The Dutchess & The Duke
Criminal – Fiona Apple
*Gangsta – Tune-Yards
A Song For Assatta – Common & Cee-Lo
Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash cover) – Brandi Carlile
Riot In Cell Block Number Nine – The Robins
Werkin’ Girls – Angel Haze
*Keep on Walking – Jem
Bad Girls – M.I.A.
Redemption Song – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Walking Backwards – Leagues
Do It Like a Dude – Jessie J
Ladies First – Queen Latifah
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
*Sunday Morning – Velvet Underground & Nico
Trouble – Shampoo
Fight the Power – Public Enemy
*Milkshake – Kelis
*I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers
99 Problems – Jay-Z
I’m Just Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail – Mac Wiseman
*Chances – Jill Barber
*You’ve Got Time – Regina Spektor

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  1. I’m so happy about this! Especially since you were able to relate the Postal Service to OITNB. Also, Do it Like a Dude is an amazing song!

  2. Love this list, love it. When I first heard I Don’t Give A Fuck in the closing credits of episode 4 (?) I thought I had died and gone to f-bomb heaven.

  3. OMG i’m so glad i’m not the only person who has rewatched this show 45 times. i’m so obsessed with it.. and so is my mom. but of course, my mom wants piper to end up with larry and i’m in love with alex.

  4. I listened to this mix yesterday at work and it’s awesome but when it got to “Bad Girls” I thought it had ended and 8tracks had moved onto an Orphan Black mix, lol.

    • solid addition! i love that song. an entire movie plays when i hear it and i wish it could be real.

  5. Since I’ve watched and loved the show, my new obsession has been getting more and more people to love the show. I’m keeping a tally. 8 so far. I WILL NOT STOP!

  6. Love this list, but where’s “Walking Backwards” by Leagues from when Piper gets out of the SHU!?

  7. I would say I didn’t know that I needed this up until now, but that would be a lie…I DEFINITELY needed this.

  8. I was compelled to scan the song selections for at least one Joan Jett contribution. She’s there so I may proceed with streaming.

  9. All the music used in the episodes are awesome!! Triple thumbs up for T’s dancing pic! =)

  10. I would have to say “Trouble” by Pink, if you can have another song with the same title. ;)

  11. For a show that uses very little soundtrack compared to most, when they DO use music it is always so spot on. Love it. Riese’s additions are perfect too. Going to put this in my iTunes as “pri$on playlist” and pray my family never sees it.

  12. i’m really fascinated with how well that taystee gif works with every song. like even loretta lynn and rilo kiley? how does that work?

  13. This is completely off-topic, but I just realized that Kate Mulgrew is the same person who played Captain Janeway from Star Trek Voyager. That was trippy. :P

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