Diegetic Music

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Diegetic music is music that which comes from a source inside the story such as a radio or a band playing, as opposed to music on the soundtrack which is not "heard" by the characters in the story.

The following are examples of diegetic music and songs in Supernatural.


1.01 Pilot

"Back in Black" by AC/DC

The song is playing on the cassette Dean plays after Sam finds his "mullet rock" collection.

2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One

"Foreplay/Long Time" by Boston

The "Long Time" portion of the song is playing in the Impala.

1.22 Devil's Trap

"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

The song is playing in the Impala when they are hit by the truck.

3.11 Mystery Spot

"Heat of the Moment" by Asia

Wakes Sam up each Tuesday until the final day when he wakes up to "Back in Time" by Huey Lewis and the News on a Wednesday.

3.16 No Rest for the Wicked

"Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi

Dean and Sam sing along in the car before Dean's deal comes due.

4.06 Yellow Fever

"Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor

The song that Dean air drums to while waiting in the car.

5.03 Free to Be You and Me

"Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

The song plays over the Sam and Dean montage in the beginning, and eventually is playing in the Impala.

5.22 Swan Song

"Rock of Ages" by Def Leppard

The song plays from "Kick it in the ass!" mix tape in the Impala when Dean enters Stull Cemetery.

7.02 Hello, Cruel World

"Black Water" by The Doobie Brothers plays over the montage as the leviathan spread through the water. It ends when Edgar turns off his radio.

7.06 Slash Fiction

Dean silently sings along to "All Out of Love" by Air Supply.

8.04 Bitten

There was also no original score throughout the episode, only diegetic pieces of indie pop music.

8.17 Goodbye Stranger

"Goodbye Stranger" by Supertramp :The song starts playing in the Impala and continues over the closing montage.

7.20 The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo and 8.20 Pac-Man Fever

"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves

The song plays in the first episode on Charlie's phone thru her headphones as she arrives at work and in the second case on her phone during her fashion montage.

10.05 Fan Fiction

"Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot :Playing as Dean is fixing up the Impala.

All the songs from Supernatural: The Musical!.

10.17 Inside Man

"The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers

The song plays on the radio in Bobby's Heaven.

11.04 Baby

All music was diegetic: Either coming from an outside source or the Impala's cassette deck.

11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley

"Don't Answer the Door" by B.B. King
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
"Good Vibrations" by Brian Wilson

All play in Chuck's bar. Chuck aka Rob Benedict sings "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" in the bar as well.

12.03 The Foundry

"Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

The song plays on the radio in the Impala when Sam, Dean and Mary hit the road.

13.21 Beat the Devil

"Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin

Playing in the bar as Lucifer drinks his sorrows away.

14.07 Unhuman Nature

"Let It Ride" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

The song plays in the Impala as Dean teaches Jack to drive.

15.20 Carry On

"Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas

The song plays in the Impala as Dean drives through Heaven. Dean comments on how much he loves the song.