The music of Riverdale is as integral to the soapy noir as the quippy, self-aware pop culture references and delectable teen angst. From Blake Neely's original score to music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas's impeccable curation, Riverdale 's soundtrack is both dreamy and foreboding, the perfect blend of saccharine pop and wistful teen emotions.
Patsavas has a pivotal role in creating the sound of all three. In honor of the Season 2 premiere of Riverdaleairing October 11, let's take a look at some of the most memorable music moments from the first season. For the record, we're going to let Archie slide for not knowing who Bob Dylan isdespite the fact he aspires to be a singer-songwriter.
It was the moment that started it all. Cheryl Blossom and her twin brother Jason row across the Sweetwater River — but only one Blossom makes it back to shore alive. Johnny Jewel's "Tell Me," featuring haunting vocals from actress Saoirse Ronan, set the tone for Riverdale 's unique sound from the jump.
As much as our hearts broke for Betty, there was no denying the chemistry between Archie and Veronica during this particularly steamy game of Seven Minutes in Heaven in the pilot episode. Their lips are like magnetics.
Plus, everyone knows that a falsetto is the key to true romance. Despite the fact that Kiiara's infectious pop tune "Gold" had already run its course in the zeitgeist by the time it was featured on Riverdaleit perfectly captured the feisty mood in this scene — you know, before Betty went full dark, no stars and nearly killed Chuck in the hot tub.
Remember when Jughead walked away from the Twilight Drive-In and his dad was there waiting for him? Patsavas has a knack for finding songs that evoke sincere emotion, and when you hear the wistful lyric "we watch as our young hearts fade into the flood" as Jughead packs up his entire life in Watch hookup in the dark youtube backpack, it's like a knife to the heart.
Also, here's hoping Betty has another "Dear Diary" moment in Season 2. Veronica helps Archie wrap his hand in the hallway in what became one of the more intimate scenes of the first season. It was a short and sweet moment between two characters who had a mutual attraction to one another — but neither was ready to act on it just yet.