All music included in the show is sorted by episode

Painkiller is a new Netflix limited series exploring the early days of the US opioid crisis and Purdue Pharma’s role in it. The focus of the show is the legacy of the Sackler family. It’s about a detective, played by Uzo Aduba, who wants to hunt her down and once and for all expose the dangers of her blockbuster drug Oxycontin.

The series is based on Patrick Radden Keefes New Yorker Article and the book Painkillers: An Empire of Deception and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic by Barry Meier. Apart from Aduba, Painkiller Starring Matthew Broderick, Taylor Kitsch, West Duchovny, Clark Gregg and others.

All episodes of Painkiller summarized and explained

Painkiller tackles a serious subject and delves into a heartbreaking tale of greed and corruption that ultimately led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. The main attraction of the series is the writing and acting, but it also has an excellent soundtrack.

Painkiller Netflix soundtrack.

Below we present all the songs featured in it Painkiller, separated by episodes. Don’t worry if you’re bobbing to a certain tune but don’t want to pause on Shazam, we’ve done the work for you!


Painkiller. West Duchovny as Shannon Shaeffer on episode 105 of Painkiller. Cr. Keri Anderson/Netflix © 2023

Songs from episode 1

  • “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Top Yourself” by The Raconteurs
  • “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys
  • Blow Your Whistle (feat. Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers) directed by Chuck Brown.
  • Candy by Iggy Pop

Songs from episode 2

  • “Psycho Killer (LP Version)” by Talking Heads

Songs from episode 3

  • “Hustlin'” by Rick Ross
  • “Tusk” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “I Want Candy” by The Rubix Cubes
  • “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue
  • “I Put a Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Songs from episode 4

  • “Chicken Train Stomp” by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  • “Feel So Good” by Mase

Songs from episode 5

  • “Macarena” from Los del Rio
  • Step into the Breeze by Spiritualized

Songs from episode 6

  • “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground & Nico
  • Via Luna by Peter Davidson
  • “The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel

All six episodes of Painkiller stream now on Netflix.

This article was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the work of the writers and actors who are currently on strike, the series discussed here would not exist.

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Sarah Ridley is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Sarah Ridley joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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