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10 coolest TV soundtracks of 2013: Do you agree with our picks?

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Quite often, TV soundtracks are only mentioned when they're particularly bad. A clunking tune or wobbly composition can turn a beautiful, tense or dramatic TV moment and stink out the whole scene.

But what about the great soundtracks? The ones that make a good moment great. The tunes that give TV shows swagger. Digital Spy has picked out the 10 TV show soundtracks from 2013 that have rocked, helped us get our groove on or made us cry.

1. Peaky Blinders

The Brummie gangster drama, which ended this week, was beautifully shot, brilliantly acted and deliciously dark. The cherry on the top of the flat caps was the soundtrack. Tom Waits, the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and a hefty topping of the brilliant Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.



2. Broadchurch

The TV phenomenon of 2013's soundtrack matched its content. Eerie, brimming with drama and totally captivating, the music of Ólafur Arnalds was almost as talked about as the identity of the murderer. The Icelandic Grammy winner and composer recruited Arnor Dan, the frontman for Agent Fresco, on vocals. Agent Fresco describe themselves as "polyrythmic oddtime rock with jazz and funk influence". Nope, we've got no idea either.

Olivia Colman as Ellie Miller and David Tennant as Alec Hardy and  in Broadchurch Episode 6

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Ellie Miller & Alec Hardy in Broadchurch Episode 6



3. Breaking Bad

A show so incredible, it could have got away with having Russ Abbott's 'Atmosphere' farted by Benny Hill as its soundtrack and it would still have been utterly awesome. But that wouldn't have been Breaking Bad's style. Instead it has incredible tracks by Gnarls Barkley, TV on the Radio and, for its jaw-droppingly cool conclusion, Badfinger's 'Baby Blue'. "Guess I got... what I deserve..."



4. Made In Chelsea

This waffling posho constructed reality nonsense is the most guilty of our guilty TV pleasures. But one of the few ways we have to justify tuning in to see Binky, Tiffy, Wiffy, Boffy and Woof* is the show's pretty awesome soundtrack. E4 stick all the tracks on Spotify and with tracks by M83, Bastille, Frightened Rabbit and Everything, Everything it's easy to understand why.

*Names may not be entirely accurate.

The 2013 Baftas - winners: The Cast of Made in Chelsea with the Reality and Constructed Factual Award for Made in Chelsea

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The Cast of Made in Chelsea



5. Nashville

Getting actors to sing on soundtracks is a dangerous game. We're not all Dennis Waterman! However, it paid off big time in ABC's soapy country music drama Nashville. Who knew the likes of Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton could hold a note? And more importantly, who knew we actually quite liked country music?



6. Girls

Where would the ultimate hipster TV show be without the ultimate hipster soundtrack? However, the musical choices of Lena Dunham and co weren't all just ultra cool names that nobody outside of Dalston has heard. The choice of Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own' in season one and Oasis's 'Wonderwall' in season two proved that a pop tune can also have an incredible impact and be joyous, powerful and moving when used correctly.

'Girls' soundtrack album cover

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7. My Mad, Fat Teenage Diary

Britpop music is often sneered at by music critics these days, but E4's hugely underrated teen drama My Mad, Fat Teenage Diary proved that there was much more to the mid-'90s music scene than Hooch, Reni hats and a million Liam Gallagher wannabes. The best of the big guns like Blur, Oasis, Charlatans, Beck, Pulp and Ash, combined with nuggets from Britpop's forgotten men, such as Shed 7, Longpigs, Cast and Ocean Colour Scene, meant that the show's soundtrack was a true joy for anyone that lived through the era.



8. Mad Men

The ending of any episode of Mad Men is a terrible thing. We want more, goddamit. More Don. More Joan. More Peggy. Heck, even more Bob Benson. However, one little treat at the end of nearly every episode is the musical gem thrown in for the final credits. In keeping with everything Mad Men, the musical choices are totally on the money and sharper than a Saville Row suit.

Mad Men Season 6: Betty Francis (January Jones), Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka), Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm)

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Mad Men Season 6 cast portrait



9. The Americans

Some bizarre ITV scheduling meant that this brilliant Cold-War-era US spy drama never captured the audience it truly deserved. If our constant rave reviews on Digital Spy aren't enough for you to give it a try, perhaps the more-'80s-than-Sinitta soundtrack with Fleetwood Mac, Roxy Music, Phil Collins, Echo and the Bunnymen and Roberta Flack will tempt you.



10. The Returned

A Twin Peaks-esque French supernatural drama about zombies who aren't really zombies, and dams with diminishing water supplies; If you'd pitched it to us 12 months ago, we'd have laughed you out of the door. But what do we know? The Returned turned into our cult TV hit of the summer, utterly captivating us with its mysteries and harrowing drama. It also happened to have a mindblowing Mogwai soundtrack, which matched the show's content for unsettling chaos, weird creepiness and raw power.

The Returned

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The Returned



What TV show do you think has had the best soundtrack in 2013? Let us know below.

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