Reviews and opinions on the Netflix original series The Ranch starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, and Sam Elliot continue to be mixed, but the country music tie-ins—whether in the soundtrack, the set, or the dialogue—continue to make it a point of intrigue for many country fans.
Set in Garrison, Colorado, the story is about a washed up football player (Ashton Kutcher) who returns home to find his father (Sam Elliot) struggling to keep the family ranch going. The 30-minute comedy is filmed in front of a studio audience, and feels very much like a network TV sitcom, except there’s no commercials, and the characters are allowed to swear.
The second season, or the 10-episode “Part 2” as they’re calling it, was released earlier in October, and Saving Country Music has been hammered with requests to run down the music featured in the series. Every episode in the series is named after a George Strait song. Below you can find a somewhat complete list of the music featured in the show, including songs from Jason Isbell, Julie Roberts, Cale Tyson, and others. The second season also appears to have worked in a lot more pop country than the first season, including appearances by Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett in the soundtrack.
Beyond the music itself, moments like in Episode 2 when someone asks Sam Elliot’s character Beau, “You still enjoy a good cigar, right?” and he responds, “Does Dolly Parton sleep on her back?” show how country music plays a big role in the dialogue. Also interesting is that in the second season, there are numerous shots of the juke box in the bar owned by Debra Winger’s character Maggie, and you can see the covers for a Bo Deans record, Steve Earle’s Terraplane, The Deslondes self-titled release, Robert Ellis’s The Lights from the Chemical Plant, Shakey Graves’ And The War Came, and other independent country and Americana releases. It’s just one of the many country music Easter eggs featured in the show.
List of (Most) Songs Featured on The Ranch:
Theme Song: “Mamas Don’t Let You Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” originally performed by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, recorded anew by Lukas Nelson and Shooter Jennings.
Trailer: “Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi
- “Whiskey On My Breath” – Love & Theft
- “Paved in Gold” – The BoDeans
- “Break Up With Him” – Old Dominion (credits)
- “Pretty Things” – Tony Luca (at the bar)
- “Tu Abandono” – Gonzalez & Zuñiga (credits)
- “Hudson Commodore” – Jason Isbell (Colt & Abby on the porch)
- “The Trouble with Drinking” – Aaron Lee Tasjan (playing on jukebox)
- “Why Can’t I Have You” – Julie Roberts (credits)
- “Hey Pretty Girl” – Kip Moore (Colt & Heather talking)
- “Colder Weather” – Zac Brown Band (Colt & Abbey on the porch)
- “Yesterday” – Molly McCook (credits)
- “Can’t Feel Love” – Cale Tyson
- “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time” – Logan Mize
- “My Hometown” – The BoDeans (credits)
- “Your Man” – Josh Turner (with the cow)
- “Fadeaway” – The BoDeans (live band in the bar)
- “Sometimes” – Luke Bell (playing in the bar)
- “Fadeaway” – The BoDeans (credits)
- “Head Over Boots” – Jon Pardi (at the laudromat)
- “Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett (Colt & Abbey laying in bed)
- “It All Started with a Beer” – Frankie Ballard
- “Suitcase” – Steve Moakler (Colt & Abbey on couch)
- “Breaker’s Roar” – Sturgill Simpson
- “Coming Home” – Shooter Jennings (credits)
- “Hollywood” – The Hard Truth
- “Harder Than It Seems” – The Hard Truth
- “Ashes” – The Roosevelts
- “I Can’t Wait” – Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Fats Kaplan (credits)
- “Diamonds” – The Hard Truth
- “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day – Luke Bryan (credits)
- Various Christmas Carols
- “O Holy Night” – Johnny Mathis (credits)
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P.S. If you know of a song that appears in an episode but is not on the list, pipe up in the comments section and we’ll add it.