Netflix recently released Season 3 (or Part 3) of their original series The Ranch starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger, and Sam Elliot. 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 dialogue will find the occasional swear word.
Music, and country music specifically plays a big role in the series, not just in the soundtrack, but in many of the jokes told, and in the titles of each episode. For example the episodes are all named after Tim McGraw songs.
Many other musical Easter eggs are placed throughout the series for music fans, such as posters on the wall, and albums in the local bar’s juke box that include 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. The most recent season features music from Cody Jinks, The Cactus Blossoms, Molly Parden, The Deslondes, Conway Twitty, and Patsy Cline.
The Ranch loves to lay music low during scenes, which sometimes can make it hard to discern. So if you hear a song not on this list, feel free to share.
List of (Some) of the 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.
Episode 1 – My Next Thirty Years
“Hollywood” – Ruston Kelly (ending credits)
Episode 2 – Things Change
“Still Miss The Way” Molly Parden (entering beauty parlor)
“My Church” – Maren Morris (during haircut)
“Things Change” – Molly Parden (final scene)
Episode 3 – Take Me Away From Here
“Time To Believe In” – The Deslondes (beginning of episode)
“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert (Maggie mopping the bar)
“Watching You” – Rodney Adkins (ending credits)
Episode 4 – She’ll Have You Back
“Traveler’s Paradise” – The Cactus Blossoms (Beau and Rooster in the truck)
“Star of the Show” – Thomas Rhett (at the water tower/ending)
Episode 5 – My Best Friend
“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi (Abby drops phone in ice hole)
“Faded Love” – Patsy Cline (Beau and Maggie dancing)
“Mexico” – Brain Keane (ending credits)
Episode 6 – Find Out Who Your Friends Are
“Salinas” – The Carmonas (Maggie tells Hank she’s selling the bar)
“Loretta” – Luke Bell
Episode 7 – One Of Those Nights
“Mama’s Hungry Eyes” – Merle Haggard (Beau goes to the cabin)
“I’m Not The Devil” – Cody Jinks
“Sand in the Bed” – Hudson Moore
“Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks [Pickin’ On version] (cover band/ending)
Episode 8 – I Didn’t Ask and She Didn’t Say
“She’s All Mine” – Cody Jinks (opening scene)
“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland (in the bar)
“I Can’t See Me Without You” – Conway Twitty (Beau turns on the radio)
Episode 9 – Last Dollar (Fly Away)
“I Can’t See Me Without You” – Conway Twitty (Beginning of episode)
“The Last Cowboy Song” – Ed Bruce (final scene/credits)
Episode 10 – Can’t Be Really Gone
“Mixed Drinks About Feelings” – Eric Church w/ Susan Tedeschi (ending credits)
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P.S. If you know of a song that appears in an episode but is not on the list, please let us know in the comments section. Looking for a song? Feel free to ask in the comments section as well.