ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

If you haven’t already heard, Atlanta is the breakout TV show of 2016 which everyone, including your mom (debatably) is watching. Aside from its next level script, powerful performances and for being at once a comedy, a drama and a surrealistic voyage to the inner workings of the soul, it also stands out for its absolutely killer opening and closing tracks which change with every episode.

Knowing how desperate we are to find out what all of these different songs after each show, we’ve compiled a list of each track used in every episode to date, making sure you never miss a beat.

Episode Five: 'Nobody Beats The Biebs'

  • Opening Track: Billy Paul - Am I Black Enough For You

Grammy award winning American soul singer most well known for his huge hit 'Me and Mrs. Jones,' Billy Paul was associated with the Philadelphia soul sound. Passing away in April this year, it's often been said that Billy was one of the most underrated musicians of the post-revolution '60s civil rights period.

  • Closing Track: Childish Gambino - Untitled

Atlanta star and creator Donald Glover, a.k.a Childish Gambino performed this track live with Reggie Watts on The Late Show With James Corden two weeks before this episode aired. Having released two albums, two EPs and seven mixtapes as well as signing to Glassnote, Glover is just as successful as a musician as he is as a comedian, actor and screenwriter.

Episode Four: 'The Streisand Effect'

  • Opening Track: Xavier Wulf - Philospher's Throne

Hailing from Easy Memphis Tennessee, Xavier Wulf, previously known as Ethelwulf a member of the Raider Klan, made his debut with his 2012 mix tape 'The Wolf Gang's Rodolphe.' Now living in LA, Wulf has gone solo, often collaborating with Bones and Chris Travis.

  • Closing Track: Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka started his career as a session guitarist before breaking out as a solo artist in his own right. From here he has been on tour with Adele, won the BBC's 'Sound of 2012' poll and signed with Polydor.

Episode Three: ‘Go For Broke’

  • Opening Track: Kodak Black - SKRT

Nineteen-year-old Dieuson Octave grew up in the projects in Pompano Beach and began rapping at the tender age of six. His epic track 'SKRT' took off when Drake posted a video of himself dancing to it which was swiftly followed by Kodak signing with Atlantic.

  • Closing Track: Migos - Spray the Champagne

Atlanta based hip hop-trap group Migos are managed by Coach K, former manager of Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy. Breaking out in 2013 with their single ‘Versace’ they reached critical success with their 2015 album ‘Yung Rich Nation.'

Episode Two: ‘Streets on Lock’

  • Opening Track: Yo Gotti - Law ft. E-40

On the scene for over two decades, Yo Gotti has six albums to his name, has worked with the likes of Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, J.Cole, Nicki Minaj and YG and has his own record label, CMG, home of Snootie Wild and Blac Youngster.

  • Closing Track: Bill Withers - Grandma’s Hands

Grammy-winning living legend Bill Withers has wracked up several outstanding songs across his impressive career. From 'Lean on Me' to 'Ain’t no Sunshine', 'Just the Two of Us' and 'Lovely Day', it is virtually impossible to find someone who doesn’t know at least one of his fell-good tunes.

Episode One: ‘The Big Bang’

  • Opening Track: OJ Da Juiceman - No Hook

Atlanta native, Otis Williams Jr. a.k.a OJ Da Juiceman grew up in the same apartment block as Gucci Mane who he’d later collaborate with. Boasting over twenty mix tapes to his name, OJ has also released two albums and runs his own record label, 32 Entertainment.

  • Closing Track: Steve G. Lover and Chemist - Paper Boi

The 'G.’ in Steve’s name stands for Glover, the rapping brother of Donald. Whilst this track is not actually properly released yet, we have a feeling it’s going to become just as big as the show when it finally drops!

What is your favorite track from the show?


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