River by Joni Mitchell
Season 1, episode 1: Payton’s first song is a cover of Joni Mitchell’s River, from her 1971 album Blue, which he performs in memory of his late friend at a memorial service.
Unworthy of Your Love from Assassins
Season 1, episode 6: Platt teams up with Zoey Deutch (who plays Infinity Jackson) for this number, taken from a Broadway musical called Assassins, for which Stephen Sondheim wrote the music.
Vienna by Billy Joel
Season 1, episode 8: The season one finale sees Payton become a regular musical act at a bar in New York City, where Infinity and Skye see him perform this cover of Vienna by Billy Joel. He goes on to describe Joel as “the greatest songwriter of the 20th century”.
Run Away by Ben Platt
Season 2, episode 7: The second season of The Politician returns to that same New York City bar, where Platt performs one of his own original songs. Run Away is taken from his debut studio album Sing To Me Instead, released in March 2019.
Corner of the Sky from Pippin
Season 2, episode 7: Payton follows it up with another performance at his grand piano, choosing to sing Corner of the Sky from Stephen Schwartz musical Pippin and dedicating it to his political opponents Dede Standish and Hadassah Gold.