Well, the ride was short but it was certainly a journey.


The Idol has finally landed on our screens in June 2023 but audiences were nervous with anticipation about what the new series had in store for us.

Aside from being a tale about stardom and Hollywood's music industry, The Idol followed rising pop star Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp) as she attempted a comeback following a tumultuous period in her personal life.

Enter nightclub owner Tedros (Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye) who enters both Jocelyn's personal life but begins to influence her entire world.

While we do not have yet a confirmed second season, we already dove deep into that twisted ending to the first run.

The Idol's cast also includes the likes of Troye Sivan and Moses Sumney, so, naturally, fans may wonder how much the series uses their vocal talents.

Read on for everything you need to know about The Idol's soundtrack.

The Idol soundtrack: Full list of songs in The Weeknd series

The full list of songs in the series so far is available below.

The Idol episode 1 soundtrack

The Idol - Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn
The Idol - Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn HBO/Sky
  • Criminal - Fiona Apple
  • Super Freaky Girl - Nicki Minaj
  • World Class Sinner/I'm A Freak - Lily-Rose Depp
  • Like a Prayer - Madonna
  • On My Mind - Diplo
  • I Put Something in Your Drink - Ramsey
  • Piece of Your Heart - Meduza
  • From Death - MIKE DEAN
  • Darling Nikki - Prince

The Idol episode 2 soundtrack

Rachel Sennott as Leia, Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, and Troye Sivan as Xander in The Idol.
Rachel Sennott as Leia, Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, and Troye Sivan as Xander in The Idol. HBO
  • Double Fantasy (with Future) - The Weeknd
  • Devil's Paradise - Mike Dean
  • Family (with Suzanna Son) - The Weeknd

The Idol episode 3 soundtrack

Rachel Sennott as Leia, Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, and Troye Sivan as Xander in The Idol.
Rachel Sennott as Leia, Lily-Rose Depp as Jocelyn, and Troye Sivan as Xander in The Idol. HBO
  • A Lesser Man - The Weeknd
  • NO HAY LEY - Kali Uchis
  • Every 1's a Winner - Hot Chocolate
  • 2AM - Gavin Turek
  • BDE - Shygirl
  • Journey North - Mike Dean
  • Get It B4 - Moses Sumney
  • Take Me Back - The Weeknd

The Idol episode 4 soundtrack

Jennie Ruby James in The Idol.
Jennie Ruby James in The Idol. HBO
  • Jealous Guy - The Weeknd
  • Fill the Void (with Lily-Rose Depp, Ramsey) - The Weeknd
  • One Of The Girls (with Lily-Rose Depp, JENNIE) - The Weeknd

The Idol episode 5 soundtrack

Troye Sivan, Ramsey, Moses Sumney, Suzanna Son
The Idol: Troye Sivan, Ramsey, Moses Sumney, Suzanna Son Eddy Chen/HBO
  • Like A God - The Weeknd
  • False Idols (with Lil Baby, Suzanna Son) - The Weeknd
  • Dollhouse (with Lily-Rose Depp) - The Weeknd
  • My Sweet Lord - Troye Sivan
  • Crocodile Tears - Suzanna Son

What has The Weeknd said about The Idol soundtrack?

Abel Tesfaye as Tedros in The Idol.
Abel Tesfaye as Tedros in The Idol. HBO

Speaking to Interview back in April 2023, Abel Tesfaye announced that he’s working on a new album which will double as The Idol soundtrack stating that "the music is just as important".

He confirmed: "There’s a whole album. I’m not shying away from making music. It’s just adding another element to my already crowded schedule."

Speaking about his inspiration for releasing "a television show that is also an album", Tesfaye said. "I’ve been inspired by The Wall and Purple Rain and when Bowie was doing it, but even films like Shaft, the music is literally telling the story of the film. But I want to take it to the next level."

"I want to challenge myself and I feel like, as a musician, I’m the best I’ve ever been. But I have ADD. I can’t focus on just that. It’s like, how do I throw a wrench in it?"

It seems as though the musical accompaniment to the series could very well be in multiple volumes, with Tesfaye having announced that Volume 1 is available to pre-order now, with its release date being on Friday 2nd June. He had also revealed that the new single from the album will feature Playboi Carti and Madonna, alongside the hashtag #POPULAR.

The Weeknd, Madonna and Playboi Carti's new track isn't the first to be released in conjunction with the series, though, as Tesfaye previously released Double Fantasy, featuring Future.

The moody music video features Depp some shots from the premiere of the series at Cannes Film Festival 2023.

You can listen to the single below.

UPDATE: The full album is no longer due to be released but this may be subject to change. Individual EPs for each episode have been released so far instead.

It is unknown if a full album of the soundtrack will be released at some pointt.

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