‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ season 1: 5 favorite songs

A little throwback to some of season 1’s best musical numbers!

It’s official: Zoey and her lovely family will be back for a 2nd season on NBC next year! To celebrate this happy renewal and while we patiently wait for more, here are some favorite musical numbers from Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 1, performed by the many different talents in the show:

“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”

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We learned as early as the pilot that Max is in love with Zoey. He sang several love songs to her throughout the whole season, but one that stood out from the rest is his performance of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”.

When Zoey needed to get to her father ASAP and was having a breakdown, he didn’t hesitate to take her there. He was, quite literally, ready to walk miles and miles for her, to make sure she would make it home. How sweet was that?!

Both the more upbeat then slower parts of the song were perfectly in tune with what was happening in the episode. And the way Max and Zoey looked at each other through the window after he left the house?! Yeah, I’m #TeamMax for sure.


Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
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The love triangle between Zoey, Max and Simon has been an important part of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 1, but another romance is at the core of the show too. Maggie and Midge’s love story is one for the ages — beautiful and, unfortunately, tragic in the end.

Their duet to “Perfect” during their anniversary was a perfect example of the love they have for each other. It was a magical moment for Zoey to witness, but also for us.

I do hope that even if Midge died, we’ll still get glimpses of his and Maggie’s story, even if it’s only through flashbacks.

“Fight Song”

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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is the kind of show that knows how to blend funny moments and emotional ones perfectly. One of its most powerful episodes must have been the one centered around Howie and his deaf daughter, Abigail.

This episode gave us a unique performance of “Fight Song” entirely performed in sign language. It was a breathtaking moment within the show, and I surely hope we’ll get to see more of Abigail in the future. There’s still so much more we need to know about her and her story!

“This Little Light of Mine”

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist season 1
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The show is full of lovable characters, but Mo has to be my favorite. We could all use a friend/neighbor like him in our lives, who always has great pieces of advice to give… and a wonderful voice.

We got to know more about him and his story in another powerful episode, early on in the season. The episode ended with his beautiful performance of “This Little Light of Mine” when he showed his true self to his Church’s choir.

To be honest, though… all the songs he sings are absolutely amazing.

“American Pie”

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The season 1 finale of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist was just like the whole season: full of both light and emotional moments, love stories (go #TeamMax!) and, of course, musical numbers.

One of them, in particular, stood out from the rest: the cast’s rendition of “American Pie”. This seven-minute-long number saw everyone mourn the loss of Zoey’s father during his wake in one beautiful scene. A scene that concluded what had been a great first season in the best possible way.

It was emotional, and it definitely made me cry even though I knew this moment was bound to happen.

And you, what were your favorite musical numbers of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist season 1? Which songs would you like to hear them sing in season 2? Hit the comments and let us know!


Adèle Soutrenon

Adele is a college student who’s about to graduate in writing and translation. If she’s not writing about the TV shows she loves, she’s probably daydreaming about the TV shows she would love to write. From Brooklyn Nine-Nine to The Office or The Good Place and Parks and Recreation, you can say she’s a real fan of the "Schuriverse" and sitcoms in general. You can find her on Twitter @adele_sou – with all the TV shows she watches, there’s probably at least one you have in common with her.

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