Miami Vice was one of the most innovative shows in television history and it revolutionized the prime time crime drama into what it is today. One of the things that made Miami Vice popular was the choice of music that was played during the episodes. Here are some of the songs that you may remember hearing from this 1980s crime drama that featured hot women, drugs and boat chases.
In the Air Tonight:
One of the most popular episodes of Miami Vice was one in which Phil Collins made a guest appearance as a high ranking drug dealer. But his music was also featured in several episodes. His song In the Air Tonight was a perfect choice for the episode “Brother’s Keeper” and it helped the former Genesis drummer catapult his solo career. This also happened to be the pilot episode which helped launch the career of Don Johnson.
Don Henley’s song Dirty Laundry was a perfect fit for the episode Rock and a Hard Place in which two music executives try to ruin a singer’s comeback by telling people she is married to a drug dealer.
I Want to Know What Love Is:
Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is is a song that is as recognizable as almost any other song. It was used in the episode entitled Rites of Passage in which Tubbs runs into a former love interest, played by Pam Grier.
You Belong to the City:
Glenn Frey’s iconic song You Belong to the City was one of the best things to come out of the 1980s and the Miami Vice soundtrack. In fact, it was used in two episodes, one of which was titled Smuggler’s Blues. This episode had Crockett and Tubbs going undercover as drug smugglers to help expose dirty law enforcement members who were killing drug dealers and their families.
Little Miss Dangerous:
Who would’ve ever thought of having Ted Nugent on a show that takes place in Miami? In addition to a couple of his songs, including Little Miss Dangerous, being featured on the episode entitled Definitely Miami, Nugent also has a guest appearance on here.Image via Wikipedia
These are just a few of the great songs that were featured on Miami Vice along with some of the artists making guest appearances on episodes when their song was featured. There aren’t too many TV crime dramas that have matched Miami Vice’s raw subject matter and combined it with popular culture. This formula may never be recreated again.