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Original Score

David Schwartz composed the show's opening and closing credits, including the familiar ukelele music. Both he and Gabriel Mann have composed several other musical interludes that appear throughout the show.

Popular Music in Arrested Development
Popular songs appear throughout the show and are often used to highlight a comedic gag and are sometimes sung by the characters themselves. Below is a list of songs, artists, and the episode/scene they appear in. Also included are original parody songs and information about the popular song they mimick.

Season 1

  • "I'm a Bad, Bad Man" by Tobias Funke (David Cross). Appears in Pilot. Tobias sings this song from Annie, Get Your Gun during an audition.
  • "Cry Love" by John Hiatt. Appears in episode 1.4: "Key Decisions"
  • "The Final Countdown" by Europe. First appears in 1.9: "Storming the Castle". Appears in various episodes. Gob uses this song as his theme music for his illusion act. It is also Gob's ringtone.
  • "Big Yellow Joint" by Jimmy Jane (David Schwartz). First appears in episode 1.10: "Pier Pressure". Appears in various episodes. Is a spoof of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant".
  • "Love is the Way" by Gob Bluth (Will Arnett). Appears in episode 1.13 "Beef Consumme". The song Gob likes to hear while making love to Marta.
  • "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" by Wang Chung. Appears in episode 1.14 "Shock and Aww". Can be heard as the background music at the Diversity Dance.
  • "Get Along" by David Schwartz. Appears in episode 1.15 "Staff Infection". Can be heard whenever the Bluth Company staff is compared to a herd of sheep. A parody of "Get Along Little Doggies" written by Woody Guthrie.
  • "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" by B.J. Thomas. Appears in episode 1.16 "Altar Egos". Plays as Michael and Maggie walk through the park.
  • "Christmastime Is Here" by The Vince Guaraldi Trio. Various episodes. The familiar tune from A Charlie Brown Christmas is played throughout the series to highlight downtrodden situations involving George Michael and Tobias.

George Michael walking as Charlie Brown music plays
A dejected George Michael mopes as
"Christmastime Is Here" plays.
Season 2

  • "Solid" by Ashford & Simpson. Appears in episode 2.2: "The One Where They Build a House". G.O.B. uses the song's chorus as the company slogan, "Bluth Homes: Solid as a Rock" and uses the song itself during his home unveiling press conference. Michael remarks that the lyrics "a rock" will remind people of the company's association with building projects in Iraq.
  • "Afternoon Delight" by The Starland Vocal Band. Appears in episode 2.6: "Afternoon Delight"
  • "Downtown" by Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter). Appears in episode 2.7: "Switch Hitter". Lucille sings this song to General Anderson.
  • "New York, New York" by Tobias Funke (David Cross). Appears in episode 2.8: "Queen For a Day". Tobias sings this song at the Queen Mary's kareoke stage.
  • "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" by Gob Bluth (Will Arnett). Appears in episode 2.18: "Righteous Brothers". Gob sings this song to Michael.

Season 3

  • "Mr. Roboto" by Styx. Appears in episode 3.6: The Ocean Walker.
  • "Yellow Boat" by David Schwartz. Appears in episode 3.8: "Making a Stand". A parody of the Beatles' song "Yellow Submarine".





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