With Entourage now in theaters, we began feeling quite nostalgic for the TV show which ran for eight seasons on HBO before making the transition to the big screen. While the exploits of Vinny Chase, Drama, Turtle, and E offered up enough laughs and conflict to satisfy the viewer, the music on the show also proved to be as vital in building the mood as the characters themselves.
The man in charge of the music direction for Entourage was Scott Vener – who also added his expertise to How to Make it in America. When the series concluded in 2011, NPR noted, “Vener got known for picking obscure music on Entourage, yet ended the series on a classic. He knew he wanted Led Zeppelin’s ‘Going to California’ to be the final song as far back as three years ago. ‘Everyone makes the biggest deal about the final song ever, and I wanted to find one song that I felt could top all the other songs,’ he says. ‘I would put that song as being in my top five favorite songs of all time.'”
For your listening pleasure, we present 40 of our favorite tunes from Entourage’s run on HBO.