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Season 1 of Miami Vice introduced the show's trademark style of highlighting important scenes with music, and featured 74 songs during the course of its 22 episodes. Most of the music is light, popular fare, comparable to the overall light tone of the episodes. The season also features a large number of Latin salsa, mambo and merengue tracks, highlighting the diverse cultural makeup of Miami.


  • Brian Ray's "Today's a Beginning" was written exclusively for season 1 of the show.
  • Several songs are performed 'live' by a house band covering another musician's work; season 1 would be the only season where this occurs, as later it became common practice for the original artist to make a guest live appearance.
  • Most songs used in an episode (two-hour): 9 - "Brother's Keeper"
  • Most songs used in an episode (one-hour): 6 - "Rites of Passage"
  • Least songs used in an episode: 1 - "Golden Triangle (Part I)"
  • Average number of songs per episode: 3.36
  • Most songs by the same artist: 3 - The Reds, all in "Rites of Passage"


Number Episode Title Artist
1 "Brother's Keeper" "Miss You" The Rolling Stones
2 "Brother's Keeper" "Body Talk" The Deele
3 "Brother's Keeper" "Mi Rumbon" Los Virtuosos
4 "Brother's Keeper" "Somebody's Watching Me" Rockwell
5 "Brother's Keeper" "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Cyndi Lauper (performed by house band)
6 "Brother's Keeper" "Salsa Caliente" Los Virtuosos
7 "Brother's Keeper" "Only in Miami" Bette Midler (performed live by house band)
8 "Brother's Keeper" "All Night Long (All Night)" Lionel Richie (performed live by house band)
9 "Brother's Keeper" "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins
10 "Heart of Darkness" "She's a Beauty" The Tubes
11 "Heart of Darkness" "Missing You" John Waite
12 "Heart of Darkness" "Going Under" Devo
13 "Heart of Darkness" "This Masquerade" George Benson
14 "Cool Runnin'" "King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown" Augustus Pablo
15 "Cool Runnin'" "Feel the Spirit" The Wailing Souls
16 "Cool Runnin'" "Reality Dub" Linton Kwesi Johnson
17 "Cool Runnin'" "Jamming" Bob Marley and the Wailers
18 "Calderone's Return (Part I)" "I'm So Excited" The Pointer Sisters
19 "Calderone's Return (Part I)" "Tush" ZZ Top
20 "Calderone's Return (Part I)" "In the Night" Russ Ballard
21 "Calderone's Return (Part II)" "Voices" Russ Ballard
22 "Calderone's Return (Part II)" "What's Love Got to Do With It" Tina Turner
23 "One Eyed Jack" "New Girl Now" Honeymoon Suite
24 "One Eyed Jack" "La Vecinita" Papo Cadena
25 "One Eyed Jack" "Wonderful Tonight" Eric Clapton
26 "One Eyed Jack" "Jump (For My Love)" The Pointer Sisters
27 "No Exit" "Stay with Me" Teddy Pendergrass
28 "No Exit" "I Don't Care Anymore" Phil Collins
29 "The Great McCarthy" "Some Guys Have All the Luck" Rod Stewart (performed live by house band)
30 "The Great McCarthy" "Go Insane" Lindsey Buckingham
31 "The Great McCarthy" "Self Control" Laura Branigan (performed live by house band)
32 "The Great McCarthy" "Born to Be Wild" Steppenwolf
33 "Glades" "We Got to Get Out of This Place" The Animals
34 "Glades" "I Send a Message" INXS
35 "Glades" "Girls with Guns" Tommy Shaw
36 "Give a Little, Take a Little" "Better Be Good to Me" Tina Turner
37 "Give a Little, Take a Little" "You Want More" Etta James
38 "Give a Little, Take a Little" "Today's a Beginning" Brian Ray
39 "Little Prince " "Relax" Frankie Goes to Hollywood
40 "Little Prince" "Tiny Demons" Todd Rundgren
41 "Little Prince" "Turn Up the Radio" Autograph
42 "Milk Run" "Legs" ZZ Top
43 "Milk Run" "Feliz Cumbe" Fernandito Villalona y Su Orquesta
44 "Milk Run" "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" Pat Benatar
45 "Golden Triangle (Part I)" "Great Balls of Fire" Dolly Parton
46 "Golden Triangle (Part II)" "Catch the Wind" The Blues Project
47 "Golden Triangle (Part II)" "Poison Ivy" The Coasters
48 "Golden Triangle (Part II)" "Mr. Lee" The Bobbettes
49 "Smuggler's Blues" "Lunatic Fringe" Red Rider
50 "Smuggler's Blues" "Baja" Mascara
51 "Smuggler's Blues" "Smuggler's Blues" Glenn Frey
52 "Rites of Passage" "Come to Poppa" Bob Seger
53 "Rites of Passage" "Waiting for You" The Reds
54 "Rites of Passage" "Beat Away" The Reds
55 "Rites of Passage" "Change Your Ways" Rockwell
56 "Rites of Passage" "Till the End" The Reds
57 "Rites of Passage" "I Want to Know What Love Is" Foreigner
58 "The Maze" "Renegades of Funk" Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
59 "The Maze" "Livin' the Book of My Life" Philip Michael Thomas
60 "The Maze" "Tea in the Sahara" The Police
61 "Made for Each Other" "(Money) That's What I Want" Barrett Strong
62 "Made for Each Other" "Treat Me Nice" Elvis Presley
63 "Made for Each Other" "Rubberneckin'" Elvis Presley
64 "The Home Invaders" "Destination Unknown" Sly and Robbie
65 "The Home Invaders" "The Glamorous Life" Sheila E.
66 "Nobody Lives Forever" "Bad to the Bone" George Thorogood and the Destroyers
67 "Nobody Lives Forever" "New Love" Glenn Frey
68 "Nobody Lives Forever" "Green Onions" Booker T. & The M.G.'s
69 "Nobody Lives Forever" "Heartbeat" Red 7
70 "Evan" "The Rhythm of the Heat" Peter Gabriel
71 "Evan" "You Only Left Your Picture" Fashion
72 "Evan" "Biko" Peter Gabriel
73 "Lombard" "My Boy Lollipop" Millie Small
74 "Lombard" "Wire" U2