This Is The Song From ‘Russian Doll’ That You Can’t Get Out Of Your Head

The Netflix dramedy series Russian Doll is a big hit with fans and critics. The eight-episode first season stars Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, a New York software engineer and video game designer who, on her 36th birthday, dies in varied ways and relives the night over and over. Each time she is “reborn,” the same song plays.

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Natasha Lyonne attends Netflix’s Russian Doll Season 1 Premiere | Mike Coppola/WireImage

What is Russian Doll about?

Nadia dies shortly after leaving her birthday party and finds herself back in the bathroom of her friend’s apartment where the party is being held — over and over and over again. She begins an investigation to determine why she keeps dying, and what she finds out leads her down some very strange paths. No spoilers here, but let’s just say that this is not your typical Groundhog Day or Edge of Tomorrow kind of plot.

What is the song that plays when Nadia’s timeline resets?

Every time that she “starts over,” Nadia is staring into the mirror in the bathroom of her friend Maxine’s apartment during her birthday party. The same song is playing every time, though this isn’t something the character acknowledges — it’s only for the audience. The song in question is Harry Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up,” from his 1971 album Nilsson Schmilsson.

The song played numerous times

Following the full season drop on Feb. 1, “Gotta Get Up” featured a major surge in streaming numbers. According to Billboard, the number of times the song was streamed increased by 2,466 percent in the week following the show’s release.

Chances are, viewers just couldn’t get the song out of their heads after watching Season 1 of Russian Doll. The song played in almost every single episode, usually several times, depending on how many times Nadia died in that episode.

Why Natasha Lyonne picked that song

It can be very costly to get the rights to play a song in a film or TV series, and “Gotta Get Up” was no exception. There were reportedly restrictions as to the number of times the song was allowed to play, and much of the series’ budget went to securing the rights from Nilsson’s estate (the singer passed away in 1994).

Though other potential songs were considered, Lyonne was set on having “Gotta Get Up” featured for a number of reasons, including the way in which Nilsson’s life influenced his music. “There was always a kind of ending that was unpleasant,” Lyonne told The New York Times, “that was percolating under the surface of his songs, even at their most upbeat and certainly at their darkest.” Listening to the lyrics of the pop tune, there is a clear message about growing up and dealing with dark realities, which is certainly a theme of Russian Doll.

Will there be a Season 2 of Russian Doll?

The Netflix series received a lot of acclaim, so it’s no surprise that people are already demanding more. On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Lyonne spoke about this, saying that because of her experience on Orange Is the New Black, she’s accustomed to the “I like it, give me more!” attitude of Netflix viewers.

Fortunately, creators Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland have planned for more season — two, in fact. Lyonne told The Hollywood Reporter, “We definitely pitched it as this three-season idea and yet it’s so interesting to think about how that shapes and morphs in the time since making it. Who knows if we’ll be lucky enough to go back down the rabbit hole. That’s tomorrow’s question. But I think we have some ideas.” Maybe this time around, there will be a new earworm to revitalize.

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