Listen to Howard Jones’ ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ from Watchmen, Season 1, Episode 5

The soundtrack of the HBO series Watchmen continues to feature some excellent music from both contemporary artists and from those releasing music a few decades ago.

Case in point, English singer songwriter Howard Jones’ ‘Things Can Only Get Better‘, which was featured on the latest episode of Watchmen on Sunday night — Watchmen, Season 1, Episode 5, “Little Fear of Lightning” — (aired on November 17th, 2019).

The track was played during the flashback as we see Wade meeting Roxy at the Hoboken fair, as he tries to persuade a group of young goth punks to join the Doomsday Clock event.

Howard Jones’ ‘Things Can Only Get Better‘ was released in 1985 as the lead single from his second studio album Dream Into Action. The B-side was ‘Why Look for the Key’.

The song made it to the number 5 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and to number 6 on the UK Singles chart. It also appeared high up on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart.

Jones’ ‘Things Can Only Get Better’ also came with a music video of the singer singing as the background shows his crew setting up for a concert.

As for Watchmen, the HBO series is based on the DC Comics series of the same name.

The series features a stellar cast, including  Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Andrew Howard, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tom Mison, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeremy Irons, and Jean Smart.

It has been welcomed with critical acclaim from most critics, and currently has a 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A huge 1.5 million people watched the first episode of the series — an enormous number for an HBO original series.

Listen to Howard Jones’ ‘Things Can Only Get Better‘ from Watchmen in the video below. You can also hear his 14-track album Dream Into Action in the Spotify widget below that.

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