Cream, Aunt Mary, Oystein Greni and The Ramones are some of the bands on the Lilyhammer soundtrack. Other music featured on Lilyhammer is tracked by Steven Van Zandt, who composed the instrumental songs and sang on several tracks.
Steven Van Zandt released a three-volume, 50-song set of music titled "Lilyhammer: The Score," which features full songs as well as background tracks from the show. Divided by genre, the first volume is titled Jazz, followed by Folk, and finishes with a volume that Van Zandt calls Rock, Rio, Bits and Pieces. In addition to composing music, Van Zandt also stars as the main character in Lilyhammer and is best known for his membership with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
In Lilyhammer, Van Zandt's character, Frank Tagliano, testifies against his former mob boss in a trial, and is subsequently placed in Lillehammer, Norway, under protective custody in the witness protection program. The change proves difficult, however, when Tagliano sees that his intimidating mobster ways do not translate to his new, immigrant, unemployed, rural way of life in Norway. Tagliano then believes that he will not succeed in his new society unless he resorts to the way of life he had in the United States.