10 TV Shows That Have Fire Soundtracks That Almost Rival The Show Itself

10 TV Shows That Have Fire Soundtracks That Almost Rival The Show Itself

Do you watch for the drama or the music?

22
views

Sometimes the best music can be found while watching a TV show.


1. "Grey's Anatomy"

"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol is one of the best sad doctor TV show songs of all time. It's frequent use on Grey's Anatomy is well known, but it isn't the only great song featured in the series. Some of my favorite songs from the show include; "How to Save a Life" by The Fray (which the cast sang on in episode in which Callie under goes surgery and everything becomes a musical), "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane, "Breathe (2AM)" by Anna Nalick, and Christina and Meredith's personal favorite to dance to, "Where Does the Good Go" by Tegan and Sara.

2. "90210"

78.media.tumblr.com

90210 was a show about rich, trendy kids in Beverly Hills, so it makes sense that the music in the show would be trendy and cool. Some cool tunes that were featured include; "Sierra's Song" by All-American Rejects, "Many Shades of Black" by Adele, "One Small Step" by Parachute, and "Sunburn" by Owl City. Chances are if a song or artist was popular between 2008-2013 it was featured in some way.

3. "Gossip Girl"

78.media.tumblr.com

Much like 90210, the characters on Gossip Girl are wealthy, come from elite families, and are on top of current trends, which is why the music on this show absolutely kills it. When Serena van der Woodsen arrives back on the Upper East Side, "What Goes Around. . . Comes Around" by Justin Timberlake is playing, so the show already starts with an all time banger. Other brilliant songs from the show include; "Do You Wanna" by The Kooks, "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga, "Whatcha Say" by Jason Durelo, and "Video Games" By Lana Del Rey (a true queen and icon).

4. "The O.C."

78.media.tumblr.com

Okay, so clearly I have a thing for TV shows about rich kids, but this show started the trend for music to be in the background of pivotal moments between characters. The O.C's music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas, was "involved the selecting, mixing and supervising of all the tracks that featured in the show, as well as on the six soundtracks that followed.[5] Her work was also substantially made up of approaching bands and artists about recording covers and requesting licensing permission to include songs on the show and in the mixes.[6] Because her ongoing search for suitable songs often leads to unsigned or non-mainstream performers,[7] she is partially responsible for re-surfacing the trend of music promotion through television" according to her Wikipedia page, which is incredibly cool. She also has done work for Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl, no wonder they have such great soundtracks!

Some of my favorite songs featured on The O.C. include; "California" by Phantom Planet, "The Sound of Settling" and "A Movie Script Ending" by Death Cab for Cutie (Seth's obsession with Death Cab for Cutie lives on in me, okay), "If You Leave" by Nada Surf, "Mr. Brightside" and"Smile Like You Mean It" by The Killers, "Fix You" by Coldplay, "Wonderwall" by Ryan Adams

5. "13 Reasons Why"

78.media.tumblr.com

There are A LOT of problems with this show, but if I can say one good thing about it, it is that the music is terrific. My favorite songs from the show are; "The Night We Met" by Lord Huron, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division, "Back to You" and "Only You"Selena Gomez, "Start Again" by OneRepublic, "Fascination Street" by The Cure, and "Bored" by Billie Eilish.

6. "The Night Shift"

tvcurrent.com

The Night Shift is one of my favorite TV shows, but I didn't expect it to introduce me to new music. But while binge watching episode after episode, I found myself reaching for my phone to look up the songs I was hearing. A few of my favorites are; "Stubborn Love" and "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers, "Tush" by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, "Beautiful War" by Kings of Leon, "Shed a Little Light" by Foy Vance, "There's A Rumor" by The August Empire, "I Of The Storm" Of Monsters and Men, and "Mercy" by Shawn Mendes (aka the love of my life).

7. "Glee"

Glee has music for everyone. Literally they have covered almost every song I have ever heard, and it is all amazing. This is one of my favorite covers they did because it was so fun and cute and I love Finn, RIP Cory Montieth.

8. "The Ranch"

If you don't like country music, my next two picks for great soundtracks probably won't be up your alley. But I absolutely love every song featured in The Ranch. Each season's episodes are song titles from specific artists. For example, season one's episodes are all named after Kenny Chesney songs. Some of my favorite songs from the show include; "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, "Family Is Family" by Kacey Musgraves, "Rain Is A Good Thing" by Luke Bryan, "Drinkin' Town With A Football Problem" by Billy Currington, "Whiskey On My Breath" by Love and Theft, "Got A Little Crazy" by Kenny Chesney, "Crash and Burn" and "Star Of The Show" by Thomas Rhett, "It's A Great Day To Be Alive" by Travis Tritt, "Greatest Love Story" by LANCO, "Stay" by Sugarland, "The House That Built Me" by Miranda Lambert, "Watching You" by Rodney Atkins, "Ray Bans" by JT Hodges, "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore, and "Colder Weather" by Zac Brown Band.

This list got much longer than I intended it to, but I really do love every song on this show. If you are a country music fan or a fan of The Ranch I recommend checking out this playlist:https://open.spotify.com/user/excelsiorrecordings/...

9. "Hart of Dixie"

Hart of Dixie often included live performances from bands and up and coming country performers. This performance from Gloriana is one of my favorites! Other songs from the show that I love include; "Best Love Song" by T-Pain and Chris Brown, "Love Story" by Taylor Swift, "This" by Darius Rucker, "Let Me Down Easy" by Billy Currington, "Long Hot Summer" by Keith Urban, "Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship and Leighton Meester, "The Trouble With Girls" by Scotty McCreery (another one of my favorite guest performers), "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood, "Up All Night" by Kip Moore, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" by Blake Shelton, and "Whatcha Got In That Cup" by Thomas Rhett.

10. "One Tree Hill"

First of all, this scene makes me cry every time I watch it. Second of all, every single song from this show is an absolute gem. Some of my favorite songs are; "Hands Down" by Dashboard Confessional, "Drift" by Forty Foot Echo, "Light Up the Sky" by Yellowcard, "Timshel" by Mumford and Sons "The Good Kind" by The Wreckers, "Kill" and "23" by Jimmy Ear World, "Overdue" by The Get Up Kids, "The Mixed Tape" and "Dark Blue" by Jack's Mannequin, "Always Love" by Nada Surf, "Missing You" by Tyler Hilton, "Here Comes A Regular" by The Replacements, "All In My Head" by Nick Lachey, "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, "Light Outside" and "Dance So Good" by Wakey!Wakey!, "Sweet and Low" and "Stars and Boulevards" by Augustana, "Why Ya Wanna" and "Whiskey" by Jana Kramer, "The Girl" and "Northern Wind" by City and Colour, "Dare You to Move" by Switchfoot, "No Light, No Light" by Florence + The Machine, "Us Against the World" by Coldplay, and "One Tree Hill" by U2

But if you really want to hear an amazing playlist, this playlist has every single song from the show: https://open.spotify.com/user/sophia.ra/playlist/5...

Popular Right Now

'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.

67323
views

The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

11 Songs You Never Knew You Needed In Your Christmas Playlist Until Now

The classics are essential, but these songs are a must, too!

4
views

Hi. My name is Shalise, and I may be a little obsessed with Christmas music. I mean, how could I not be? I don't understand how some people don't enjoy it that much. You can't listen to a Christmas song and NOT immediately be put in a holly jolly state of mind. I love the classic holiday songs by the greats (Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, etc.). However, there are some other songs and artists out there that deserve attention too! Let me help spice up your Christmas playlist with these songs you may not have heard of before!

1. "Blue Christmas" 

If you loved hearing Zooey Deschanel sing "Baby It's Cold Outside" in "Elf," you'll love this!

2. "​Candy Cane Lane" by Sia 

Sia puts a fun twist on Christmas with this song.

3. "Jingle Bells" by Lauren Daigle 

Lauren Daigle jazzes up Christmas with this classic.

4. "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by Jack Johnson 

Jack Johnson's version of this holiday go-to is somewhat soothing, yet fun!

5. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Us the Duo

Need I say anything? It's Us the Duo!

6. "Fa La La" (acappella) by Justin Bieber feat. Boyz II Men 

This song is so cute! The melodies--amazing.

7. "8 Days of Christmas" by Destiny's Child 

This song is just super fun and gives you that early 2000s feel!

8. "Jingle Bells?" by Barbra Streisand 

This song is a bit odd, I'm not gonna lie. You'll either love it or hate it, but it's just super fun and exciting!

9. "Feliz Navidad" by Jess and Gabriel

Jess and Gabriel give a chill vibe to this popular song.

10. "Wrap Me Up in Your Love" by John Legend 

The world needed John Legend to sing holiday songs; this is a good one!

11. "O Come, All Ye Faithful" by Pentatonix 

This is a classic song, but Pentatonix found a way to make it even better!

I hope these songs get you in the best holiday mood! These songs are fun and different, so make sure you give them a chance.

Related Content

Facebook Comments