If we try to think back to our favorite scenes from TV series, most of them have one aspect in common, that of being accompanied by an unforgettable piece of music, it doesn’t matter whether it’s part of the original soundtrack or a song by some particular band or singer. This is because music unites and confirms itself as a perfect vehicle with which convey emotionswhether positive or negative: anger, pain, emotion, happiness, fun… Music, if well placed, in fact manages to embellish any scene and, above all, to make it better impressed in our memories, as often happens in series such as Lost, I How Met Your Mother o Scrubs. Our goal today will therefore be to talk about some of the musical moments of the TV series that are most imprinted in the imagination of the serializedaware that in addition to them there are also many others.
Warning: in the following article you will find spoilers of Lost, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad, Ted Lasso, The OC, Stranger Things, Sense8 and Willy: The Fresh Prince of Bel – Air.
Make Your Own Kind Of Music (Lost)
We start our list with a scene that has literally revolutionized the way we do television.
An eye that opens. A man getting out of bed and typing something into a computer. Then, a record player and a soft music that accompanies everyday and familiar actsalmost mechanical and internalized as if they were the most natural thing in the world: cleaning the dishes, training with the stationary bike and other tools, taking a hot shower, a hearty breakfast… Listening Make Yor Own Kind of Musicthe viewer almost forgets they are watching Lost. Then, however, something starts not to add up: the man injects himself with some strange substance into his circulation. The turntable stops abruptlythe man arms himself and with a fantastic game of mirrors, the camera goes back up, revealing John Locke of Jack Shepherd look out the hatch opened after enormous efforts in the finale of the first season of the series. To say that no one expected such a twist is an understatement! A cult song for one of the most iconic moments of Lost and that no one will ever forget.
How to Save a Life (Scrubs)
Scrubs is known for being one of the TV series that has made the best use of music to convey emotions and concepts. Starting with the famous Sad Song which accompanied the most bitter and sad reflections of J.D. passing through the more cheerful pieces that followed his strange fantasies. And what about the wonderful The Book of Love oh you Winter? However, today we have chosen to dwell on a piece that, in all its simplicity, accompanying the images on the screen it completely tore us apart. Let’s talk about How to Save a Life by the Fray, the essential soundtrack of an episode that is nothing short of wonderful and capable of summarizing the deepest meaning of all in a few minutes Scrubs. Witnessing the attempts of the Dr. A.S. Cox to save the lives of patients who had received organs from a patient suffering from rabies, we can only empathize with him: from hope to determination to deepest despair.
A journey into the sense of guilt and anguish of a man who has always shown an invincible strength but whom we see collapsing on himself. A bittersong that reflects on people’s sense of loss and fallibility. A piece that, to each rewatch it leaves us all with a veil of tears in our eyes and goosebumps on our arms.
It’s Not Unusual (Willy, il principe di Bel-Air)
But let’s now move on to a decidedly lighter moment, but no less iconic than the previous ones and let’s tell you about the famous Carlton Dance on the notes of the popular It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones , dance brought to the screen by Alfonso Ribeiro in more than one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. So well known and loved that it has become one of the dances usable by the Fortnite characters, this spectacular dance is staged by the character of Carlton Banks, Willy’s cousin, when you feel particularly euphoric. According to some interviews, the Carlton Dance inspires its moves from the steps taken by Courteney Cox in the video of the song Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen and by those that Eddie Murphy in his routine “White Man Dance” routine tratta da Eddie Murphy Raw. If you want to find out if Alfonso Ribeiro still knows how to dance, recover the video in which, during a performance in dancing with the Starsreplicates such moves to enthusiastic and public uproar!
What’s Up (Sense8)
When music brings people together, literally, not metaphorically. In fact, we are sure that anyone who has seen Sense8 will never forget the scene which then became the manifesto of the whole series. When Riley presses play on her ipod and the notes of What’s Up? of the Blondies they begin to resonate all around, geographical distances cease to make sense and an invisible thread embraces eight people scattered around the world, as a sign of their incredible and incomprehensible union. A hymn to joy and light-heartedness, a fragment of light and momentary peace in lives where very often fear and despair prevail. Seeing these eight characters sing, some in a whisper, some at the top of their lungs, this hymn to brotherhood while we saw scenarios so different and far away, between different accents belonging to a single soul, it immediately made us feel a little better and in harmony with the whole.
Running Up That Hill (Stranger Things/The O.C)
One song, two different versions for two different shows, but in both cases capable of transmitting so much.
Back to the top of the summer 2022 music charts after regaining popularity thanks to Stranger Things, Running Up That Hill it was also the soundtrack to a fantastic and unforgettable scene of The O.C. In that case i thought about it Placebo to give their version of this extraordinary song, going to accompany, at the beginning of the fourth season, the focus on Ryancompletely devastated after Marissa’s death at the end of the third. A heartbreaking moment which makes us understand how great the boy’s pain can be, how much he would be willing to go back and take the place of the girl he had loved so much himself.
From pain to hope. Because then we have Max. Max who has lost a brother, who lives daily with a sense of guilt and a depression that is devouring her from within, the same that Vecna exploits to get to her and torment her with terrible visions: the same one that will try to kill her. But luckily there is music and the voice of Kate Bushtogether with the love of her friends, snatches the girl from oblivion into which she had fallen, showing her a way out which, however, is Max herself who decides to follow. A metaphor of victory over depression really powerful and profound that really can’t help but move us.
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (How I Met Your Mother)
Let’s go back once again to lightness and talk about a song that has become one of the main symbols of How I Met Your Mothera song to sing out loud and enthusiastically with your friends and that we will never, ever forget I’m Gonna Be (500 miles) dei The Proclaimers, soundtrack of Ted and Marshall’s long car journeys. Over the course of his many filming throughout the seasons of How I Met Your Mother500 Miles has marked many important moments for us and for the characters of the show, but, for us, his most important appearance refers to the 2×17 which recalls the first long journey with the faithful Proud undertaken by the two friends, forced to listen to it again in loop because the cassette it was contained in had jammed in the stereo. A truly special moment in How I Met Your Mother which marks the birth of an everlasting friendship.
She’s a Rainbow (Ted Lasso)
But after I How Met Your Mother, let’s stay on the comedy side and let’s tell you about a scene from a decidedly more current series, that is Ted Lasso. The song in question is fantastic She’s a Rainbow of the Rolling Stones and sees as the absolute protagonist the character of Roy Kent who, after having refused for a long time “court” by Ted, who invited him to join the coaching team, as in the most classic romantic comedies, runs, or at least tries to, towards the stadium of theAFC Richmond. The entry into the field of Roy, which is acclaimed by all the fans, like a real princess who arrives at the ball and leaves everyone enchanted by her beauty. The aspect that strikes us the most is how the notes of the song go to underline the spontaneous joy of man who finally gets back to doing what he has a true passion for! Simply unforgettable.
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Breaking Bad)
We conclude our list with a scene that has really made the history of television and TV series: we are referring to the last scene belonging to the finale of the last season of Breaking Bad, Felinain which we see Walter White’s journey reach its conclusion to the tune of It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue. Wounded after settling the last loose ends and saving Jesse, wounded, waiting to find his end, the man observes with melancholy nostalgia the tools with which he had produced the purest methamphetamine that made him rise to the title of Heisenberg. Upon the arrival of the police in the structure, the man collapses to the ground, with his gaze turned upwards and with a hint of a smile. Thus ends one of the best written characters ever and an extraordinary TV series. The choice of the song of the Badfinger is perfect for the occasion: it is impossible not to connect the “blue” of the title to the kind of drug cooked up by Heisenberg, as well as the story of a man who, having reached the end of his days, remembers the good old days doing what he loved.
Just a perfect ending.