Wonderwall by Ryan Adams (The OC)
Beautiful World by The Chevin (The Middle)
Cathedrals by Jump, Little Children (Everwood)
I’ve never heard this song anywhere else besides Everwood. It’s worth a listen.
Still by Seinabo Sey (New Girl)
Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez (One Tree Hill)
Sway by The Perishers (Veronica Mars)
This song, that appropriately plays during a school dance scene, brought me to other songs by The Perishers that I love just as much.
Life’s a Song by Patrick Park (The OC)
Apologies by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (One Tree Hill)
I had just started watching One Tree Hill when I heard this song over a super emotional scene during the 5th season, and this is around the time I realized I needed to go back and watch the series from the beginning.
The Funeral by Band of Horses (Kyle XY)
Forgiven by Deb Talan (Everwood)
Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch (The OC)
If I were to someday make a list of my favorite musical moments from TV shows, some of the scenes that feature these songs might make the list. But the songs here are ones that I’ve listened to so much outside the context of the shows I heard them on that I wanted to highlight them separately. But I’m really interested in the way music is used in television shows, so I definitely want to explore that more here in the future.