Certain songs are so closely associated with a specific show and moment in television that it feels like blasphemy when another series dare use it for its own soundtrack. Here are 10 songs that shows need to avoid from here on out:
"Make Your Own Kind of Music," Mama Cass
Best known from Lost: Eight years ago, the world held its breath as we awaited the Season 2 premiere of Lost. Thankfully, our patience was rewarded with a rockin' montage set to Mama Cass while we finally learned what was in the hatch. (Remember how important that was back then?) The song immediately became as ensnared in Lost's mythology and fandom as the numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42. That's why it was so jarring when Dexter stole the song in a recent episode. Okay, "stole" might be a little harsh, but seriously, Dex. Back off.
"Wicked Game," Chris Isaak
Best known from
Friends: In Season 2, after years of unrequited love, bad timing (and Paulo), Ross and Rachel finally did it! And though things didn't go quite according to plan, Ross made the best of a bad situation and set up a romantic picnic in the museum planetarium. We'll never think of juice boxes the same again.
"Hide and Seek," Imogen Heap
Best known from The O.C.: Neither Trey nor Caleb were much loved O.C. characters, but their deaths will never be forgotten thanks to Josh Schwartz's decision to use "Hide and Seek" as accompaniment to their passings. Trey's death in particular took on a life of its own when The Lonely Island spoofed the scene, making it arguably the most iconic musical moment in the soundtrack-savvy show.
"Chasing Cars," Snow Patrol
Best known from Grey's Anatomy: "If I lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world." Every time we hear these words, tear-stained images of Izzie laying in the arms of her dead fiancé, Denny, flood our minds. And it still hurts just as much as it did in 2007.
"Zou Bisou Bisou," Gillian Hills
Best known from Mad Men: After Don's proposal, the Season 5 premiere made sure everyone knew Megan is no Betty. And what better way to show off her big personality than through song and dance? It's hard to imagine anyone outdoing Jessica Pare's performance — so don't even try.
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow," IZ
Best known from ER: During its 15-season run, no moment was as heartbreaking as Dr. Greene's death. After accepting the cancer had won, Mark went to reconnect with his daughter and ultimately pass away in Hawaii. IZ's hauntingly beautiful ukulele cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" provided the soundtrack for Dr. Greene's last moments and each time we hear it, it's like we're losing him all over again.
"Breathe Me," Sia
Best known from Six Feet Under: When a shows end, we have an insatiable need to know what happened to the characters after the credits role. Six Feet Under catered to that in the most gut-wrenching, painful way possible. Set to "Breathe Me," the show provided a montage of each member of the Fisher family getting their happy ending. And dying. It was perfect, in a way. If your idea of perfect is weeping uncontrollably every time Sia comes on.
"The Final Countdown," Europe
Best known from Arrested Development: "The Final Countdown" was released in 1986 but it wasn't until 2003 that the song's place in pop culture was cemented. Thanks to Gob's questionable taste in music, the second we hear the synth start up we know we're in for one heck of an illusion. Not even a forget-me-now can erase these memories.
"My Immortal," Evanescence
Best known from So You Think You Can Dance: Reality shows are rarely able to connect with viewers through music the way scripted series are, which makes The Exorcist's Season 9 audition that much more remarkable. The way Hampton Williams danced to "My Immortal" enabled him to not only "exorcise" the live audience, but also everyone at home. Oh yeah, and he did it again this year with his girlfriend and daughter. So. Many. Feelings.
"I Hear the Bells," Mike Doughty
Best known from Veronica Mars: "No one writes songs about the ones that come easy." Veronica Mars was always able to turn teenage angst into something beautiful. And just when you started to give up on LoVe, Logan confessed his "epic" feelings for Veronica while Doughty provided the soundtrack to his — and thus, our — heartbreak.
"Crystal Blue Persuasion," Tommy James and the Shondells
Best known from Breaking Bad: Talk about patience! Vince Gilligan somehow waited five whole seasons before using "Crystal Blue Persuasion," a song seemingly destined to become Heisenberg's theme. The montage set to the peppy tune perfectly captured the show's ability to make us smile even when dealing with the darkest corners of the psychological and criminal underworld.
What songs do you think shouldn't be used on TV anymore?