Let's take a look back and honor 15 of the greatest music-filled TV moments from the past 15 years.
Gallery | 15 Great Music Moments From TV In the 2000s
- Death Cab for Cutie Gains National Attention on 'The O.C.'
Believe it or not, there was a time when millions of Americans sat down in front of their television in unison to watch a television show when it actually was airing. And for millennials, no show commanded more of our attention than "The O.C." Every episode a new indie rock group would come and go, but one band remained constant: Death Cab for Cutie. Everyone knew them as Seth Cohen's favorite band; He referenced them constantly, he introduced them to his group of friends, and he filled his room with their posters. Their exposure on the show was so great, that the national attention helped Death Cab for cutie get signed to a major record label.
- Icona Pop's 'I Love It' on 'Girls'
Simply put, this song exploded after being featured on HBO's smash hit "Girls." This scene, where Hannah and Elijah spend the night doing cocaine and partying in NYC, is one of the series' major highlights. For a show not normally known for its excessive party scenes, viewers were left stunned to see a side of Hannah that they didn't previously know existed. And soundtracking it to "I Love It" by Icona Pop just made everything that much more epic.
- Cuates De Sinaloa's 'Negro Y Azul' on 'Breaking Bad'
When Vince Gilligan, executive producer of "Breaking Bad," first learned what a Narcocorrido was, he knew instantly that it had to be incorporated onto the show. Narcocorrido is a Mexican sub-genre of music, focusing exclusively on folk centered around drug-trade activities. Many fans of "Breaking Bad" will long remember this intro, in leu of the show's typical opening sequence, as one of series many highlights.
- Cass Elliot's 'Make Your Own Kind of Music' on 'Lost'
The Season 1 finale of "Lost" left us speechless. So did the Season 2 premiere… Cass Elliot's "Make Your Own Kind of Music" opened the second season, introducing the audience, in an eerily calm way, to Desmond. We watched his morning hatch routine, and we watched him investigate a disturbance seeming to come from up above. This tune is too perfect, too pristine. It creeped us out in ways that only "Lost" could.
- Primus Sings the 'South Park' Theme Song
Primus may not be a household name to the general public, but its most famous song certainly is. "Going down to South Park, gonna have myself a time…" You have to have never owned a television to not instantly recognize this iconic opening sequence. Throughout the years, they have made several tweaks, speeding the tune up, changing the imagery, but the core of Primus' most famous work remains the same.
- 'Homeland' Main Title Sequence
You may not know it, but if you've ever watched "Homeland," then you've been exposed to jazz. Composer Sean Callery put together a subtle and a tragic tune for the show's opening sequence, perfectly synching up with the drama's most prevalent themes. And jazz is not only featured in opening credits; it can also be heard nearly every time Carrie is about to have one of her legendary freak outs.
- Regina Spektor's 'You've Got Time' on 'Orange Is the New Black'
Regina Spektor has had a lengthy and a fruitful career, but her placement in the opening credits of "Orange Is the New Black" has propelled her to new heights. The show is enormously popular, and "You've Got Time" is just the right type of song with which to kick of every episode. It is spunky yet ominous, extremely telling of the story that "Orange Is the New Black" sets out to tell.
- 'The Name Game' on 'American Horror Story'
A welcome surprise from the folks over at "American Horror Story," "The Name Game" managed to terrify the heck out of us. Set in a psychotic delusion thanks to electroshock therapy, we see the show's"Asylum" cast go absolutely mad. The song itself is cute, that is, if you consider insane asylum patients going crazy cute.
- Billy Joel's 'For the Longest Time' on 'How I Met Your Mother'
A modern classic television show and set to a modern classic song. Seeing Barney and Ted go all barbershop quartet on us was pure genius. "How I Met Your Mother" and Billy Joel's "For the Longest Time" are both charming and corny, and that's why we love them.
- The Beatles' 'Tomorrow Never Knows' on 'Mad Men'
Having a Beatles song on your television show or in your movie is essentially the holy grail of music licensing. So getting "Tomorrow Never Knows" on "Mad Men" should be considered nothing less than a small miracle. The song makes for a perfect soundtrack to an iconic moment in American history. Don Draper listens to "Revolver"'s seminal track, as he tries to understand the changes in American society that are occurring all around him.
- Snow Patrol's 'Chasing Cars' on 'Grey's Anatomy'
Snow Patrol's hit track "Chasing Cars" debuted late one night on an episode of "Grey's Anatomy." After that, the song took off. It was anywhere and it was everywhere. We simply couldn't escape the soft crooning of Snow Patrol's lead singer Gary Lightbody. It was the perfect song for a tragic moment in "Grey's Anatomy" history. To this day, many of us still can't hear the song without thinking of the show.
- Badfinger's 'Baby Blue' on 'Breaking Bad'
This song just works so well on the series finale of "Breaking Bad." (SPOILER ALERT) As Walt walks around the meth lab, lovingly admiring the only things he truly ever cared about, Badfinger's "Baby Blue" sets an almost romantic mood. From the track's opening line: "Guess I got what I deserve" to the chorus: "The special love I had for you, my baby blue," it's almost as if this song was written for "Breaking Bad."
- Radiohead on 'South Park'
Radiohead notoriously avoids any and all mainstream media. Which is why getting the actual band members to voice their animated selves in one of television's most popular shows is such a treat. The whole band showed up for this gig, mocking Scott Tenorman for, well... watch the show and find out. It is savage and it is wild. This spot by Radiohead on "South Park" goes down in history as one of the coolest things to happen in Comedy Central history.
- Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' on 'The Sopranos'
There are many ways to measure the impact of a song's placement in a television series. Well, how does this sound? After featuring "Don't Stop Believing" on the series finale of "The Sopranos," the song promptly became the highest-selling digital tune… of all time. Sounds pretty impactful to us. "Don't Stop Believing" was a perfect choice for one of the most important moments in television history. The song gave us hope that everything was going to work out. Until of course, the blackout happened.