Music in film, television, and advertising is changing the way people connect to these visual images. Music has the power to spark emotions in people that they wouldn’t feel otherwise just looking at the images. Music can make us feel sad, happy, guilty, excited, and just about every other emotion in the book. Nelson showed us some of his top music moments last June, so now I think it’s my turn to take a stab at it.
It’s pretty obvious at this point that I was a big fan of The O.C. and honestly The O.C. was 50% television show, 50% indie music. I fell in love with music while watching that show, and there are still songs to this day that I hear and immediately recall the scene where I first heard the song.
Music is having a huge impact on shows, before The O.C. not many people paid too close attention to the music, but now almost every show has a separate section of their website dedicated to showcasing the music that was played in each episode. Before The O.C. I had no idea what a Music Supervisor did, and just last week Billboard magazine had a full article just on Music Supervisors alone. If you don’t know what a Music Supervisor is, they’re the masterminds behind the music you hear in films and television shows. They’re the people picking apart a scene and putting a million different songs behind it until they find the perfect one for the moment.
We can clearly see the power a song’s placement can have in a visual production. Take “Breaking Bad’s” series finale for instance, the Internet is exploding with joy over the placement of Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” as the song that played over the final scene. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the song could not be a more perfect way for a legendary television phenomenon to go out. In fact, the show’s final scene has lead to a 9000% increase in the streaming of “Baby Blue” on Spotify. No, that’s not a typo…9000%.
Just like The O.C. shed light on indie-rock, many band’s are beginning to find fame through placement on commercials, TV shows, or movies. Several endorsers have been featured in visual media. Imagine Dragon’s had their track “On Top of the World” featured as part of EA Sports FIFA ’13. They actually talked about it in my interview with them this Summer which you can find here.
Without further ado here are some of my favorite music moments!
The Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?” from Fight Club
Ingrid Michaelson – “Keep Breathing” from Grey’s Anatomy
You know I had to put in a couple from The O.C…..
What are some of your favorites?