FMD: Perfect Movie/TV Song

Sometimes there are songs that are played in TV episodes or movies that just... hit right. I'm thinking primarily of songs that already exist out in the world, and then get brought into the show/film. When they work right they just deepen the whole experience. The one that pops immediately to my mind is Moby's "When It's Cold I'd Like To Die" used in Stranger Things. I know there have been others throughout my life. I'm curious what has worked brilliantly in others' minds? Any times you've said "oh, they should have used this song instead!" or anything like that?

Plus, drop your lists!

Happy Friday!

26 thoughts on “FMD: Perfect Movie/TV Song”

  1. Where is my Mind by the Pixies is a pretty much a perfect end to Fight Club. Same goes for Baby Blue at the end of Breaking Bad.

    I have more.

    1. That was the first place I heard the Pixies.

      I haven't seen the end of Breaking Bad ... yet.


    01. “Bedford (Avenue)” – Eleni Mandell - Thrill
    02. “When The Truth Is…” – Hamilton Leithauser + RostamI Had A Dream That You Were Mine
    03. “Without You” – Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
    04. “Temptation” – PrinceAll Around The World In A Day
    05. “E.V.P.” – Blood OrangeFreetown Sound
    06. “The Winner Takes It All” – ABBAGold: Greatest Hits
    07. “Mr. Frosty Man” – Sufjan StevensSilver & Gold Vol. 7 - I Am Santa’s Helper!
    08. “Open Letter To Duke” – Charles MingusMingus Ah Um
    09. “Pass The Vibes” – Donnie Trumpet & The Social ExperimentSurf
    10. “Date With The Night” – Yeah Yeah YeahsFever To Tell


  3. Baby Driver's soundtrack got a lot of props for this. They were well earned. I'd single out 'Bellbottoms', because it sets the tone so well for how the movie is going to use music.

    My all time favorite, though, comes from the video game Red Dead Redemption. The first time you cross the border into Mexico, Jose Gonzales' "Far Away" starts playing. It's excellent.

  4. 01. Miguel - "Anointed" from War & Leisure
    02. Cherry Glazerr - "Moon Dust" from Apocalipstick
    03. L.A. WITCH - "Feel Alright" from L.A. WITCH
    04. 21 Savage & Offset ft. Travis Scott - "Ghostface Killers" from Without Warning
    05. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - "I'll Make Everything" from Always Foreign
    06. The xx - "Performance" from I See You
    07. The Body & Full of Hell - "Farewell, Man" from Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light
    08. Big Thief - "Black Diamonds" from Capacity
    09. Boris - "Dear" from Dear
    10. Payroll Giovanni - "Raised in Raids" from Payface

    BT. Jessica Says - "Xanax Baby" from Do With Me What U Will

  5. Skynard's 'Tuesday's Gone' at the end of the kegger in Dazed and Confused.

    Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' - Apocalypse Now

  6. This is what Spotify said were my top 10 songs of 2017:

    1. Birthday Democrats -- Guided by Voices -- How Do You Spell Heaven
    2. Trick -- Matthew Sweet -- Tomorrow Forever
    3. Astronomy Domine -- Pink Floyd -- The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    4. Morning Star -- Grant Hart -- The Argument
    5. Boy W -- Guided By Voices -- How Do You Spell Heaven
    6. Boy Crazy -- Lydia Loveless -- Boy Crazy and Singles (s)
    7. Nobody Knows My Trouble -- Ryan Bingham -- Fear and Saturday Night
    8. Sick of Myself -- Matthew Sweet -- 100% Fun
    9. Sixteen Ways -- Green on Red -- Gas Food Lodging
    10. All I Know -- Lydia Loveless -- Boy Crazy and Single(s)

    B1 . Biloxi -- Golden Hiss Messenger -- Heart Like a Levee
    B2. Care of Cell 44 -- The Zombies -- Odessey and Oracle

    1. Heh, my "most listened to" list is going to be ultra saturated with stuff that Newbish likes.

      He's a huge New Pornographers and Raffi fan.

    2. Here's what mine were:

      01. Pissed Jeans - "Waiting on My Horrible Warning" from Why Love Now
      02. R.I.P. - "The Scythe" from In the Wind
      03. The Outfit, TX - "Phone Line" from Fuel City
      04. Pissed Jeans - "The Bar is Low" from Why Love Now
      05. Stove - "Goose Ghost" from Is A Toad in the Rain
      06. 21 Savage - "No Advance" from Savage Mode
      07. Japanese Breakfast - "Diving Woman" from Soft Sounds From Another Planet
      08. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - "F**k Up" from Sidelong
      09. The Outfit, TX - "Big Splash" from Fuel City
      10. Pissed Jeans - "Ignorecam" from Why Love Now

      BT. Future - "Mask Off" from FUTURE

  7. I've always loved the use of "Tusk" in the premier of The Americans. Also, "Just Dropped In" from The Big Lebowski.

  8. 1. “Verlaine Shot Rimbaud” Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else
    2. “Ill with Want” The Avett Brothres I and Love and You
    3. “Long White Line” Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
    4. “Doppelgänger” The Antlers Familiars
    5. “The Clap” Thao A Badly Broken Code
    6. “How to Disappear Completely” Radiohead The Best of Radiohead
    7. “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)” Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    8. “Stratford-on-Guy” Liz Phair Exile in Guyville
    9. “Slow Show” The National Boxer
    T. “Mysteries” Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones*

    *miss you, New Guy!

      1. Wow, I messed up that album name. It's from Know Better Learn Faster. It's the first track on the album and lasts all of 33 seconds.

  9. 2 songs came to mind immediately. 'Stuck in the Middle with You' in Reservoir Dogs and 'In Your Eyes' in Say Anything. I hear either and I am immediately taken away to those scenes. Also "A Whiter Shade of Pale" in the movie Fandango

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