The Most Important Musical Moments in Film and Television

Music plays such an important role in media. A song can be played at such a perfect time that the moment becomes imprinted into our minds. This month, Laura and I put a list of some of our favorite moments together where a plot matched perfectly with a musical moment. Whether it’s a song echoing in the background or a piece that builds to a climatic moment between characters, music no doubt plays a role in cementing iconic and beautiful moments in our minds.

"I want to share your mouthful, I want to do all the things your lungs do so well..."

"Every Other Freckle" by a

Lovesick is a show that takes its audience through several affective relationships involving the three main characters, Dylan, Evie, and Luke. The most tangled love story develops in every episode within the core of their friendship. In the third episode, named "Cressida," "
Every Other Freckle" sounds as Evie and Dylan kiss after completing several items on Luke's to-do list. In that moment, the song portrays the urgent passion and true love that lies hidden between Evie and Luke (even though Evie is engaged in that moment).  

“Oh, to see without my eyes, the first time that you kissed me...”

"Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens / / Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name seemed to effortlessly captivate so many with the love story of Elio and Oliver. Set in the summer of 1983 in the beautiful city of Lombardy, Italy, Elio and Oliver meet and soon develop love for one another.

While Sufjan’s beautiful voice croons "Mystery of Love" in the background, the screen pans to Elio and Oliver excitingly exploring a mountain in Bergamo. In that instance, they both have so much joy suspended upon their faces. The joy and love shared between the two is hard to miss; their romance is so pure and beautiful. Sufjan’s voice perfectly captures the love we all felt in that moment looking at the screen.

“Drink up baby, look at the stars, I’ll kiss you again...”

"Between Bars" by Elliot Smith  / / Stuck in Love

Bill Borgens, a known writer, stops writing after his wife leaves him. Their two kids, Samantha and Rusty, are also writers, but their opinions about love are drastically different. Samantha, the college girl, does not believe in true love; Rusty, still a high schooler, is a hopeless romantic. Through the film, each member of the family experiences the ups and downs of being a lover. 

As Louis, a young writer, appears in Samantha's life, her perception of love begins to change and she gives him a chance. While they sit inside the car after their first real date, Louis plays his favorite song, "Between the Bars," for Samantha, who listens to the song with her eyes shut. Moved by the genuine lyrics, she starts to cry and confesses her fear of getting hurt. Louis expresses that he would never hurt her. 

“Have I found you, flightless bird? Jealous, weeping...”

"Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version)" by Iron & Wine / / The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

When Bella Swan moves to the small and dreary town of Forks, WA, she gets more than she bargains for when she falls in love with a dazzling vampire named Edward. 

After overcoming many challenges and hardships in their relationship, Breaking Dawn Part 1 brings us to Edward and Bella’s wedding. The two are finally set to marry and begin life with one another for eternity (literally). One of my all-time favorite moments in the whole saga has to be Edward and Bella’s wedding kiss. Iron & Wine member Sam Bean's voice is able to perfectly capture the beauty and tenderness of the moment between the characters. As the background seems to fade away, so does the rest of world. At last, it is finally just Bella and Edward.

“She’ll carry on through it all, she's a waterfall.”

"Waterfall" by
The Stone Roses / / Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints depicts a peculiar story taking places in the late '80s. Alcohol, drugs, and sex change the life of each character forever. Jude, a Vermont teenager, is especially overwhelmed after the death of Teddy, his best friend. Jude moves to New York with his father to escape the unbearable monotony he lives every day without Teddy. Once in the Big Apple, he inevitably falls in love with Eliza, the last girl Teddy was with on the day of his death. Jude and Eliza make the commitment to leave drugs behind for their own good. Eliza has to stop at all costs, given that she's pregnant with Teddy’s child. As the film ends, the song "Waterfall" by
The Stone Roses plays on the back. This song captures Eliza's spirit; though she struggles throughout the movie due to her pregnancy and the uneasy feeling of being left out of love, she ultimately comes to understand the unconditional love Jude has for her. 

"I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes
Love is all around me, and so the feeling grows"

“It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart, without saying a word, you can light up the dark...”

“Saying I love you, is not the words I want to hear from you”

"When You Say Nothing At All" + "More Than Words" (covers by Noora Sætre) / / Skam

Skam (meaning "shame" in English), is a Norwegian television show based in Oslo, focusing on the realistic and complicated aspects of adolescence. From the complex facets of friendship to those of romance, I have always found myself relating to the show.

Season 2 focuses on Noora Sætre, the strong-willed and very outspoken feminist of her friend group. The moment takes place in the third episode of the season, when Noora and William are together after the end of the party that was hosted at his house. This time, instead of the music playing in the background, Noora is the one singing. Noora jokingly and teasingly begins to sing a medley of songs (while playing the guitar) to William, teasing him about the songs he probably plays to impress girls. Noora begins by singing Wet Wet Wet’s "Love Is All Around," then deciding that maybe William plays something (for these girls) more on the lines of "You Say Nothing At All" by Ronan Keating. Lastly, Noora takes on "More Than Words" by Extreme. She sings this song for the longest amount of time to William. And in that moment, William looks at Noora with pure adoration. Though both of them were originally joking, there is a sudden sense of pure intimacy. As a viewer, you can just feel the budding feelings and adoration the two have slowly started to develop for one another. 

By Jada Moore and Laura Oyuela


  1. Great piece! Love the visuals too

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