As you’ve collected from the evidence presented through the lists Lane and I have put together, 2017 was an awesome year for media. Even through all of the scary things, the politics, the sadness, etc., art came through and reminded us that things can always be better and will be. The television and film I devoured this year provided me with some of my favorite music moments ever. The list below is curated based on the emotions the scene encompassed, the music supervision, and the exposure of some of my jams (some guilty pleasures in there too) which made magic happen on screen. Here we go!
- Lady Bird
“Crash Into Me” by Dave Mathews Band
In the redeeming and charming quality of most of Greta Gerwig’s work, Lady Bird brings to life the story of a teenage girl moving into her adult her life as she gears up for the end of her senior year and college. Through Gerwig’s reinterpretation of her own youth in Sacramento, Lady Bird utilizes popular music from the early 2000s, familiar fashion trends, and current events of the period to allow its audience to not only relate but also turn up their nostalgia meters and dive deep into their past. Gerwig handpicked a few songs that would implement Lady Bird‘s narrative and the one that packs the most punch is Dave Mathew Band’s hit single “Crash Into Me.” We here the song twice, but the moment where both the main character, Lady Bird, and the audience realize who they are and what matters most to them. I listened to the song on repeat for about two weeks just reliving that feeling again and rejuvenating my own hopes and dreams.
- Girls: The Goodbye Tour (S6E9)
“How Do We Get Back to Love”/“Crowded Places”-Julia Michaels/Banks
Next to the first season, I think the final season of Girls was some of its best. The complexities of the characters were in full force but it was almost as if they were finally spilling them out on the table and discovering which parts they could take back and/or leave. In the closing scene of the ninth episode, the girls are at Shoshanna’s engagement party where they have just had one of their emotionally-fueled and explosive arguments. This one feels different. This one feels like the end. Jessa and Hannah have a reconciliation after a season of dodging their feelings and confronting the issue of Adam head on. Their conversation rolls into their attempt to just enjoy the party and move on, which gives us a truly beautiful moment in the show’s history. As Julia Michaels’ “How Do We Get Back to Love” starts playing, we see all of the girls dancing and engaging with other party guests. Hannah looks around as the voyeur for the audience to see the happiness each girl has without the group. The lyrics guide us through this, but suddenly the song fades into “Crowded Places” by Banks and we see Hannah heading out of the city to her new life. Everything works perfectly. Everything fits in this 2-ish minute scene. It wasn’t the finale episode, but it ended Girls as we know it and I loved every minute of it.
- The Handmaid’s Tale: Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum (S1E4)
“Perpetuum Mobile”by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
This moment. This song. It’s how I want to walk out of 2017.
- The Bold Type: The Breast Issue (S1E6)
“Survival of the Fittest” by Ariana and the Rose
I will now use The Bold Type handbook to tackling the most fear-inducing moments in my life with confidence, some of the best girlfriends, and the fantastic music supervision of Rob Lowry.
- Halt and Catch Fire: Search (S4E9)
“Seether” by Veruca Salt
This song blares through the speakers of the car Haley Clark borrows from her sister Joanie as she’s “preparing” to enter her favorite restaurant to ask her favorite waitress out on a date. It’s a nerve wracking scene and one that makes you feel as awkward, anxious, and angry as Haley does within in. One of the best supervised shows in history, this scene didn’t disappoint when they used “Seether” by Veruca Salt to channel that teen angst and illustrate the moment with relative lyrics.
- Black Mirror: Hang the DJ (S4E4)
“Panic” by The Smiths
I hope when I meet “the one” the Smiths are playing in the background too.
- Stranger Things 2: The Gate
“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper / “Every Breath You Take” by The Police https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh-CK5oR88Y
There’s two videos because the scene is split by a non-related scene, but this was hands down one of my favorite scenes this year and most importantly one of my favorite supervisions of these popular songs from 1984. They’ve been used in a bunch of scenes, some which are very iconic, but this felt so fitting and necessary. Team Dustin, forever!
- Baby Driver: Baby Meets Debora
“B-A-B-Y” by Carla Thomas https://youtu.be/cFNgHC39Xn8
“Baby, your name’s Baby? B-A-B-Y, Baby?”
- IT: The Losers Club helps Beverly clean
“Six Different Ways” by The Cure https://youtu.be/5el5t-CjdHY
Six different kids. Six different stories. Six different fears. Six different ways to help each other handle the terror of Derry, Maine.
- Master of None: The Dinner Party (S2E5)
“Say Hello,Wave Goodbye” by Soft Cell
This scene is extremely personal, but inviting in a way. As Dev sits alone in the back of the car after his boss’ dinner party, he sits with his loneliness and the complicated relationship between him and his friend Francesca. After unsuccessful dates and a failed relationship from season one, Dev is looking for someone who fits and Francesca is that match he’s needed. The bad news…she’s engaged. Listening to Soft Cell’s track underneath this scene tells their story well and the uncomfortability that Aziz Ansari brings to Dev’s car ride home is translated well to the audience.
- Call Me By Your Name: Dance Party
“Love My Way” by The Psychedelic FursI still haven’t had an opportunity to see this film because it isn’t screening anywhere near me, but when this clip was released I knew I was going to be hooked. Look at how carefree and happy, Armie Hammer looks. Ugh.
- GLOW: Zoya and Liberty Match (S1E10)
“Invincible” by Pat Benetar
A friendship dissolved is a friendship waiting to be mended by a wrestling match that blows the GLOW fans away. This match in the final episode of GLOW between Ruth and Debbie to Pat Benatar’s “Invincible” is choreographed incredibly and shot for shot a nostalgic driven scene. I remember feeling exhilarated after watching it.