Best TV Soundtracks: ‘The O.C.’ Is More Than Just “California” Dreaming


As many iTunes lovers and Youtube fanatics understand, music (old and new) has become a huge factor on hit television shows and both the show and artists featured benefit from the collaboration. Ever YouTube a certain scene from your favorite show for hours on end? Did it have a catchy song that you immediately downloaded? Yes, the odds are that you have.

Television show soundtracks are an obsession over here and the music played make that specific scene that much more memorable. Remember “Hide and Seek” when Marissa Cooper killed Ryan’s brother Trey? What about “Paint the Silence” by Dice when Marissa kissed Ryan on the ferris wheel? Thought so. The O.C. has had so many hits like Phantom Planet’s “California” and even the cover of “Forever Young” by Youth Group, but here’s to 10 more that made just as much of an impact.

Also, stay tuned weekly here at Ology for a look back and a look forward to some of the best soundtracks that some of the greatest television shows have featured. Some of our collection will of course include One Tree HillDawson’s CreekFriday Night Lights and even current series like The Vampire Diaries and The Newsroom.

1. Alexi Murdoch- “Orange Sky”

2. The Dandy Warhols- “We Used to be Friends”

3. Death Cab for Cutie- “A Lack of Color”

4. Doves- “Caught by the River”

5. Joseph Arthur- “Honey and the Moon”

6. Nada Surf- “If You Leave”

7. Jeff Buckley- “Hallelujah”

8.  Finley Quaye & William- “Dice”

9. South- “Paint the Silence”

10. Imogen Heap- “Hide and Seek”


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