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LOST TOP 10: Music

January 4th, 2010 § 27

I know I’m not the only one who can’t hear a Patsy Cline song without thinking of Kate Austen.  Here’s a list of my 10 favorite musical moments (with links to the songs!) that have been used on Lost.

10. Moonlight Serenade by The Glenn Miller Orchestra, heard in “The Long Con”

“It could be coming from anywhere.”
“Or any time, dude…just kidding.”

The crazy Lost theories went totally apeshit the day after that episode aired, people all over claiming that the song proved that they were stuck in a time warp from the 40’s. (Funny thing is, they weren’t too far off.) This made my list because Hurley, as usual, was saying what we were all thinking.

9. Catch a Falling Star by Perry Como, first mentioned in “Raised by Another”

It was super cute that Claire wanted the soon-to-be-parents of Aaron to sing him “Catch a Falling Star,” but it was super creepy that the song played on Ethan’s weird Oceanic airplane mobile.

8. La Mer by Charles Trenet, heard in “Whatever the Case May Be”

So Danielle’s maps turned out to be useless and Shannon’s French kind of stunk. At least we got to have Maggie Grace serenade us through a lovely musical montage of the Losties on the beach at night.

7. The Thunderer by John Phillip Sousa, first heard in “A Tale of Two Cities”

“Hey you got yourself a Fish Biscuit! How’d ya do that?”
“I figured out your complicated gizmos.”
“Only took the bears two hours.”

Nothing beats Sawyer’s “I just got a fish biscuit” dance.

6. You All Everybody by Driveshaft, first heard in the Pilot episode

Hurley and his buddy may have called them Suckshaft, but Charlie “I’m a bloody rock god” Pace would have never reached his VH-1 Has-Been status without this song!

5. Wash Away by Joe Purdy, heard in “Tabula Rasa”

The very first of many musical montages to come that momentarily make the audience forget that someone most likely got shot/kidnapped/blown up/eaten/etc. at some point during the last 42 minutes. Usually involves hugging and eating. And Hurley. Adorable.

4. Walkin’ After Midnight by Patsy Cline, first heard in “What Kate Did”

“Do they listen to Patsy Cline in Canada?”
“They listen to Patsy Cline everywhere.”

Well Kate, I don’t know if they listen to Patsy Cline everywhere, but you would sure think so considering every single time you’re in a vehicle/store/house/ANYWHERE a Patsy Cline song is playing!

3.  Are You Sure? by Willie Nelson, heard in “House of the Rising Sun”

You seem in such a hurry
To lead this kind of life
And you’ve caused so many pain and misery
But look around you,
Take a good look,
Just between you and me
Are you sure that this is where you want to be?

Please don’t let my tears persuade you
I had hoped I wouldn’t cry
But lately teardrops seem a part of me
But look around you,
And take a good look
At the all the local used-to-be’s
And are you sure that this is where you want to be?

I remember the day after this episode aired I scoured the internet looking for a copy of this song because I just HAD to hear it again. It’s a perfect little song, and it conveys all the sadness, uncertainty, and longing to be rescued (or not) that all the Losties were feeling at that moment.

2.  Shambala by Three Dog Night, heard first in “Tricia Tenaka is Dead”

If you’ve been reading this blog for long enough, you probably know that the van scene of “Tricia Tenaka is Dead” is one of my favorite moments on all of Lost. EVER!!! It’s one of the (if not THE) happiest scenes they’ve ever filmed, and Shambala is the perfect song choice. In my mind it totally embodies the Dharma Initiative’s hippy dippy way of seeing the world. (Never mind that it was Roger Linus’s murder soundtrack.)

1.  Make Your Own Kind of Music by Mama Cass, first heard in “Man of Science, Man of Faith”

A record player next to a lava lamp starts (must be a flashback!), a man hits some buttons on an old ass computer (flashback!), he makes some breakfast, gets a bit of exercise on an old ass bike (flashback!), he gets out his Dharma Initiative vaccinate to inject himself, the INTRUDER ALERT alarm goes crazy…wait, WHAT!?

The Season 2 opener was awesome because it totally hoodwinked us in that way Lost does. I love that Desmond blared this song to discombobulate Jack when he came looking for Locke and Kate, and I love that he heard it during his little time traveling episode in “Flashes Before Your Eyes.” Love it.

Runners Up:

Hurley’s Walkman batteries running out during Damien Rice’s Delicate: What good are desert island albums if you can’t actually listen to them?

Charlie’s “Living is easy with eyes closed” Strawberry Fields Forever tattoo: Awesome. I also love the fact that when he’d count he’d say, “One sugarplum fairy, two sugarplum fairy” which was something John Lennon used to do before starting a song.

Sawyer gives Kate a Phil Collins tape to get in her pants: I guess that’s what you do when you don’t have any Monster Ballads.

Ben playing Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C# Minor on the piano: Just working on the lonely supervillain image.

Desmond, Charlie, Hurley and Jin whistling the “Colonel Bogey March” ala Bridge on the River Kwai: Could not be cuter.

Jack listening to both Nirvana and The Pixies on the way to the funeral parlor: That beard is still funny, as is Jack’s apparent penchant for rocking out to grunge. I’d take Jack for more of a John Mayer type of guy.

Shotgun Willie by Willie Nelson skipping on the record player in “Because You Left”: You can’t make a record if…you can’t make a record if…you can’t make a record if you’re skipping through time on an island full of hotties.

So those are my favorite Lost music moments – what are yours?


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§ 27 Responses to “LOST TOP 10: Music”

  • AJ says:

    I’m so glad Make Your Own Kind of Music made it to number one <3

    "My Conversation" by Slim Smith and the Uniques in Everybody Hates Hugo has always stuck with me.

  • Ack says:

    I love that song! Have a cluckity cluck cluck day, Hugo!

  • vicki says:

    You All Everybody is sooooooo number 1. I mean come ON!!

  • Green Queen says:

    Looking back I particularly like Juliet listening to “Downtown” while she was stuck on the island. It’s very poignant, and I love the song.

  • THANXSPANX says:

    i also love the song from blind boys of alabama… I think it is called you shall not walk alone… can’t remember the episode … but it is in the first season….

    I love all your choices… I can’t wait for the show to start…. getting really excited !!!!!

  • rohangirl90 says:

    Shambala is definitely my number 1. Never has a song so embodied Dharma, and never has a song gotten so stuck in my head that I sing it for days. No “It’s Getting Better” as Michael drives headlong into a dumpster? I must protest.

  • Alli says:

    Hurley’s discman batteries dying was perfectly timed… I had just started to wonder how his batteries weren’t dead yet and within 2 seconds, they had died!

    Will always love Charlie randomly bursting into You All Everybody in his ridiculous way!

  • w says:

    Downtown would definitly have to make my list…!

    I’d also need some Dharma Lady. I mean, a Lost music list should REQUIRE Geronimo Jackson! Even if there’s really only that song to choose from….

  • Britt says:

    I’m quite fond of “Pushin’ Too Hard.” I think Locke’s listening to it, in the hatch.

  • Ashley says:

    I agree with W. You can’t forget Geronimo Jackson!!

    But “Make Your Own Kind Of Music” is still number one in my book!

  • Vero says:

    Downtown is my absolute favourite!

  • Anonymous says:

    Petula Clark’s “Downtown” is definitely on my list!

  • latenightcuppa says:

    OHHH. I really love all of these, “Make Your Own Kind of Music” is definitely my favorite.

  • egg says:

    yep, as soon as i saw what this countdown was, i HOPED ‘make your own kind of music’ was number one. it was just awesomely creepy how it started playing… i got all shivery. one of the best lost moments. :P

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  • Linusannalucia says:

    I second the motion for “It’s Getting Better”. Also, I hope the song they play over the credits of the series finale is Chet Baker’s “Let’s Get Lost”.

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  • Leah says:

    Very happy that “delicate” got an honorable mention. I thought that was one of the best moments of season 1.

    i was sad they didn’t use coldplay’s “lost” last season. maybe this one?

  • Barb says:

    Definitely Blind Boys of Alabama: I Shall Not Walk Alone – when Sawyer is sitting under a palm tree, lighter held up to his letter, but can’t burn it.

  • Lauren M says:

    I absolutley LOVE Damien Rice’s Delicate and I Shall Not Walk Alone by the Blind Boys of Alabama. I had to download them as soon as I heard them. Great list but I would’ve included Downtown.

  • Nikki says:

    I LOVED “Are you sure”. It fit soo perfectly with the end of the episode and just everything Kate and Jack talked about.

    Also loved Wash Away – such a great montage.

    Of course – Make your own kind of music had to win – just the best dang premiere ever!

  • Shaun says:

    You can’t beat “Make Your Own Kind Of Music,” and I definitely loved Willie’s “Are You Sure?” too… Awesome song (the “Shotgun Willie” moment was great too).

    Another one of my favorites, because I’m a fan, was when Hurley and his buddy are driving in the van (but Hurley hasn’t told him about his winning ticket yet) and Billy Joel’s “Easy Money” is playing on the van’s stereo. Perfect use of a really fun song, but I wanted to throw something at the TV when Hurley switches off the stereo just before the vocals start! AAARGGH!

    Has anyone else made their own Lost soundtrack, like I have? I don’t have every single song they’ve used, but I probably have about 90% of them (thank you, iTunes!). I’ve gotten a bit sick of Patsy Cline at this point, but it’s a great listen. I’ve been jamming to it a lot lately.

    One more great Lost song: The Kinks “He’s Evil” – it almost sounds like it was actually written about Benry!

  • Nuala says:

    I like DownTown for Juliet cause she tried so har to behappy but felt like shit… goota love the Blondie!

  • P@ says:

    Gotta love the “theme song” that Lost has. You know, that creepy windchime tinkling that plays during the swooping LOST title card. :)

  • Lauren M says:

    I must admit that some of Michael Giacchino are amazing. Life and death is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.

  • Api says:

    Why there’s no Wonderwall in the list??????
    Charlie singing wonderwall was one of the simplest moments in the show, and because of its simplicity it’s unforgettable…

  • Api says:

    and the theme song????? the sound that represents the weird nature of Lost?

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