Just Added: LSSC, Snatch, Time After Time, Chicago Justice and more…

We’re hard at work building the internet’s most comprehensive collection of movie and TV soundtracks. In an era of peak TV, that means a lot of TV shows! Tunefind is creeping up toward an amazing 900 TV shows in our database.

New TV shows recently added to Tunefind:

Snatch

Prime Suspect 1973

Workin’ Moms

Twin Peaks

Clique

Chicago Justice

Time After Time

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Love these shows? You can help us build the soundtracks! Just listen as you watch and visit Tunefind’s TV show soundtrack pages to vote to confirm any songs you recognize, submit new songs you hear, and add scene descriptions.

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Last Week in Film & TV Music – 21 March 2017

Welcome to Last Week, a new feature with links to our favorite stories about film & TV music over the past week or so.

Leon Bridges’ ‘River’ Leads THR’s Top TV Songs Chart for February; via Billboard, via THR

We’re excited to announce that Tunefind is now partnering with The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard to provide data for their monthly chart of the top TV songs. THR provides just the chart, but Billboard typically includes some commentary on the top songs. (Source: Billboard & THR)

Showstopper: Alexandra Patsavas

If you haven’t checked it out yet, Spotify has a new podcast dedicated to the most memorable moments in TV history, focused on the music that made the scene. Hosted by Naomi Zeichner, Editor in Chief of The Fader magazine, episode 1 featured Lena Dunham and Manish Raval discussing the music of Girls.  Episode 2 features Music Supervision icon Alex Patsavas and her groundbreaking work on the music of The OC, paving the way for modern music supervision today.

Promoting your Sync Placement: How to make the most of your 30 seconds of fame

Finding out that your music will be featured on a TV show can feel like a huge career breakthrough. It’s a major opportunity; one you need to plan for. Get tips from veteran sync artist Aron Wright and Tunefind. (Source: CD Baby | DIY Musician)

What’s it like to be a music supervisor? 

KCRW DJ Liza Richardson (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Hawaii 5-0, Scorpion, Narcos, and so many more) tells us what being a music supervisor means, and how she tries to use music to express a director’s vision. (Source: KCRW)

I Want Your Job: Music Supervisor, Rob Lowry

From PA to freelance Music Supervisor, Robert Lowry turns his love of the Almost Famous soundtrack into a career he loves. (Source: Uproxx)

TV’s 15 Best Musical Episodes, Ranked (Plus the One Absolute Worst)

With the musical crossover of Supergirl / The Flash coming up, here’s a fun look back at some other musical episodes. Any guesses for the worst? (Source: TVLine)

Big Little Lies’ Music Supervisor on Creating a ‘Push and Pull’ Soundtrack and Why Jean-Marc Vallée Is the Musical Jackson Pollock

Great Q&A with Music Supervisor Sue Jacobs on her collaboration with director Jean-Marc Vallee to create the soundtrack for HBO’s Big Little Lies. (Source: Vulture)

The Gatekeepers That Control The Placement Of Music In Commercials

Great infographic showing the gauntlet a song must run before it makes it into a finished commercial. (Source: Forbes)

Women In Music: The Ladies Responsible for Shaping the Industry

A celebration of some of the female icons who have helped shape the music industry. (Source: Noise Porn)

The Music of the Emotional First Season of This is Us

Q&A with composer Sidd Khosla on his score and original songs created for This Is Us(Source: Where To Watch)

How ‘This Is Us’ Ties Music to Its Characters and Themes

Great piece about the music of breakout hit This Is Us as the dramatic first season comes to an end. (Source: Variety)

 

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Top TV Song Last Week – 21 March 2017

Clearly, fans are having a hard time letting go…

“Hold On” by Chord Overstreet , heard on the series finale of The Vampire Diaries, S8E16: I Was Feeling Epic, tops Tunefind’s list of most popular TV Songs last week, for the second week in a row.

〉Listen now: Hold On by Chord Overstreet

〉Check out the entire The Vampire Diaries soundtrack

〉Discover more music by Chord Overstreet

〉Hear more songs from Tunefind’s most popular TV music

And in case you missed it, check out Music Supervisor Chris Mollere’s favorite music moments from The Vampire Diaries.

Upcoming TV Premieres: The Originals, Iron Fist, Shots Fired and more

A quick roundup of upcoming premiere dates for some returning favorites,  like The Last Kingdom and Animals, and some new shows we’re excited about, like Marvel’s Iron Fist and Shots Fired. And links to their soundtracks, of course.

March 16th

The Last Kingdom, Season 2

Marvel's Iron Fist
Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres March 17th.

March 17th

Marvel’s Iron Fist – NEW SHOW

Animals Season 2

The Originals Season 4

March 19th

Into The Badlands Season 2

March 20th

Dancing With the Stars Season 24

Shots Fired premieres March 22nd

March 22nd

Shots Fired – NEW SHOW

Rogue Season 4

Other new shows we should add to Tunefind? Let us know!

Last Week in Film & TV Music – 14 March 2017

#SXSW, Guild of Music Supervisors Awards, Promoting Your Sync, Feud Opening Titles, Covers in Trailers, Frank Palazzolo & Liza Richardson, 5 Female Music Supervisors to Know…

Welcome to Last Week, a new feature with links to our favorite stories about film & TV music over the past week or so.

 

Guide to  Music Supervision & Licensing Panels

Our friends at APM Music have put together this handy guide to all the SXSW sessions and meet ups to learn more about licensing music for TV and movies, and connect with music supervisors. (Source: APM Music)

 

Highlights Video: 2017 Guild of Music Supervisor Awards

Such a fun night, and we loved celebrating with everyone! (Source: Guild of Music Supervisors)

 

Promoting Your Sync Placement: How To Make The Most Of Your 30 Seconds Of Fame

Advice from veteran sync artist Aron Wright and Tunefind. Getting your music a coveted sync placement on a TV can often feel like a massive career breakthrough, but it’s also one which you need to plan for. Here we look at some of the best ways an artist can prepare for their ‘big moment’ if they know their music will soon be featured on a show. (Source: Hypebot)

 

‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Main Titles: How That Striking Vintage Opening Sequence Got Made

Alexis Martin Woodall, Kyle Cooper and Mac Quayle explain the inspirations behind the sounds, shapes and colors of the show’s opening credits. (Source: IndieWire)

 

This Is Our Final Plea: Stop Soundtracking Movie Trailers With Somber, On-the-Nose Covers

We love an interesting, new, complex, and exciting take on an old favorite, but those seem few and far between lately. (Source: Vulture)

 

Supe of the Week: Frank Palazzolo & Liza Richardson – “The Leftovers”

Fun Q&A with the music masterminds behind The Leftovers soundtrack. (Source: Silo: Music)

 

5 Female Music Supervisors You Need To Know About

Too short of a list, in our opinion, given all the talented women music supervisors we know and love, but some much-deserved recognition on International Women’s Day for some of the amazing ladies behind the sounds of your favorite tv shows and movies. (Source: Superbized)

 

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The Vampire Diaries: Best Music Moments, Part III

As the final episode of The Vampire Diaries airs, we reflect back on eight years of a cultural and musical phenomenon. Music Supervisor Chris Mollere (@cmollere) walks us through his favorite songs featured across the 8 seasons of the show, including all of the major moments of the series. This post is Part II in a series covering all 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries soundtrack. Check out Part I and Part II.

AMANDA BYERS OF TUNEFIND: This is it, Chris, the final post recapping your favorite moments from all 8 seasons. I know it’s been an emotional rollercoaster going back through all of these amazing moments. On behalf of all the fans, thank you so much for talking the time to share your thoughts, and for introducing us to all of this great music over the years!

CHRIS MOLLERE: It’s truly been my pleasure. There are so many other artists and songs that deserve to be on the list of favorites, but that list would be insanely long. I could really go on and on about all of the songs that we feel so strongly about and that added so much to our story.

AB: You definitely had a lot of amazing songs to choose from! Over 1,200 songs across 170 episodes. I’d have to run the numbers, but that’s definitely one of the highest on Tunefind!

CM: That is a whole lot of songs and we are so very thankful, appreciative and honored to have such phenomenal songs from all of the amazing artists that allowed us to feature their music in TVD over the past eight years! Their music helped us tell the story in some of our most pivotal and biggest moments of the series.  I’ve got to say thank you 1,228 times over to each of the artists that were so kind to allow us to feature their music, because it helped tell our story so much more powerfully. In addition to the artists, I want to send out so very many thanks to all of the labels, publishers, managers, third party representatives and everyone else that I’ve worked with in regards to music featured on TVD! Y’all helped so much in making all of these music features possible!

AB: Speaking of pivotal moments, let’s keep going with the review of your favorites from the final two seasons. And readers can listen along with all the featured songs in our Best of The Vampire Diaries playlist on Spotify.

CM: Here we go…

Season Seven

Don’t You Wait
by Cloves

from S7E3: The Age of Innocence

CM: This song has a throwback vibe to it and a hint of innocence that played so nicely for this scene between Valerie and Stefan. In addition to the hint of innocence, it also has a sexiness about it and with the lyrics saying “don’t you wait” it just fit the mood we were going for. I’m a big fan of Cloves’ music and I can’t wait to hear more music from her! I really love how the drums kick in when Stefan goes to kiss her neck. It’s a carefree song with two people just loving being together, and these moments are few and far between in TVD.  

Silhouette
by Aquilo

from S7E22: Gods & Monsters

CM: And then there is this song, which is now one of my favorites. How does Aquilo make such sweeping, gorgeous, dreamlike, cinematic, haunting and epic music? When it starts between Caroline and Stefan it’s just a bed for their conversation, but then sweeps into truly epic for their kiss. Then we see Bonnie and Enzo and it drops back down a bit, but then they receive a call from Damon. Damon talks with them and is looking around the vault at The Armory. He then hears Elena’s voice and Bonnie and Enzo tell him to get out of there. A flood of memories hit Damon and he follows her voice. The song swells and becomes cinematic as it could ever be with the flashes of Elena and Damon. I truly don’t think we could have found a more perfect song for this sequence.

Don’t Panic
by Clairity

from S7E22: Gods & Monsters

CM: This Coldplay cover is one of those that the artist made completely their own and it’s amazing! The uncertainty, darkness and haunting quality that the version encapsulates in just phenomenal. It was a very special cover by Clairity and Coldplay was so gracious to allow us to feature it by giving their approval on the publishing side. The counter playing at the end with the lyrics is just something you really strive for in scenes like this, because that truly makes the scene go to a whole other place. The song is gorgeous in every facet and with all that the scene encompasses and it being full of what will happen next, we were so fortunate to come across this song to feature. Now that we know what we know and what has transpired in Season Eight, this scene did exactly what it was supposed to do, which was make you wonder what in the world could be coming and even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined the way it all played out.

 

Season Eight

The Wreck of Our Hearts
by Sleeping Wolf

from S8E1: Hello Brother

CM: This song has been one of my favorites for a while now. It’s got a feel to it like it belongs in a John Hughes film, that is if he was still alive and making films today. It just conjures up so many feelings and when Stefan is writing about not knowing if he’s going to his brother back and also hoping there is a sliver of humanity left in him, the song just hits you with the despair, but with a glimmer of hope. Then once it builds a little more and we Caroline and Stefan talking and then they kiss, it’s so cinematic and epic. The instrumentation, lyrics and vocals are just transcendent in this scene.

Changing Tides
by The Fray

from S8E2: Today Will Be Different

CM: This is another song that hits that epic gorgeousness feel for sure. The ebbs and flows it has through the reveal of the ring, the long proposal and their multiple kisses is just so very beautiful. It’s almost as if this song was written for this scene.

Scars
by Michael Malarkey

from S8E8: We Have History Together

CM: Michael Malarkey (who plays Enzo on the show) is not only a fantastic actor, he’s also a brilliant singer songwriter! Michael brought out his dark side on this song and it plays so cool for the sequence. As Damon is searching for a necklace that he threw out the window, he’s talking to a guy that’s an inmate from the penitentiary cleaning up trash on the side of the road. The lyrical content of “scars” and how they “make the man” hit on where we’re at in the show with Stefan and Damon. The vibe just fits the scene so well with it’s hint of darkness and foreboding of bad things to come.  

Light Me Up
by Ingrid Michaelson

from S8E9: The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch

CM: The way this song plays is just truly gorgeous. Bonnie is happy for one of the few times she’s ever been able to be happy in the show and she’s with the man she loves so dearly. She’s able to live in the moment and this song personifies that fully! Just take a listen to the lyrics and you’ll hear what I’m talking about. The backing music is purely epic and gorgeous.

Everything Has Grown
by Colouring

from S8E10: Nostalgia’s A Bitch

CM: Damon and Bonnie have always been magical in scenes and that only grew as the years went by. This song is more subdued, but it’s introspectiveness is magnificent for Damon’s telling her what his letter said. Once the song swells just a little as Damon finishes reciting his letter and Bonnie starts to cry, it’s just so powerful. These two only wanted the very best for each other, which at times was very difficult, but in the end only brought them together even closer. This song is like a dream with regret and hope at the same time, which is truly gorgeous.

Silver Lining
and
Perfect Symmetry
by Lights & Motion

from S8E15: We’re Planning a June Wedding

CM: If we’re ever looking for epic gorgeousness, we know we can always go see what Lights & Motion has for us to check out. We were very fortunate because Lights & Motion just released a new album and it had epic gorgeousness written all over it! Just watching these two scenes again takes me away into the powerful emotion this show tends to evoke. From the lulls of Christoffer’s music, to the builds, to the explosions and everywhere in between, his music takes the right scenes to very epic places!

AB: And that’s it – we’re at the end of season 8! It’s hard to believe it’s over. How are you feeling about the end of something that’s been such a big part of your life over the past decade?

CM: It’s sad that the show has come to an end, but looking back I know that we’ve all been so very fortunate for all the show has given to each of us. Because of the exceptionally high standards that Julie [Plec] and Kevin [Williamson] expected from the beginning, each and every person went out of their way for the entire eight years to make the very best show possible, which meant helping to tell the very best stories possible through our characters in every facet of the show. I think we’re all just so proud to have been a part of this.

AB: I think that care and attention in creating the show is exactly why TVD has such an avid following.

CM: I’ve got to send an enormous thank you, as well as so much love, to each and every person out there that constantly supported and watched the show every week for the past eight years, because we made the show for you! To all of the fans out there, The Vampire Diaries is truly forever yours! Last, but certainly not least, it all starts and ends with the brilliant duo Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, who created this all. I thank them for having me on this journey!

AB: While this is the end of The Vampire Diaries, I know we’ll still be hearing from you on The Originals. Since fans look to you to help them discover great new music, where else can they hear your work?
CM: Well, definitely still The Originals, and we have a lot of exciting stuff ahead. I’ll be wrapping up the final season of Pretty Little Liars this June, so another era coming to an end there. I music supervised the movie Get Out, which everyone should definitely check out. I’m also working on a new show called Famous In Love, which is starting next month on Freeform. And I’m meeting about other new new shows and movies, so more fun ahead for sure!

AB: Thanks so much, Chris!

Check out Part I and Part II of our conversation with Chris.

The Vampire Diaries: Best Music Moments, Part II

As the final episode of The Vampire Diaries airs tonight, we reflect back on eight years of a cultural and musical phenomenon. Music Supervisor Chris Mollere (@cmollere) walks us through his favorite songs featured across the 8 seasons of the show, including all of the major moments of the series. This post is Part II in a series covering all 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries soundtrack. Check out Part I.

AMANDA BYERS OF TUNEFIND: Hey Chris, so in Part I of our chat you gave us an intro to being a part of The Vampire Diaries phenomenon and took us behind the scenes on some of your music favorite moments in the first three seasons. Now I’d love to dive a little deeper into how you think about the music.

CHRIS MOLLERE: Excellent! My favorite part! You know, I think I’m very lucky to have had the amazing opportunity to work on this project. With some TV shows and films, music is there to pick up the slack for phoned in performances, story issues, bad episodes, lack of emotion, etc. This was never the case with TVD because we were so fortunate to always have amazing writers, immensely talented directors, brilliant producers, fantastic crew members and phenomenally talented actors that brought their very best to work each and every day to help tell our stories.  It was truly an honor to work with each and every one of these unique and utterly magnificent people for the past eight years!  I’m incredibly proud to have been a part of that collaboration.

AB: One of your key collaborators has been Mike Suby. Tell us a little about working with Mike.

CM: Mike is a genius.  From working with him on multiple shows for over a decade now (on shows like The Originals, Pretty Little Liars, Containment…), I’m constantly in awe of the music he creates that just masterfully guides us through the story and episodes. The themes he created for each character, the relationships, the terror, the haunting, the joy and every other emotion that was evoked throughout the series are so very powerful.  

AB: And the fans certainly feel that way, too. We can see their frustration on Tunefind when they can’t get hold of Mike’s gorgeous score. Are there any plans to release another soundtrack album?

CM: Yes, actually! A score soundtrack is coming out very soon and we’re seeing what we can do for more song soundtracks, too. More news on all of that to come soon!

AB: Excellent! You’ll be making a lot of fans happy with that comment! In the meantime, we’ll have to console ourselves with the score that’s been released so far, and Mike’s favorites, which he’s posted on Soundcloud.

Now, in our last chat you talked a bit about how the music is a character on the show. Can you tell us a little more about that?

CM:  Definitely. You know, from the start all of the creators and the network were really committed to a strong role for the music. It’s not just playing in the background or smoothing over transitions. Instead, music on TVD was utilized as a character to help tell the story throughout each episode. You can see this with Mike’s character and relationship themes, which really bring out the emotion and personalities they represent, but also with all of the other artists whose music has been featured on the show. We have so many examples of this, where music plays as another character that just adds those deeper levels and brings everything together for the fans to fully enjoy the journey we are taking them on with the show.

AB: Let’s get back into some of those examples, as we continue with your favorite songs from Season 4. And everyone can listen along on the Best of The Vampire Diaries playlist on Spotify, too.

CM: Here we go…

Season Four

Kiss Me
by Ed Sheeran

from S4E7: My Brother’s Keeper

CM: Ed Sheeran has a way of creating such beautiful songs that just play the right scenes so gorgeously. There is a power to them and especially this one, that has a prettiness to it, but also a sultriness to it, which for this scene that started innocent and turned sexy, was just the right tone and feel. I know a lot of fans of the show are enormous fans of Ed’s music and rightfully so.  We’ve been so thankful to be able to feature multiple songs in huge scenes over the years!

AB: Ed Sheeran’s music always seems to get the fans excited, and this was the Tunefind #2 fan favorite for Season 4.

O Holy Night
by Cary Brothers

from S4E9: O Come, All Ye Faithful

CM: This was the holiday episode and definitely made me wonder if we were all going to get struck by lightning on the mix stage. Nothing quite like the Christmas standard “O Holy Night” playing in the background while Klaus is taking part in a massacre of hybrids. Cary Brothers’ fantastic version of this holiday classic played so great for this sequence and truly took our holiday episode to a whole other place. I’ve seen a lot of holiday episodes and movies, but this was a whole other direction for sure and was the beginning of TVD and The Originals holiday episodes for the ages. Whiskey shots to Cary for this fantastic cover of the holiday classic!

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
by Digital Daggers

fromS4E9: O Come, All Ye Faithful

CM: Klaus drowns Mayor Lockwood and it’s playing to the most iconic Christmas song ever! This was one that we truly felt like we were getting away with something when we finished the mix. Digital Daggers created such a beautiful and haunting version of the Christmas classic and then we took it into a very un-Christmas-like scene to make something very special in a very twisted way. Just rewatch this scene if you need to remember how shocking and haunting it played to close out the episode. Christmas in Mystic Falls would never be the same after this moment.

Family
by Noah Gundersen

from S4E15: Stand By Me

CM: This was a very different type of music placement, as it’s not a typical song that would play this type of scene, but it worked beautifully with its sparse instrumentation and Noah’s haunting vocals. It gives the feeling of being reflective and stuck inside your head, which fits so well because I think everyone in the scene is just wondering what to do next. After Elena lights her house on fire and Elena, Damon and Stefan walk out the door, the instrumentation builds to give us that more powerful emotion, but not going too big, since you’re just blown away at what’s happening on screen. It was an end of an era for Elena as she’s trying to move on from the past, and this song plays that so very nicely.

Stay
by Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko

from S4E19: Pictures of You

CM: Bonnie sees Jeremy again, Matt talks to Rebekah and then Stefan, who doesn’t like to dance, dances with Elena. The simplicity and gorgeousness of this song plays the scene so very well because there is longing between all of these couples, but then also a good amount of uncertainty with each other due to all that’s happened in the past. Lyrically it just hits all that’s not being said between Stefan and Elena as he’s trying to get her to give any type of reaction while they’re dancing. At the moment between them at the very end, you have Stefan feeling like he’s making a breakthrough as the song is just fluttering beautifully in the background, but then Elena tells Stefan “what heart,” which shows he’s not even close to getting her back to who she was before.

Belong
by Cary Brothers

from S4E23: Graduation

CM: For this scene between Elena and Stefan, there is something very special with the song playing in the background while Damon is stating why he doesn’t want to be human, and doing so completely unapologetically. Then we have Elena saying that even in death Damon has been the one that makes her feel the most alive. The song keeps building to the point where she says she loves him and then we hit another epic moment of them kissing. This is one of those scenes where the song, the performances, and scene work together to take the story to a whole other level, which is beautiful. Then we see Stefan who’s lost in his head and the song drops down to more sparse to finish out, which just worked so nicely for the scene and not that many songs have this structure to keep playing through after the epic kiss.

AB: Yes – this was beautiful. The quiet build up to this huge emotional moment and kiss, and then back to the quiet angst that follows. This was the #1 fan favorite for the season on Tunefind.

 

Season Five

Royals
by Lorde

from S5E1: I Know What You Did Last Summer

CM: Elena leaves the house to head off to college and as she walks out the door she pops back in to give Damon one more kiss. This song has a lightness to it, but also a bit of anticipation, which is pretty much the way you feel when you’re headed off to take part in something new.  The great beat and overall vibe of the song adds excitement to when our girls are headed off to college to try to do something normal in life. The lyrics at the end of the scene that say “Let me live that fantasy” where Elena get excited and dance around a bit hits it right on the head, because they’re trying to be normal and be teenagers just enjoying life.

Don’t Deserve You
by Plumb

from S5E2: True Lies

CM: This song is very poignant with the lyrics and also dreamy at the same time.  Elena and Damon are trying to track down Stefan because he’s missing. The song has an airy feel to it that makes you feel that everything around Elena and Damon has stopped and it’s just these two talking, and then it hits another level once they kiss. Damon’s phone rings and we’re popped back into reality from this brief escape.

Fire Breather
by Laurel

from S5E16: While You Were Sleeping

CM: Damon and Elena are fighting and then say it’s over. There’s a look between them and then they just are pulled to each other. This song with it’s sexy, dreamy feel accentuates the scene where Elena and Damon are just drawn to each other and can’t keep their hands off each other.

AB: This was an emotional scene that had fans on edge and they really responded to this song choice. This was the fan favorite for season 5.

Don’t Let Me Go
by Raign

from S5E21: Promised Land

CM: The synth at the beginning of this song adds to the tension as Bonnie and Enzo talk, then Stefan appears. Raign’s epic and powerful vocals hit as Bonnie says she lost the way to bring everyone back and Stefan disappears. Caroline is screaming and the song just keeps growing with despair for what is to come. It’s a powerful song that guides us out of the episode to leave everyone wondering what will happen? And are they really gone?

Season Six

All Through The Night
by Sleeping At Last

from S6E2: Yellow Ledbetter

CM: This is such a gorgeous cover of the Cyndi Lauper classic. Ryan O’Neal (aka Sleeping At Last) always creates such amazing music! This song is more stripped down and is exactly what we needed for this scene where Elena is telling Alaric how she knew that she was in love with Damon. The song is a bed to the scene jumping back and forth from Elena to Damon. The lyrics guide us through this entire sequence so eloquently with its sparse instrumentation that is just so very powerful. Sometime less can be more with songs and scenes, which this is a great example of that! Also, I’m a huge fan of covers that artists make completely their own, which Ryan does here so well!

AB: We have a lot of fans of Ryan’s work here on Tunefind from The Vampire Diaries, but also shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Supergirl, Criminal Minds, So You Think You Can Dance, and more. He’s not a household name (yet!), but so many people will recognize Sleeping At Last’s songs from many of their favorite shows.

Wait
by M83

from S6E5: The World Has Turned And Left Me Here

CM: Liv and Tyler are talking and the song comes in, which leads us to Stefan walking into the family crypt and then he sees Damon. This song and so many M83 songs just gradually build. They’re so cinematic with their music and are the epitome of epic. It’s as if the music comes in waves with each one getting just a little bit larger each time. This keep pushing along the scene and raising the emotion until at the end of this scene Damon says he’s back and the brothers embrace with the song at a powerful crescendo. M83 is a very special band and their music can definitely take you away to many places. Lucky for us in this scene, that place was an epic reunion of two brothers and it plays it beautifully!

Another Love
by Tom Odell

from S6E7: Do You Remember the First Time?

CM: I could listen to this song over and over. It’s a very special song that evokes the optimism of life, but with a haunting undertone. We see Damon in the cemetery pouring out some liquor to his friend and then having a drink himself. He then thinks of the time he and Elena got caught in the rain. She makes him wait there instead of running for cover. The song continues to build and as the added emotion is evoked, they kiss. She tells him to tell her that this is forever. We then see Damon back in the cemetery without too much hope, but then he sees Bonnie’s teddy bear and hope is restored that she’s still alive. The optimism of the song also rings through in the scene at the end.

Colour Me In
by Damien Rice

from S6E14: Stay

CM: What more can I say about Damien Rice other than his music is blissfully gorgeous and can shatter your soul. It’s a more sparse song, but with that sparseness the emotion exudes fully. The acoustic guitar and his vocals just create a world of endless emotion. As Caroline is next to her Mom’s bed as she’s dying, Stefan tells her to go into her memories and find a time when she was truly happy. Caroline sits down next to her and hold her hand, which is where we have the flashback to her Mom teaching her how to ride a bike. As she’s inside this memory, strings start to come into the song and notches up the emotion just a little bit more, which builds throughout the rest of the scene. This is one of my favorite scenes in the series because it reminds us that those little moments in life can be big lessons for the future. The strings take over the song even more and the emotion is at a climax for the scene as her Mom lets go of her bike and young Caroline rides away on her own. We then make it back into hospital room where everyone else has gathered to pay their respects to Sheriff Forbes, too. If this scene doesn’t kill you emotionally, then you’ve got some personal problems, because in my mind it is utterly beautiful! Caroline comes out of the memory and her Mom passes away. The song becomes more sparse for this realization and the sadness just hits fully as everyone takes this in.

Go In Peace
by Candice King

from S6E15: Let Her Go

CM: This is a gorgeous song by a fellow Texan by the name of Sam Baker. It’s a pretty simple song, but it is what I call simplistic bliss. It is very straightforward in its arrangement, but so very powerful with its lyrics, which the feeling it evokes is unmatched by almost every song ever written. What Candice (the character Caroline, on the show) did with her performance of this song was truly breathtaking. This scene is one of the most powerful scenes as she is performing for the loss of her Mom, the beloved Liz Forbes. A truly gorgeous song and a truly gorgeous performance! One funny note on this: I had to track down Sam on tour and called a venue he was playing at and left my phone number for him to call back. Sam was amazing to talk with and so kind to allow us to feature his song. It’s crazy how some things get done in life, but you’ve got to find a way to make the special things happen! I hope I actually just turn into a vampire and live forever or at least another 80 years, but if I don’t turn into a vampire and I do die, I’d love for this song to be sung at my funeral. Then maybe a party afterwards with lots of live bands playing for everyone to have a great time.

AB: You’ve been lucky to have featured Candice’s beautiful voice in a few episodes throughout the series and fans have really responded each time. Those might be some good candidates for any future soundtrack planning!

Hunger
by Ross Copperman

from S6E22: I’m Thinking of You All the While

CM: The moment I heard this song I knew there was something so very special about it! I sent it off to someone to hear and get their thoughts, but they didn’t find it as special. This didn’t stop me, because I just felt this could be the one we were looking for and fortunately everyone else felt the same. We then prepped for the shoot, which involved a choreographed dance that came out so amazing. This song has a dreamlike epicness to it that I am so fortunate to have come across, because it took an amazing scene to a whole other world in epic fashion. From the piano, to the vocals, to the build and to the every other facet of the song, it was just something that you truly hope to find for a scene of this magnitude for these characters. It played through Damon telling Elena what had happened, and then through Stefan telling Caroline that he loves her and he’ll wait for her for when she’s ready for him. Epic gorgeousness personified in every piece of this sequence and the song just kicked it into that place you dream to be when you finish an episode, as well as a season.

AB: Hands down, this was the top song of the season for Tunefind users, who were tracking it down as the episode aired.

And on that insanely emotional note, we’re going to take a break there and let everyone go find some kleenex and recover a bit. Then we’ll be back with our third and final installment to take us though the music of the final two seasons. Thanks, Chris.

Check out Part I and Part III of this conversation with Chris Mollere.

 

The Vampire Diaries: Best Music Moments, Part I

As the final episode of The Vampire Diaries airs this week, we reflect back on eight years of a cultural and musical phenomenon. Music Supervisor Chris Mollere (@cmollere) walks us through his favorite songs featured across the 8 seasons of the show, including all of the major moments of the series. This post is the first of a series covering all 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries soundtrack.  Check out: Part II  and Part III now.

AMANDA BYERS OF TUNEFIND: Chris, after 8 seasons working on this show and with this team, this week has got to be pretty emotional for you, right?

CHRIS MOLLERE: Absolutely. Especially going back through all of the music we’ve used and all of the fan Tweets and articles this week. You know, eight years ago when Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson created The Vampire Diaries, they thought they were just creating a TV series, but what they ended up creating was something much more significant and that was a family.  

Promo image from The Vampire Diaries, season 1.

AB: When the show first premiered it had been hyped a lot and we added it to Tunefind expecting some good music – it was on the CW, after all! – but we had no idea just how big the show would get. It was an absolute monster hit. Generally, but especially for music. TVD quickly hit our top 10 most popular shows on Tunefind, and it’s been up there ever since. Did you expect that kind of reaction?

CM: The fans have been so invested in these characters right from the start, and I was thrilled they were loving the music so much. Without the fans undying support and love for the show for the entire eight years we wouldn’t have been able to create a show that had so much impact for this very long.  It’s been an unbelievable journey.

AB: Can you talk a little bit about your approach to using music in TVD?

CM: Totally. I’ve always felt that music plays as another character in the show that just adds those deeper levels and brings everything together for the fans to fully enjoy the journey we are taking them on with the show. We are so very thankful, appreciative and honored to be able to feature such phenomenal music from all of the amazing artists that allowed us to include their music in TVD over the past eight years!  Their music helped us tell the stories of the show and many of these songs are right there in some of our most pivotal and biggest moments of the series. 

AB: Yes! Let’s get into that a bit now, because you’ve featured a LOT of music in the show for so many dramatic and emotional moments, and introduced fans to so many new artists and songs over the years. How did you pick your favorites?

CM: This was so hard! I started out by going through the songs lists – 1,228 songs across 170 episodes! – and re-watching a lot of the scenes. Originally, I was trying to put together my top ten favorite song moments of the series, but then I started looking back season by season and I knew that just wasn’t possible because there were too many huge scenes that featured gorgeous music that just took these scenes from amazing to simply out of this world!  

AB: Luckily for us, we’ve expanded things to get your favorites from each season. We’ll chat more in a bit, but why don’t you take us through the first few seasons now? And readers can listen along with all the featured songs in our Best of The Vampire Diaries playlist on Spotify.

CM: Gladly! First up, season 1…

Season One


Say (All I Need)
by OneRepublic

from S1E1: Pilot

CM: Elena is headed the cemetery to write in her diary about her day at school. She has been dealing with a lot with the loss of her family and just dealing with life. We needed a song with an ethereal vibe that wasn’t too happy, but something with a tiny bit of hope in there. “Say (All I Need)” played this very nicely for us for Elena’s feeling of being lost in her mind and not knowing what she is supposed to do next.  

AB: This song was huge on TuneFind, and I think it was the start of viewers’ emotional connection with Elena.

Never Say Never
by The Fray

from S1E1: Pilot

CM: This song was truly the beginning of the story of TVD.  We have Elena and Stefan both writing in their dairies. We then see Jenna watching Jeremy looking at a picture of his Mom, then we see Damon at the Mystic Grill and he sees Caroline at a table when Bonnie walks away. Then we’re back to Elena writing in her diary and then she sees Stefan standing outside her house, so she goes to the door. The lyrics of this song just hit exactly what is going on in the start to our epic journey that each of these characters are about to embark on. It’s the start of each of these characters coming together as friends, lovers and in the end, family.  

Gravity
by Sara Bareilles

from S1E2: The Night of the Comet 

CM: And then we have the Elena and Stefan kiss, which Sara Bareilles’ song “Gravity” took to a whole other level.  It’s epic while staying more sparse, which is gorgeous. It was calm after the craziness of their lives and this song just allowed the moment to occur between these two in such a beautiful way.  

Enjoy The Silence
by Anberlin

from S1E6: Lost Girls

CM: Damon’s having a good time while partying with Vicki and this Depeche Mode cover made so much sense for the place he was at being the bad boy.  He was trying to do whatever he wanted to do and this song just exudes the “live in the moment now” feeling. The heavier and driving parts of the song drive us through the debauchery that was happening at the Salvatore mansion.  

Down
by Jason Walker

from S1E6: Lost Girls

CM: And only six episodes into the series we have the Elena and Stefan breakup. This song played so beautifully for this scene with the sparse piano intro to start, then more instrumentation comes in and then after Elena tells Stefan she can’t be with him, we have these poignant lyrics that just shoot you through the heart. The song just adds to the power of the scene of Elena falling to the ground just inside the door and Stefan standing outside not knowing what to do because he just lost Elena.


Cut
by Plumb

from S1E10: The Turning Point

CM: As we know, with epic love there is always a chance of two people coming back together, as it was here for Elena and Stefan. The piano intro plays beautifully in the moment of Stefan going in for the kiss and then the song grows to play through Stefan’s fear of who he is and how he is afraid Elena won’t love him because he is a vampire. The song continues to swell as the scene heats up and then hits truly epic for them kissing in bed.

AB: The fans always love a super-emotional love scene, and this one – and Plumb’s song – was a highlight for fans.


All I Need
by Within Temptation

from S1E19: Miss Mystic Falls

CM: This song set the tone for the Miss Mystic Falls pageants. We initially tried classical songs, but quickly decided to move to contemporary songs due to the musical identity that we created for TVD. “All I Need” gave us the dance tempo we needed, but also gave us the power of a rock song to take us to the much needed epic place for Damon and Elena dancing, which definitely is a hint to what would happen later in the story. It had a classical feel at the start of the song, but once it blows up and with the almost waltz-ish dance tempo, we get a gorgeous scene for the dance that’ll live on forever.


Bloodstream
by Stateless

from S1E22: Founder’s Day

CM: This song is truly a special one. It has a vibe to it that you don’t find with very many other songs. It plays the tension between Elena and Damon very nicely, but with a sexy feel with the backing music. Then the way it hits the kiss with the chorus is just perfect. It takes you to that other world for this kiss, but then nicely drops back down for the awkwardness of Jenna walking outside and seeing what’s going on between Elena and Damon.

Season Two


All This Time
by OneRepublic

from S2E2: Brave New World

CM: Stefan wakes up Elena and takes her to the carnival to watch the sunrise. This song gave us the feeling that all is right in the world again and as the scene keep moving forward the song keeps building the the place we need it to be. It’s almost like a dream with this song and just takes you away to the bubble of them atop the ferris wheel. The feeling of the song personifies what Stefan is trying to say and something that we all should do in our lives, which is enjoy the moments.  


I Was Wrong
by Sleeperstar

from S2E8: Rose

AB: This one was the season 2 fan favorite on Tunefind. 

CM: The hypnotic feel to this song and almost dreaminess to it was vital to this scene with Damon telling Elena how he feels and then compelling her to forget. Not to mention the lyrics, “I was wrong” were a precursor to what ends up happening in our story of Elena and Damon.


In My Veins
by Andrew Belle feat. Erin McCarley

from S2E8: Rose 

CM: This song hit lyrically and emotional for all that is going on in the show at the moment. With the lyrics “you’re in my veins” and it’s slower, powerful feel it’s just accentuating the worry, uncertainty, questions and feelings taking place between Bonnie and Jeremy.  


Skinny Love
by Birdy

from S2E21: The Sun Also Rises

AB: This one is a personal favorite – it haunted me. Birdy’s voice is so stunning here. 

CM: Right? This gorgeous cover of Bon Iver’s amazing song is just a heartbreaker. The power of this cover with just piano and Birdy’s phenomenal vocals allows us all to feel the place that each of our characters are in and the loss they all feel.  This is truly one of my favorite music placements in the show and it exudes the emotion we strive to create with our storytelling.

Season Three


Holding On and Letting Go
by Ross Copperman

from S3E10: The New Deal

CM: Damon compels Jeremy to leave Mystic Falls and go live his life. The piano and guitar start the song giving a bed of hope for the scene. Ross’ vocals fit so nicely under the dialogue in the scene and just keeps pushing the scene forward with the tempo of the song that keep building little by little. We then see Stefan and Bonnie talking, but the real power comes in the scene with Elena and Damon on the porch. When the woah, ooh, ooh part of the song comes in it just leaves the scene full of tension of what’s going to happen. Then Damon walks away and then comes back to Elena. The song has a guitar strum that hits right on him kissing her. The lyrics of one door swinging open and the other one swinging closed hits right in the sweet spot of what’s happening in our story. Ross has been pivotal in multiple Elena and Damon scenes, which just raised the scenes to the place we all hoped they’d land.


Give Me Love
by Ed Sheeran

from S3E14: Dangerous Liaisons

CM: This gorgeous song plays during one of our choreographed dances and with all of the couples involved in the scene, it’s truly a favorite of many. The tempo and feel of the song worked beautifully of the dance and with the lyrics of “give me love,” it was just stating what some of the characters were thinking in the moment with their dance partners. Take a deep listen to the lyrics and it’s hitting so very much going on in the scene, as well as between the couples or those that want to be with someone else.


Never Let Me Go
by Florence + The Machine

from S3E19: Heart of Darkness

CM: When the song starts in this scene there is a whole lot of tension between Elena and Damon. They both know what they want to do, but just can’t. The tone of the song just gives an overwhelming feeling of giving into what you want, and then when Elena goes back to Damon to kiss him it just hits beautifully, as if they’re being drawn together even more moment by moment and then they just give into the magnetism between each other. This is one of those scenes and songs that go to that truly epic place.


Be Still
by The Fray

from S3E20: Do Not Go Gentle

CM: The sparseness of this song is gut wrenching. With the piano and Isaac’s vocals as the guiding force for this song, it allowed the weight of the scene to shine through fully. This is still one of the most sad scenes we’ve ever had in the show. Once Alaric goes outside with Elena, he sees everyone gathered there for him to say goodbye. With the song being so sparse we utilized a swell in the volume to hit this just a little more to represent the strong emotion that encompassed the scene fully. The family was losing one of their favorites and this hit everyone so very strongly. Whenever we’d be looking for goodbye songs for deaths, we looked back to this song and tried to find other songs that had the emotion, power and gravity of this one. It’s such a beautiful song with brilliant lyrics and we were fortunate to find it for this scene.


Dauðalogn
by Sigur Ros

from S3E22: The Departed

CM: This is my favorite placement for the entire series. It wasn’t an easy one to get approved, but that’s a story for another time. All in all, Sigur Ros was so gracious in allowing us to feature this song in the sequence. This scene went from so amazing to out of this world amazing due to this song featured in there! This is truly the most unique and special song placement we’ve ever done in the show. In the words of Julie Plec, “A truly epic sequence filled with beauty and tragedy.” The way it was shot, the way it was cut, the power of the music and with the ridiculously amazing performances by our actors… This will always be my favorite sequence in the show!  Not to mention, Sigur Ros is one of my favorite bands in the world too.

AB: This was the Tunefind fan favorite for season 3, too. It was a pretty amazing way to close out the season, and took us on an emotional rollercoaster. And, on that note, we’ll wrap up for now and continue with season 4 soon. In the meantime, any hints about what we’ll see in the big finale tonight?

CM: No way! You’re going to have to wait and see what happens! But emotions will definitely be high…

Continue on for Part II  and Part III of this series with Chris Mollere, covering seasons 3-8!