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Best Music Moments From The O.C.

Where are we? What the hell is going on?

For many of us, our mixtapes were formed through Seth Cohen’s starter pack of Death Cab, Bright Eyes, The Shins or the names on The Bait Shop marquee such as The Killers, Modest Mouse, and The Walkmen. And who could forget Rooney? Not Luke Ward.

There were many musical moments that defined the soundtrack and emotional arc of our Californian friends. All of the respect to the curation skills of musical supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas.

10. The Dandy Warhols,“We Used To Be Friends”

“The Secret” (Season 1, Episode 12)

Seth dancing toward the kitchen before he is overcome by the Summer flu. Iconic.


09. Ryan Adams, “Wonderwall”

“The Heartbreak” (Season 1, Episode 19)

This is what teen soap relationship drama dreams are made of!


08. Solomon Burke, “Don’t Give Up Me Baby”

“The Power Of Love” (Season 2, Episode 8)

Sandy Cohen bluffed his way out of forgetting his 20th anniversary with Kirsten and launched a solo music career.


07. Super Furry Animals, “Hello Sunshine”

“The Heartbreak” (Season 1, Episode 19)

Summer and Seth stumble through their loss of virginity with a song that trumps Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away.” Top Gun? Hey. That’s like one of the greatest love stories of our time.


06. Matt Pond PA, “Champagne Supernova”

“The Rainy Day Women” (Season 2, Episode 14)

Zach is ditched at the airport and the Oasis anthem is reimagined beautifully as Cohen and Summer put the Spider-Man romance to shame.


05. Nada Surf, “If You Leave”

“The Goodbye Girl” (Season 1, Episode 21)

Confidence, Cohen!


04. Patrick Park, “Something Pretty”

“The Telenovela” (Season 1, Episode 20)

Peak Cohen.


03. Imogen Heap, “Hide And Seek”

“The Dearly Beloved” (Season 2, Episode 24)

Spoiler alert: Marissa shoots Trey and one of The Lonely Island’s greatest sketches is born.


02. Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah”

“The Ties That Bind” (Season 1, Episode 27)

Ryan heads back to Chino. Seth is sailing away. Kirsten is crying by the pool house and the emotional notes of the show’s musical motif begin.


01. Phantom Planet, “California”

“Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1) California, here we come!

Truly, unforgettable.

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