Few movies in recent memory have been so good at integrating popular music into their soundtracks as the Twilight saga has been. The soundtracks — complete with up-and-comers like Sea Wolf as well as old pro’s like Thom Yorke — have true and through become a part of the vampire love story that has so gripped America’s teenagers (and, you know, us) by the heart. And so with the Saga drawing to a close tonight, we thought we would revisit some of our favorite musical moments from throughout the series.
10. “I Caught Myself” and “Decoded,” by Paramore
As far as we can remember, “Decoded” was only featured in the credits and promos for Twilight, but it was nominated for a Grammy and Robert Pattinson himself has called it his favorite song from the series. We would be remiss to leave it off the list. Paramore’s “I Caught Myself,” on the other hand, soundtracks the scene in the first movie where Bella, Jessica and Angela go shopping for prom dresses together.
9. “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Again, this song doesn’t play an integral part in the movies themselves, but has been closely related to the movies in our minds because its so sweeping and strong like Bella, and because of the way it’s been used in the credits and promo for Breaking Dawn — Part 1. Perri has re-recorded the song as “A Thousand Years, Pt 2″ for Breaking Dawn — Part 2, and she was even so kind to entertain the Tent City dwellers with a concert ahead of the premier.
8. “Supermassive Black Hole,” by Muse
This song plays during the epic Cullen family field day, while they play a super-charged game of baseball. And together with Bella we realize that the Cullens aren’t exactly just the family next-door, though they enjoy each others’ company just the same.
7. “It Will Rain,” by Bruno Mars
We would probably listen to this on our honeymoon, too.
6. “Eclipse (All Yours),” by Metric
Emily Haine’s angelic but still sort of edgy voice is the only that could do this s0-sweet cuddly field scene justice.
5. “Slow Life,” by Grizzly Bear
Just a small band from Brooklyn Grizzly Bear were no more, after their song was chosen to soundtrack Bella’s near-death cliff jumping exercise at the end of New Moon.
4. “My Love,” by Sia
This is what’s playing when Edward gets down on one knee. Well, that’s not exactly how it happened. Bella’s looking to seal the deal and says she doesn’t care if she’s “changed” — Twi-talk for “bitten” — and that she’ll marry him if need be.
3. “Let Me Sign,” by Robert Pattinson
Only Rob’s own voice would do to comfort Bella in her time of need, and so while Edward sucked the venom from Bella’s body, we heard this. This may not have been the most important moment in the series, but — hey? We had no idea Rob was such a rockstar! And bonus points because we would actually and absolutely listen to this song. No that the vampire-ing is through, we hope for more like this from him.
2. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” by Iron and Wine
Iron and Wine sets the mood for Edward and Bella’s first dance at prom, which takes place in a twinkly-lit gazebo somewhere, and then is reprised as the soundtrack to their wedding kiss in Breaking Dawn Pt 1. Rumor has it that Kristen “Bella Swan” Stewart picked the song herself, and we love that.
1. “Possibility,” by Lykke Li
In New Moon, Bella wallows away Edward’s disappearance — which, she says, felt like “a huge hole had been punched in my chest” — in her bedroom window, just watching the months pass by and feeling sad while Lykke Li’s haunting “Possibility” plays. This, to us, is the musical Twilight moment that is all Twilight moments.
Other songs we love, and not just because of Twilight: “Let’s Get Lost,” by Beck and Bat For Lashes; “Meet Me on the Equinox,” by Death Cab for Cutie; “Jonathan Low,” by Vampire Weekend; “Roslyn,” by Bon Iver and St. Vincent