On Monday, we rounded up the best overlooked musical moments on TV. Those moments were special due to the fact that those scenes utilized songs that are not featured on every TV show. The tracks used were a breath of fresh air compared to the songs on this list. We’ve heard “Breathe Me,” “How To Save A Life” and “Open Your Eyes” on everything from Grey’s Anatomy to The Sopranos. And now they need to be put to rest. Say goodbye to the ten songs that need to be retired from TV.
1. “Breathe Me” by Sia
Heard On: Bionic Woman, Fallen, The Hills, Holby City, Hollyoaks, Luther, Misfits, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Saving Hope, The Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Six Feet Under and Veronica Mars
The song was made iconic by the series finale of Six Feet Under. But that didn’t stop it from being heard on everything since then. It had a big run in the mid-2000s. While the song is great, it’s exhausting for the amount of tears it sucks out of you.
2. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
Heard On: Family Guy, Glee, Gravity Falls, The Hills, Scrubs, Shrek The Halls, The Sopranos and Soul Food
The song has been around forever but it was the combination of Glee and The Sopranos that really did it in. Both shows took a different approach to the same song to make it their own. But now the nostalgia factor has worn off. Shows after these better stay away from it.
3. “Fix You” by Coldplay
Heard On: Brothers & Sisters, Cold Case, Extras, Glee, The Newsroom, The O.C., So You Think You Can Dance and Without a Trace
Without a doubt, The Newsroom sent this song to its grave. Playing it beginning to end over the breaking news of the shooting of Gabby Giffords was too much. Goodbye.
4. “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley
Heard On: Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Crossing Jordan, Dirt, ER, House, The O.C., Scrubs, Third Watch, Ugly Betty, The West Wing and Without a Trace
The season’s drawing to a close, something dramatic is about to happen and the show needs the perfect song to capture that moment. It’s not “Hallelujah.” It’s been done before. Way too many times.
5. “How To Save A Life” by The Fray
Heard On: 8th & Ocean, Cold Case, Conviction, Ghost Whisperer, Grey’s Anatomy, The Hills, NCIS, One Tree Hill and Smallville
Step 1: Don’t use this song. Step 2: Don’t use this song. Step: Save a life by not using this song.
6. “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap
Heard On: CSI: Miami, Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C., Smith and So You Think You Can Dance
The O.C. is basically responsible for the career of Imogen Heap. Without it, the singer would not have had much of a career. Though the best use of this song has to be Jason Derulo’s cover featured in Gossip Girl. Otherwise, let it and Imogen go.
7. “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” by Death Cab For Cutie
Heard On: 90210, Nikita, Scrubs and So You Think You Can Dance
Surprisingly, Death Cab has not been nearly as abused by shows as one would expect. They have a number of songs featured on shows but this is by far the most. It’s one of the more tolerable songs on the list but sadly has worn out its welcome.
8. “Open Your Eyes” by Snow Patrol
Heard On: Being Erica, The Black Donnellys, Brothers and Sisters, Cold Case, ER, Grey’s Anatomy and Heroes
Unlike Death Cab, Snow Patrol has been overexposed on TV. Between this track and “Chasing Cars,” there was a two-year period where they could be heard everywhere.
9. “Over The Rainbow” by Judy Garland/Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Heard On: Charmed, Cold Case, ER, Glee, Horizon, Life on Mars, Scrubs and South Pacific
It’s always sad to retire classic songs such as this. But it has to go, especially because of Kamakawiwo’ole’s ukulele cover that suddenly gave new life to the song. ER was one of the first shows to jump on board using the song for dramatic sequences and from there it just went all over the place. At least Scrubs took the time to cover the cover.
10. “We Are Young” by .fun
Heard On: 90210, Chuck, Glee and Gossip Girl
This song hasn’t been abused or overused nearly as bad as the other tracks on this list but given how new the song is, it’s already overstayed its welcome. We are tired of hearing this song at every finale/party/event/revelation in life.