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15 Songs Forever Linked to Popular TV Shows and Movies


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Sometimes you'll hear a song and it'll take you back to a specific time or place in your life, like the night you met your spouse, or the day you bought your first car.

Other times, it just reminds you of that TV show it was played on. 

The latter is probably going to be the case with Badfinger's "Baby Blue," the 1972 tune that closed out Sunday night's finale of "Breaking Bad." That song will likely be linked with the AMC series for a good long while, and the following numbers only confirm it: USA Today reported that "Baby Blue" was purchased as a digital download more than 5,000 times on Sunday night alone, and its streams on Spotify have shot up 9000 percent since the episode aired.

So while "Baby Blue" takes its place in TV history, we thought it would be fun to list out some other great songs that contributed to fantastic TV and movie moments.

For instance, what comes to mind when you hear the following songs? (Click the song titles to watch the clips.)

Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" blasts from a tabletop jukebox during the last few moments of "The Sopranos." The volume — and the tension — seems to build in the room as Tony's family gathers for dinner at Holsten's, momentarily unaware of the dangers that constantly surround them.

Anyone who's seen an episode of "Arrested Development" is familiar with Europe's "The Final Countdown." Gob Bluth, the family's eldest and most arrogant son, often utilizes the song when he's performing his magic tricks. (Or rather, his magic illusions.)

Even if you haven't seen "Risky Business," the first thing that comes to mind when hearing "Old Time Rock and Roll" is Tom Cruise lip-synching along in his underwear and pink button-up.

Fans of HBO's "Six Feet Under" might immediately start bawling when they hear Sia's "Breathe Me." The Australian artist's somber song plays at the very end of the final episode, under a montage of flash-forwards that detail the fate of each character on the show.

The beginning of Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" is blanketed in Phil Spector's wall of sound, with the Ronettes and "Be My Baby" providing the soundtrack for the memorable opening credits sequence of fuzzy home movies juxtaposed with a restless Harvey Keitel.

Another classic Scorsese moment gets a little help from "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos. The song's piano interlude accompanies a gruesome montage in "Goodfellas," in which several of the mobster characters' dead bodies are found.

If this couple's YouTube video doesn't immediately spring to mind while listening to "Forever," Jim and Pam's wedding from "The Office" probably will. The couple's co-workers queued up the Chris Brown track and began mimicking the original viral video, much to the bride and groom's surprise.

Despite not appearing on any of Simple Minds' studio albums, "Don't You Forget About Me" is arguably their biggest hit. This is probably thanks to "The Breakfast Club," which had theatergoers humming the tune (and triumphantly punching the sky like Bender) before the credits began rolling.

Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" contributed to perhaps the most haunting moment on "The O.C." The song immediately follows the firing of a fatal gunshot, and it continues to play as the characters in the room — and the man on the receiving end of that gunshot — realize what just happened.

No Tarantino fan can separate this song from "Reservoir Dogs." In one of the film's more gruesome scenes, a sadistic bank robber dances to the Stealers Wheel tune while torturing a captive police officer.

Nilsson's cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" is so closely linked to "Midnight Cowboy," it's almost impossible to think of one without the other. The song plays as we're introduced to Jon Voight's character of Joe Buck, who leaves Texas for New York to try his hand at becoming a gigolo.

As the second season of "Lost" begins, a mystery man goes about his morning routine while listening to this Mama Cass record. It's only when a nearby explosion knocks the needle from its groove that viewers pieced together where this man actually was, and how he tied into the story of the first season's plane crash survivors.

A few minutes into "Wayne's World," Wayne pops in a cassette of this Queen opus during a drive through Aurora, Illinois. As the music blasts, he and the car's headbanging passengers sing along with every word, sometimes to the discomfort of their nauseous friend in the backseat.

This is one of those songs that often gets used in movie and TV montages, but anyone who followed "ER" associates it with the death or Dr. Mark Greene. While lying in his deathbed, his character's daughter fits a pair of headphones over his ears and plays him this song, and he soon falls asleep to dream about his family one last time.

At the end of "Fight Club," the film's narrator is met by his (very confused) love interest while the acoustic opening chords of "Where Is My Mind?" begin to play in the background. But the moment the drums kick in, the couple's world literally collapses around them, and they calmly watch as buildings explode and topple to the ground.

Let us hear about your favorite music and TV moments below!