The teens were out in full force this week, music-on-TV fans! From first times to first loves — even first scooters — there were notable songs from The Secret Circle, Switched at Birth, Surburgatory, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. Meanwhile, there was beauty in tragedy on One Tree Hill, The Voice makes it first appearance with a knock-out performance, suspicion ruled on Grey’s Anatomy and Grimm (though only one of the above involved fire dancing I’m sorry to report), a serial killer got his groove on in BBC America’s Being Human, and the gang from Happy Endings got gangsta with it on Penny’s birthday. Want more still? We also liked “show tunes” from Ringer, Californication, and The Good Wife. Check out our picks below. (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: SPOILERS ahead!)
THE SECRET CIRCLE (The CW)
The song: Florence + the Machine, “No Light, No Light (Spector Ryan Gosling Remix)”
The episode: “Lucky” (116)
The hook: Last week was a big one for nuclear ginger Florence Welch, whose brilliance has already been documented on TV Jukebox. The seventh track on Ceremonials was also featured in CSI: Miami‘s March 11 episode “Rest in Pieces.” But it was the band’s Secret Circle remix treatment that really stood out. If nothing else because — as 2011 proved — when Ryan Gosling is thrown into the equation, the sky’s the limit. The remix’s throbbing undercurrent was spot-on as Adam (Thomas Dekker) pledged his love to Cassie (Britt Robertson). The young witches made their relationship official — in the Biblical sense — and Welch’s howling entreaty, “I’d do anything to make you stay,” expressed their yearning and desperation. The song’s title also had a double meaning since it was revealed that Cassie and Adam’s written-in-the-stars status is a curse that their intimacy may have unlocked.
Watch it! Things get dark and dirty at 40:20 on Circle‘s official page.
THE VOICE (NBC)
The song: “I Want To Know What Love Is,” originally by Foreigner
The episode: “The Battles, Week 3″ (208)
The hook: The singing competition has produced many other good moments since the battle rounds began, notably from scamp-named Pip versus Nathan Parrett on Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good,” Gwen Sebastian and Erin Willet singing Pat Benatar’s “We Belong,” and Kim Yarbrough facing off against Whitney Myer on “No More Drama.” But Team Cee-Lo’s Jamie Lono and Jamar Rogers took the cake. First off, I’m a major sucker for this song. Second off, I challenge you (if you haven’t seen the episode) to listen to the song without looking at the contestants. Neither of these guys is exactly album-cover-ready. But those voices! The singing wasn’t always pitch-perfect, but they left their hearts in the ring. And unfortunately, as our own Melissa Maerz pointed out, “Seeing Jamie handle defeat, at the hands of his good friend? Well, it’s like watching Lisa Simpson drop a truth bomb on Ralph Wiggam: you can actually pin-point the second when his heart rips in half.” With this performance, they showed us what love is… and also pain.
Watch it: Jamar delivers a TKO vocal punch on The Voice‘s official page. You can see what Melissa thought of the other contestants in her recap, then swing by Carson Daly’s exclusive EW blog from that week.
ONE TREE HILL (The CW)
The song: Coldplay, “Us Against the World”
The episode: “Danny Boy” (911)
The hook: It was a bittersweet moment as the show’s greatest villain Dan (Paul Johansson) met a sudden death this past Wednesday. After Dan threw himself in front of a bullet to save his son Nathan (James Lafferty), he was led to the light by the brother he had, in fact, shot and killed many seasons ago. It was a moment of redemption and forgiveness that music supervisor Lindsay Wolfington thought would be perfectly underpinned by Coldplay’s “uplifting, hopeful, and epic” tune. Hill creator Mark Schwahn used the track as inspiration while filming this critical scene because “both lyrically and melodically it felt poetic,” said Wolfington. She continued, “The image of the two of them walking into the light as Chris Martin sings, ‘Through chaos as it swirls, it’s us against the world,’ [showed the] two brothers, side by side, as it always should’ve been.”
As OTH enters the home stretch, the song also had personal resonance for the show’s behind-the-scenes team. “The lyric ‘slow it down’ struck a chord,” said Wolfington. “As the series comes to a close, you almost want time to slow down… don’t let the finale come to soon, because when it does, it’s over. [We’re trying to] savor these last few moments with One Tree Hill.”
Watch it! “Danny Boy” won’t be available online until this weekend, but you can whet your appetite with a sample of the “Us Against The World” on Amazon.
NEXT: Pop-rock suspicion on Grey’s Anatomy, a fiery Franz Ferdinand track on Grimm, Rap-py Endings, and a disco dance maniac on Being Human