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Five TV shows that have the best music

What makes a good TV show? Awesome characters? An intriguing plot? Cliffhanger season endings? To me, it’s the music that makes a show. Music is so important to set the emotional tones and to be honest, great music makes me love a show ten times more than I would if the show’s creators had questionable music taste. Here are television shows that have some of the best music of all time (in no particular order):

How I Met Your Mother contains great music to get into. Graphic from Series Addict
How I Met Your Mother contains great music to get into. Graphic from Series Addict

1) “How I Met Your Mother” (Available on Netflix Instant)

In my humble opinion, “How I Met Your Mother” has the best of everything in TV show history, including amazing music. “Let Your Heart Hold Fast” by Fort Atlantic,Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect” by The Decemberists, “Waiting for An Invitation” by Benji Hughes– all of these amazing songs made appearances on this show plus a million more. We’re talking nine seasons of pure musical genius.

2) “Gossip Girl” (Available on Netflix Instant)

For some strange reason, people think “Gossip Girl” is lame. I don’t understand that mentality. It has sex, scandals, and terrific music– what more could you want? Featuring songs like,Photograph” by Air, “Paradise Circus” by Massive Attack, and “Signs” by Bloc Party, the show has introduced me to a lot of obscure bands that I may not have listened to otherwise.

3) “Vampire Diaries” (Available on Netflix Instant)

This is one instance where every time the show puts out a new soundtrack, I just buy it because I know it’s going to be great. I love the dark, edgy songs that they play (thanks to the show being about vampires). Check out “Bloodstream” by Stateless, “Down” by Jason Walker, and Digital Daggers’ cover of the Tears For Fears song, “Head Over Heels”.

4) “Degrassi”

Degrassi has some of the best music in television history. It has some pretty terrible songs as well, but mostly the creators were really on it when choosing the soundtrack. The show introduced me to “Model Homes” by In-Flight Safety, “Straightjacket” by Stef Lang, and “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” by Stars (a Canadian indie band that became my favorite band because I heard this amazing song on “Degrassi”). Bonus: I don’t usually like songs written exclusively for TV shows, but the “Degrassi” original song,Here Today” by Flashing Midnight (a fictional band) is really, really good. Also, never forget that “Degrassi” gave us Drake.

5) “American Horror Story” (Available on Netflix Instant)

I love “American Horror Story,” 50% for the show and 50% for the music. The music is really, really awesome. It’s dark and twisted and haunting and it just stays with you, like the plots and the characters do. Some of my favorite songs from the show include, “For Everything A Reason” by Carina Round, “Flickers” by Son Lux, and “Harsh Realm” by Widowspeak.

If you’re interested in finding more amazing music from these shows, you can find whole playlists that usually include at least 90% of what is played on the show, on either YouTube or Spotify.

7 Reasons you should drop what you’re doing and join Student Media

1.) It’s a resume-builder

Many students, especially journalism ones, seem to assume that the portfolio they made in class is sufficient when it comes time to search for a job after college. This is not true in any sense. Hiring Managers look for someone who has shown initiative and has real experience, not someone whose only writing samples were birthed in Newswriting 101. Working for Student Media can give you these greatly needed samples.

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2.) You get real life experience.

The hierarchy of Student Media is set to mimic the hierarchy of a real newspaper. You’ll have an Editor-in-Chief and a few other Editors above you to bug if you have any questions. There are real-life scenarios reenacted on the daily too, like the one where some random person sets the dumpster on fire outside the student media building, forcing you to choose who to call … the Assistant Director for Student Media or the ghost busters?

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3.) Any and all majors are accepted.

Two of the best Editors-in-Chief I’ve ever met were a chemistry major and an education major. Everyone is welcome in Student Media. (Even Grad students!)

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4.) You have a guaranteed quiet place to work when the library is full.

Okay, so maybe it’s not guaranteed to be quiet at all hours, but it is an uncrowded space with a Mac lab and a printer.

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5.) You have nights you’ll never forget

If you haven’t been present while Highlander Rolls were accidently delivered to the Student Media office on your birthday, then you haven’t lived! The family atmosphere of Student Media fosters great relationships and a real sense of belonging.

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6.) You have opportunities to advance.

When you start a job, are you the type of person who is constantly looking for advancement opportunities? Well look no further— Student Media is the right place for you! Within your college career, you can easily start from the bottom as a writer and end up here as Editor-in-Chief.

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7.) You can write to tell the truth… Or just have fun

One thing that few people realize when they’re considering becoming involved with Student Media is the variety of jobs available. If you’re a good artist, we are always looking for artwork to showcase. If photography is more your shtick, we need photographers too. Each publication has its own writing style, too. Do you like writing short stories and/or poems? You belong with Exit 109, our literary magazine. Have you always wanted to write a listicle with the hope that it will go viral? Whim’s your oyster, my friend. Of course, for the Luke Danes of the world, seething articles about how dumb people can be are always accepted as well.

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