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Almost 20 years later, the song of the "The O.C." pilot is still a hit

Second Alex Greenwald's angry voice,Phantom Planet's "California" catchy chords and power to match. You areO. C. can be sensed. Thesoundtrack will be something special. Accompanying his opening credits on the 2003 drama, the song first plays minutes into the pilot and sets the music to his one of the greatest TV shows ever.

Throughout the seasons,O. C. has curated a soundtrack that brilliantly highlights the emotions of the characters, creates influential pop moments for his culture, and indie his band's generations. Name iterations of Death Cab for Cutie, rekindle your love for mixtapes, book a live concert at The Bait Shop,Saturday Night Live will, the series will harnessed the power of music in ways never before possible.

Almost 20 years later,O. C. 's soundtrack remains in a class of its own. So, to celebrate his August 5th anniversary of the show's premiere, we took a look back at the song that started it all. From his 2000s mainstream hits with The All-American Rejects and Black Eyed Peas to underrated gems with Mazzy Star and Joseph Arthur,TheO. C. Introducing his 11 songs. A perfect musical moment in the pilot.


"California" (Tchad Blake Remix) - Phantom Planet

Ah, like the Phantom Planet, we're back where we started. As above,O. C. Pilot set the standard for soundtracks with the 2002 song "California". After Ryan (Ben McKenzie) is beaten and kicked out of his home by his mother's boyfriend, rides a bike, calls a payphone, and calls everyone he knows to find out where he crashes, he gets a bulge. start. Out of options, he contacts his trusted attorney Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher), who picks him up and brings him home for the weekend. Ryan can be seen staring thoughtfully out the passenger window as the Cali national anthem blares. Waves, beaches, and opening credits shots of him drive the car into the gates of his community, where Sandy enters and heads to a luxurious mansion.

This song is The O. C. is a typical embodiment of The general atmosphere of. It inspires and moves people at the same time. Nostalgic and exciting. And layered over a montage of clips from the show andshots in sunny conditions packs the perfect punch. Arguably, "California" is his one of the best theme songs in TV history.


"Show me." - Cham Payne

Sandy goes inside to pack Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) as a guest in her new home. Ryan bows his head. He smokes to the end of the driveway and has a cute encounter with Cohen's neighbor, Marissa (Mischa Barton), who is waiting at the end of the driveway. This scene is fromThe O. C. of he produces one.'s most memorable interaction. Marisa asks Ryan, "Who are you?" With a cigarette in his mouth, he replies, "Whoever you want me to be." passed out. After a cigarette and a chat, Marissa's preppy jockey and her boyfriend Luke (Chris Carmack) drive into a terrifyingly big black truck. It's hard to hear what he's blasting about, but the fan consensus seems to be Cham Payne's "Show Me."


"Sweet Honey" - a little silly

{Meet 112 Cute. The two hit it off within minutes, and after a video game session, Seth took Ryan out sailing on his boat, Summer Breeze. As Slightly Stoopid's 2003 song ``Sweet Honey'' plays and serotonin levels soar, Seth dreams of sailing to Tahiti and becomes one of the most popular girls in school. He talks about his crush on Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson), who is The track's upbeat reggae vibe paints a peaceful version of California, the calm before chaos, and symbolizes the safe and strong foundation of Ryan and Seth's brotherhood.


World" (Punk Debutante) - Cooler Kids

It's Ryan the night they met.As you enter a fancy soiree, Seth says," Thus begins one of the many nights spent chatting reluctantly at The OC. event. When everyone is seated and the lights dim, Marissa thanks them for coming and the music begins. Summer13 wears a dress that screams she's going she's on 30, she later meets Marissa in the bathroom, where she secretly drinks alcohol. Marissa then takes the stage, her usual beaming smile, and smiles at Ryan (often to Luke's dismay). All the while,"All Around the World" blares in the background, giving 2003/Lizzie Her McGuire's film great energy. The song acts as a fun, playfully deceiving shroud of the many personal issues these characters keep secret.


"Swing, swing "- All-American Rejects

The video above captures thethree pilot music moments. It's all in one. The first song features tracks from All-American Rejects. This is because her teen show in the 2000s wouldn't be complete without a bit of her AAR. As Ryan and Seth are about to head home from a fashion show, Summer invites Ryan to an afterparty at Holly's beach house. The boys decided to check it out (hoping to spend some quality time with Marissa and Summer) and listened to the band's breezy 2002 heartbreaking track "Swing, Swing". is played by jumping on the back of Summer's ride. The song lets viewers know they are flexible. they go with the flow. They swing, swing, damn. And they are about to fall in love.


"Hands up" - Black Eyed Peas

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Once they arrived at the party, "Hands Up" Black Eyed Peas' 2003 album Elephunk, the first track on sets the scene and musical era. Ryan and Seth investigate the room, waiting for some Orange County drama to happen, including drugs, makeup sessions, and drinking. As a callback to Seth's fashion show quote, Ryan turns to him and says "Welcome to the Dark Side" before the night really begins. We see Marissa sneaking extra booze into the cup, Summer drooling over Ryan, and Luke trying to cheat. Partying is a recipe for disaster, and only this dramatic, horn-heavy banger underscores it.


"I am a player ”- K. G. B. 

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Next.Marissa and Ryan finally steal some alone time. K. G. B. With her 2001 track "I'm A Player" blaring in the background, Marissa asked Ryan what he thought of Newport, to which he replied: from. "Hilarious songs set the mood, flirting and questionable life choices. Seth drinks beer while a wasted summer hits Ryan. After seeing them together, Seth assumes the worst." and tell Ryan in front of the whole party, they got into a fight and Seth yelled, I'm sure there's a really nice car you can steal." This is one of Summer's most famous lines. —and all eyes on Ryan. Scandalous song for scandalous moments.


" - Maximum Roach

After a fight with Ryan, Seth wandered the beach alone and a group of men began trolling him above. Ryan rushes to the rescue, and when Luke asks if he has a problem, Ryan boldly replies, "Tell me." The group starts throwing punches as this adrenaline-pumping song gets louder. This is his one of the show's many fight scenes, but it's especially significant as it ends with Luke saying the series' most iconic line: "Welcome to the OC, bitch."


"In the dust to" - Mazzy Star

After three high-octane party songs, the show headed for one of the biggest tear-jerkers. Move to one. A throwback from 1993's Mazzy Star. When Marissa's friends leave Marissa lying unconscious in the driveway, Ryan finds her key and tries to get it inside her. A slow and ominous track first plays as he carries Marissa to her house by the pool and gently tucks her into her bed. It is then played again in Season 1, Episode 7, "The Escape". Carry her in the alleys of Tijuana, just like her pilot. The solemn song is one of the most memorable songs associated with the couple,Episode 6 of Season 4, "The Chrismukk-huh. Ryan reads a letter from Marissa and says goodbye."


" Honey and the Moon" - Joseph Arthur

O. C.'s soundtrack, Joseph Arthur's 2002 single "Honey and the Moon" — a song that was in the script before the ending was written — was the first song that came to mind is one of Kirsten asks Sandy to take Ryan home to his mother after she finds out he and Seth have been in a drunken fight, so she can make sure Ryan leaves Cohen's house behind before the pilot ends. watch you do As the guitar plays, Ryan's face (black eyes and all) is again seen staring out Sandy's passenger window in deep contemplation. The car backs up the driveway, revealing Marissa standing at the end of the driveway watching them drive away. Ryan stares at her, a dark figure lit by a fiery sunset, and she turns around. As the car moves forward, we see his bike sticking out of the trunk. Ryan turns around and gets one last glimpse of Marissa through the rear window.

Arthur's ephemeral voice says everything this dialogueless scene has to say. The lyrics and energy on the show perfectly capture the complex relationship that two broken souls form, and showcase him in one of the show's most iconic musical moments. We see one final shot of Marissa standing drenched in the light of an orange sun flare before Luke's truck stops and Ryan and Sandy head to Chino. Part of me wishes they'd brought back "Honey and the Moon" for this finale scene, but I find it hard to believe that the song couldn't exist without Marissa. I like it.


Christopher Tyng

 O. C.'s soundtrack was legendary. The show's great score also helped the show leave a lasting impression. Composer Christopher Ting put a musical spell on this series from 2003 to his 2005