You know that song that played in that episode of that one show? Every time you hear it, that scene starts in your head and you sort of re-watch it in your brain. You tear up because it was so sad or you smile because it was so happy - or you shake your head because everything started to go wrong just as the song's opening notes started. You'll never be able to hear that song again without being brought back to Sunnydale or Mystic Falls or Capeside or... Well, you get the picture.
Here are three of my favorites: (Warning! Potential spoilers in some of these scenes).
The Vampire Diaries - Skinny Love (Cover) by Birdy
After the fall out of Season 2, it's time to bury the dead. Every time I hear this song, I tear up remembering Elena placing flowers on her parents' graves and Damon putting on a brave face. (Beware! Season 2 spoilers!)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Full of Grace by Sarah McLachlan
What is with season 2 finales? Buffy saves the world at great personal cost and can't handle the aftermath. She leaves Sunnydale for Los Angeles where she can just be someone else for awhile.
I couldn't find the end scene (which is weird? failed by the internets?) so here's a link to a generic lyrics video with the song and some blurry images.
Dawn of the Dead - Have a Nice Day by Stereophonics
The camera pans out over a beautiful morning. The sun is just rising and the world looks peaceful. There's a cheery song playing and it seems likely that today will be just lovely. Too bad zombies are coming to eat your face. Have a nice day!
What are some of your favorites?