10 Great Pop Song Soundtrack Moments from Prime-Time TV

Film soundtracks get a lot of attention — and for good reason. But, especially in the 21st century, TV show soundtracks, from the minimalist score of Lost to the trendy pop music of Josh Schwartz’s teen series, are giving them a run for their money. Watching Sunday’s Walking Dead finale, we couldn’t help but think about how appropriate Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” was for the narrative. And it got us thinking about other such moments in shows ranging from Gossip Girl and Skins to Friday Night Lights and Six Feet Under. After the jump, ten great pop-song soundtrack moments from prime-time TV shows. (Before you read on, beware: the text and clips contain many spoilers.)

The Walking Dead: “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” by Bob Dylan

The short first season of AMC’s zombie apocalypse series ended with a few deaths, a massive explosion, a bittersweet escape — and Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time,” a deep cut that kicked around in cover versions for several years before appearing on 1971’s Greatest Hits Volume II. It’s a desolate track for a desolate moment, and one of those instances when a song can convey a feeling that dialog might overstate. Listen to the song here.