I was stunned when I found out that James Gandolfini died. Growing up, my parents were huge fans of The Sopranos and I caught episodes here and there, but did not understand it at all. When I was older, I went back and watched the series multiple times and it has been one of the better decisions of my life. The Sopranos will always be my favorite television show of all time for a number of reasons. One of the reasons is that the use of music in the show is superior to any other series I have ever watched. You can tell the executive producers spent a lot of time selecting which songs fit what scenes. Here are my top ten Soprano’s music moments.
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10.In the second to last episode of Season 2, Tony tells his brother-in-law Richie a piece of his mind, and then consequently has a panic attack set to the music of Boston.
“More Than A Feeling” – Boston
9. Tony Soprano’s cousin, Tony Blundetto (played by Steve Buschemi) kills rival mob associate Joey Peeps in the middle of season 4. This act raises tensions between Jersey and New York, especially when Tony B. continues his reckless ways by whacking Phil Leotardo’s younger brother, Billy, later on.
“Bad N’ Ruin” – Faces
8. This is a really well done video montage of Tony Soprano, highlighting the highs and lows of being a mob boss throughout the series.
“I’m Not Like Everybody Else” – The Kinks
7. Big Pussy, Tony’s best friend, gets caught selling heroin and is forced to rat out the mob in Season 2. Tony has a hard time believing that Puss would so such a thing, but he finally finds a wire that Puss was using against them. They convince Puss to come with them to check out a boat Tony might buy, when they kill him and dump his body in the ocean.
“Free Fallin” -Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
6. The opening sequence of the show is top notch. If you haven’t seen it, please check it out below.
“Woke Up This Morning” – Alabama 3
5. At the end of Season 3, Tony purchases a vacation house for his family, however Carmela (his wife) and him get into a huge fight and separate, leaving Tony in quite a situation. He bought the house from the neighbor, who is a successful attorney. When the lawyer says he will not let Tony out of his contract, Tony and his crew set up a boat right outside the lawyer’s house and blare Dean Martin music to drive him insane. It eventually works as the lawyer folds and let’s Tony out of the contract. Probably a good decision on his part.
“I Love Paris” – Dean Martin
4. This scene marks the beginning of the end for Tony and his crew, as rival boss Phil Leotardo reflects on the past year. Phil looks up and sees pictures of men whacked by The Sopranos’ crew, and vows to quit being soft. He wants to retaliate in blood, and eventually does later on in Season 6.
“Evidently Chicken” – John Cooper Clarke
3. The end of the series was filled with a bunch of surprises, none bigger than when Tony kills his own cousin, Christopher, after they get into a car accident. The title of the song used fits perfectly, as Tony by this time in the series has become numb to the consequences of his actions.
“Comfortably Numb” – Roger Waters ft. Van Morrison and The Band.
2. The closing scene of the second season is nothing short of spectacular. It is Tony’s daughters’ high school graduation party, but all Tony can think about is killing his best friend Puss. The way it is shot makes it seem like everything in his life is going great on the outside, but on the inside he is a mess. Plus, they use a Keith Richards sung ‘Stones song.
“Thru and Thru” – The Rolling Stones.
1. The final scene of the series is one of the best scenes in television history. It was extremely controversial when it aired, because it leaves the ending up for speculation. Series creator David Chase has never said a flat out explanation besides saying “it’s all there.” I believe that Tony took the fate of the late great actor who played him, and passed away. Rest in Peace James Gandolfini, your work will live on for centuries.
“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey