Last night’s flashback-tastic New Girl episode, “Virgins,” was a treasure trove of music to set the mood – some songs more successfully than others – as the loftmates looked back on their first sexual encounters. Anchoring the eclectic mix (which ranged from Sublime to Boyz II Men and even figured in Lisa Loeb), Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Could Happen” kicked in during a fan-fulfilling scene between Nick (Jake Johnson) and Jess (Zooey Deschanel).
It got us thinking of some of our favorite first-time anthems from shows of yore. Below, our ultimate Spotify playlist of coupling tracks!
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The song: Ellie Goulding, “Anything Could Happen”
The scene: Though we didn’t actually see Jess and Nick’s hanky panky, the track underscored loved-up moments for all the loftmates. It’s no Goulding’s effervescent track has been the go-to song for music supervisors this season, including –ironically – a pregnancy scare for Glee’s Rachel (Lea Michele).
The song: Darren Criss and Lea Michele, “One Hand, One Heart”
The scene: The West Side Story provided a backdrop for the McKinley super-couples’ lovemaking.
The songs: Laura Doyle, “Your Love”; Meredith Brooks, “What Would Happen”
The scenes: Though the late-in-the-series consummation of the on-and-off relationship between Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes) – set to Doyle’s sultry “Love” song – may have been more of a fan moment, Brooks’s meditation on the electricity flowing between almost-lovers, in this case Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and his high school teacher Tamara (Leann Hunley), was the spark that kept Dawson’s fans coming back for the long haul.
The song: Chris Isaak, “Wicked Game”
The scene: We suspect a lot of first (and hopefully good) times were had to Isaac’s 1989 babymaker, but only one of them happened between uber-couple Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) – in the American Museum of Natural History, no less.
The Vampire Diaries
The songs: Plumb, “Cut”; Ed Sheeran, “Kiss Me”; Ron Pope, “A Drop in the Ocean”
The scene: Whether you’re Team Stelena (“Cut”) or Team Delena (“Kiss Me”), you’ve got to admit Elena (Nina Dobrev) is one lucky lady. Also, getting the “Drop” on vampire/werewolf sexytimes courtesy of Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino)? Yes, please!
How I Met Your Mother
The song: Robin Sparkles, “Sandcastles in the Sand”
The scene: All respect to Van Der Beek, who played the Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) ex, but we much preferred the beach-level heat between Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and the former Canadian teen star, especially with her ’80s-licious second hit playing underneath.
The song: The XX, “Sunset”
The scene: When it comes to lawyer coworkers Rachel (Meghan Markle) and Mike (Patrick J. Adams), file this under “INTRAOFFICE FRATERNIZING.”
The song: The Ronettes, “Be My Baby”
The scene: We’re still not sure if you’re allowed to have make-up sex as your first time, that’s exactly what David (Bruce Willis) and Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) did.
The song: Super Furry Animals, “Hello Sunshine”
The scene: Their first time might not have been everything they hoped, but Seth (Adam Brody) and Summer (Rachel Bilson) had brighter days ahead.
The songs: Elliott Smith, “Whatever (Folk Song in C)”; Sum 41, “With Me”; Anya Marina, “Whatever You Like”
The scenes: So many inner circle pairings, so little time! But we’ll single out the series’ alpha couples. Serena (Blake Lively) made Dan (Penn Badgley) and Lonely Boy no more to Smith’s strummer. In the same episode, Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) began an affair for the ages in the back of his limo. And if you think we’d talk about Gossip Girl sex without mentioning season 3’s Anya Marina-covered ménage à trois, OMFGG, you’re crazy.
Pretty Little Liars/Castle
The song: Andrew Belle feat. Erin McCarley, “In My Veins”
The scene: This 2010 lilter was so nice, they played it twice – first between a Castle-Beckett (Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic) hook-up seven seasons in the making, then during PLL’s sexy-and-sad deception sex between Rosewood schemers Toby (Keegan Allen) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario).
The song: David Holmes, “No More Time Outs”
The scene: Though Liv (Kerry Washington) and Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) basically had eye sex to The Album Leaf’s “The Light” (their love theme), the pols first pressed flesh to Holmes’ instrumental sizzler.
Queer As Folk
The song: The Aloof, “So Good”
The scene: Pittsburgh’s gay Lothario Brian (Gale Harold) had been around the block more than a few times before he took just-out Justin (Randy Harrison) under his wing and into his loft.
The song: Little Dragon, “Twice”
The scene: Daniel (Josh Bowman) fell into Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) bed – and into her clutches.
The songs: Cat Power, “Half of You”; Neko Case, “I Wish I Was the Moon”
The scenes: For a show featuring some pretty vigorous sex, the tunes playing through Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) first time with Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) were surprisingly mellow.
Hart of Dixie
The song: Matt Nathanson feat. Sugarland, ”Run”
The scene: Let’s just say there was rain, there was heat between Zoe (Rachel Bilson) and Wade (Wilson Bethel), and things got steamy.
The song: Coldplay, ”God Put a Smile Upon Your Face”
The scene: Sydney (Jennifer Garner) and Vaughn (Michael Vartan) got it done in and out of the sheets to Coldplay’s aptly named 2003 track.
The song: Nil Lara, “Fighting for My Love”
The scene: Jealousy got Elliot (Sarah Chalke) “Fighting” for J.D. (Zach Braff) back in 2004.
The song: Anya Marina, “Move You [SSSPII]”
The scene: Like Gossip Girl, Grey’s provides and embarrassment of riches when it comes to hook-ups and good music. In the case of George (T.R. Knight) and Izzie (Katherine Heigl), Anya Marina struck a chord.
The song: Plants and Animals, “Bye Bye Bye”
The scene: Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) found themselves in the City of Light and out of the shadows about their relationship. Je t’aime Paris!
What about you, PopWatchers? What are your favorite first-time jams from TV shows past?
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