Gossip Girl is often associated with iconic fashion, scandal and New York City, but one of the more underrated elements of the series was its use of music.
However, it should come as no surprise to fans that The CW drama had an iconic soundtrack, because it was developed for TV by Josh Schwartz, the same man who gave us classic TV music moments for years on The OC.
Whether it's a steamy sex scene on a bus back from the Hamptons or a heartfelt confession from Chuck to Blair, here's the most memorable music moments from Gossip Girl's six seasons.
Peter Bjorn and John ft. Victoria Bergsman’s “Young Folks”
The whistles that started it all. Gossip Girl’s pilot episode opened with Serena van der Woodsen returning to New York City to “Young Folks.” It’s nearly impossible not to get the upbeat tune stuck in your head after you hear it, and it takes you right back to Grand Central Station when Dan Humphrey (and the rest of the Upper East Side) #spotted S for the first time in a year.
The Bravery’s "Believe"
Serena and Nate’s secret is out and everyone is dealing with the aftermath at the end of “The Wild Brunch,” and The Bravery’s “Believe” raises the dramatic stakes. And while it makes no sense for S to throw her phone out (couldn’t she have just changed her number?), the moment remains legendary.
Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls”
Nothing screams 2007 like Sean Kingston and a digital camera! Plus, as Gossip Girl herself says in “Bad News Blair,” “Serena and Blair: they do besties better than anyone” and this song acts as an appropriate backdrop for their reunion.
Sum 41's "With Me"
“I don’t wait this moment to ever end…” and neither did Chair fans. Sum 41 provided the perfect soundtrack to Chuck and Blair’s first (and now infamous) hookup in the back of Chuck’s limo in “Victor/Victrola.” The moment was Gossip Girl at its best— shocking, steamy and (now) sentimental.
The Pierces’ “Secret”
Before “Secret” was the theme song to Pretty Little Liars, it was performed by The Pierces at Blair and Serena’s debutante ball in the episode “Hi, Society.” And just like the ladies of Rosewood, Manhattan’s elite has their fair share of secrets, so it only makes sense they danced to it at one of the biggest parties of the year.
Nicole Scherzinger’s “Happily Never Ever”
When they weren’t exchanging insults or fighting with field hockey sticks, S and B really had each other’s backs. One of the most genuine friendship moments between the ladies was when Serena stopped Blair from running away to Paris in “The Thin Line Between Chuck and Nate,” and the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls’ provided beautiful vocals for a beautiful moment.