Jessica FeeLast night's highly anticipated Mad Men Season 6 premiere didn't disappoint. If you weren't able to catch the two-hour-long episode, we won't ruin it for you, but we thought it appropriate to dedicate this week's Music Monday to the show that is setting the standard for television period dramas.
While Mad Men is well-known for its impressive acting and writing, one of the show's strongest and most underrated qualities is its deference to the changing musical landscape of the times.
SEE ALSO: What Would the 'Mad Men' Office Look Like in the 21st Century?Some of the most monumental moments are marked by songs that send a chill down your spine. To name a few: Bobby Helms' sweet "My Special Angel" as Betty aims a shotgun at her neighbor's birds; Megan's sultry version of "Zou Bisou Bisou" during Don's surprise birthday party; the Beach Boys' "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" as Roger and Jane trip on LSD; and last night's "Hawaiian Wedding Song" by Elvis Presley (the song fits perfectly, but again, we won't ruin it for you).
The show pushes the relationship between music and television today, too. Director and screenwriter Matthew Weiner made history when he secured the rights to The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" for a hefty price tag of $250,000. Many say that Mad Men's Season 5, Episode 8 was the first time a Beatles song was used in a television series. Weiner is also notoriously secretive about the storyline for upcoming episodes, but in order to obtain the rights to the song, he was forced to show his script to Apple Corps.
We've put some of our favorite musical moments from the show into a convenient playlist below. For more Mad Men music, you can check out AMC's songlist here.
What's your favorite Mad Men song? Connect with us on Spotify and send it our way.
Here's how you can share:
- Tell us in the comments. Make sure to include the artist and the song so we can be certain to find it.
- Tweet us your song choice @mashableHQ and use the hashtag #MusicMonday. If you send us a Spotify link, we'll give it a listen and add our favorites
- To grab a Spotify link, control-click on any song in Spotify and "Copy HTTP link."
- If you're not a Spotify user, you can still send us a link to wherever the track is hosted, and we'll give the song a listen.