How I Met Your Mother: 5 Most Perfect Song Choices Throughout The Series

While the finale somewhat tarnished its reputation, How I Met Your Mother is widely regarded as one of the best and most creative sitcoms of the 21st century. The show consistently generated acclaim for its performances, writing, creative use of time, and the unique blending of comedy and heartfelt drama.

One of the most underappreciated aspects of the show’s production is its incredible soundtrack. Like Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother always had a penchant for finding little-known songs and utilizing them to absolute perfection in a certain sequence. A great song choice can go a long way in perfecting a scene.

5.This Modern Love

Season one ended in spectacular fashion. Ted “made it rain” for Robin, and Lily called off her engagement to Marshall. While Ted makes his way over to Robin’s, Bloc Party’s “This Modern Love” begins playing in the background.
The song is used to perfection throughout the proceeding sequence – like rising when Ted and Robin finally kiss and fading out as Ted sits on the steps with a broken Marshall. It’s a great song, and it caps season one in amazing fashion.

4.Shake It Out

Florence + The Machine’s “Shake It Out” plays at the end of the seventh season episode “No Pressure”, and it couldn’t have made for a more perfect fit. Robin admits to Ted that she doesn’t love him, and while Ted puts on a brave face, he is crushed by the admission. However, he admits that Robin’s admission has allowed him to finally move on.
When he emerges from the bar, the street is filled with yellow umbrellas while “Shake It Out” rises to a triumphant crescendo. It’s a gorgeous symbol, and it’s paired with a gorgeous song.

3.The Funeral

The season eight premiere, Farhampton, ends with Klaus explaining the concept of “lebenslangerschicksalsschatz”. As he explains, Band of Horses’ “The Funeral” begins playing over a montage of the characters in their private lives.
Klaus then explains to Ted that if he has to “think” about finding The One, then he hasn’t actually found her. The scene then flashes forward to when Ted meets the mother, as she arrives at the Farhampton station with her yellow umbrella.

2.Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect

It’s a fittingly-titled song, that’s for sure. Season two’s Ted Mosby: Architect is primarily concerned with Robin’s feelings toward Ted. She grows paranoid about Ted’s behavior and begins to suspect that he is cheating on her.
As a means to make up with Ted, Robin brings donuts to his work and reaffirms her commitment to Ted and the relationship. The Decemberists’s “Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect” plays while Robin walks to Ted’s work, and it serves as a beautiful and touching little moment.

1.Prophets

How I Met Your Mother always knew how to end a season, and the fourth season finale is no different. Marshall decides to make the literal leap across buildings while Ted decides to make a metaphorical leap into his new job as professor of architecture.
A.C. Newman’s “Prophets” plays in the background as the characters leap across buildings. The song is both tonally and lyrically fitting (“One by one by one by one”), and it sends the fourth season off in style.

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