The Vampire Diaries Season 4: Top 15 Music Moments
8. Season 4, Episode 6, “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes”Song: "Walking Blind" Artist: Aidan Hawken and Carina Round Music moment: Stefan and Elena break up Why it’s so great: How far we’ve come from the couple sitting on the roof, contemplating being together forever. In just a few short episodes, Elena realized her feelings for Damon had changed her relationship with his brother. Stefan knew it, too. “I can’t do this,” he told her; they ended things in a clear-eyed, adult way. The Aidan Hawken and Carina Round song didn’t try to compete with the moment, but it just added to the heartache in its own soft way.
There’s no doubt The Vampire Diaries has some of the best music on TV. Music producer Chris Mollere always knows how to score the most poignant moments and often helps tell the story with his song choices. Check out our top 15 music moments from Season 4, and let us know if your favorite made the list.
15. Season 4, Episode 8, “We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street” Song: “Let It Go” Artist: Dragonette Music moment: Elena (Nina Dobrev), Caroline (Candice Accola), and Bonnie (Kat Graham) dance Why it’s so great: Sometimes these crazy kids get so caught up in their problems, they forget that they’re teenagers and should be out having fun. That’s why moments of levity — like Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline having a good, old-fashioned slumber party — are so welcome. Sure, it was fueled by spirit tea and ended in a kidnapping, but Dragonette’s “Let It Go” was as bubbly as the champagne and helped us forget all about the product placement.
14. Season 4, Episode 23, “Graduation” Song: “You Give Love a Bad Name” Artist: Bon Jovi Music Moment: Opening scene; Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Lexi get drunk and dance around the mansion Why it’s so great: It’s their song! For once, Stefan was going to be selfish and do what he wanted to do. That meant enjoying his last few hours with his best friend, Lexi, and listening to Bon Jovi like it was 1986. Drunk Stefan is fun Stefan; it’s not really his fault everything was falling apart right when he least wanted to be a hero. Bon Jovi as the soundtrack to Stefan’s rebellion? Right on the money.
7. Season 4, Episode 7, “My Brother’s Keeper” Song: “Kiss Me” Artist: Ed Sheeran Music moment: Damon and Elena have sex Why it’s so great: This one’s for you, Delena ‘shippers. Damon and Elena didn’t get to share a dance at the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. No matter; just put on an Ed Sheeran track, light a roaring fire, and see what happens. A lot of making out, some vamping, and finally, shirtlessness followed. Even with all the sire bond talk, it was still pretty hot.
13. Season 4, Episode 20, “The Originals” Song: “How You Like Me Now” Artist: The Heavy Music Moment: Marcel performs at the karaoke bar Why it’s so great: This was quite an introduction to the king of New Orleans. There’s the old adage that people always vote for the presidential candidate they’d like to have a beer with. If your leader is the kind of guy who can jump on stage and perform a flawless karaoke version of “How You Like Me Now,” what more could you ask for? Except for the whole part where he murders witches in the street...
6. Season 4, Episode 9, “O Come All Ye Faithful” Songs: “O Holy Night”; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Artists: Cary Brothers; Digital Daggers Music moment: Klaus massacres his hybrids; Klaus kills Carol Lockwood Why it was so great: Our Christmas party was not the same after this. Something about the traditional tunes soaring in the background as Klaus hacked and slashed his way through his former hybrid minions — and then drowned Carol Lockwood — still haunts us. The saccharine and sadistic all wrapped together in one bloody bow.
5. Season 4, Episode 14, “Down the Rabbit Hole” Song: “Been a Long Day” Artist: Rosi Golan Music moment: Caroline tells Tyler (Michael Trevino) to live his life without her Why it’s so great: Darn you, Candice Accola! She has the best cry. “There isn’t a right way” to say goodbye, Caroline’s voice breaks as she tells Tyler. She’d begged Klaus to let her boyfriend live, but all it bought him was a head start. For the umpteenth time, Tyler and Caroline had to say goodbye. Or, “Until we find a way,” according to Tyler. Then she makes him promise that he’ll live a full and happy life without her. The only thing that could make us cry harder than Candice? The melodic, melancholic voice of Rosi Golan.
12. Season 4, Episode 16, “Bring It On” Song: “Control” Artist: Garbage Music moment: Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) hook up Why it’s so great: This is baby-making music, people! A little bit of wine, a nice conversation about art, and Klaus and Hayley were ready to jump in the sack. There was lip-biting, writhing, and Klaus’s tattoos. For a quick and dirty hookup, Garbage’s “Control” lent just the right grunge-y sound.
4. Season 4, Episode 15, “Stand by Me” Song: “Family” Artist: Noah Gundersen Music moment: Elena burns down the Gilbert house Why it’s so great: There was almost no music when Elena had her break down. It was just her sobbing, “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.” Then Damon told her to turn her emotions off. In contrast to the sad, slow “Family” by Noah Gundersen was Elena's cool, deadpan declaration that “No one will ask questions” about her brother dying in a fire. It was basically Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) funeral song, playing as the flames claimed Elena’s brother’s body.
11. Season 4, Episode 4, “The Five” Song: “Feel so Close” Artist: Calvin Harris Music moment: Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena dance at the “Murder House” party Why it’s so great: Before anyone knew about the sire bond, we just thought Elena was buzzed on blood and giving in to the moment. The neophyte bloodsucker let herself enjoy what being a vampire’s all about, making a meal out of coeds — and dirty danced with Damon. Basically, she was high schooler at a college party, drinking too much (blood) and letting go. The flashing lights and dancey soundtrack swept us along with her.
3. Season 4, Episode 22, “The Walking Dead” Song: “Dream” Artist: The Boxer Rebellion Music Moment: Elena says goodbye to Jeremy in the woods; Stefan reunites with Lexi; Damon and Alaric take care of Silas’s body Why it’s so great: Can all the ghosts just stay forever? Stefan thought his bestie had abandoned him; it turns out, she showed up just in time to tease him and suggest he move on. Alaric and Damon shared a drink and plotted over how the latter could “get the girl.” This is one of those TVD moments when the music conveyed the nostalgia and longing more than the actual words spoken.
10. Season 4, Episode 17, “Because the Night” Song: “Psycho Killer” Artist: Talking Heads Music moment: Damon tells the guy he’s about to feed on that he’s the “Son of Giuseppe.” Why it’s so great: This is the closest we’ve come to Season 1-style Damon, and all we had to do was flash back to the ‘70s to get it. He had his pick of people to feed from in New York City, and he took full advantage of a couple walking the deserted street. Actually, we kind of wanted to include every song from this episode on the list — what can we say? We’re punks at heart — but “Psycho Killer” really should just play every time the elder Salvatore walks down the street.
9. Season 4, Episode 1, “Growing Pains” Song: “Wait For the Morning” Artist: Amy Stroup Music moment: Stefan gives Elena a daylight ring before sunrise Why it’s so great: Maybe it’s just that it’d been so long since they were really together, but this moment felt like Season 1. Stefan and Elena sit on top of the Salvatores’ roof, talking about how they’d get through their next big challenge — Elena’s vampirism. “I’ll get to live,” she tells him. “I’ll be a sister and friend, and I’ll be with you. Forever.” Just as she thinks she’s seen her last sunrise, Stefan hands her the daylight ring Bonnie made her. Amy Stroup’s song is a light touch here, and it feels just right with the warm glow the moment emits.
2. Season 4, Episode 23, “Graduation” Song: “Belong” Artist: Cary Brothers Music Moment: Stefan overhears Elena professing her love for Damon Why it’s so great: Well choreographed. “Belong” by the Cary Brothers starts off slowly, sadly as Damon snarls at Elena that no apology in the world encompases all the reasons that he’s wrong for her. It’s perfect for his self-pity. The song builds to a crescendo as Elena replies that she’s not sorry, either. She’s not sorry she met him. She’s not sorry she loves him. We get a few seconds of them kissing and the vocals swelling. Everything comes crashing back down as the song returns to its initial quiet tones, while Stefan sits, listening.
1. Season 4, Episode 2, “Memorial” Song: “Ungodly Hour” Artist: The Fray Music moment: Everyone lights lanterns, Damon talks to Alaric’s grave Why it’s so great: Let’s be honest. They could’ve put “Baby Elephant Walk” under this moment and we still would’ve blubbered like babies. Damon rants about the hole Alaric left in his life as the camera pans to the history teacher’s ghost. It was so unexpected, so perfect. Alaric’s “I miss you too, buddy” came as the piano continued its plaintive strains and our eyes welled over with tears.