CBS’ How I Met Your Mother is as synonymous with music as it is with questions about Ted’s future wife.
From Robin Sparkles to “You Just Got Slapped,” the show has served up plenty of its own original songs. But it’s also made smart, clever use of popular tunes to create many unforgettable, emotional scenes.
Here, we present HIMYM‘s 10 most memorable meldings of music and story. (You can check out our slightly outdated list of the show’s 10 Best Original Song & Dance Moments here.)
EPISODE | “Best Prom Ever” (Season 1, Episode 20)
THE SONG | “Good Feeling” by Violent Femmes
Lily and Marshall’s song is aptly titled because it gives us good feelings.
EPISODE | “Come On” (Season 1, Episode 22)
THE SONG | “This Modern Love” by Bloc Party
“This modern love breaks me/This modern love wastes me,” the tune goes. And that was certainly the case as an elated Ted, fresh off successfully wooing Robin, came upon a heartbroken Marshall.
EPISODE | “Ted Mosby: Architect” (Season 2, Episode 4)
THE SONG | “Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect” by The Decemberists
In a perfect marriage of character, episode and song, The Decemberists provide the background music after Robin and Ted have their first fight.
EPISODE | “Miracles” (Season 3, Episode 20)
THE SONG | “Nice Dream” by Radiohead
As Ted’s friends rush to his side in the hospital, Radiohead’s melodic notes underscore the urgency and emotion of the moment.
EPISODE | “The Leap” (Season 4, Episode 24)
THE SONG | “Prophets” by A.C. Newman
Each member of the gang takes a leap of faith with the A.C. Newman tune giving them the courage to jump.