One of my favourite television shows is One Tree Hill, which is now in its ninth and final season. It’s no surprise that its fanbase has continued to grow over the years – the show features unique plotlines, has some great acting, and explores some of the most pressing issues that the average young adult deals with on a daily basis. Many of us are hoping for the return of Lucas and Peyton, who were once an integral part of the show, as well as the long-awaited demise of Dan Scott.
One Tree Hill definitely has the best soundtrack I’ve ever heard on TV. Numerous great artists have performed on the show, including Sheryl Crow, Fall Out Boy, Jack’s Mannequin, Gavin DeGraw, Tyler Hilton, and One Tree Hill’s own Bethany Joy Galeotti, who has played Haley James Scott since season 1. One Tree Hill had a huge impact on my taste for – and appreciation of – music, so I thought I’d tell you about some of the artists that the show introduced me to in the hopes that you too might gain a new favourite band or singer.
1. Kate Voegele
This Ohio native made her acting debut as struggling singer Mia Catalano in One Tree Hill’s fifth season. As the years went by, Voegele became a series regular and was asked to perform time and time again. Her gut-wrenching cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is perfection in itself (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqObhqmJnvs) – her voice is a stunning combination of deep, lilting, and syrupy.
Other tracks to check out: “I Won’t Disagree”, “Angel”, “99 Times”.
2. Jimmy Eat World
This four-man band has been described as a mix of alternative rock, pop punk, power pop, and punk rock (try saying that five times fast.) Truthfully, I don’t even know if there is a genre that could fit this band. They gained many followers (including myself!) after performing on One Tree Hill, mostly due to their ability to write lyrics full of angst, love and heartache with big, catchy hooks. If you’re looking to sing your feelings out, look no further than this amazing band from Arizona.
Tracks to check out: “23″, “Work”, “Hear You Me”, “Kill”, “Last Christmas”.
3. Jack’s Mannequin
Fronted by leukemia survivor Andrew McMahon, Jack’s Mannequin is a piano rock band frequently heard on One Tree Hill. The band performed several tracks from their first album, Everything in Transit, in season 3, episode 15. Dedicated fans will argue that Jack’s Mannequin is severely underrated, and I have to agree! McMahon’s voice hits you deep in your gut and has a unique tone you won’t soon forget. “Dark Blue” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQOIJDE3RhA&ob=av2e), also from Everything in Transit, is one of the band’s most popular songs and there’s no guessing why. Have a quick listen and see what you think. But you have to be careful with Jack’s Mannequin – each of their songs is so drastically different that you can’t get a real sense of their sound from just one song.
Tracks to check out: “Kill the Messenger”, “The Mixed Tape”, “Bruised”, “Swim”, “Holiday From Real”.
4. Tyler Hilton
Despite playing Chris Keller (the egocentric, overly confident singer who wears eyeliner and refers to himself in the third person) on One Tree Hill, Tyler Hilton is a really good musician. He performed on the show a number of times, sometimes alongside Galeotti, and constantly had his guitar handy. “When it Comes” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KjYgmnomP8&ob=av2e) is absolutely amazing – it’s a laid-back yet upbeat song that you could easily find yourself blasting on a road trip with your friends. Hilton comes back this season to reprise his role as Keller, so I’m hoping for a couple more performances before the show comes to an end!
Tracks to check out: “When The Stars Go Blue”, “Missing You”.
5. Dashboard Confessional
I’ve come to like this band more than I ever thought I would. “Hands Down”, which was played several times during the earlier seasons, is one of those cute songs that gets stuck in your head every time you hear it. Although not featured on One Tree Hill, “Stolen”, from the band’s fourth album entitled Dusk and Summer, is…well, there’s really no way to describe it. Beautiful…catchy…breathtaking? The band’s most successful single to date? Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j82FBbgpUy4&ob=av2e.
Track to check out: “Vindicated.”
Here are some other songs from One Tree Hill which I felt deserved to be mentioned!
“I Don’t Want to Be” (the show’s theme song) – Gavin DeGraw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gFCW3PHBws
“Son’s Gonna Rise” – Citizen Cope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFrzkfUv23E
“Naive” – The Kooks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkaMiaRLgvY&ob=av2e
“Sidewalks” – Story of the Year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OdfeVUAglM
“Dare You to Move” – Switchfoot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4ba3v2FV74
“Empty Apartment” – Yellowcard: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZE6kPVW-tY