The fourth season of the television show Dawson’s Creek had the kids all finishing up high school. The episodes of the show were far too many with far too little originality in terms of interesting plotlines. The character of Andi covers the “a character experiences drugs and drugs are bad” plot as she accidentally ODs on some pills at a rave. During the rave one got to hear a few tracks from The Chemical Brothers, which is a cool departure form the soft Indie pop rock that fuels the majority of the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack. However, when I decided to make a list of the best songs from the entire season of the show, I surprised myself by not including any of those “block rockin’ beats.” Here are my picks for the top ten songs featured in season four of Dawson’s Creek:
10. Theme From Jaws – John Williams: An iconic, foreboding music track that does not feature lyrics and thus I felt it shouldn’t be allowed higher than number ten on a list of the best songs. However, John William’s piece is too great to ignore altogether! The Theme From Jaws is featured in an episode where the movie Jaws is playing at the drive in movie theater.
9. Sweet Jane – Cowboy Junkies: A slow, depressing melody, that is somehow soothing. The first time I heard the song Sweet Jane by the Canadian alternative band Cowboy Junkies was on the soundtrack to the movie Natural Born Killers.
8. Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams: The lyrics of the song do not mean to imply that the summer of the year 1969 was great, though it may have been for some, but rather is an artistic choice made by Bryan Adams to express how great summer memories are altogether. This soft rock and roll song can get stuck in your head easily no matter what year your best memories are from, just so long as they are not from winter.
7. Crazy For This Girl – Evan and Jaron: Yes, that is Evan and Jaron NOT Jarod. The fellas are identical twins and when the song Crazy For This Girl was a big hit I did not become a fan, assuming that they were a boy band type of package. I bet the Dawson’s Creek audience loved them! This jingle, which was their highest charting song of all time, is too catchy for its own good and would probably be a hit on the radio today if they snuck it out again.
6. Color Blind – Counting Crows: The Counting Crows song Color Blind is an emotional mood setter. However, I will say I prefer Perfect Blue Buildings over Color Blind when it comes to Counting Crows tunes with a mopey vibe. The song was used in episode fifteen of Dawson’s Creek season four when it aired on TV, though it was replaced for the DVD release of the show.
5. Wonderful – Everclear: Wonderful has been a popular rock song to feature in movies and television shows and lyrically it explores divorce through the eyes of a child. The song can be found on the album Songs From An American Movie Vol. 1: Learning How To Smile, but if you really want to pick up a full Everclear album I suggest the earlier release Sparkle and Fade.
4. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus: I know of the existence of the rock band Wheatus for one reason only: the song Teenage Dirtbag. It is a fun rock song and during one section of it the singer goes from a male perspective of wanting a girl to notice him to the female perspective complete with a funny, higher pitched voice. Teenage Dirtbag was also featured in the movie Loser starring Jason Biggs.
3. In The Sun – Joseph Arthur: An mostly acoustic alternative rock song, singer Joseph Arthur’s voice has a rasp that invokes sorrow while the music itself feels like something beautiful to watch the sun rise to. The song is open to interpretation, but it seems to be about a person trying to come to some understanding with life and experience and features a chorus of hope with “may God’s love be with you.”
2. Pinch Me – Barenaked Ladies: Pinch Me is a alternative pop song that has the lyrics delivered in a quick and quirky fashion just like many of the Barenaked Ladies other songs. It excels with its cute lyrics into painting a happy picture and outlook on life in general. You can tap your foot along to this one and smile as it encourages one to embrace good memories.
1. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong: There is a restaurant in Santa Barbara, California that has the staff and guests sing this song every hour on the hour because it is a song that has the power to put almost anyone in good mood. This classic draws your attention to the beauty of the world around you and if you don’t appreciate this song, I just don’t know what you want from music at all. Ha.