New Jersey native and former star of The Sopranos, James Gandolfini, reportedly passed away in Italy yesterday from a heart attack at the age of 51. Gandolfini appeared in critically acclaimed films like Zero Dark Thirty, True Romance, and Get Shorty, but his role as troubled crime boss and family man Tony Soprano made him a household name, especially those in the tri-state area and New Jersey who could recognize locations from their own neighborhoods.
The music that accompanied The Sopranos became as important as the characters and their storylines. The music ranged from — at the time — mainstream contemporary (Cake and Xzibit) to oldies and classic rock (The Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys).
Some of the best music was saved for the end credits, serving as an exclamation point for each episode. Here are some of the best songs used on The Sopranos.
Bruce Springsteen “State Trooper”
When: Season 1, Episode 13 “I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano”
Big Moment: Tony finds out his mother was involved in the decision to try and take his life, something Dr. Melfi suggests and he furiously refuses to accept.
The Rolling Stones “Thru and Thru”
When: Season 2, Episode 13 “Funhouse”
Big Moment: Tony realizes his longtime friend turned snitch, Big Pussy, must swim with the fishes.
Commodores “Three Times a Lady”
When: Season 5, Episode 11 “The Test Dream”
Big Moment: Tony B learns of Angelo Garepe’s death and goes after the Leotardo brothers.
Ben E. King and The Drifters
“This Magic Moment”
When: Season 6, Episode 13 “Soprano Home Movies”
Big Moment: Tony makes Bobby attempt his first hit.
Journey “Don’t Stop Believin'”
When: Season 6, Episode 21 “Made in America”
Big Moment: WHAT THE HECK HAPPENS TO TONY???
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