Around ten years ago, on Nov. 21, 2008, Twilight debuted in theaters. The film introduced us to one of the biggest cultural phenomena the world had ever seen, and went on to indubitably reshape entertainment.
The (eventually) multi-billion dollar franchise launched the careers of many of our favorite actors — and bands, as the vampire love story also played a crucial role when it came to the importance of music in film.
The Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featured a variety of talents that perfectly captured the essence and mood of the plot. With its authentic selection of tracks, including a handful of originals from bands like Paramore, the film more or less treated the music as a character. Indeed, the soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, positioning future Twilight films as a place where an artist could foster a smash hit.
In celebration of the Twilight movie’s 10th anniversary this month, here are six iconic music moments that prove the film has one of the best soundtracks to date.
1. “Full Moon” – The Black Ghosts
In the film’s opening scene, The Black Ghosts’ “Full Moon” fills our ears as Bella (Kristen Stewart) gets ready to move with her dad to the very small city of Forks, Wash. The magnetic guitar riffs, mystical violins and the song’s overall nostalgic feel is crucial to the moment as Bella introduces us to her new life.
2. “Tremble For My Beloved” – Collective Soul
Marking the first of many times Edward (Robert Pattinson) would save Bella’s life, “Tremble For My Beloved” plays in the background as Bella is introduced to Edward’s abilities for the first time. Kicking off with a supernatural vibe, Collective Soul’s gentle guitar riffs adds to both the mystery and the thrill of the scene.
3. “Spotlight” – Mutemath
As Bella and Edward make their first appearance in school as a couple, Mutemath’s “Spotlight” nails it. Synchronized with the spiky guitar riffs, the duo makes their entrance while the entire school observes the lovebirds.
4. “Supermassive Black Hole” – Muse
Probably one of the most remarkable scenes of the saga, “Supermassive Black Hole” brings to life one of Twilight’s most iconic moments: the Cullen family’s baseball game. Living up to all expectations, Muse powerfully seals the scene with their signature brisk, edgy melodies.
5. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth’’ – Iron & Wine
During Edward and Bella’s first dance at prom, Iron & Wine’s gentle harmony perfectly tops off their sentimental dialogue as the pair floats against the lush backdrop. One of the most romantic moments in the Twilight series, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth’’ effortlessly captures the vulnerability and passion in the character’s complex relationship.
6. “Let Me Sign” – Rob Pattinson
Finally, a special musical contribution from the man himself; Rob Pattinson shows off his singing abilities in the most emotive scene of the first film. As Edward sucks Bella’s blood to save her life, Pattinson’s raspy voice guides us through past, present and future — ultimately giving us all the feels.