It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 years since we were introduced to the world of One Tree Hill, but fans of the show will never forget. Today’s anniversary of the show’s premiere (Sept. 23, 2003) sparked the trending topic #12YearsOfOTH, which was filled with tweets from fans reminiscing on the show’s best moments.
Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush, Hilary Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz and James Lafferty rounded out the show’s main cast and, as the show evolved, the featured music became a star character as well.
Through the years, artists like Gavin DeGraw (who sang the show’s theme song), Angels & Airwaves and Kid Cudi all made appearances on the show, but that doesn’t even begin to touch all the artists whose music was featured on the show (Adele, Fleetwood Mac and U2, just to name a few).
We decided to join in on the #12YearsOfOTH remembrance fest with 12 of the best music moments from the show.
1. Gavin DeGraw paid a visit to the fictional town of Tree Hill for a very meta performance of the show’s theme song. “I Don’t Want to Be” topped the Billboard‘s Pop Songs chart in 2005.
2. Speaking of theme songs, in season 8, the show’s producers invited multiple artists to cover the theme song for the opening credits. Some of the artists included Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy, Tegan and Sara and Augustana.
3. Fall Out Boy made multiple appearances on the show, and singer Pete Wentz even had a fictional fling with character Peyton Sawyer (played by Burton).
4. Of course Brooke Davis (played by Bush) couldn’t let Peyton get all of the action with Pete.
5. Actress Bethany Joy Lenz is also a singer, which became the inspiration for her character, Haley Scott’s, musical pursuits on the show. One of her many performances included a duet with singer Grace Potter.
6. Lenz also showed off her vocals with a cover of Pat Benatar‘s “We Belong” during the show’s USO concert tribute in season 6.
7. Indie group The Honorary Title made an appearance on the show during the fifth season.
8. One of the things the show excelled at was introducing its audience to new artists who would later blossom into stars in their own right, like singer Kate Voegele (who also acted on the show). A few of the show’s castmembers even joined in on her performance of “Wish You Were.”
9. Wakey! Wakey! frontman Michael Grubbs was another artist who not only had his music featured on the show, but also became a recurring character.
10. While the show wasn’t an instant hit on The WB, and struggled with ratings at first, they seemed to have no trouble securing big acts. Sheryl Crow made an appearance during the first season to perform “First Cut Is the Deepest.”
11. Chris Keller (played by Tyler Hilton) was the character that every fan loved to hate, but that didn’t stop him from making great music, including this duet with Haley Scott.
12. In season 4, a young Lupe Fiasco appeared on the show to perform a song from his debut studio album, Food & Liquor.
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