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"Lost" Oldies

Oldies Songs and Music featured on ABC's TV series "Lost"



Songs That Are Themes For Characters

"Make Your Own Kind of Music," "Mama" Cass Elliot (purchase/download)

This Barry Mann-Cynthia Weil composition was a 1969 adult contemporary hit for "Mama" Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas, and is often used in conjunction with the Desmond Hume character. It's first heard (and seen) being played in the Dharma Initiative's Swan station in the episode "Man of Science, Man of Faith," and similarly during the episode "Adrift." It also plays in the bar Desmond visits during his flashback in the episode "Flashes Before Your Eyes." A sitar version is heard in the "listening station" Penelope has set up to find Desmond during the episode "Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1."

"Walkin' After Midnight," Patsy Cline (purchase/download)

One of Patsy Cline's biggest hits, this 1957 smash -- Cline's signature song -- is often used to reference Kate in the series. It's first heard in "What Kate Did," as Kate picks it out and plays it on the Swan record player. In "Left Behind," it plays in the tow truck that picks Kate up and brings her to the Iowa gas station where she meets Cassidy. For some reason, it also plays in Christian Shepherd's car during "Two For The Road," although his passenger is Ana Lucia, not Kate.

"Catch A Falling Star," Perry Como (purchase/download)

Perry Como's 1957 smash, the first single ever to be certified gold, is always referenced by Claire, usually in connection to her son, Aaron, although the recording itself has never actually been played. Aaron's mobile plays the melody in "Maternity Leave," and "crazy" Claire sings it while imprisoned (and when leaving) the Temple in "Sundown." Finally, in the episode "Whatever Happened, Happened," Kate sings it to Aaron when she visits Cassidy.

"Shambala," Three Dog Night (purchase/download)

One of Three Dog Night's last big hits, 1973's "Shambala" is a tale of a utopian paradise of sorts, which makes it ironic as a theme for the perennially bad-luck Hurley. It plays in "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead" as a young Hurley fixes the Camaro with his father, David, then again in the Dharma van after Hurley fixes it. (In "The Man Behind The Curtain" this song also plays in the van as Ben kills his father, Roger.)

"Downtown," Petula Clark (purchase/download)

The song which made Petula a British Invasion darling in the Us back in 1965 is played by Juliet during the "Tale of Two Cities" episode, just before she heads to the Dharma bookclub on the day of the Oceanic 815 crash. When Juliet arrives at the airport to begin her service with the Dharma Initiative in "One Of Us," this song plays in the car during the flashback.

Other Songs Heard Or Referenced More Than Once

"He's Evil," The Kinks (purchase/download)

Charlie sings this obscure 1974 Kinks deep cut (from Preservation: Act II) while he fishes with Jin in "The 23rd Psalm," but even though the recording itself plays in Charlie and Liam's flat during the "Fire + Water" "Moonlight Serenade," Glenn Miller

Hurley and Sayid first hear this sweet swing classic on a radio at the Arrow station in the episode "The Long Con," and it plays on Jack's car radio during a flashback in "Tale of Two Cities." Aside from the fact that Miller himself vanished during a plane ride, the song appears to have no specific meaning.

"She's Got You," Patsy Cline (purchase/download)

Another Cline classic, this tune is identified with Kate: in "Eggtown" it plays as Kate and Claire hang out in their Dharma apartment; during "Whatever Happened, Happened" it plays in Kate's car as she goes to visit Cassidy -- whom she eventually leaves Aaron with. Could this song be a play on Kate taking Aaron from Claire?

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