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Theories about songs featured within episodes of Lost

Below are theories (possible symbolism) behind the commercial (non-original) tracks featured in episodes of Lost (all seasons). For the original music composed for Lost, see the theories pages for: Musical score/Theories and Soundtracks/Theories. For theories about the references to musicians and songs that are not heard, but are mentioned or referred to in the show see the section below.

Songs are listed in alphabetical order by their title.

Song Title Artist Episodes featuring Sources Symbolism (theories)
"Ardulfurataini Watan" (the Land of the Two Rivers)
(Former Iraqi national anthem)
Shafiq Alkamali (lyrics)
Walid Gholmieh (music)
"Live Together, Die Alone" Sung by Kelvin Kelvin is drunk and at a low point in his life; probably mocking the idea of patriotism/unquestioning loyalty (as he has spent years in the service of DHARMA, not knowing if his actions mattered at all). In Iraq he spoke to Sayid about blind loyalty.
"Are You Sure?" Willie Nelson "House of the Rising Sun" Hurley's CD player The song asks if you are sure these are your real friends; the show brings together former strangers that are unable to trust one another
"Chains and Things" B. B. King "Live Together, Die Alone" Swan record player The song is about being constricted by metaphorical chains. This echoed Desmond not being able to go outside, as he was restricted by Kelvin.
"Daydream Believer" The Monkees "I Do" Muzak version heard in grocery store. The song title refers to Kate's daydream of being able to stop running.
"Downtown" Petula Clark "A Tale of Two Cities" Juliet's CD player (the CD case is that of a Talking Heads album) The song is about becoming lost in a metropolitan area; Juliet has left this world to live on the island
"Eko Lagos" Femi Kuti "The Cost of Living" Playing on a radio during Eko's black market vaccine deal with the Trader at a bar in Nigeria The title contains Eko's name, which is actually the previous name of Nigeria's capital, Lagos.
"Good Vibrations" The Beach Boys "Through the Looking Glass" The code that must be entered in the Looking Glass computer to stop jamming of signals Verse 1: "I love the colorful clothes she wears, And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair, I hear the sound of a gentle word on the wind that lifts her perfume through the air". This could be Ben describing Annie. Ben might be a musician, explaining the piano Jack played on.
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown "The Greater Good" Sung by Hurley Just a moment of comic relief, as Hurley tries to lull Aaron to sleep with a very unlullaby-like song
"Leavin' On Your Mind" Patsy Cline "Tabula Rasa" Radio in Ray Mullen's truck Kate was considering leaving Ray Mullen's hospitality
"Make Your Own Kind of Music" "Mama" Cass Elliot "Man of Science, Man of Faith"
"Flashes Before Your Eyes"
Swan record player, Desmond's bar Provides a contrasting backdrop and release from Desmond's life of mundanity pushing the button. The song is also a strong statement of sacrificing social acceptance and personal relationships for one's individual commitments, another reference to Desmond and his seeming vocation to push the buttom.
"Redemption Song" Bob Marley "Exodus, Part 2" Sung by Sawyer Echos a major theme of the storyline
"Scentless Apprentice" Nirvana "Through the Looking Glass" Jack listens to this song in his car while driving to the funeral in Los Angeles. The song is based on a German novel that Cobain was fond of. In the novel, a man born without body odor kills women to make perfume for himself, because he wants to have a smell like everyone else. Jack now has lost his ability to lead, and is willing to kill to get back on the island and have the chance to lead again. (Jack stated that he doesn't care about anyone else onboard the plane if it crashed.)
"Shambala" Three Dog Night "Tricia Tanaka Is Dead" Played on the DHARMA van's radio and also on young Hurley's radio at the beginning of the episode Meaning "place of peace/tranquility/happiness", in Buddhist tradition it is a hidden mystical kingdom. The song describes a journey there."I'm on the road to Shambala
"Show Me the Way to Go Home" Irving King "Stranger in a Strange Land" Sung by Sawyer on the canoe Sawyer has finally accepted that the island is his home. Also a reference to the 1975 film Jaws in which the protagonists sing Show Me the Way to Go Home aboard the "Orca".
"The End of the World" Skeeter Davis "What Kate Did" Playing in Diane's diner It was the end of the world for both Kate and Diane when the song was playing.
"Voi Che Sapete" from Le Nozze Di Figaro Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Live Together, Die Alone" Soundsystem of the Elizabeth Desmond was drunk/depressed for not being able to leave the snowglobe, and played the love song that reminded him of his love for Penelope
"Wash Away (Reprise)" Joe Purdy "Tabula Rasa" Hurley's CD player A lighthearted but bittersweet song about letting go of worries for the moment
"Wedding March" Felix Mendelssohn "I Do" Kate's wedding Directly appropriate to context.
"Wonderwall" Oasis "Flashes Before Your Eyes"
"Greatest Hits"
Sung by Charlie on the street. The song perhaps best represents Britain in 1996. The line "and maybe, you're going to be the one to save me" ties to Desmond's repeted attempts to save Charlie's life.

Theories about referenced songs and musicians

This sections contains:

  • Theories (possible symbolism) about musicians mentioned or appearing in Lost without reference to a particular song.
  • Theories (possible symbolism) about commercial songs (non-original) that are not heard, but are mentioned or referred to in the show.
  • Theories (and possible symbolism) about songs and musicians added to this list should be a clear and obvious reference to Lost or confirmed by the creators of Lost.
Songs that only are a possible (not obvious or confirmed) reference don't belong here! Use the Talk:Music page to discuss those songs.

Songs are listed in alphabetical order.

Song Title Artist Episodes featuring Sources Symbolism (theories)
"Coconut" Harry Nilsson "The Long Con" Referenced to by Hurley Directly appropriate to context.

Theories about fictional songs and musicians

This section contains theories (possible symbolism) about songs and musicians made up by the creators of Lost especially for the show.

Song Title Artist Episodes featuring Sources Symbolism (theories)
. Dirt Spigot Fire + Water; Confirmed Dead In Fire + Water preferred by director of Butties Diapers commercial to band Drive Shaft; In Confirmed Dead, poster is in Mrs. Gardner's grandson's room Dirt Spigot implies the elements Earth and Water; the dead are buried in earth.
. . . . .

Theories about musical score

Main articles: Musical score/Theories and Soundtracks/Theories

The original music for Lost was composed by Michael Giacchino.

Theories about songs featured in the Lost Experience

Main article: Songs featured in The Lost Experience/Theories

Other musical references

This section contains theories (possible symbolism) about other musical references appearing in context of Lost. For example international variations and promotional songs.

Se also

External links

  • Lost-Forum Official Lost Songlist - Includes some information taken from this Lostpedia article, but may have additional content
  • Lostaudio at Blogspot

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