Sounds of Twilight: The 5 Best Songs From the Twilight Soundtracks

Like most writers who aren't named Stephenie Meyer, I find the Twilight novels an abhorrent abomination and a great offense to the written word. I assume the movies are the same to serious filmmakers. But Twilight presents me with a unique problem. Having one foot in the world of writing and literature, I feel compelled to hate anything and everything associated with it. But with the other foot in the world of music, I have to admit: The movie soundtracks are totally awesome.

Way back when the first Twilight film was released in 2008, it came as a shock that legitimate artists were on the soundtrack. I mean, how could that be possible? Shouldn't this be filled with the kind of garbage that I presume the fans of the movies would listen to? But now it's just something to accept. Twilight soundtracks almost always contain some great songs by some of the best artists around today, such as these five.

5. Perry Farrell, "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)"

The Jane's Addiction front man goes electro-pop for this single from the first Twilight soundtrack. Sounding vaguely like one of Nine Inch Nails' more accessible recent singles, it's just too undeniably catchy to overlook.

The big single from that soundtrack ended up being Paramore's "Decode," but for those of us turned off by that band's hackneyed attempts at mainstream emo, Farrell's song is the hit.

4. Iron and Wine, "Flightless Bird, American Mouth"

This folkie waltz also comes from the first Twilight soundtrack. It appears in the movie during Bella and Edward's prom, and while I can assure you there isn't a school in the country that actually plays Iron and Wine songs at proms or other dances, it is nevertheless one of Samuel Beam's prime cuts.

Incidentally, it showed up again later as a wedding remix on the soundtrack for Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011), a stripped-down orchestral version that wouldn't sound out of place in a smoky club in the 1950s.

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