In all of the months leading up to, during, and after the filming of “New Moon”, there was much speculation about what songs would be used for the movie’s soundtrack. Stephenie Meyer has a playlist and fans made their own playlists. In the end, Chris Weitz and his team had the final say on what songs would become the iconic tunes for scenes in the film. That creative team went through thousands of possible songs to narrow them down to the select few that made the final cut, selecting songs with the right tone as well as lyrics to fit with the feel of the scenes. As I thought about some of the songs that I had in mind and songs that other people had suggested in various fan forums, I started thinking about how badly things could end if the wrong person were put in charge of the soundtrack. Be honest, fellow Twi-Hards, you know that you can’t listen to nary a song on the radio or your iPod without thinking that it would be the perfect Edward, Bella, or Jacob song!

I want to preface this by saying that there is nothing inherently wrong with any of these songs, as I am a fan of all of them (they all came from my own music collection); but could you imagine how the movie might flow (or not) with some of these tunes thrown in? Some of my selections are in jest, while others might actually have some merit. Obviously, each scene from the movie would not require a song selection to go along with it – particularly scenes with a lot of dialogue – but this alternate and absurd playlist is for pure fun and entertainment value, and it truly demonstrates how hard it must be for the directors to narrow down thousands upon thousands of musical selections out there to find the piece that perfectly suits a scene and appeals to the audience. I know that I gained a whole new level of respect for the men and women who do this job. It’s no small feat!

Bella’s “Grandmother” Dream: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
Volturi/Vampire Suicide Conversation: “I’d Die Without You” by PM Dawn
The Party: “Mercy” by Duffy
The “Jasper Incident”: “Blood and Roses” by The Smithereens

Conversation with Carlisle: “Who Will Save Your Soul” by Jewel
After the Party: “Nothing” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Edward Being Distant:
“Something’s Always Wrong” by Toad the Wet Sprocket
The Break Up: “Goodbye” by Secondhand Serenade
Bella Going After Edward: “I Will Follow” by U2
Catatonic Bella: “Breathe” by Taylor Swift or “My Immortal” by Evanescence

Charlie Threatening to Send Bella Away:
“A Change Would Do You Good” by Sheryl Crow
Bella at School: “Circle” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians
The First Hallucination: “In My Head” by No Doubt

Breaking the Promise:
“Promises Promises” by Naked Eyes

Bella and Jacob Hanging Out:
“Hanginaround” by Counting Crows

Going to the Cullens’:
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2
Hanging Out with Jacob: “Hey Girl” by O.A.R.

Riding the Motorcycles:
“Wild Side” by Motley Crue
Accidents and ER Visits: “Accidents Will Happen” by Elvis Costello and The Attractions

Bella, Jacob, & Mike At the Movies:
“Is She Really Going Out with Him” by Joe Jackson (also a good remake by Sugar Ray)
Jacob’s Promise to Bella: “The Promise” by When In Rome

Bella Hiking:
“Roam” by The B-52’s
Laurent Looking At Bella: “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen
Laurent Sees the Wolves: “Who Let the Dogs Out” by Baha Men
Bella Terrified about Victoria and Laurent: “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads

“Sam’s Gang”:
“Youth Gone Wild” by Skid Row
Bella Confronts Jacob: “You Hurt Me” by The Pretenders or “Tell Me Why” by Taylor Swift

Jacob in Bella’s Room:
“Sorry To A Friend” by Edwin McCain
Bella’s Dream: “Lucid Dream” by Jeremy Lister (could really apply to so many of Bella’s dreams and nightmares)

Bella Confronts Jacob (Again)/Confessions:
“Bang and Blame” by R.E.M.

Bella Meets the Pack/Jacob & Paul Phase & Fight:
“Of Wolf and Man” by Metallica
Breakfast at Emily’s: “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran

Cliff Diving:
“Going Under” by Evanescence

Jacob Rescues Bella:
“How to Save a Life” by The Fray
Bella Considers Jacob As More Than a Friend: “Everything You Want” by Vertical Horizon
Jacob Smells a Vampire: “Run Like Hell” by Pink Floyd

Bella Sees Alice:
“I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters
Alice and Charlie’s Conversation: “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
Alice and Bella Catching Up/Slumber Party: “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

The Phone Call/Alice’s Vision:
“The Phone Call” by The Pretenders
Leaving Forks for Italy: “Miracle” by Paramore

Flights to Italy:
“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver
Alice Steals the Porsche: “Steal That Car” by Alice Cooper

Driving to Volterra & Bella Running:
“Time Is Running Out” by Muse
Bella Stops Edward: “Crash into Me” by Dave Matthews Band
Volturi in the Alley: “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction

Going to the Volturi Lair:
“I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie
In the Volturi Lair: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
Aro and Jane Test Their Powers on Bella: “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Pat Benetar

Waiting in the Lobby:
“Safe and Sound” by Sheryl Crow
Long Flight Home: “Hands to Heaven” by Breathe or “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt

Bella Wakes Up:
“I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” by The Cutting Crew
Declarations of Truth and Love: “I Want You” by Elvis Costello

Bella’s Epiphany:
“She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 or “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by James Taylor (there’s also a good remake by Michael Buble)
The Vote: “It’s My Life” by Talk Talk
Charlie Confrontation/Conditions/Proposal: “Love Story” by Taylor Swift

Jacob Rats Out Bella:
“Traitor” by The Sugarcubes
Edward and Bella Together: “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS or “All I Want Is You” by U2

Edward’s Self-Loathing:
“Creep” by Radiohead
Edward Tracking Victoria: “Wherever I May Roam” by Metallica
Victoria Hunting Bella: “One Way or Another” by Blondie
Edward Missing Bella: “To Wish Impossible Things” by The Cure
Bella Missing Edward: “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor or “All I Wanted Was You” by Paramore

What about you – what songs would you like to have seen in the film and in which scenes? Join us in the forum and let us know!