Talking Point: What’s The Best Use Of Licensed Music In A Switch Game?

(No, it’s not Mad World).

You know that feeling you get when you’re driving down a highway at sunset, and the perfect song comes on the radio? All of a sudden, it feels like you’re in a music video, or that bit at the start of a ’90s teen movie, where everything is sparkling and perfect. The music becomes a soundtrack, and your life becomes a story.

There are a few brilliant moments like this in media, too — ones that deploy the right song at the right moment for a perfect synergy of feelings. Think of how Edgar Wright uses licensed music in his films to underline tense, snappy moments and add comedy, or the use of Don’t You (Forget About Me) at the end of The Breakfast Club, or the Imogen Heap-scored season 2 finale of The O.C., which became so iconic that it got its own SNL skit.

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