I have no idea why they didn't go with Ace of Base

Stereogum has a great TGIF time-waster: Instead of Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believin’," you can plug in any Web-hosted song to serve as the soundtrack for the final scene of The Sopranos. (Yes, everyone’s still talking about this. PopWatch reader Jane points out yet another brilliant parody. Guess it’ll be at least another few days before we’re all tired of this.) I started subbing in some promising choices of my own, but I kept getting discouraged that many of them were too short (the clip is 3:44). "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" was a perfect fit — especially "I need a fix ’cause I’m goin’ down" which was obvs a reference to the onion rings — but it was way too short. (PopWatch’s Gary Susman recommends the Pretenders’ "Thin Line Between Love and Hate," Elvis Costello’s "Clubland," and Lou Reed’s "Perfect Day," with its ‘You’re going to reap just what you sow" refrain.) So I scrolled through my iTunes to find songs that are exactly 3:44 that might work, and uploaded a few you can use. Just paste the URL into the "play it" box and be patient while the two sync up. Very patient.

Which songs work for you?

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  • William

    They shouldn’t have had any music until the screen faded to black. Then they should have played Country Joe McDonald’s “FISH” cheer from the Woodstock soundtrack, because that’s what Chase was saying to all the viewers.

  • Rebecca B.

    Well, Divinyls’s “I Touch Myself” works. That’d certainly confuse viewers. However, I kinda like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from the Stones.

  • BamaEd

    Will “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega work?

  • Jer

    I got “You Give Love A Bad Name” at 3:44 from the Crossroads CD… You think he was “shot through the heart”?

  • kermit

    paint it black, life on mars and the funniest one is the curb your enthusiasm theme song! this is fun!

  • sara

    U2’s For the First Time

  • Erik

    Oddly enough, there are like 30 songs in my itunes that are exactly 3:44. The only song that actually sounds like it coulda fit and been an appropriate choice: Perfect Day by Lou Reed. The weirdest song choice: Taco Grande by Weird Al.

  • Ceballos

    “Rock the Casbah” was used in Season 5. I believe it was actually Tony seeing Phil, hoping in his SUV (which is when the song comes on) and beating him down…turns out he probably should’ve just killed him back then.

  • Courtney

    I’m feeling the Ace of Base song. I used to listen to that CD non-stop back in the day, and that was one of my fave songs. It’s totally hilarious with the clip. Thanks for the tip!

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    I would say the hard to find synth pop classic “Repeat,Repeat” by Peter Baumann formerly of Tangerine Dream because if Tony got whacked, someone would have wacked the person who whacked Tony, and repeat, repeat again.

  • Carli

    Is it bad that I knew all the words to the Ace of Base song? ;)

  • Pam

    How about “Life in Disguise” by The Slip? It was used on “Grey’s”… maybe it would work? It’s 3:45.

  • gina

    Dude, you have Ace of Base in your itunes???

  • Dancing Queen

    I Touch Myself by the Divinyls

  • Trudy

    How about Def Leppards “Billy’s got a gun,” or the Kinks “Till the end of the day.”

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