‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ is a 2009 romantic fantasy film based on the 2006 novel ‘New Moon’ by Stephanie Meyers. It is the second film in the series, and it was directed by Chris Weltz. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner. The film was a commercial success, grossing $709.8 million from a budget of $50 million. Like many films, the soundtrack of ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ plays a significant part in the movie and the movie-watching experience, it sets the scene, evokes the emotions, and supports the visual elements of the film. Alexandre Desplat wrote the film’s score, and Alexandra Patsavas selected the other songs featuring on the soundtrack. There are 15 songs on the main soundtrack, although bonus tracks feature on some versions of the soundtrack in different countries. Here are the songs from The Twilight New Moon soundtrack ranked.
15. New Moon (The Meadow), Alexandre Desplat
The section of the film’s score featuring in the soundtrack is ‘New Moon (The Meadow).’ It is a piano piece written by Alexandre Desplat that is just over four minutes long. The music is the last track on the soundtrack, except for the bonus tracks included in some versions.
14. Done All Wrong, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
‘Done All Wrong’ is a track recorded by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It is a song about making mistakes and learning from your mistakes to move forward.
13. Monsters, Hurricane Bells
There are several interpretations of the lyrics to ‘Monsters.’ The first is that the words are literal and relate to the scenes in The Twilight New Moon film and warn that monsters lie ahead, so be careful of your actions. Another interpretation is that the lyrics are more generalized, and refer to people having a monster within that they may release if they do not think carefully about their actions.
12. Friends, Band of Skulls
‘Friends’ is a track recorded by the British rock band Band of Skulls. In addition to being included in the film’s soundtrack, Band of Skulls also featured the song on their 2010 EP ‘Friends.’ The EP was released just weeks after the release of the band’s debut album ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.’
11. Slow Life, Grizzly Bear ft. Victoria Legrand
When Bella goes cliff diving alone in the hope of seeing Edward’s phantom in the water, the music playing in the background is ‘Slow Life.’ It is a track performed by the band Grizzly Bear, and it features vocals by Victoria Legrand. The song’s lyrics are about a lover, so it fits well with the scene. Bella is saved from the water by Jacob before she drowns.
10. The Violet Hour, Sea Wolf
One of the most upbeat songs on the film’s soundtrack is ‘The Violet Hour’ by Sea Wolf. The lyrics are about an intimate relationship, which doesn’t match the scene of Bella’s party in which it is played. However, it works well musically. The song was written for the film, and its title is a reference to The Twilight Saga.
9. Hearing Damage, Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke’s song ‘Hearing Damage is an upbeat and engaging track that features in the scene where the Reservation residents and wolves chase Victoria through the forests of Forks. The music added to the sense of urgency and the element of menace in the scene.
8. Shooting the Moon, OK Go
Although ‘Shooting the Moon’ has a melancholy theme, it is an upbeat and playful song with fantastic drum work and guitar riffs. It is played in the film when Bella and Jacob’s friendship is developing, and they are becoming closer.
7. Satellite Heart, Anya Marina
‘Satellite Heart’ has been described as a heartbreak song, as it is about a girl who ends up alone without her love. The song’s lyrics perfectly reflect the scene of the film in which it is played, as it features as a song playing on the radio when Edward is driving Bella back home after she is attacked by Jasper. It is evident in the scene that the end of something is near.
6. A White Demon Love Song, The Killers
The Killers wrote and recorded ‘A White Demon Love Song’, especially for the film. It is a slow rock song played when Edward is leaving Bella. The song has a dreamy and ethereal feel, and the evocative lyrics relate to the storyline.
5. Rosyln, Ben Iver and St. Vincent
Screenrant describes ‘Rosyln’ as being an atmospheric Indie song that captured the melancholy and nostalgia of the movie. The song is played in the scene where Bella is printing photographs of herself with Edward after her birthday party.
4. Possibility, Lykke Li
‘Possibility’ features in the section of the film when Edward has left, and Bella is alone. The film shows the seasons changing, but Bella stays the same. The lyrics of the song reflect Bella’s misery and desperation at this time.
3. No Sound but the Wind, Editors
The Editors began performing ‘No Sound but the Wind’ in 2008, although it was not recorded until 2010. It features on two of the band’s albums, and there is a different version on the New Moon soundtrack. The inspiration for the song was Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel ‘The Road.’
2. I Belong to You, Muse
When Stephanie Meyers was writing the books on which the Twilight Saga films are based, she was influenced by the music of Muse. Therefore, it makes sense that some of the band’s songs feature throughout the film series. ‘I Belong to You’ was chosen for the scene when Bella and Jessica are planning a girl’s night out, and Bella is feeling positive.
1. Meet Me on the Equinox, Death Cab for Cutie
The best song from the Twilight Saga New Moon film is ‘Meet Me on the Equinox.’ Indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie wrote ‘Meet Me on the Equinox’, especially for the film. The lyrics cover the entire plot of the movie, including the visit to Volturi. The song is played when Edward is contemplating his breakup from Bella and his desire to expose himself to the world, and it also appears in the film’s closing credits.