Sia Furler is everywhere these days. Well, her face isn't, but her voice is! Her single "Chandelier" is currently climbing the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and every day, more and more people are being exposed to her musical brilliance through her fantastic new album, 1000 Forms of Fear. But did you know that her music has actually been featured on television shows for years now? It's true! In fact, many people would say that the emotional series finale of HBO drama Six Feet Under, which featured Sia's stunning song "Breathe Me," is what gave Sia her first big break in the United States.
Over the years, Sia's music has appeared on a ton of different TV shows. According to music search engine tunefind, Sia's songs have been featured in CSI: Miami, Bones, The Hills, Gossip Girl, Veronica Mars, True Blood, Smallville, The OC, Private Practice, Vampire Diaries, Brothers and Sisters, Greek, and more. Of course, I can't claim to have seen all of these shows, but I certainly do remember experiencing a few really powerful uses of Sia's music on TV. Often, I think her songs have this wonderful cinematic quality to them that makes them just perfect to be used on screen.
Let's take a look at some of those memorable moments:
"Numb" — Appears In: Nip/Tuck: Season 3, Episode 4: "Rhea Reynolds" (2005)
Say what you want about Ryan Murphy, he is great at coming up with concepts for shows — the catch is, he can only sustain them for two or three seasons before everything implodes. Season 3 of Murphy's sexy plastic surgery drama, Nip/Tuck, which walks a fine line between watchable and too ridiculous, revolves around a serial killer named "The Carver." He's absolutely terrifying. Because I didn't start watching Six Feet Under until after the show had already ended, I think Nip/Tuck was the first time that I had ever heard a Sia song. I remember googling the lyrics to "Numb" as soon as the episode was over because I just had to find out what it was.
"Lullaby" — Appears In: The Big C: Season 1, Episode 13: "Taking the Plunge" (2010)
Oh, how I cried when I first saw the Season 1 finale of The Big C. I was a snotting, snorting mess, and I could not regain control of myself for several hours. You see, after Cathy (Laura Linney) is diagnosed with cancer, she rents a secret storage locker and begins squirreling away presents for her son, Adam, for every future occasion she fears she might miss: birthdays, Christmases, graduations, etc. One night, Adam, who treats his mom like crap for most of the season, finds the key to the locker. When he gets there and discovers what his mom has done for him, he finally realizes that he's going to lose her, and he breaks down in tears. Sia's "Lullaby" is the perfect soundtrack to this heartbreaking moment.
"Sunday" — Appears In: Grey's Anatomy: Season 1, Episode 4: "No Man's Land" (2005)
The first three seasons of Grey's Anatomy are fantastic TV. Seasons 4 and 5 are OK. From there, well, things get increasingly messy — but I will defend the show's first three seasons forever. The clip above, which is set to Sia's "Sunday," is one of the series' most powerful musical sequences ever...and that's saying something considering that the show's known for its powerful musical sequences (not to be confused with its actual musical episode in Season 7...that was just a complete disaster).
"Breathe Me," Appears In: Six Feet Under: Season 5, Episode 12: "Everyone's Waiting" (2005)
I actually cannot watch the above clip right now — it's that powerful. Even if you've never seen a single episode of Six Feet Under before in your life, I bet you will find the last moments of the series finale to be quite emotional (that's not to suggest that you should watch the clip if you've never seen Six Feet Under before — stop being silly and watch Six Feet Under already!). "Breathe Me" is incredible: the devastating lyrics, Sia's fragile vocals, the sweeping instrumental...the song will take you somewhere. And it's probably going to be a somewhere that involves lots of sobbing. Yeesh.
I know that I've just scratched the surface here — I encourage you to revisit your own favorite Sia TV moments! You can find a whole list of shows that her work has appeared in over at tunefind.