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Girl Power: Our Favorite Female Leads and Their Memorable Music Moments

Mar 31, 2023 by JR Carag

3 min read

The use of music can make or break a film or TV scene–and for these noteworthy moments from our favorite female characters, that attention to detail pays off massively. Here are some of the best examples of how the right choice of music can elevate characters even further.

These movie and TV moments won’t be complete without their strong female leads and their epic soundtracks!

When Daenerys Sets Sail For Westeros in Game of Thrones

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Six seasons of epic television all led up to this moment. A fleet of ships carrying Unsullied, a Dothraki Horde, a unified contingent of Tyrells, Martells, and Greyjoys, two of the most brilliant minds Westeros had to offer in Tyrion and Varys, and three menacing dragons flying overhead— all led by the exiled Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and her one goal to reclaim the Iron Throne. It’s a memorable scene made even more iconic by Ramin Djawadi’s Winds of Winter.


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When Peggy leaves Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce in Mad Men

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After five seasons of being Don Draper’s right-hand woman and working her way up to Copywriter, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) gets offered a job at another advertising firm. The goodbye between Peggy and Don after the former gives her notice is made more emotional by letting the actors own the scene without any music or background noise to distract the viewer.


It’s one of the reasons why the sudden punch of The Kinks’ You Really Got Me as the elevator door opens makes such an impact, as it marks the official start of the once downtrodden Peggy into the strong badass she’ll be for the rest of the series. Check out all seasons of Mad Men on Lionsgate Play with PLDT Home.


When Villanelle had to Kill You in Killing Eve

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Killing Eve’s first season was an amazing psycho-thriller that pits the MI6 agent, Eve (Sandra Oh), against the international assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer). The show had to introduce just how deadly of an assassin Villanelle was, and with her first kill on the show being bookended by the show’s main title theme: Killer Shangri-Lah by PSYCHOTIC BEATS ft. Pati Amor, the show didn’t fail to deliver the message.


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Akane’s Bloody Performance


This entire list can be filled with just picks from the beautiful soundtrack Ramin Djawadi provided for Westworld, an HBO Original sci-fi western. From orchestral covers of Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black to Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box, the music of Westworld is filled with classics any music aficionado would love. But, of course, our favorite must go to Wu-Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M., interpreted for Shogun Era Japan.


The song was played during Akane (Rinko Kikuchi)’s climactic performance in front of the shogun; her actions during this scene reverberate for the rest of the season and the future of Westworld.

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