I don’t know how many times I have to keep telling you guys, but Robert Pattinson is a GENIUS. Not only did he write and sing all of the songs for the Twilight series, but he also got GARBO to actually SING in the movies! And trust me, it’s not easy to get a three-time Golden Globe nominee to actually sing in a movie! I mean, he’s a TOTAL CLASS act.
The only bad thing about this rendition of Louis Armstrong’s classic is that it’s four minutes and fifty-nine seconds of pure brilliance followed by nine minutes of excruciating torture. But when it comes to Twilight, any shortcomings are completely overlooked.
Here’s a list of the songs Robert Pattinson sings in Twilight, ranked from most to least favorite. To avoid any spoilers, you’ll have to go through the alphabetical list, so I won’t be able to tell you which songs are included until you get to the end of the post.
A (for All of the Alphas)
I don’t even know where to begin with this one. This is the song Edward Cullen sings to recruit new Alphas to the fold. It’s pretty self-explanatory, really. He’s inviting all the other alpha werewolves to join him in his fight for survival against the vampires. And as you might expect, it’s a pretty addictive tune. One of the most memorable scenes in the entire Twilight franchise is the very first scene, when we see Edward Cullen perform this song for the other Alphas. It’s a great introduction to the world of Twilight and, for that matter, werewolves in general. In the scene, the other Alphas join forces with the Cullen family to form a coven and take down the vampires who murdered their friend Jasper. Needless to say, this song is pretty well-known and has been covered by countless artists. It was also featured in the soundtrack for the 2006 film, Let Me In, which was directed by the same person as Twilight (David Slade) and starred the same actor as Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
B (For Beauty and Bay Area)
Yes, the opening theme song to the Twilight series is a song about beauty. Specifically, the beauty of a woman named Bella (played by Kristen Stewart in the first film and Nikki Reed in the second film). It’s a slow start, but stick with it and eventually you’ll be transported away to the beautiful Bay Area. The song is hauntingly beautiful and completely different from the rest of the songs on this list. It’s been adapted for several different languages and has been covered by countless bands and singers. Most notably, the Red Hot Chili Peppers covered it on their 2002 album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
C (for California)
One of the most recognizable songs in the Twilight franchise is, perhaps, ironically, “Twilight.” It was the first song the series’ writer (and director) J.J. Abrams ever wrote and it’s been featured in numerous official trailers and TV spots for the film. For a song that only lasts two-and-a-half minutes, it has an indelible impact. When Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) goes to California looking for a fresh start, he hears “Twilight” on the radio and is instantly transported there. Even those who have never heard the song think it’s a fitting selection for the journey north. The song has become so associated with California that the state even named one of its famous deserts, the Death Valley, after it. But the song doesn’t just evoke a place; it can also bring it to mind. In the first film, when we see Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) for the first time, she’s in a field listening to the song. It’s a touching image, as we know that she’ll soon be leaving for California and this is probably the last time we’ll ever see her. Interestingly, this is also the original version of the song, before it was altered for the film. It’s been covered by numerous artists and was even used as the basis for a musical comedy sketch on SNL. Even those who have never heard the song consider it to be one of the most memorable in the entire franchise.
D (for Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend)
This is the theme songs for the fictional radio station, Rosalind Health for Women, to which Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) listens. It’s no coincidence that the name of this station sounds suspiciously like “Radiohead” (the same goes for the name of the actual band). One of the reasons Why I love this song so much is because it’s another example of a song that is completely different from the rest of the selections on this list. It’s an upbeat song that is equal parts glam and grrl power. It makes you want to dance and sing along, even though the lyrics aren’t exactly easy to follow. For those who have heard it, it’s memorable and unique enough that you’ll likely never hear another song quite like it. As with “Twilight,” this song has been covered by numerous bands and artists. Most notably, the English rock band, The 1975, included a cover on their 2016 album, Non-Fiction.
E (for Enchantment)
I’m certain you’ll agree that this is one of the most beautiful songs the Twilight series has to offer. It doesn’t quite match the other songs on this list, as it is, in fact, an instrumental. Yet, there’s something about its unassuming, yet alluring beauty that makes it stand out. It’s been described as a sound collage of sorts, with haunting images of the female form running through a lush meadow. The background vocals are also there, in the form of birdsong and trickling water. There are even some whispers of clarinet in the wind. Some might even go as far to say that this is one of the most important songs in the entire franchise. It’s been featured in numerous trailers and TV spots for the film, as well as the soundtrack. This song will, no doubt, continue to appear in future promos as well. Those who have heard it describe it as enchanting and, undoubtedly, it’s that very quality that has made it stand out among its cohorts. It’s easy to see why it would enchant listeners, as it is a unique, moving composition.
F (For Faith and Family)
There’s something very poignant about this song. It’s the only one on the list that doesn’t feature any lyrics. It’s performed by Natalie Merchant and it’s based on a poem by e.e. cummings. The video, which was directed by Jake Simmer and Nick Rosato, depicts a man going through an arduous labor process, as various members of his family look on in agony and frustration. We see his wife, his sons, and his daughter all bear witness to the process. Finally, the man’s faith is tested and he prays for strength, as his wife gives birth to their first child. This is, presumably, a reference to the Biblical story of Abraham and Sarah. In the end, the faith is victorious and we see the couple embrace and thank God for giving them this child. The video was filmed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
G (for Gigantic)
Let’s be honest, we’re all aware of the fact that the werewolves in the Twilight series are, in fact, gigantic creatures. It’s difficult to look at these animals and not be reminded of the Titans in the original Greek mythology. So I guess it should come as no great surprise that this song is about a giant. Specifically, it’s about the titanic struggle between a pack of werewolves and a family of vampires. It starts off sounding like a cross between Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” and Joy Division’s “Dead Souls,” which, in turn, is influenced by the heavy metal band, Dream Theater’s cinematic metal opus, The Wayward Wife. In the end, it’s an epic song, with layers and layers of guitars and bass, as well as drumming. It’s an extremely cathartic and moving composition and it’s one of the few songs on this list that, in my opinion, eclipses its predecessor. It has been covered by numerous bands and singers, including the legendary Iron Maiden, who, in turn, covered it on their 2006 album, Brave New World.