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Supernatural: The Best Music Moments From the Road So Far

Yes, "Carry on Wayward Son" is obviously on the list

MaryAnn Sleasman

Happy birthday, Supernatural!

While the Season 12 premiere is still a few weeks away, The CW's favorite veteran of all things spooky and weird brought sexy/scary back on Sept. 13, 2005. A lot of things have changed over the years: TVs are flatter, cell phones are smarter, and the WB frog who serenaded us during commercial breaks has gone the way of Stick Stickly and Clippy the Microsoft Paperclip. RIP.

These days, Jared Padalecki is more Mack Truck than string bean and Jensen Ackles is the DILFest DILF to ever DILF, proving that aging isn't always a bad thing.
To celebrate the show's anniversary, we've compiled a quick and dirty list of our favorite Supernatural musical moments (in no particular order). Michigan J. Frog may have left the building, but the little show that refuses to die still throws one hell of a party.

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"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult ("Faith," Season 1, Episode 12)

This is classic Supernatural at its best, one of the show's earliest embraces of its classic rock soul. From the juxtaposition of Blue Oyster Cult over a questionable tent revival to the creepy introduction of Supernatural's reaper community, "Don't Fear the Reaper" is one taken right out of Dean's box o' mullet rock.

"Renegade" by STYX ("Nightshifter," Season 2, Episode 12)

Even after heaven, hell and a handful of apocalypses, there are few episodes that capture the tension and terror that rule the Winchesters' lives as well as "Nightshifter." After holding our breath for an entire episode, that extended beat in the middle of "Renegade" is just cruel... and so, so perfect.

"A Well-Respected Man" by The Kinks ("It's a Terrible Life," Season 4, Episode 17)

It's the one where Dean dressed like Patrick Bateman, drank rice milk, drove a Prius and FROWNED when the stereo was too metal for his morning commute. <3

"Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas ("Fan Fiction," Season 10 Episode 05)

Sometimes this show is just too precious for this world. *SNIFF*

"Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" by Rob Benedict ("Don't Call Me Shurley," Season 11, Episode 20)

So unexpected. So raw. So good.

"Heat of the Moment" by Asia ("Mystery Spot," Season 3, Episode 15)

Because now we can't listen to this song without thinking of Sam losing his mind for an entire episode.

"Beautiful Loser" by Bob Seger ("Exile on Main Street," Season 6, Episode 1)

SUCH A PERFECT START TO SUCH A TERRIBLE SEASON. With Sam in hell, Dean got to live the Winchester fairy tale for a little while -- and it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Turns out, it's hard to leave the hero-ing behind, even if it was mostly unsung and full of loss. I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying.

"Night Moves" by Bob Seger ("Baby," Season 11, Episode 3)

I can't believe it took 11 seasons for this show to somehow utilize this song. At least the wait was so, so worth it. With all the man tears and biblical angst, Dean and Sam don't often get these goofy slice-of-the-life moments. If "Carry on Wayward Son" is the Winchester rallying cry, then "Night Moves" is their lullaby.

Enjoy the big day, Supernatural! XOXO

Supernatural returns for Season 12 Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c.
(Full disclosure: is owned by CBS, the parent company of The CW.)