#94 – Phantom Planet – “California” – (2002)

This rock song but Phantom Planet on the map, albeit briefly. It rocketed to prominence as the theme song to The O.C. – a sort of Beverly Hills 90210 for the 2000s. It was one of those shows (and there were multiple during this period of time) that made Southern California seem like a really great place to live (“ooh it’s so sunny and beach-y” and “everyone has upper-class white people problems”). This song had quite a following among teens who watched the show – and foreigners: it was a top ten hit in the U.K., Austria, Ireland and Italy.

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