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'The Americans' (FX)
The Moment: "Tusk!" (from "Pilot")
Unless you're a USC football fan, Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" has long been a master-song in search of its perfectly paired cultural companion. Wait no more. The pairing of "Tusk" with the alleyway chase that starts the "Americans" pilot was the rare soundtrack choice that simultaneously enhances the scene being depicted and also benefits the song, as anybody tweeting "Tusk!" in the weeks leading up to the premiere can tell you. The "Tusk" chase marked a propulsive beginning to FX's acclaimed drama and also marked the beginning of a lengthy series of smart soundtrack choices that ran through the entire first season. Just say that you love me! TUSK!!!
- Daniel Fienberg