25 Best 'Mad Men' Musical Moments

From Sinatra to Stones, Bowie to 'Zou Bisou Bisou' — the show's choicest song selections

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Don Cherry, 'Band of Gold' (Season 1, Episode 1)

When we first meet Don Draper (Jon Hamm), we see his best self: a smooth-talking, impossibly suave ad man, grilling a waiter about his brand of cigarette — all in the name of research, of course. The interaction takes place as crooner Don Cherry's version of "Band of Gold," a hit when it was released in 1955, plays over the soundtrack. Yes, it's a fairly traditional choice — but then, Don seemed like a fairly traditional guy at the beginning of the series, a man's man who drinks Old Fashioneds, smokes Lucky Strikes, and looks damn smart in a suit.