Make It or Break It Down: Top Musical Moments

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a decade since the last episode of Make It or Break It blessed our TV screens. As we revisit the beloved series, we thought it would also be fun to take a look at the songs that served as the backdrop for some of the most dramatic, hilarious or even heartwarming moments our favorite Rock girls encountered. 

Wendy Levy served as the musical supervisor, and you might recognize her work on some of your other favorite ABC Family Freeform shows: Ravenswood (also staring Nicole Anderson, aka Kelly Parker), Switched at Birth, The Fosters and most recently, Good Trouble. The music on this show really fit well, with a lot of female artists and female-fronted bands leading the pack. 

Without further ado, here are our top 10 tracks. Trying to remember yours? No problem. We have you covered with our complete MIOBI Spotify playlist. Let us know your favorites in the comments and on social media. 

10. “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky (S2E10)

OK, OK, I know. Weird song to start out with, but it’s hard to ignore such a dramatic moment in the show. Not to mention I have a deep love and appreciation for classical music, so I was a sucker for this scene and all its cheesy glory. Plus, I’m fairly sure that most of what you see here is actually Ayla Kell, which is pretty awesome. 


9. “Are We There Yet” by Ingrid Michaelson (S1E13)

Oh, Payson. This scene, which involved her breaking down in her room following the news that her condition was inoperable, was devastating. This music really did its job when it came to tugging at my heartstrings. Who hasn’t felt similarly discouraged and hopeless when things aren’t working out how you think you need them too? 


8. “Finally Free” by Johnny Pacar and Josie Loren (S2E14)

C’mon, you didn’t think I’d make a top 10 list and not include this little jam from our beloved Damon and Kaylie, did you? All jokes aside, their voices sound pretty nice together, I have to admit.


7. “Rock What You Got” by Superchick (S1E5)

Call it cheesy, but I loved this adorable mother daughter moment when Kim showed Payson how not to be ashamed of her feminine side by helping her strut down a literal catwalk. I can’t find the scene online, unfortunately, but please do yourself a favor and watch it again if you can. Kim Keeler remains the best part of this show.


6. “Yayaya” by the Killerheels (S2E20)

OK, I can’t decide which is better: this song or Lauren’s sassier-than-life beam routine. I also noticed that one of the comments on this YouTube video is, “That beam is bigger than Lauren’s ego,” and I have to tip my hat because, well , accurate. 

5. “Ya Better Believe” by Max Morgan (S1E7)

I think we can all admit that we have shoved headphones in our ears and gone on an angry run once or twice in our lives (even if your run didn’t include flipping and cartwheeling over playground equipment). This scene was very much one of those “hard relate” moments.


4. “We Are Golden” by Mika (S1E10)

Who else couldn’t stop smiling after the Rock girls won nationals and Kaylie became national champion? How about when Emily and Damon kissed!? No? Just me? Well, this song had a lot to do with that moment being so joy-infused, especially considering it followed Payson’s devastating fall.


3. “One More” by Superchick (S2E20)

Confession time: After I watched this episode, I added this song to my own running playlist immediately. It’s a fantastic track when you need that extra boost of motivation, and was obviously perfect for Kaylie’s epic world championship moment in the sun.


2. “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn (S2E20)

This is where I truly think they should have ended the show; it really felt like a series finale moment (likely because at the time of filming they didn’t know if there would be a third season), and it neatly wrapped up all of the characters’ story lines. I couldn’t help but be in my feelings watching the “original three” Rock girls celebrating their world championship victory. 


1. “Crushed and Created” by Caitlyn Smith (S1E20)

This is one of my favorite moments in the entire series, if I’m being honest. I can only imagine the courage it takes for a gymnast to face the event on which they got injured for the first time following said injury. This sequence emulated that feeling very well, largely thanks to this song. Plus, did you see Kim Keeler’s reaction? C’mon!

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Article by Kalley Leer 

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