A mix worthy of being associated with the greatest show in history (tied with The Sopranos in my opinion). Ian Head's description of the mix below. Pipo's list of the greatest shows of the last 15 years after the jump.
I always wanted to make some kinda tape like this, whether or not others have already beat me to it. There's so much great dialogue you could probably make a 12-part series of tapes, each one thematic, dedicated to a character or a season. This was just some of my favorite dialogue that I mainly pulled off YouTube - it's just scraping the surface.
Record selection was focused on instrumentals I hadn't pulled out in awhile, stuff that people might have played twelve times when it dropped but has been stuck in the crate for the last couple years. I tried to match most of the moody beats with relevant dialogue, but I wasn't trying to get too overly subliminal or deep with any selections.
The tape is a SPOILER ALERT. It's a bit of a risk making it - I know some of my friends still haven't seen the show, and I would recommend against listening if you haven't finished the series. For those who have experienced all five seasons, hopefully it's a fun, slightly heart-wrenching little trip down memory lane.
1A. The Sopranos (Sopranos gets the edge because each episode has more reply value than those of The Wire)
1B. The Wire
3. Battle Star Gallactica (I hate you if you slept on this show. I hate you because you get to watch it for the first time)
4. Breaking Bad (Series is still on going, but I have no idea how it will continue given where it left off).
5. Treme (I just find this show inspiring)
Others worth mentioning: The Killing, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Homeland (just missed the top 5 because it's only one season deep), Deadwood, Oz, Mad Men.