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Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘The Kissing Booth 3’

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack

What songs are featured in The Kissing Booth 3 soundtrack? This info article contains spoilers for the 2021 movie. Check out more Netflix guides in the Soundtracks of Cinema section.

Directed by Vince Marcello, The Kissing Booth 3  follows Elle Evans (Joey King) as she spends the summer with her friends before leaving for college. The franchise protagonist hasn’t yet decided on the University of California, Berkeley or Harvard, which causes friction with her best friend Lee (Joel Courtney) and her boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi). When Elle reunites with her former dance partner Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez), she’s forced to confront some lingering issues that affect her mental health. Overall, The Kissing Booth 3 includes over 30 songs. Here’s a Soundtracks of Cinema breakdown of every main tune, and how they are collectively used within the Netflix film.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Welcome Home, Son” by Radical Face (00:07:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Welcome Home, Son

“Welcome Home, Son” plays as Elle, Lee, Noah and Rachel (Meganne Young) stare at the Flynn family’s beach home. Through voiceover narration, King’s character reflects about her childhood experiences at the house upon learning that Mrs. Flynn (Molly Ringwald) intends to sell it. The song’s title aligns with the Flynn brothers, but the lyrics and musical aesthetic correlate with Elle’s perspective, as she realizes that the times are a-changin.’

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Whatever You Want” by Andy Robinson and Matt Rose  (00:16:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Whatever You Want

After Elle’s father allows her to spend the summer at the Flynn home, “Whatever You Want” kicks in as the main protagonists arrive. Lee takes down a Flynn Realty sign, while Elle and Noah grin at each other while making a bed. Overall, the lyrics reflect the teenagers’ willingness to be proactive.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Help Me Run Away” by St. Lucia (00:17:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Help Me Run Away

“Help Me Run Away” scores a party sequence during The Kissing Booth 3. Noah organizes a beach gathering at the Flynn beach home, which allows for the return of the OMG girls from the first two Netflix movies. As the title suggests, the collective characters are still somewhat in high school mode and just want to have fun before heading off to college.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Good Lovin'” by Edward Jamison, Dermot Kiernan, Adam Lasus and Louis Schultz (00:19:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Good Lovin'

When Elle informs Lee about her “very intricate” summer bucket list plan, “Good Lovin'” plays over a colorful montage. The characters jump from a cliff, sumo wrestle and even sky dive, too. Originally recorded by The Young Rascals in 1968, “Good Lovin'” underscores the bond between Elle and Lee as they focus on their friendship, rather than worrying about potentially being separated in the near future.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “We Built This City” by Tencytrax (00:21:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - We Built This City

Elle and Lee perform Starship’s 1985 single while enjoying “helium karaoke.” It’s yet another challenge from their summer bucket list, but the moment itself only last a few seconds. “We Built This City” is sandwiched between two uses of “Good Lovin.'”

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Run Into the Sun” by Tim Myers (00:28:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Run Into the Sun

“Run Into the Sun” subtly captures the mindset of various characters in The Kissing Booth 3. It sets in right after Elle reunites with Marco at work, and continues as Noah meets up with his college friend Chloe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), who is vacationing on a boat but wants to stay with Elordi’s character. The song teases future conflict and mostly shows that Chloe does indeed have romantic feelings for Noah, and vice versa.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Summer Song” by The Honeymoon Thrillers (00:33:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Summer Song

During another beach party sequence, “Summer Song” functions as a mood-setter. The scene reminds of the previous two films, and the track’s title establishes a specific vibe. What’s important, in this particular moment, is that Marco seems intent on romancing Elle.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Go! Let’s Go!” by Tim Myers (00:34:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Go! Let's Go

At Waikiki Wheels Waterpark, Elle shows up like a boss wearing a Mario costume. Noah observes from afar with Chloe, and initially pokes fun at the group. His demeanor changes, however, when Marco arrives in a Wario outfit, his grin correlating with the title of Myers’ song.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Let’s Turkey Trot” by The Dollyrots (00:35:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Let's Turkey Trot

“Let’s Turkey Trot” energizes a bumper car scene in The Kissing Booth 3. The lyrics include the line “Do some turkey trottin’ and all your cares will be forgotten,” which parallels the various character perspectives before the scene becomes more intense, evidenced by a showdown between Marco and Noah.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “D.A.R.L.I.N.G.” by Beach House (00:42:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - D.A.R.L.I.N.G.

Recorded by the dream pop band Beach House, “D.A.R.L.I.N.G.” reflects Noah’s attempts to make things right with Elle. He arranges for a special outdoor date, unaware that his brother made plans with King’s character. As usual, Elle stresses out because she doesn’t want to upset anybody.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon (00:44:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Shut Up and Dance

Elle selects “Shut Up and Dance” for a flash mob performance at a dinner party. She and Lee initially sing to each other while seated, and then inspire several people to get up and boogie. It’s light-hearted moment which shows that both characters are still clinging to a checklist from their past.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Goodbye Summer” by The Daylights (00:49:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Goodbye Summer

“Goodbye Summer” thematically aligns with “Run Into the Sun” from earlier in the film. As Elle bonds with Marco, Noah does the same with Chloe. In this moment, the teenagers’ idealistic summer has seemingly been cut short. In a slight twist, however, Chloe reflects about her parents’ turbulent relationship and inspires Noah to patch things up with Elle.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper (00:51:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Time After Time

Noah makes a romantic gesture by surprising Elle at work and playing “Time After Time” on a jukebox. Holding a rose, he successfully communicates that he’s seriously invested in the relationship. The Noah from The Kissing Booth 2 might’ve struggled with his emotions, but this more mature character understands what Elle needs — some tender loving care.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes (01:04:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - First Day of My Life

After Elle upsets her father, she experiences a garbage bag fail while cleaning up the beach home. Lee then lightens the mood with a trash-themed anecdote as “First Day of My Life” complements the dialogue. Both characters seem to understand that everything is about to change, which allows them to enjoy this particular moment.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Fading” by Colouring (01:08:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Fading

“Fading” scores a break-up scene at the Hollywood sign in The Kissing Booth 3. Noah officially ends his romantic relationship with Elle, primarily because he wants her to focus on herself and being happy. Lyrically, “Fading” tells the story of young lovers who drift apart, so it’s fitting for movie characters who just don’t feel the vibe anymore.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Make Your Heart” by Azure Ray (01:11:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Make Your Heart

In The Kissing Booth 3, “Make Your Heart” is used to show Elle’s frustration with Lee. She values their friendship, of course, but lashes out when she’s accused of not caring. Lee seems to immediately understand that he made a mistake, evidenced by his facial expression and teary eyes. Elle knows that Lee needs to take a long look in the mirror and take control of his life as a young adult.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Life’s Adventures” by Tim Myers (01:19:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Life's Adventures

After Elle has a heart-to-heart with her father’s girlfriend, Linda (Bianca Amato), she contemplates sending a text to Lee. King’s character seems ready for a new adventure but doesn’t want to have the inevitable “goodbye” conversation with her best friend. Once again, Elle tries to appreciate what she has in the present, and now seems appreciative of Linda for bonding with her little brother.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Outsider” by The Daylights (01:22:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Outsider

“Outsider” plays when Elle says goodbye to Marco in The Kissing Booth 3. The characters have obvious chemistry, but Marco knows that he needs to prioritize his immediate goals, which involves heading to New York to pursue music opportunities. As Elle’s voiceover narration suggests, Marco may be an outsider but he’ll forever have a place in her memory.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Out to Get You” by James (01:28:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Out to Get You

Shortly before Noah leaves for Boston, Lee informs him that Elle applied to USC. Lee also states that his brother just needed to love Elle, rather than trying to offer protection. As “Out to Get You” plays, Noah seems to remember all the little things that made his relationship with Elle so special.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “God Only Knows” by Adam Lasus, Louie Schultz and Fletcher Sheridan (01:33:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - God Only Know

“God Only Knows” plays when Elle and Lee say goodbye in The Kissing Booth 3. They create a new rule for their friendship, and then tear up as the Beach Boys’ classic scores the scene. It’s a bittersweet moment, one that reinforces Elle and Lee’s deep bond.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Be Together” by Sikora (01:39:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Be Together

As Elle’s father arrives home, he watches his two children enjoy themselves while playing Dance Dance Mania. Mr. Evans will miss his daughter, of course, but knows that she has made a big impact upon her little brother. The moment establishes Elle as a mentor figure, a young woman who’s becoming more and more like her late mother.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg (01:44:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop

Six years after the film’s primary events, Elle reunites with Noah at their hometown carnival. They still have undeniable chemistry, which makes King’s character giddy and nervous. The usage of “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” implies that Elle recognizes a spark with her former flame, Noah.

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack: “All Over the World” by Adam Lasus, Jason Paige and Louie Schultz (01:46:00)

The Kissing Booth 3 Soundtrack - All Over the World

As The Kissing Booth 3 ends, “All Over the World” plays over a gag reel. The upbeat tempo complements the inherent comedy, and the title itself correlates with the franchise’s universal messages about friendship and romance. “All Over the World” also pinpoints Netflix’s cultural relevancy.

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The Kissing Booth 3 soundtrack also includes “You + Me Together” by Tim Myers, “Feeling Good” by Sun Heat, “New Day” by Bluebox, “Are You Ready?” by Ben Gidsjoy, “Circles” by Moon Duo, “Shot Rod” by Conny & The Bellhops, “High Top Kicks” by Fake Crush feat. Matt O’Halloran, “Makin’ Me Happy” by The Neon Letters, “Powerlines” by The Western States Motel, “Two of Us on the Run” by Lucius, “On the Outside” by Future People and “Hello” by Destroy the Sun.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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