2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Clickbait’ Season 1

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Netflix Series

The Clickbait soundtrack features music by Bob Dylan, The Weeknd and Childish Gambino. This info article contains spoilers for Tony Ayres and Christian White’s Netflix series. Check out more Vague Visages music guides in the Soundtracks of Television section.

Clickbait stars Zoe Kazan as Pia Brewer, an Oakland resident who investigates the disappearance of her brother, Nick (Adrian Grenier). Phoenix Raei co-headlines as a detective named Roshan Amir who looks into a dating app scandal. Supervised by Jen Malone (Atlanta, Euphoria), the Clickbait soundtrack doesn’t necessarily drive the narrative; however, well-known tracks from big-name artists do indeed score key scenes. Here’s every featured song in the 2021 Netflix series.

Clickbait Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1 “The Sister”

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 1

  • “Tangerine” by Glass Animals (00:00): The song opens the Netflix original series. Pia watches her family members from afar and sits with her arms crossed. She smiles, but — as the song suggests — there’s a clear divide in the familial dynamics.
  • “Morrow” by 070 Shake (00:02): Pia gets kicked out of her brother’s home and throws a shoe. The Clickbait soundtrack song scores the opening title sequence, in which Kazan’s character wilds out and gets drunk. Lyrically, the track correlates with Pia’s “paranoid” personality.

Clickbait Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2 “The Detective”

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 2

  • “Breathe” by Ásgeir Trausti (00:35): Roshan says goodbye to his ex-wife, Sasha (Helana Sawires). He seemingly reflects about his life and daughter Arya. The lyric “I’ll find my way home” plays over a close-up visual of Roshan, and the music continues as the character creates a Geonicking map.
  • “Follow Me Down” by Stardust (00:37): Roshan arrives at Rogue’s Bar just moments after “Breathe” fades out. The Clickbait soundtrack song plays in the background. Rohan inquires about security footage.

Clickbait Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3 “The Wife”

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 3

  • “I Need Love” by Barbara Mason (00:00): The episode begins with a flashback moment. Nick and Sophie dance together at an outdoor event. “I Need Love” underlines the vulnerability of Gabriel’s character as she is questioned by police.
  • “Just One Look” by Doris Payne (00:11): In another flashback moment, Sophie remembers a friend stating that Nick is “totally fuckable.” The Clickbait soundtrack song can be heard in the background. Sophie is distracted by a text from her lover, Curtis Hamilton (Motell Gyn Foster).
  • “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd (00:43): Sophie looks at herself in the mirror after Nick’s memorial service. The lyric “I helped you out of a broken place” plays as Gabriel’s character takes off her earrings. Pia meets with Sophia and informs her about revelations involving Nick’s alleged dating profiles.

Clickbait Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4 “The Mistress”

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 4

  • “Oh No” by Biig Piig (00:18): Emma Beesly (Jessica Collins) decides to stay in Oakland. She allegedly had an affair with Nick and clearly feels lonely. The song lyrics tease a late-season revelation about the character.

Clickbait Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5 “The Reporter”

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 5

  • “Fake ID” by Riton & Kah-Lo (00:01): The Clickbait soundtrack song plays as Ben Park (Abraham Lim) investigates Nick’s disappearance. Musically, the upbeat tempo aligns with the reporter’s frame of mind and the urgency of the case. A colleague interrupts Ben and inquires about a date with “Dakota,” implying that the journalist hasn’t revealed his sexuality to co-workers.
  • “TWELVE” by Shygirl (00:08): Ben visits a chat room at home. The lyric “I see you creep / I can creep you” complements the essence of the scene. Ben identifies Jenny Henson (Mia Challis) as a potential source for the investigation.
  • “Two of Hearts” by Extreme Music (00:11): Nick approaches Tara Wilson (Grace Quealy) about Nick. She’s unhappy about being confronted at work and states that Jenny “doesn’t know shit.” Tara walks away and continues working.
  • “A Case of You” by Juice Webster (00:28): Ben investigates the case at home. He watches a video of Sarah performing the song. The lyric “Constantly in the darkness” underscores a recurring theme in Clickbait.
  • “Algorhythm ” by Childish Gambino (00:31): The Clickbait soundtrack song plays as Ben prepares for an interview with Sophie. “Everyone is an addict” can be heard just before the reporter speaks with a colleague. The moment heavily implies that Ben is more of a career opportunist than a careful journalist.

Clickbait Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6 “The Brother”

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 6

  • “Just Like a Woman” by Bob Dylan (00:02): In a flashback moment, Simon Burton (Daniel Henshall) speaks with his sister, Sarah (Taylor Ferguson). The classic Dylan song plays as the siblings dance and bond. “Just Like a Woman” continues over the title visual.
  • “Touched” by Part Human (00:07): Simon walks through his Sacramento office after being questioned by Roshan. He texts his buddy Daryl Woodrell (Jamie Timony) and tells him not to answer his phone. The Clickbait soundtrack song scores a later scene at 00:15 when Simon discovers Sarah’s body, along with a text from “Jeremy” that presumably contributed to his sister’s suicide.
  • “Come Feel” by All Your Sisters (00:24): In another flashback moment, Simon and Daryl confront Nick. Sarah’s brother decides that “Jeremy” has to “suffer.” The music plays only briefly.
  • “A Case of You” by Juice Webster (00:48): Sarah’s song from the previous episode plays as Simon cries. He remembers dancing with his sibling at home. The Clickbait soundtrack song fades with Simon curled up on the floor.

Clickbait Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “The Son”

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7

  • “AIN’T SO” by Kwame Feat. Arno Faraji (00:00): Ethan Brewer (Camaron Engels) vibes out with his headphones on. Meanwhile, students stare at him on campus. The Clickbait soundtrack song includes lyrics about “woke” posers, so the track seems to capture Ethan’s perspective.
  • “NONSTOP” by Vo Williams (00:03): The song complements the earlier track. This time, however, the lyrics reflect the perspective of Ethan’s brother, Kai (Jaylin Fletcher). The young sibling decides to “go hard” against a fellow student who disrespected his mother.
  • “Paranoia” by Dave East Feat. Jeezy (00:27): Ethan texts with Alison (Jillian Nguyen) in his room. The lyric “Paranoia gettin’ the best of me” aligns with the teenager’s inner thoughts. At this point, Ethan still doesn’t know if he’s being catfished by “AL_2005.”
  • “Bodykit” by BraceFace Rio (00:38): Alison texts Ethan and wants to know if he was disappointed upon meeting her in real life. Engels’ character responds with “no.” Ethan receives an e-mail from Emma Beesly.

Clickbait Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8 “The Answer”

Clickbait Soundtrack - Every Song in Season 1, Episode 8

  • “Please Forgive Me” by Piano Slim (00:11): The throwback tune plays as Kai rides in a car with Dawn (Becca Lish) and Ed (Wally Dunn). The adults know the truth about Nick’s death but Fletcher’s character hasn’t figured out what’s going on. Dawn theoretically wants Kai to forgive her but remains quiet in the front seat before tossing the boy’s phone out the window.
  • “This Is Where It Ends” by Alice Bowman (00:38): The police shoot Ed, and Dawn clutches her husband’s lifeless body. A slo-mo montage captures the surrealism of the moment. Pia closes her eyes to the lyric “All things must change.” The Clickbait soundtrack song continues as Sophie remembers Nick.

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

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