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Soundtracks of Television: ‘Sex Education’ Season 3

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Series

The Sex Education season 3 soundtrack includes music by David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Aimee Mann. This info article contains spoilers for Laurie Nunn’s Netflix series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

Sex Education season 3 examines the power struggle between students and a new headmaster at Moordale Secondary. All of the main cast members return for the third series installment, including Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn, Gillian Anderson as Jean Milburn, and Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong. Girls alum Jemima Kirke co-stars as the primary villain, Hope Haddon. Supervised by Matt Biffa (The Last Letter from Your Lover), the soundtrack is fueled by nearly 50 mainstream tracks and original music by Ezra Furman. Here’s every featured song in Sex Education season 3.

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack on Netflix

  • “I Think We’re Alone Now” by The Rubinoos (00:00): The episode begins with various hook ups. Otis has sex in his car with Ruby (Mimi Keene), while Eric and Adam (Connor Swindells) get intimate in a bedroom. Lily (Tanya Reynolds) and Ola (Patricia Allison) also enjoy a role-play sexual adventure.
  • “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton (00:03): The Sex Education season 3 soundtrack song plays over the title graphic. Otis enjoys himself at home while sporting an old-time mustache.
  • “Land Of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett (00:11): Kirke makes her series debut as the new Moordale headmaster, Hope Haddon. The character dances to the song across a school stage, which both confuses and entertains various students.
  • “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory (00:22): Eric learns that Otis received a hickie from Ruby. Butterfield’s character recalls how their sexual relationship started at Olivia’s party. The song plays as Otis and Ruby hook up while dressed as macaroni/cheese and early 2000s Christina Aguilera, respectively.
  • “Hour of Deepest Need” by Ezra Furman (00:31): Otis walks away from Ruby after feeling disrespected. Keene’s character states that their relationship is “over.” The Sex Education season 3 soundtrack tune continues as Otis texts with Ruby.
  • “Oh Yeah” by Yello (00:36): Adam declares his sexuality in the locker room. Rahim (Sami Outalbali) gets dressed and seems upset. Dex (Lino Facioli) looks at his male classmates and appears to be intimidated by the collectively display of masculinity. “Oh Yeah” plays again at 00:39 when Facioli’s character gets spotted while naked.
  • “Then He Kissed Me” by Ezra Furman (00:50): Dex improves at sex. Ruby and Otis make their relationship public. Headmaster Haddon destroys the old toilet block. The song cuts on the lyric “I Love You” as Otis gazes at Maeve.

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack on Netflix

  • “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” by Doris Day (00:00): Eric applies makeup to Adam’s face. The Sex Education season 3 soundtrack song aligns with the unease at the heart of the characters’ relationship. Adam says that he looks “quite pretty” and declares that he’s ready to have sex.
  • “Fantastic Man” by William Onyeabor (00:04): Otis and Ruby try on outfits. Butterfield’s character feels like the character Magneto. Ruby says the mustache has to go.
  • “Piddly Patter Patter” by Nappy Brown (00:07): Lily and Ola discuss Dr. Jean’s pregnancy. Otis arrives at school with Ruby. The Moordale students realize that big changes are in the works.
  • “Can I Sleep in Your Brain” by Ezra Furman (00:46): Adam reveals his true feelings to Eric. The Sex Education season 3 soundtrack song  continues and plays over the following scene.
  • “Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran (00:52): Otis and Ruby decide to be a couple. They drive off together as Maeve looks at her phone. Mackey’s character now knows that Isaac (George Robinson) deleted a voicemail from Otis.
  • “Sound of da Police” by KRS-One (00:57): Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu) takes over Jackson’s job. Headmaster Haddon decides that school uniforms will be introduced the following week. The song plays over the end credits.

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack on Netflix

  • “Rock Me Gently” by Andy Kim (00:00): Jeffrey and Cynthia (Lisa Palfrey) have sex in their trailer park as the episode begins. A cat watches as the entire residence shakes. The music cuts when the pet named Jonathan gets killed by a falling microwave.
  • “Blank Generation” by Richard Hell and the Voidoids (00:07): Jakob (Lisa Palfrey) comforts Jean. Meanwhile, Jeffrey and Cynthia go at it again. The song cuts when Maeve hits a switch in her home.
  • “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” by Todrick Hall (00:00): Eric puts on makeup and dances in his room. He throws books and looks for a text by Maya Angelou. The song ends with Eric performing to the beat and greeting Adam outside.
  • “The Man in Me” by Bob Dylan (00:30): Adam impresses Ruby with his Kardashian knowledge. They bowl with Eric and Otis. All of the characters bond and seem to better understand each other as people.
  • “Your Party” by Ween (00:35): Adam arrives at home with Eric and catches his mother on the couch with a man named Hugh. The song plays in the background during a group conversation. Eric leaves after being described as a “friend.”
  • “Never My Love” by The Association (00:40): Ruby’s father, Roland, rolls a joint and smokes to deal with physical pain. Otis passes on a puff but Jeffrey Kindly accepts. Roland embarrasses his daughter, and then falls asleep during the song.
  • “Tender” by Blur (00:49): Otis receives a call from Ruby. They couple seems to be taking the next step, emotionally, in their relationship. Ruby says “I love you,” Otis replies with “Oh, that’s nice” and the song closes out the episode.

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 4

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack on Netflix

  • “Don’t Sweat the Technique” by Eric B. & Rakim (00:00): Anwar and Nick get intimate in a bedroom. Olivia has sex with Malek. The song ends before the opening title graphics.
  • “Stormy Weather” by Etta James (00:25): Jean receives helpful advice about her relationship. Jakob builds a treehouse at home. Adam tries to improve his writing skills at school.
  • “What Cha Get” by Angel and the Mambokats (00:41): Olivia receives a text from Ruby. Michael Groff (Alistair Petrie) eats fajitas for the first time. Colin and Emily offer romantic advice about Maureen (Samantha Spiro).
  • “Mysterious Power” by Ezra Furman and the Harpoons (00:45): Maureen tells Michael that she’s dating someone. Adam spots his father from the window and then returns to his room.
  • “La Ballade Des Gens Heureux” by Gérard Lenorman (00:48): Moordale students board a bus. Hope asks Colin and Emily to maintain discipline. Maeve smiles at Otis as they leave for France.

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 5

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack on Netflix

  • “Mon Amour Mon Ami” by Marie Laforêt (00:00): Viv texts Eugene in the bathroom. The couple pretends they’re in a field of wheat. Viv’s private moment doesn’t go as planned.
  • “Hot Topic” by Le Tigre (00:13): The Moordale students leave for France. A tracking shot leads to the back of the bus. Maeve decides to wear headphones.
  • “Zou Bisou Bisou” by Gillian Hills (00:18): Ola says she no longer wants to have fantasy sex. Lily gets offended and puts on her headphones. The camera roams around the bus as the song continues.
  • “Allez Donc Vous Faire Bronzer  by Sacha Distel (00:21): Rahim poos in a sock. He throws it out the window and hits a passing vehicle. Lots of shit goes down when the Moordale bus stops.
  • “Pump Up the Jam” by Technotronic (00:33): Colins decides to liven up the bus. He starts a karaoke party but none of the students seem interested, at least not at first. The song continues as Ola speaks with Lily.
  • “I Wanna Love” by Scout Niblett (00:37): Jackson talks to Cal about making things better at school. He wants to meet with Hope about finding a new place to change for queer students. Jackson and Cal bond as their friendship intensifies.
  • “The Breeze/My Baby Cries” by Bill Callahan (00:42): Maeve asks Otis to convey the message of the voicemail that Isaac deleted. Butterfield’s character recalls what he wanted to say months prior. The song plays as Maeve and Otis kiss.
  • “When I Live My Dream” by David Bowie (00:47): Viv continues to sext with Eugene. Ruby prepares to sleep. Hope watches as the bus returns to Moordale Secondary.

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 6

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack on Netflix

  • “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie (00:00): Lily reads one of her fantasy stories during a flashback sequence. The music cuts as the teacher reads the student’s passage about about penis hands.
  • “Oyejo” by Fela Ransome Kuti & His Koola Lobitos (00:05): Eric eats in Nigeria. His grandmother brags about her son-in-law.
  • “Sweet Mother” by Prince Nico Mbarga (00:08): Otis receives a text from Eric. Jean watches her son after learning about his past behavior with Maeve. Eric dances in Nigeria.
  • “Short and Sweet” by Brittany Howard (00:44): Michael decides to cook after realizing that it brings him joy. Adam messages Eric. He also considers entering in the Midgeville County Dog Trials.
  • “Fall” by Davido (00:46): Eric decides to visit a gay bar with Oba. He’s initially excited but then senses trouble. Eric realizes that Oba is just being cautious since it can be dangerous to be gay in Nigeria.
  • “Joro” by Wizkid (00:49): Eric dances with Oba at a night club. The characters kiss as the song fades.
  • “Attention” by Tiwa Savage (00:54): Eric discusses his fake girlfriend with his grandmother. He grins while riding through Nigeria and then gets worried upon hearing the lyric ‘I guess you’re giving it to someone else” — a reminder that he cheated on Adam with Oba.

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 7

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack on Netflix

  • “Oogum Boogum Song” by Brenton Wood (00:43): Otis encourages Lily to be herself. Maeve texts to report that her sister Elsie, who had been missing, is safe and sound. Vivienne relaxes at home, while Eric and Adam laugh at a funny dog video.

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 8

Sex Education Season 3 Soundtrack on Netflix

  • “Summer Wine” by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood (00:00): Layla straps her breasts at home. The song plays over the title card.
  • “Milkshake” by Kelis (00:12): Lily receives words of encouragement from her mother. Viv arrives at school with Eugene, and then falls into a garbage can as her classmates watch.
  • “I Get Along Without You Very Well” by Chet Baker (00:35): Eric breaks up with Adam. The song plays as Effiong’s character walks away, and then fades during a transitional sequence featuring Jean and her newborn daughter.
  • “Save Me” by Aimee Mann (00:45): Cal helps Layla with bandaging techniques. Adam competes with Madam the Cavapoo. His narration about having a heart plays over a montage sequence featuring various characters.
  • “Moanin” by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (00:51): Adam comes out to his mother. Maureen then texts with Michael about the status of their relationship. The song cuts as Petrie’s character squeezes out the light from a candle.
  • “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Big Star (00:56): Maeve says goodbye to Otis. She leaves Moordale on a bus and begins a new adventure. Maeve grins as Sex Education season 3 ends.

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

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