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Super Soundtrack: “Heartstopper” on Netflix

“Heartstopper” is officially streaming on Netflix worldwide, and I suspect this will be a big hit for many different audiences. The way it captures a Gen Z’s Spotify playlist without sounding like a collection of viral TikTok hits was done so tastefully, and the songs were perfectly aligned with the tone of each scene.

Heartstopper is officially streaming on Netflix worldwide, and I suspect this will be a big hit for many different audiences. Starring Joe Locke, Kit Connor, Yasmin Finney, William Gao, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Olsson, Tobie Donovan, Sebastian Croft, and Jenny Walser (oh yeah, and Olivia Colman pops up as well in a super surprise role), all of these actors are about to be getting a lot of phone calls to be in new series and films.

I love how this show offers a realistic depiction of representation without making a whole big ~thing~ about it. Instead, it takes on a more universal theme of acceptance and love, which is something I think we could all use a little more of right now.

These characters are charming, and the awkward high school moments are all too relatable. I honestly don’t know if there are plans for future seasons, but I just know I’ll be first in line for a continuation of this story. (Also… I nearly shrieked when Olivia Colman popped up on my screen. I have no idea how they kept this a secret for as long as they did.)

As this is an adaptation of a web comic, I especially enjoyed the little onscreen animation graphics sprinkled throughout the series. Whether it was a bunch of flurrying leaves, a spark of electricity, or exploding hearts, it really added to the whimsy of the story.

Once I started watching this show, I couldn’t stop, and I suspect that you’ll find yourself in a similar situation. The fun use of lighting, the raw performances from these up-and-coming actors, and the music… oh my gosh, the music!

Of course you would suspect a site called MusicNewsRumor.com to hone in on the music, but it really was exceptional. The way it captures a Gen Z’s Spotify playlist without sounding like a collection of viral TikTok hits was done so tastefully, and the songs were perfectly aligned with the tone of each scene. This soundtrack successfully punctuates every heart stopping moment of this show, and it will be among the top of my list when it comes to shows utilizing music in clever, meaningful ways.

Episode 1: “Meet”

“Want Me” by Baby Queen

Heard playing at the very beginning of the episode

“Lovesick” by Peace

Heard while Charlie (Joe Locke) is running laps and Nick (Kit Connor) is looking at him from the next field over

“Dover Beach” by Baby Queen

Heard playing while Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) are at rugby practice in a montage

“Don’t Delete The Kisses” by Wolf Alice

Heard when Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) walk away in different directions on the way home from school

Episode 2: “Crush”

“Sappho” by Frankie Cosmos

Heard when Charlie (Joe Locke) is messaging with Nick (Kit Connor)

“Girl” by girl in red

Heard while Elle (Yasmin Finney) is trying to make a new friend at her new all-girls school in a montage

“Dance With Me” by beabadoobee

Heard playing while Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) are out playing in the show together

“Why Am I Like This?” by Orla Gartland

Heard while Nick (Kit Connor) is looking through pictures of Charlie (Joe Locke) on his phone + continues playing over the end credits

Episode 3: “Kiss”

“My Own Person” by Smoothboi Ezra

Heard playing at the very beginning of the episode

“Telephone” by Waterparks

Heard playing at the party as Charlie (Joe Locke) arrives

“Lucid” by Rina Sawayama

Heard playing at the party while Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) are talking

“Clearest Blue” by CHVRCHES

Heard playing at the party

“Alaska (Toby Green Remix)” by Maggie Rogers

Heard playing at the party

Episode 4: “Secret”

“What’s It Gonna Be?” by Shura

Heard when Nick (Kit Connor) leaves Charlie’s (Joe Locke) house in the rain

“Heart” by Flor

Heard while Charlie (Joe Locke) is on the rugby field

Episode 5: “Friend”

“UrbanAngel1999” by Thomas Headon

Heard when Tao (William Gao) dances along to the song for Elle (Yasmin Finney)

“If You Want To” by beabadoobee

Heard playing at the bowling alley when Nick (Kit Connor) arrives

“Buzzkill” by Baby Queen

Heard playing while everyone is bowling

“Paper Mache World” by Matilda Mann

Heard while Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) sped time together in the arcade

“I Want To Be With You” by chloe moriondo

Heard playing over the end credits

Episode 6: “Girls”

“Knock Me Off My Feet” by SOAK

Heard playing while Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) are doing their homework together

“Flirting With Her (Reprise)” by Sir Babygirl

Heard when Tara (Corinna Brown) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell) get locked in the classroom together at the start of their concert

Episode 7: “Bully”

“Bang Bang Bang” by Lauren Hibberd

Heard playing at the very beginning of the episode

“Tired” by beabadoobee

Heard while Charlie (Joe Locke) is talking to his mom (Olivia Colman) on the car ride home from the cinema

“Any Other Way” by Tomberlin

Heard when Charlie (Joe Locke) goes to his quiet place at school

“Smokey Eyes” by Lincoln

Heard during the fight scene + continues playing over the end credits

Episode 8: “Boyfriend”

“Our Window” by Noah and the Whale

Heard while Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) are messaging with each other

“Because I Love You” by Montaigne

Heard playing during the Sports Day events

“Close To You” by Dayglow

Heard playing during the Sports Day events

“Moment in the Sun” by Sunflower Bean

Heard playing while Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor) are kissing

“I Belong In Your Arms (Photek Remix)” by Chairlift

Heard playing over a montage of scenes with Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor)

Heartstopper is now streaming on Netflix. Stream the series here.

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