When season one of “Euphoria” aired on HBO back in 2019 starring Zendaya, the world was introduced to its genre-bending soundtrack from British singer-songwriter Labrinth. The smooth synth background mixes gospel, soul and electronic sounds to create a wide range of musical moods, accompanying the emotional highs and lows of the show.
But this season, in addition to Labrinth’s signature themes like the TikTok favorite “Still Don’t Know My Name,” each episode also features classics —often a deep cut or forgotten gem from an ‘80s or ‘90s album — interspersed with hit pop songs or hip hop anthems.
These songs often accompany ethereal camera work and lighting to set the tone for intense, emotional moments for the characters, an artistic hallmark of the show known for its raw, and at times triggering, portrayal of high school life. The tracks often quickly turn into viral sounds on social media, as people share fan theories, recaps or memes about the events of that week’s episode as one of the songs play in the background.
So to make sure you're all caught up on these trending songs, we're compiling a list that will be continuously updated with the ear worms you're hearing all season long.
Here’s a guide to the soundtrack of 'Euphoria' season 2:
Episode 8, 'All My Life My Heart Has Yearned for a Thing I Cannot Name'
'I'm Tired' by Labrinth and Zendaya
Season one ended with a dancing fantasy sequence set to "All For Us" by Labrinth and Zendaya. For season two, the singers paired up again in a duet, this time for a somber ballad entitled "I'm Tired." And after this finale, fans are too.
Episode eight wrapped up some loose ends and left others raw and frayed, which left little time for music. But following Rue's closing monologue revealing that she "stayed clean the rest of the school year," this song ended season two on a haunting and spiritual note. In the song, Zendaya sings the refrain, "Hey lord, you know I'm trying. It's all I got, is this enough?"
Elliot's song, performed by Dominic Fike
Dominic Fike, singer of 2018 hit "3 Nights," joined season two as Elliot, a fast friend to Rue and Jules who eventually becomes the reason Rue's friends and family find out she has relapsed. In the season finale, Rue visits Elliot to forgive him confessing that he likely saved her life. Elliot then plays a song for her, a slow acoustic ballad seemingly about losing a friend, featuring the lyrics "Little star, feels like you fell right on my head. Gave you away to the wind, I hope it was worth it in the end."
As to the future for Fike's character, the actor confirmed to Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show”that Elliot will be back forseason three.
Episode 7, 'The Theater and It's Double'
'Holding Out for a Hero' by Bonnie Tyler
It one of the show's more comedic moments, Austin Abram's oft-overlooked character Ethan came into the spotlight for his starring role in Lexi's play, "Our Life." In one of the last scenes of the episode, Ethan, playing a fictionalized version of Nate, acts out an innuendo-filled dance sequence in a locker room set to Bonnie Tyler's classic "Holding Out for a Hero." One fan on Twitter hailed it as the best use of the song since "Shrek 2".
"Holding Out for a Hero" was written in 1984 for the soundtrack to "Footloose" and became a top-40 hit. Today, it is regarded as an '80s rock classic.
'More' by Bobby Darin
Most of this episode was dedicated to showcasing Lexi's play. But in classic "Euphoria" fashion, many of the scenes weaved memories from the past into the narrative. One such moment occurred when a scene in Lexi's play depicted her dancing with father interspersed with a happy moment from Lexi and Cassie's childhood: the two sisters, dancing in a circle with both of their parents to Darin's upbeat, jazzy voice.
"More" is a pop standard originally written in 1962 for the Italian documentary "Mondo Cane." Artists such as Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole have all recorded renditions of the song. Darin recorded his version of the song in 1964 for his album "From Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie."
Episode 6, 'A Thousand Little Trees of Blood'
‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King
Fez and Lexi fans rejoice! As theories teasing a potential romance between these two characters spread after the season two premiere, episode six finally delivered. After watching the 1986 movie “Stand By Me” together, the two sing the end credits, Ben E. King’s titular song. In the end, Fez leans over and holds Lexi’s hand. It isn’t much, but we’ll take it.
“Stand By Me” was first written in the 1960s and has been recorded more than 400 times, with notable versions from Otis Redding, John Lennon and Tracy Chapman.
‘Quiet, The Winter Harbor’ by Mazzy Star
Mazzy Star is an alternative rock band formed in the early ‘90s, best known for the song “Fade Into You.” But “Quiet, The Winter Harbor” isn’t a throwback, rather it was released as a single for the band’s 2018 album “Still.”
This slow, haunting song plays as Cassie leaves home to move in with Nate after Rue exposed their tryst to their friends and family in episode five. The lyrics, describing someone struggling and reaching out for shelter and security, illuminate Cassie’s current logic towards Nate. “I ruined my entire life for you,” she realizes. Yet, she stays with him, still thinking he offers her a harbor.
Episode 5, 'Stand Still Like the Hummingbird'
'Fever' by Sharon Cash
In an episode that many consider to be the most stressful of the series so far, and one that Zendaya herself warned viewers about with an Instagram post stating "(Rue) hits rock bottom," there were notable stylistic differences. Ambient sounds took preference over songs, and the episode moved its focus away from the ensemble and solely on Rue's mad dash around town as she looks for shelter and anything to take away the pain of withdrawal. But one moment of musical levity came when Rue sneaked into someone's house and stole jewelry and money to the backdrop of Sharon Cash's 1970 cover of "Fever."
"Fever" was originally recorded in the 1950s. Peggy Lee's version is the most widely known rendition which features her gentle lilting voice over mid-tempo snaps and the strums of an upright bass. Cash's version picks up the pace and adds horns and background vocals, matching the chaos of Rue's escapade.
'It Never Rains In Southern California' by Albert Hammond
Episode five started with Rue having an explosive fight with her mother, and it ended relatively full circle. Leslie, played by Nika King, sits at a table after failing to find her daughter. She hears the door open and calls out "Rue?" — before the screen fades to black, and an upbeat soft-rock track plays.
"It Never Rains in Southern California" is a single from the 1972 album of the same name by Albert Hammond.
Episode 4, 'You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can'
'Drink Before the War' by Sinéad O’Connor
Oh, who could forget this scene, which depicts Cassie dancing alone in her living room drinking straight from a bottle of wine, and Cal slow dancing with a stranger at the bar where he had his first kiss with his best friend.
This song is from O’Connor’s 1987 debut album “The Lion and the Cobra." The Irish singer is most well known for her rendition of Prince's “Nothing Compares 2 U" and her infamous Saturday Night Live performance, when she ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II.
The song starts with O’Connor’s chilling vocals but quickly escalates to a heartbreaking scream as she pleads lyrics like “You dig your own grave yeah, But it’s a life you can save.” The music captures the visceral pain of the two drunk characters: the intensity of Cassie’s need for male validation and Cal’s long lost love and suppressed sexual identity.
'I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar' by Jonathan Richman
This song, from the 1992 album “I, Jonathan,” is an upbeat rock track with swinging guitar and narrative lyrics about, quite literally, dancing in a lesbian bar. The song serves as the backdrop to a scene where in one moment, Rue dances with Elliot, then, Elliot kisses Jules, Rue’s girlfriend.
'How Long' by Tove Lo
Tove Lo, best known for her 2014 hit “Habits (Stay High)" released a new track for “Euphoria” season 2 with lyrics aptly matching certain plot points. The song follows a tumultuous relationship as the singer asks, “how long have you loved another while I’m dreamin’ of us together?” Sound familiar?
This track plays in the background of Maddy’s birthday party, an occasion where the Maddy-Cassie-Nate love triangle somehow gets more complicated.
Episode 3, 'Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys'
'Never Tear Us Apart' by INXS
The band INXS, pronounced “in excess,” is featured frequently on the show in connection with Cal.
The Australian rock band formed in 1977. And while “Need You Tonight” is its only single to hit number one in the U.S., “Never Tear Us Apart” from the '80s provided the backdrop for one of the most beautiful and moving scenes in the show yet.
The episode opened with a look into Cal’s history, where we find out that he was in love with his best friend, Derek, growing up. After their graduation, the two go to a bar, just them, and dance to this song. While it starts off playful and teasing, they eventually grow closer before sharing their first kiss as Cal cries. Soon after, Cal finds out his girlfriend is pregnant.
'Call Me Irresponsible' by Bobby Darin
Originally written in 1962, Bobby Darin covered the jazz song in 1964 for his album “From Hello Dolly to Goodbye Charlie.” In this scene, a high Rue dances with her pillow. She sings along as she moves around her room and waltzes into her kitchen -- before being caught by Gia.
'Watercolor Eyes' by Lana Del Rey
Released for the second season of the show, “Watercolor Eyes” plays over the credits in episode 3. The slow, sad song matches the signature indie sound of the “Euphoria” aesthetic. The lyrics describe a loving but painful relationship. Fitting.
Episode 2, 'Out of Touch'
'Come Rain or Come Shine' by Judy Garland
“Come Rain or Come Shine” was originally written for the Broadway musical St. Louis Woman and covered in a swinging jazz rendition by Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” for her self-titled 1956 album “Judy.”
The song plays as Maddy lives out a wealthy housewife fantasy, trying on the outfits and accessories of the mother she babysits for, played by Minka Kelly.
'Haunted' by Laura Les
“Haunted” is a hyperpop song from 2020 with chilling electronic instruments, a screamo-sounding chorus and auto tuned vocals. The song plays as Lexi, aiming to move on from her passivity, puts in her headphones to go see visit Fez, a potential match fans are rooting for.
'She Brings the Rain' by Can
Can is a German experimental rock band from the ‘70s. “She Brings the Rain” is a slow, jazzy track with psychedelic themes. The song plays over a montage of Rue biking and witnessing Cassie getting into Nate’s truck. The secret couple then ignore calls from Maddy.
Episode 1, 'Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door'
'Don’t Be Cruel' by Billy Swan
"Euphoria" season 2 starts off with a bang. Literally. The opening scene shows a blond woman, later revealed to be Fez’s grandma, walking into a crowded strip club before shooting a man, Fez’s father.
The song was originally recorded by Elvis Presley and covered by Swan in the '70s for a slow, twangy country rendition.
'Right Down The Line' by Gerry Rafferty
The song heard round the Euphoria-TikTok world. Released in 1978 as a single to Rafferty’s album “City to City,” the song’s smooth folk rock sound served as a sharp contrast to the jarring and violent scene it accompanies: Rue, Fez and newcomer Faye being forced to strip by a drug dealer, who dances to the song while making sure none of them are wearing a wire.
'Dirty Work' by Steely Dan
From Steely Dan’s 1972 debut album “Can’t Buy a Thrill,” this song’s most famous pop culture moment came from another HBO show: “The Sopranos” back in season 3.
Tony Soprano sings this song in the car while the FBI overhears. In “Euphoria,” the song follows the tense strip-search scene. The upbeat lyrics of “I’m a fool to do your dirty work” play as a drug deal ensues.
'Dead of Night' by Orville Peck
Peck is an out country singer who has never shown his face publicly, instead wearing a fringed mask in videos. The 2019 country song and lead single to the album “Pony” features Peck’s signature low, silky and crooning voice against a slow guitar. The sensual song tells a story of two lovers driving through Nevada in the “dead of night.”
It serves as the soundtrack to Nate driving Cassie to the New Year’s Eve party, the tension between the pair resulting in their problematic hook up in the bathroom. The scene, where Cassie leans out of the window as Nate checks her out, has been the subject of many a TikTok reenactment.
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“Haunted” is a hyperpop song from 2020 with chilling electronic instruments, a screamo-sounding chorus and auto tuned vocals. The song plays as Lexi, aiming to move on from her passivity, puts in her headphones to go see visit Fez, a potential match fans are rooting for.Where can I find Euphoria soundtrack? ›
Amazon.com: Euphoria: Season 1 (Original Soundtrack): CDs & Vinyl.What is the song from Nate and Cassie scene? ›
Labrinth - "Nate Growing Up"
The song plays when Nate bumps into a distraught Cassie outside the convenience store. As they both talk about their respective breakups, there's a subtle intensity in the scene that makes viewers pray that the sweet Cassie gets away from nefarious Nate.
“I Can Dream About You” by Dan Hartman: Cal and Derek get out of the sudden rain and get drinks at a bar. “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS: Cal and Derek drunkenly dance with each other and kiss.What song was played during the play on Euphoria? ›
“Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille: The 1975 cover plays during a montage introducing the play's versions of Euphoria's cast of characters. Maddy, Rue, and Cassie realize that the play is about them, which doesn't sit right with many of them.What song plays Cassie and Nate in the car in Euphoria? ›
"She Brings the Rain" by Can — "She Brings the Rain" is the sound to the montage of Rue riding her bike to her addiction class, Cassie and Nate kissing in his car and Maddy trying to call them both.What song plays during Cassie flower scene? ›
Other highlights include “See You Assholes Later,” which fans know as the song from the Cassie flower scene, “Dracula (Nate Sees Cassie),” “ICE (We Should Do Drugs)” which fans know as “What's Up” (Fez's Song) and “Fun At The Alley” which plays during the scene where Jules, Nate, Kat and Maddy go bowling.Why was Nate dressing Cassie? ›
Nate clearly wanted to dominate Cassie and saw her as his property, which only made the use of this dress more sinister. Euphoria fans have also pointed out that the pink outfit Cassie wore in Season 2, Episode 7, "A Thousand Little Trees of Blood," looked a lot like a combination of Maddy and Jules' styles.What song was Cassie singing in Euphoria season 2 episode 4? ›
“Drink Before the War” by Sinéad O'Connor: Cal picks this song from the jukebox and sings alone. Cassie sings along at Maddy's party.What is the iconic Euphoria song? ›
The song often played throughout the series to indicate that some serious stuff was about to go down, however, the use of the song among fans has been multi-faceted.
- “Amore Min Aiutami” by Piero Piccioni.
- “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille.
- “More” by Bobby Darin.
- “Oops (Oh My)” by Tweet Feat. Missy Elliott.
- “What's Up” by Labrinth.
- “Holding Out For a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler.
According to Labrinth, the music we hear on the Euphoria soundtrack is made completely based on his instinct. Though his production work is minimal, the results are otherworldly and simply effective in evoking and conveying strong emotions.What songs make you feel euphoric? ›
- Can You Feel It? Mr Fingers.
- Euphoria Neu!
- Happy Together The Turtles.
- New Generation Albert Ayler.
- Papua New Guinea Future Sound of London.
- Love to Love You Baby Donna Summer.
- Overdose of Joy Eugene Record.
- In Between the Heartaches Dionne Warwick.
The score is described as "genre blending" and fuses gospel, electronica, orchestral music, and melodic house with elements of soul, R&B, smooth jazz, jungle, and hip hop.What 80s song was in Euphoria? ›
Orville Peck's “Dead of Night” echoes through Nate's head, the words, “See the boys as they walk on by / It's enough to make a young man …” bringing his sexuality in and out of focus as he watches Cassie undress.What songs played in Euphoria season2? ›
- E1 | Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door. ...
- E2 | Out of Touch. ...
- E3 | Ruminations: Big and Little Bullys. ...
- E4 | You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can. ...
- E5 | Stand Still Like the Hummingbird. ...
- E6 | A Thousand Little Trees of Blood. ...
- E7 | The Theater and Its Double.
- “All For Us” by Labrinth.
- “Stairway To The Stars” by Dexter Gordon feat. ...
- “My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It” by En Vogue.
- “War Of The Hearts” by Sade.
- “Stand by Me” by Ben E. ...
- “I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get” by Method Man feat. ...
- “Quiet, the Winter Harbor” by Mazzy Star.
The relationship between Cassie Howard and Nate Jacobs began in "Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door" and subsequently ended in "You Who Cannot See, Think of Those Who Can" before beginning again in "A Thousand Little Trees of Blood".Who is the girl in the euphoria music video? ›
A reworked version of the song was featured heavily in the American teen drama Euphoria with vocals from star Zendaya, where it appeared on the first season's soundtrack and won Labrinth the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics.What is Nate's car in Euphoria? ›
Last but not least is our pick of the bunch: the 2003 Ram 1500. Making its first appearance in the very first episode of the show, this Ram monster - driven by Jacob Elordi's character, Nate Jacobs - is a regular on the show.
it's from a TV show called skins. and it's from the episode where a girl called Cassie is being .What is the 60s song in Euphoria? ›
“Call Me Irresponsible” by Bobby Darin (1964)
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lolaafrittss. As Cassie is seen surrounded by hanging roses, roses function to symbolize very powerful emotions such as love and courage.What is the painting Cassie is in in euphoria? ›
In the final scene, Cassie, another main character in the show, is depicted sitting inside a mirror, surrounded by flowers. In an interview that aired at the end of the episode, creator Sam Levinson said the imagery was inspired by “Mexican murals from the turn of the century.”What's the first song in euphoria? ›
From the pilot episode, which set up Rue's journey to recovery with an opening montage mashing up Beyoncé's “Hold Up” with 1950s/'60s crooner Andy Williams' mellow cheese ballad “Can't Get Used to Losing You,” to the season finale dramatic “All For Us” moment, Euphoria served up the coolest mixtape on TV.Why does Cassie always wear blue? ›
Each character has a main color and style that is associated with them. For instance, Cassie wears baby blue and pink signifying how she has a naive innocence about her, while Kat changed from simple denim to a red leather dominatrix as she tries to break away from being the quiet, shy pushover.Did Nate ever abuse Cassie? ›
Similar to how Cal's abuse of Nate breeds Nate's abuse of others, Maddy and Cassie's familial abuses allow for them to be the brunt of his mistreatment.What song was Lexi listening to in Euphoria season 2 Episode 2? ›
“Haunted” by Laura Les: Lexi rides her bike to meet Fezco at the gas station.What song is used in Euphoria season 2 episode 1? ›
Season 2, Episode 1: “Trying to Get to Heaven Before They Close the Door” “Hypnotize - 2007 Remaster” - The Notorious B.I.G.What song does Rue dance to in Euphoria? ›
Call Me Irresponsible – Bobby Darin (Episode 3)
The song fits perfectly during the scene in episode three where Rue dances about the house without a care in the world before being caught by her sister Gia who asks her if she is high.
Labrinth and Billie Eilish have officially released their collaborative song, 'Never Felt So Alone', from the Euphoria soundtrack. The track, which appears on the season two soundtrack of the hit HBO teen drama, was previously performed live by the pair at Eilish's Los Angeles gig last December.Are Euphoria episodes named after songs? ›
For proof, look no further than the titles of the episodes — most are named after songs, like Birdman and Lil Wayne's “Stuntin' Like My Daddy” (Season 1 Episode 2), Jay-Z and Beyoncé's “'03 Bonnie and Clyde” (Season 1 Episode 5) and Bob Dylan's “Tryin' to Get to Heaven” (Season 2 Episode 1).What is the song in episode 7 of Euphoria season 1? ›
Euphoria Soundtrack: Every Song in Season 1, Episode 7 “The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Pee While Depressed” “Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” by The Delfonics (00:01): Rue narrates about Cassie's father as the episode begins.What is the song at the end of Euphoria season 2? ›
The songs that soundtracked the standout moments on the season two finale of Euphoria are “L'amore Dice Ciao” by Armando Trovajoli and a new untitled record by Dominic Fike.What song was Lexi listening to on the bike? ›
“Haunted” by Laura Les: Lexi rides her bike to meet Fezco at the gas station. “Right Down The Line” by Gerry Rafferty: This song makes its second appearance in season two; this time, it plays when Rue ditches dinner with Jules to do drugs with Elliot.What is the song in Lexis play? ›
Overture flower picture; Lexi's play starts. Everyone talks at the funeral. Lexi narrates about Rue doing drugs after her dad died. Intro to all the characters in Lexi's play.What song was playing in Lexis play? ›
"Holding Out For A Hero" - Bonnie Tyler: The show-stopping final number in Lexi's play sees Kat's ex-boyfriend Ethan play Nate in a hilarious and extremely homoerotic dance number.What did Fez's note to Lexi say? ›
But while Lexi might not know what Fez wrote in his letter, thanks to Angus Cloud, at least fans now do. In an interview with Variety, Cloud revealed that the letter was “a congratulations.” “I think the letter was just being like, 'Yo, good job for f------ doing you,'” Cloud said.What song was Lexi listening to in Euphoria Season 2 Episode 2? ›
“Haunted” by Laura Les: Lexi rides her bike to meet Fezco at the gas station.Why does Lexi write the play? ›
According to Apatow, Lexi's self-created production provided the character with a sense of control that she may have been lacking in other key areas of her life. Putting on this play about herself and her peers gave her a sense of purpose she couldn't find anywhere else.
The final two episodes of the hit drama series consisted of a play that was written by Lexi (Maude Apatow) which put her friends and family in the spotlight, displaying their traumatic experiences in front of the school — and fans have mixed feelings about it.What does Lexi's play mean? ›
Lexi may have told her friends she was putting on "Oklahoma," but her play is anything but. Her epic show is, actually, the true story of her life, including all the sordid details of her friends' lives. With all of her key subjects seated in the audience, Lexi puts on the play of her dreams to much fanfare.What song is playing in season 2 episode 1 of Euphoria? ›
Euphoria season 2 episode 1 soundtrack
Hypnotize - 2007 Remaster - The Notorious B.I.G.
Ethan and Kate kiss. “Dangerous (Oliver Remix)” by Big Data (00:29): Rue dance with Jules and then follows Nate.What songs were in Euphoria Season 2 Episode 7? ›
- “Amore Min Aiutami” by Piero Piccioni.
- “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille.
- “More” by Bobby Darin.
- “Oops (Oh My)” by Tweet Feat. Missy Elliott.
- “What's Up” by Labrinth.
- “Holding Out For a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler.
They're just buddies, even though no one would see it coming. They just get along really well. Feedback from fans about the relationship between Lexi and Fezco has been extremely positive, with many calling them the best couple the show has produced.Did Lexi and Fez date? ›
Euphoria fans united on Twitter on Sunday evening to share in their joint love for Fez and Lexi's newfound romance. “FEZ AND LEXI CONTENT FINALLY,” one user shared with a loving image.Is Lexi euphoria girl? ›
Lexi, while being passive and mild-tempered, is not naive, a trait most "good girls" in film and TV are known for. In fact, she is probably the smartest of all the characters, and not just book smart either. She is extremely perceptive, sitting back and watching the drama unfold throughout Season 1.