Season 3 of Miami Vice featured 80 songs during the course of its 24 episodes, although Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" had previously been used in season 1 and Simply Red's "Heaven" appeared in season 2, reducing the count of unique tracks to 78.
In line with the much darker tone the show adopted this season, there is a general shift away from light pop in the music that is featured, with some of the performers common across the first two seasons (e.g. Phil Collins, Tina Turner) eschewed in favour of darker, art pop and new wave acts such as Peter Gabriel, Yello and Shriekback. There is also an increase in the amount of rock and metal featured, while the trend towards more obscure music, started in season 2, is continued; for the first time, the majority of the songs used are album tracks not heard in the charts or even rare, non-album B-sides. Finally, the regular use of Latin tracks is revived, such music having been largely absent from the previous season.
- Patti LaBelle & Bill Champlin's "The Last Unbroken Heart", Andy Taylor's "When the Rain Comes Down", Don Johnson's "Streetwise" and Chris Barr's "Valhalla" were written exclusively for season 3 of the show. Saundra Santiago's covers of "Stormy Weather" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" were also recorded specially for Miami Vice.
- Most songs used in an episode: 8 - "Killshot"
- Least songs used in an episode: 1 - "Streetwise", "The Afternoon Plane"
- Average number of songs per episode: 3.33
- Most songs by the same artist: 4 - Peter Gabriel