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PRESS PLAY: Our Favorite Stranger Things Tracks

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

Nerds, do you copy? Stranger Things season 4 is finally here and we’ve been reliving all its glory bicuroisly through its former soundtracks. You can listen to our full playlist here! While we’re eager for what’s on the soundtrack for this season, let’s take a look back at which songs captured our hearts while the party dove into the upside down.

Africa - ToTo: Stranger Things made this 80s classic relevant again by having it playing during season one. The song became so popular fans were streaming it endlessly between 2016 and 2017.

Hazy Shade Of Winter - The Bangles: The 80s rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s classic hit ended episode three of season one sending chills up fans' spines. With steamy guitars and roaring vocals, The Bangles captured the perfect women in the rock scene.

Ghostbusters - Ray Parker, Jr. - Ah, season two. The only season of Stranger Things that’s ended on a positive and light note. Also known as the season that captured Halloween and Fall aesthetic. Essentially, this song was featured in episode two titled “Trick Or Treat, Freak” in which it’s Halloween and the party dresses up as none other than… Ghostbusters.

Islands In The Stream - Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers: Season two held the most iconic soundtrack. We like to call season two “the superior season” for many reasons. But featuring this song in it? Nothing could be more perfect. Joyce Byers’ (Winona Ryder) boyfriend (Sean Astin) puts this record on as the couple slow dances while spending a night alone together.

You Don’t Miss Around With Jim - Jim Croce: Another amazing track from season two. While Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) was experiencing flashbacks of how her adopted dad Hopper (David Harbor) takes her in and relocates her to his cabin, this song is the first record he plays and does what is known as, The Hopper Dance. This song is also featured in season three after Hopper tears Eleven and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) apart during summer. The chief of police is to be seen happier than ever and screaming the lyrics on his way to the station. The Duffer Brothers totally did that on purpose.

Twist Of Fate - Olivia Newton-John: The perfect track to be played as we enter the snowball in the last episode of season two, the dramatic vibe of the song fit perfectly in the scene.

Every Breath You Take - The Police: The stalker song… As least that’s some people’s interpretation of it. A little known fact is the kids in Stranger Things actually wanted this song to be played while filming the snowball… However, they didn’t know the song would actually make it into the final cut. The lyrics “Every move you make, every breath you take, I’ll be watching you” could be seen as the mind flayer’s message to Hawkins, hence why The Duffer Brothers chose it for the final cut.

Material Girl - Madonna: Perhaps the most wholesome episode of season three is episode two, “The Mall Rats”. With Hopper giving Mike a little “heart-to-heart” and completely alarming him as he stays away from Eleven, she becomes concerned as she’s never had trouble with Mike before. Eleven then turns to the only other teenage girl she knows, Max (Sadie Sink). Max enlightens Eleven by telling her “there’s more to life than stupid boys”, as the duo takes a fun trip to the mall. While trying on new outfits and walking in high heels, Material Girls plays just before Eleven dumps Mike’s ass.

R.O.C.K. In The USA - John Mellencamp: If there’s ever a song that symbolizes the fourth of July, it’s this one. Independence Day isn’t complete without this song and is heard in episode seven, “The Bite”.

Can’t Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon: Our Stranger Things playlist would not be complete without one of the most popular love songs of the 80s. Eleven has it blasting over her radio as her and Mike are… Acting like teenagers just before Hopper bursts in.

Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler: So this song isn’t actually in Stranger Things, but the infamous bathroom scene featuring Steve (Joe Keery) and Robin (Maya Hawke) features the two singing it at the tops of their lungs while coming off a drug high and serious conversation. But this song definitely belongs in the Stranger Things franchise.

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)- Journey (Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix): One of the only songs we’ve heard from season four that’s featured in the official trailer, former Journey singer Steve Perry stated he was quite impressed with the remixed version and how perfectly it fit for the trailer.

As soon as we wrap our minds around all of the amazing songs that will be featured in Stranger Things season 4, we’ll be back with the extended playlist and how we feel about each song! Stay tuned and thanks for reading! Over & out!

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