The Ultimate ‘Stranger Things’ Playlist

No mouth-breathers allowed.

The wildly popular, spook-tacular show Stranger Things is back with season two and people are already raving about its genius. The show is known for its wild story about kids in the ‘80s who come across some strange things (you know; like the title). It’s compelling, it’s enthralling, but did you know it also gets you dancing?

The soundtrack is badass—in the first season one of the main characters communicated from another realm by using a song by The Clash. Plus, the original score by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein is right up there with Star Wars and Halloween.

I bet the show’s theme song is already playing in your head.

Last year they were spot on with hits from bands like Jefferson Airplane, Television and David Bowie. This year’s soundtrack is just as killer. The film is set in the early ‘80s, so they make sure to keep the ‘80s pop theme. However, they also bring back oldies like “Spooky Movies” by Gary Paxton and Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou,” both from the 1960s.

Pitchfork recently wrote that both season two and its playlist were “uninspiring.” The review blames the show’s increased production budget. It says that the show went for “flashy” and “obvious” with season two, instead of “ominous” and “surprising” like season one—adding that the soundtrack is just as disappointing.

Well, Pitchfork, you’re wrong. Season two is captivating with its story and its music. Just because it uses hits like The Scorpions “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” doesn’t mean it’s not cool or edgy anymore. In fact, it’s so tragically hip these days to hate “pop” songs, that in the non-mainstream crowd it’s actually cool to like these songs again.

Below BTRtoday picked through both seasons’ soundtrack and found several of our favorites to get you in the Stranger Things mood—plus, we added a few songs we think should’ve been included. Like, why hasn’t Joe Keery’s (who plays Steve Harrington) old band Post Animal been included yet?

Get ready to want to binge watch the show after this.

Devo – “Whip It”
(Season 2)

The Psychedelic Furs – “The Ghost In You”
(Season 2)

Queen – “Hammer To Fall”
(Season 2)

Post Animal – “Special Moment”
(BTRtoday add-in)

Jonathan Bree – “You’re So Cool”
(BTRtoday add-in)

MGMT – “Little Dark Age”
(BTRtoday add-in)

Joy Division – “Atmosphere”
(Season 1)

Dolly Parton – “The Bargain Store”
(Season 1)

The Clash – “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
(Season 1)

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