Because of all the hype on social media, I decided to get back on the ‘Stranger Things’ bandwagon and continue watching the series from where I had left off : Season 1, Episode 4.
Now I’m up to episode 1 of season 4 and honestly, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in the past month.
Billboard had rounded up the 8 best musical moments from the thriller. Lessgoooooo….
The Clash, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” – Season 1, Episode 2
This track is heavily featured throughout the first season and represents the unbreakable bond between Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and his brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton). Will often sings it to himself while trapped in the Upside Down, and in this specific episode, mom Joyce (Winona Ryder) can hear him calling for her as the lights and music — “Should I Stay or Should I Go” — plays in their house. Fans have since speculated the song helped him survive, given that season four revealed music is a key method of protecting oneself from the alternate dimension’s overlord, Vecna.
Moby, “When It’s Cold I’d Like to Die” – Season 1, Episode 8
Stranger Things‘ use of this 1995 Moby track is a rare instance of the show incorporating music released after the ’80s — but in this case, it was totally worth it. The song’s underwater orchestra and far-off vocals serve as a stunning sonic layer to the scene in which Joyce and Hopper (David Harbour) finally find and rescue Will from the Upside Down in season one. In fact, the song is so good that the Duffer Brothers used it again in the fatal season four finale, deliberately marking a heartbreaking parallel between the first and most recent seasons.
Ray Parker Jr., “Ghostbusters” Season 2, Episode 2
Stranger Things‘ tribute to Ghostbusters put a smile on viewers’ faces. Taking a much-needed break from the impending doom, the young friends dress up as another group of four monster-hunting heroes for Halloween, and gleefully sing the iconic theme song on their way to school — all to find out that they were the only ones to show up in costumes.
The Police, “Every Breath You Take” – Season 2, Episode 9
Leave it to the Duffer Brothers to turn a sweet moment sinister. At the end of season two, Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) finally get to attend the Snow Ball with their friends and slow dance to The Police’s 1983 hit. It was later revealed by the show’s creators, however, that the song’s creepy lyrics were a very intentional indication that the Upside Down monsters weren’t done tormenting Hawkins.
Madonna, “Material Girl” – Season 3, Episode 2
When Eleven and Max (Sadie Sink) go on a “Material Girl” shopping spree at the Starcourt Mall, they finally start to bond with each other, independent of their mostly boy friend group. It becomes a girl power moment for the history books — and who better to soundtrack it than Madonna?
Limahl, “The NeverEnding Story” – Season 3, Episode 8
Sing first, save the world second — this is the priority order of Dustin’s (Gaten Matarazzo) super genius girlfriend Suzie (Gabriella Pizzolo), who’s now helped the Stranger Things gang defeat evil twice. In the third season, as Dustin is in search of Planck’s constant, he reaches out to her for help. But Suzie, who hasn’t heard from her “Dusty-bun” in a week, has a price: He must sing “The NeverEnding Story” for her over their radios. What follows is a sweet duet as the others listen in on in disbelief from their walkie talkies — with several of them in a car being chased by a monster, and Hopper and Murray (Brett Gelman) in a secret Russian bunker.
Kate Bush, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” – Season 4, Episode 4
Kate Bush fans have known for years that her 1985 single “Running Up That Hill” can transport a listener, and now, so does the rest of the world. After Max discovered that she can use her favorite song to open a portal back to reality whenever she finds her mind possessed by the killer monster Vecna, the track embarked on an upward climb on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 4, nearly 37 years after its release.
Metallica, “Master of Puppets” – Season 4, Episode 9
Eddie Munson’s story came to a tragic end during the season four finale, but not before he could stake his claim as the most metal rock guitarist of all time. By blasting his electric axe skills far and wide throughout the Upside Down, the D&D-loving character — played by Joseph Quinn — was able to distract a horde of evil creatures from going after his friends. Not only did he become a hero that day, but he also earned praise from the band in real life
Which one was your favourite (s)? Let us know in the comment section.