Top 15 Spotify Songs for "Stranger Things"
Stranger Things: Season 2
Stranger Things is back and what better way to get into the mood then by listening to some 1980's classics and other Halloween theme songs for their second season.
I've picked out 15 Spotify songs that are perfect for fall, Halloween, and of course our favorite nostalgic Netflix series.
So let's journey into the Upside Down by adding these songs to your Stranger Things playlist to get really hyped up and excited for what's to come.
"Thriller" by Michael Jackson
There's a reason why the best part of the Stranger Things season 2 trailer was the remix of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (thank you Vincent Price).
This pop song screams both Halloween and things that go bump in the night with an iconic dance move that can't be beat. It also goes well with the time frame of the show given its mid 80's release date.
If you love anything dark and spooky, then this is the perfect song to add to your Stranger Things playlist. It'll give you chills, thrills, and you'll be bopping your head to the beat for hours after hearing this melodic tune.
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr.
Season two of the show will be chock full of Ghostbusters references, so it's only fitting to add this classic to your list.
The Ray Parker theme to the iconic 1984 film is the right kind of nostalgia that fits so well with Stranger Things and their own homage to the 80's. The song itself is a lot of fun with a funky beat and incredibly catchy lyrics.
When your favorite kids of Hawkins, Indiana start dressing up in their ghost busting attire, how can you not start jamming to this gem.
In fact it would be a crime not to.
13. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
"Sweet Dreams" (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics
This song is pure 80's synth-pop that's one of the catchiest songs of the 1980's and a must-have in your Spotify playlist.
I don't know about you but everything from the beat to the lyrics makes me think of the Netflix series; there's sometimes so mysterious about it that I can't quite grasp.
It's also one of the most original songs on this list that would hopefully calm Will's nerves after his ordeal in the Upside Down or at least that's the idea.
If you're a fan of intense synthesizers and an aggressive sound, then this is the song for you.
12. Halloween Theme
Halloween Theme - Main Title by John Carpenter
Yeah I know it's become a cliché to include this song, but how can you not.
This song exemplifies Halloween; I mean it's literally the theme song from the movie Halloween so it has to be on here.
It's also such a fantastic theme to listen to because it sounds absolutely amazing and terrifying. It's a great add-on to the Netflix series that pretty much evolved from 70's and 80's horror tropes much like this song.
So yes it's definitely a cheesy addition, but I don't regret recommending it. Nothing will get you into the Halloween spirit more than this awesome tune.
11. Somebody's Watching Me
"Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
This is an unusually creepy and disturbing track that's masked by a vibrating synthetic sound and smooth vocals in its chorus.
If you've ever felt like someone was stalking you or creepily staring at you, then this song was made for you. It's also perfect for Stranger Things where no one ever feels safe and there's always this uneasy presence around.
I love the tone of the song and how well it fits into the show's narrative, but it's also a fun 80's jam and I would happily add it to my 1980's Spotify playlist.
10. Dead Silence Theme
Dead Silence Theme (Intro) by Luca Riviero
The original Dead Silence theme was created and performed by Charlie Clouser under "Main Title" in the album's soundtrack, but you can also find a similar rendition by Luca Riviero.
This theme was originally from the 2007 movie Dead Silence directed by horror master James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring), so it's guaranteed to have a lot of genuine terror.
Although some might feel this music-box like motif feels out of place for Stranger Things, I still think it's a cool, modern Halloween theme that you have to include on your playlist.
There's something really scary but also magical about this theme, and in that regard, it blends well with the show.
9. In the Air Tonight
"In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins
When I thought about the show, I couldn't help but think of this song for several reasons.
For one thing it's an immense 1980's song by the talented musician Phil Collins, and second; the way it mixes genres throughout is enlightening.
It starts out one way but finishes in a completely different direction, which is exactly how Stranger Things began. The melody is also very enticing to the ears and Phil's silky vocals are perfect for it.
I have this song in several of my playlists, and I'd definitely recommend it if you're a fan of both the 1980's and the show.
It simply can't be ignored.
8. Gremlins (1984) Theme
Gremlins Theme ("The Gremlin Rag") by Jerry Goldsmith
I wanted to include a theme song that felt a little bit mischievous and "The Gremlin Rag" by Jerry Goldsmith captivates that brilliantly.
Like Ghostbusters, the movie Gremlins was also released in 1984 and is up there with Halloween and even Christmas classics (like Die Hard).
You may remember the movie because of the adorable 'mogwai' Gizmo and his not so adorable evil spawns, but it was this song that encapsulated the moment where good turned to troublesome.
Stranger Things is very much a monster movie and while the Gremlins were tiny versions of the creatures in the Upside Down, they still brought out that feel of the slimy, disgusting creations from the show.
7. Silent Hill: Promise (Reprise)
Silent Hill 2 - Promise (Reprise) by Rhaeide
Silent Hill is regarded by many as one of the greatest horror video game series of all-time yet the subsequent films were a huge disappointment.
However despite the films' flawed logic/plot, they were visually interesting with one of the most atmospheric scores that I've ever heard.
Stranger Things is an entertaining show but what I really love about it is its atmosphere and the track "Promise" has to be on this playlist for that reason alone.
The tune feels cold, mysterious, and isolating but it's also soothing and relaxing.
You don't know whether to be frightened by it or fall asleep to it, which makes it very different from any other song on this list.
6. Mad World
"Mad World" by Tears for Fears
There are several famous versions of "Mad World", but I have to stick with the original 1982 standard.
But no matter what version you listen to, there's no denying that this is a peculiar melody. In fact it was so strange that it was transformed for the 2001 film Donnie Darko, which many regard today as a cult oddity.
From those reasons alone I'm sure you can see why it ties in with Stranger Things so well.
The lyric "the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had" can be interpreted in so many ways, and it suits several main characters from the series.
In a show that kicks up the strange every episode, "Mad World" is an ideal counterpart.
"Disturbia" by Rihanna
I had to include a few more mainstream songs on this list because the show was made in modern times, so it can't all be nostalgic.
Rihanna's "Disturbia" was an interesting departure for the artist but I'm glad she created it. The lyrics are full of Halloween themes, monsters in the night, and the idea of going insane, so it makes sense to add it to the list.
However there's more to this tune than a few disturbing lyrics.
It has a stellar hook, it's a throwback single, and anyone who's a fan of the dark and gritty will enjoy this attractive hit.
4. Come Little Children
"Come Little Children" by Erutan
I first heard this song in the 90's film Hocus Pocus, which was a cute Halloween family movie though nowhere near the depth/level of Stranger Things.
It fit well enough in that film but I think it makes a lot more sense for the Netflix show where several of the main characters are indeed children.
The melody has an unsettling spook factor that would go well with any Stephen King film too but it's harmless enough.
So if you're looking for a soothing Halloween theme that your children can listen to, then "Come Little Children" is ironically the one for them.
3. Castle of Glass
"Castle of Glass" by Linkin Park
"Castle of Glass" is strangely fitting for both the deceased Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington (rest in peace) and Stranger Things.
The song itself was not one of the band's signature tunes, but there's a lot of deeper meaning behind it, which is what drew me to it.
However if deep undertones aren't your thing, then you'll be happy to know that the song goes down very smoothly and is an easy listen.
It's certainly a departure from the band's hard rock style, but that's not always a bad thing. I think now more than ever this melody is worth listening to because those tiny meanings have just become a lot more meaningful.
2. Danger Zone
"Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins
Not every song on your Spotify playlist needs to be dark, creepy, and disturbing because that's not all the show was about.
There were plenty of cool, action sequences and moments that brought out the joy of the 1980's too.
"Danger Zone", most notably from the 1986 movie Top Gun was and is always a crowd pleaser because that's all it was meant to be. It was a loud, epic tune that was full of life, thrills, and ambition.
Its lively nature is why I included it on this list, and it really does give a shout out to the pop of the series.
1. When Doves Cry
"When Doves Cry" by Prince
1984 was a great year wasn't it! We had films like Ghostbusters and Gremlins but let's not forget about music legends like Michael Jackson and Prince.
Prince's track "When Doves Cry" was unlike any song at the time and still remains an outstanding pop hit.
But why should you include it on your Stranger Things' Spotify playlist....
Because it's still quintessential 80's that dives into complicated topics like love affairs and parental dysfunction that's frequently present in the series.
Stranger Things dealt with lost love, affairs, parental struggles, and a slew of emotional drama that this song captures perfectly.
In my eyes the show was never about the monster in the dark or evil experiments, it was about human nature and what defined each character.
It was the reason why the character Eleven was so beloved, and that's a lot stronger than superficial scares.