"Stranger Things" Season 4 Songs Ranked, And Sorry, "Running Up That Hill" Is #6

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Stranger Things Season 4 had some pretty EPIC moments, and most of them were underscored by some pretty iconic songs.

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So I ranked all of the most important musical moments from the whole season because it simply needed to be done. Let's go!

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**WARNING: MAJOR — and I mean MAJOR — SPOILERS AHEAD.**

16."Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson

What a jaunty little song for a kidnapping! We're having a good ol' time as Yuri loads Joyce and Murray into his plane to sell them as prisoners to the Russian government. And that's fun!  

What a jaunty little song for a kidnapping! We're having a good ol' time as Yuri loads Joyce and Murray into his plane to sell them as prisoners to the Russian government. And that's fun!

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15."Object of My Desire" by Starpoint

Robin and Steve in a car

This song has energy and drive! And it lets us know we have love interests, honey! It was the perfect backdrop for one of Steve's greatest lines: "I like boobies. You like boobies. Vickie likes boobies!" Hehehehe.

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14."Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth

Argyle wearing a cap and driving a car

Oh, wasn't this a fun little moment of comedy? The Byers home is getting absolutely shot to shit by secret government agents, and Argyle is just boppin' to his stoner music, so unaware of the adventure that lay before him. You have to laugh.

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13."Wipeout" by the Surfaris

Eleven at a skating rink

Honestly, I wanted to rate this the lowest because the MOMENT blowssssssss. It's so hard to watch. Why are kids so mean? I'm still scared of them, tbh! But this song is so gooooood! If you're mad, just remember that Angela gets hers in the end and feel better. (But actually, that scene made me physically ill.)

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12."Every Breath You Take" by the Police

Character sitting at a table looking sad

Oh, you think everything is going to be okay, now that we're back at the Snow Ball? Well, think again, sweetie! Vecna literally said, "I'll be watchin' you!" EVERY step you take. EVERY move you make. Honestly, this song is starting to creep me the F out.

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11."California Dreamin'" by the Beach Boys

Eleven and Will in school

This song was really effective here! It's a certified bop but also has a sort of sad, melancholic feeling to it that really portrays Elle's struggle of feeling so out of place in CaLiFoRniA, but wanting to appear as if she's thriving. (Okay, wow. I guess I'm a music critic!)

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10."Up Around the Bend" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Robin, Steve, and Eddie in a vehicle looking at something

The last two eps of Season 4 are TENSE! But this one moment of levity was perfectly underscored by CCR. Is it a little messed up to steal a motor home? Sure. But let the girls have a little fun! I also really enjoyed Robin's line, "It's not every day you lose your house and car in one fell swoop." It's really not!

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9."Detroit Rock City" by Kiss

People at the Hellfire Club

Episode 1 has a LOT of songs in it, but this moment was one of the best! Cutting back and forth between the Hawkins High basketball game and the Hellfire Club's Dungeons & Dragons campaign was F-U-N! The stakes had never been higher! (J/K, everyone has almost died like 100 times.) BUT the song was really working here.

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8."Fire and Rain" by James Taylor

Steve

I feel like I'm gonna get shit for this, so go tear me apart in the comments, BUT I LOVED THIS MOMENT SO MUCH!! These two ANGELS talking about their futures was so sweeeeeet. Do I think they should end up together or that Nancy should have six kids? Not necessarily. But it's a great song, and these two clearly have a bond! Come on, the world is ending; can't you let these teens dream??

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7."Dream a Little Dream of Me" by Ella Fitzgerald

Characters sitting at a dining table

I used to really love this song, but hahahahaha. I'll never hear it the same way again ahahahaha. OMG, somebody help me, I'm scared...hahahahah. AHHHHHHH!

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6."Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" by Kate Bush

Max in the school hallway with headphones

This song is everything. The way they use it throughout the season is PURE BRILLIANCE. The first time we hear it, we get a little look into Max's new world without Billy, without her friends, and without Lucas. It's LONELY AF. This song lets us know just how much she's up against. We've always been rootin' for ya, girl!

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5."Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" by Journey

Steve driving

THIS. MOMENT!!!! We're on our way to fight Vecna. We're going to Murder House™. We're giving everyone their last looks. And I don't know about you, but I was a lil' stressed out here because I thought literally every character was going to die.

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Thought he was gonna die.

Lucas looking sad
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Thought she was gonna die. Then she did. :'(

Max looking serious
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Wasn't too worried about her dying, but you never know!

Robin looking serious
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Definitely thought he was gonna die, and hated being right. Whyyyyyyyy :'''(

Eddie looking serious
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Was too distracted by whatever this outfit was to think he was gonna die. But maybe in the back of my mind.

Character wearing a hoodie and headband and looking sad
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Felt like they couldn't possibly let her die, but they made it seem like maybe!!

Erica looking serious
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Did prayer circles with my witch friends to make sure she didn't die. You're welcome.

Nancy looking serious
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And then Max bravely faces her fate. Like, what a fearless little badass.

Max standing outside with two other characters
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And then it all crescendos with this final shot of the Creel House and says, "You ready for the finale, bitch?"

The Creel House

We, in fact, were not ready.

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4."Master of Puppets," by Metallica

Eddie playing guitar

This scene was cuckoo-bananas fun!! Wowie, wowie, wow. Eddie just WAILING on his guitar, luring all the Demobats away from Vecna's lair so Nancy & Co. could fuck his shit up. And there couldn't be more going on in this scene!

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Max is trying to escape the prison in her own mind. Relatable.

Max in a gloomy setting
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Vecna is looming around every goddamn corner rasping, "Maxiiiiiiiine." So off-putting.

Vecna at the top of stairs
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Literal shit tons of Demobats are on the move, and they did not come to play — they came to slay. But, like, for real.

Demobats flying
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Oh good! Jason's here! Just what we needed!

Jason looking serious
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Run, Erica, run!

Erica looking serious
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Why not throw a horrifying memory of Billy into the mix? Might as well!

Billy seen through the window of a door yelling
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But at the end of the day, this scene was ÉPIQUE! And Eddie is an angel and a rock star, and we'll hold him in our hearts till the end of time.

Eddie playing guitar
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3."Stranger Things Theme (Orchestral Arrangement)"

Characters looking up anxiously

Talk about a musical moment that gave me the chilly-willies!! The gang is finally back together in Hawkins, but there's a catch: There's kinda, sort of a hellmouth open in the middle of town. Whoops! But then the Stranger Things theme begins to play and swell, and we get last looks at all of our faves...

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Like Karen Wheeler, who said, "I'd like a larger role in Season 5, plz." And we said, "Yes, Mawmaw! Us too!" (And Holly was also there.)

Karen and Holly looking through a window
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Erica and Lucas gave each other knowing looks, like, "What if we just peaced? Lol...but, like, what if?"

Erica and Lucas standing at a window and looking at each other
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These three took a break from PB&J duty, and I'm not sure they asked.

Steve and others looking out a window
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Dustin got a shot all to himself. Lil' diva.

A crowd of people, including Dustin, looking up
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Elle was pissed about the flowers. Anything but the flowers.

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Mike and Will showed us all that gays and straights really can be friends. Who knew?

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Nancy turned out one last look before the world ends, and Jonathan wondered if he was maybe too high.

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Hopper and Joyce were perfect, and I made no jokes about them because I love them too much.

Hopper in a cap and plaid shirt and Joyce standing in a field with flowers
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And then we got this shot and all collectively pissed ourselves.

People in a field with flowers and looking at fire and smoke

Oh yeah, and now a lot of violins were playing. We loved it!

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2."Running Up That Hill Reprise I" by Kate Bush

Were you mad earlier when you thought I rated this song number six? Hahaha. Gotcha, bitch! What a little scamp am I. But let's get serious here. This moment was JAW-DROPPING!!!!!! Give

Were you mad earlier when you thought I rated this song number six? Hahaha. Gotcha, bitch! What a little scamp am I. But let's get serious here. This moment was JAW-DROPPING!!!!!! Give "Dear Billy" an Emmy NOW. Let's not wait. I don't think I took a single breath during this entire sequence!

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No breaths here.

Max running
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Or here.

Back view of Max running
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None as she ran up that hill.

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Or when she made a deal with God.

Max running with her mouth open
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Okay, we can breathe again.

Four people sitting in a field

I was completely emotionally dismantled when these four collapsed into a pile of friendship, and I couldn't quite believe what we had been through. We felt so safe, didn't we? What fools we were back then. Not knowing what would come next. But God bless Kate Bush. And speaking of Kate Bush...

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1."Running Up That Hill Reprise II" by Kate Bush

Eleven with a nosebleed

Here she is again! Hahaha. Bet you were like, "But wait, if THIS is number two, what's number one?" But you forgot how many times this song was used. And THIS time specifically was music PERFECTION! Blending in the Stranger Things theme with this absolute classic gave us something we didn't even know we could ask for!

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We got to see Eleven pin ol' Vecs to a tree, which was nice.

Vecna pinned to a tree as Eleven looks on
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And we got to see this Demogorgon show hole. (OMG, I don't know if I can say that, but oops, I did. Hahah.)

A Demogorgon
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Hopper had a GD sword! (My friends were like, "Where did he get a sWoRd??" And I was like, "From the weapons locker from earlier. God, am I the only one watching this show??")

Shaven-haired Hopper with a sword
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Steve, host that he is, mixed up a nice Molotov cocktail for Vecna.

Steve throwing a Molotov cocktail
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And Vecna imbibed.

Vecna in flames
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Robin said, "Veccy-poo, would you like anotha?"

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And he was like, "Yes ma'am. Moar moar moar!"

Vecna in flames
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And then Nancy showed us all that she is actually the main character of the show.

Close-up of Nancy with a weapon
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And no one could disagree. (Except for people in the comments.)

Nancy firing a weapon
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And Vecna fell out of a window like he was Kristen Johnston in Season 6 of Sex and the City. Bye, girl!

Vecna in flames falling out of a window
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Wow. What a fun time we had. We gotta give it up to music supervisor Nora Felder this season. She really did an impeccable job from start to finish. We salute you and can't wait for Season 5!

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Did we miss any of your favorite Stranger Things musical moments? Let us know in the comments!