The ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 Soundtrack Is the Ultimate Love Letter to the 1980s

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Stranger Things has always amplified great 1980s nostalgia. The clothes, the hair, and yes, especially the music. And while we’ve enjoyed the tracks they’ve featured over the years—who could forget Max and El shopping to Madonna’s “Material Girl” or Dustin and Suzie’s duet to “Never Ending Story”?—season 4 might take the cake thanks to a new villain who can only be taken down through music. Stranger Things season 4 is giving us another reason to listen to bops like Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” along with other fun tracks that’ll be on repeat for the next several weeks. Get your playlists ready, because you’re going to want to add all these songs after bingeing the season.

Here are all the songs from the Stranger Things season 4 soundtrack.

Chapter 1: “Hellfire Club”

“California Dreamin,’” by The Mamas & The Papas

Playing when Mike is reading El’s letter sent from California.

“Object of My Desire,” by Starpoint

Playing when Steve and Robin are driving to school.

“The Red Army Is the Strongest,” by The Red Army Choir

Playing when Joyce opens up a mysterious package from Russia.

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Playing when Max is walking down the hallway.

“Fever,” by The Cramps

Playing when Eddie is introduced in the cafeteria.

“Chica Mejicanita,” by Andrea Litkei & Ervin Litkei

Playing when Murray is on the phone with Joyce.

“Play With Me,” by Extreme

Playing when the guys are trying to recruit members for the Hellfire Club.

“Steve’s Rocking Star Spangled Banner,” by X-Ray Dog

Playing when the students are all at the basketball game and Hellfire is about to begin their game.

“Detroit Rock City,” by Kiss

Playing while both games are happening.

“Got Your Number,” by The Lloyd Langton Group

Playing when Eddie and Chrissy arrive at his place.

Chapter 2: “Vecna’s Curse”

“Surf Time,” by The Surf Riders

Playing when Mike and Murray arrive at the airport.

“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” by Dead Or Alive

Playing when Eleven, Mike, and Will all go roller-skating.

“Rock Me Amadeus,” by Falco

Playing when Angela sees Eleven and Mike skating together.

“Diamonds and Emeralds,” by The Interior Castle

Playing when Nancy and Fred are driving to the trailer park.

“Tarzan Boy,” by Baltimora

Playing when Angela goes up to Eleven, Mike, and Will at the rink.

“Wipe Out,” by Surfaris

Playing when Angela forces Eleven out to the rink and pulls the prank on her.

“Iolanta, Op.69: Scene 5, Ibn-Hakia’s Mon,” by Tchaikovsky, performed by the
The National Bolshoï Orchestra

Playing when Hopper is being moved as a prisoner.

“Psycho Killer,” by Talking Heads

Playing when Jason talks to the team and tells them that they’re going after Eddie.

“Burning Up,” by Donnell Pitman

Playing when El confronts Angela.

Chapter 3: “The Monster and the Superhero”

“In Transit to Bermuda,” by Dorian Zero

Playing in the car as everyone heads home from the rink.

“Rigoletto, Act III: V’ho Ingannato. Colpevole Fui,” performed by Nadine Sierra and Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Playing when the California kids see Murray cooking.

“Guardian Angel,” by Fergus Mac Roy

Playing at the diner where Owens and Eleven eat.

Chapter 4: “Dear Billy”

“Legless,” by Hipbone Slim

Playing when the agents order pizza and Argyle picks up the phone.

“Hard Feelings,” by Al Kerbey

Playing when Steve is driving Max and the group to her place.

“Minuet in D Minor,” by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Amelia Davis

Playing when Robin and Nancy walk through Pennhurst.

“Pass the Dutchie,” by Musical Youth

Playing when Argyle is driving to the Byers with the pizza.

“Dream a Little Dream of Me,” by Ella Fitzgerald

Playing when the Creel family is having dinner.

“Clair de Lune,” by Claude Debussy

Playing when Robin and Nancy are being escorted out of the facility.

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Playing when Lucas, Dustin, and Steve are trying to get Max back from Vecna’s trance.

Chapter 5: “The Nina Project”

“Travelin’ Man,” by Ricky Nelson

Playing when Yuri flies the plane.

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Playing when Max is showing her drawings to Nancy. Plays again throughout the episode to keep Vecna away.

“Quand le bien-aimé reviendra,” by Nicolas Dalayrac from Nina performed by Cecilia Bartoli

Playing when Dr. Brenner is trying to get El’s attention. Plays again during the end credits.

“Never Ending Story,” by Limahl

Will sings it to hint at who they’re going to see.

Chapter 6: “The Dive”

“Violin Concerto, Op. 35: III. Finale Allegro assai vivace,” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, performed by RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by John Wilson

Playing when Will, Mike, Jonathan, and Argyle arrive at Suzie’s house. Playing again when Suzie hacks into the Nina project.

“The Snow Maiden: Chorus of the People and the Courtiers,” by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by the Russian State Orchestra and the Russian State Chorus, conducted by Andrey Chistiakov

Playing when Hopper and the prisoners arrive at the feast.

“Pass the Dutchie,” by Musical Youth

Playing when Argyle is discovered with Eden in the back of his truck.

Chapter 7: “The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Playing when Max is done being interrogated.

“Dream a Little Dream of Me,” by Ella Fitzgerald

Playing when Henry/One/Vecna is explaining his past.

“Akhnaten: Act II, Scene 2: Akhnaten and Nefertiti,” by Philip Glass, performed by The Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

Playing when Henry/One/Vecna asks Eleven to join him.

Chapter 8: “Papa”

“Natty Dread On The Go,” by Lone Ranger

Playing when the California crew is driving.

“Les Feux Du Crépuscule,” by Boris Alexandrov, performed by Les Choeurs De L'armée Rouge

Playing when the Russian soldiers are playing cards by the gate.

“Up Around The Bend,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Playing when Eddie hotwires the RV.

“Fire And Rain,” by James Taylor

Playing when Steve is driving the RV and is talking with Nancy.

“Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo,” by Rick Derringer

Playing when the Hawkins group arrives at War Zone.

“Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) [Bryce Miller/Alloy Tracks Remix],” by Journey

Playing when Steve is driving the group back to Hawkins.

Chapter 9: “The Piggyback”

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Playing when Max is walking through Creel House.

“B.G.'s One Eye,” by The Nuchez's

Playing when El, Mike, Will, Jonathan, and Argyle arrive at Surfer Boy Pizza.

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Playing when Max and Lucas are waiting at Creel House.

“Master of Puppets,” by Metallica

Played by Eddie when he is trying to distract the demobats.

“Every Breath You Take,” by The Police

Playing when El is trying to find Max in her memories.

“Dream a Little Dream of Me,” by Ella Fitzgerald

Playing when Max's memories start to get overtaken by Vecna.

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Playing when Vecna starts to get overpowered by El.

“When It's Cold I'd Like To Die,” by Moby

Playing when Eddie dies.

“Spellbound,” by Siouxsie And The Banshees

Playing during the final end credits.

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