Here Are All the Songs You Heard in “Stranger Things” Volumes 1 and 2

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*Spoilers for Stranger Things 4 below!*

If there's one thing Stranger Things knows how to do really well, it's serving up 1980s nostalgia. The clothing choices, hairstyles (yes, even Will's bowl cut), neon scenery, advertisements, and of course, the music. Every detail adds to the believability and fun nature of the hit Netflix sci-fi series.

We’ve enjoyed quite a number of the tracks they’ve featured over the years — who could forget Max and El's shopping montage set to Madonna’s “Material Girl” or Dustin and Suzie’s half-cute, half-cringe duet to “Never Ending Story”? But Season 4 might be the biggest musical season yet, based on the fact that our heroes can seemingly only be saved from the villain, Vecna, through music. Genius.

As the show has progressed, we've been introduced to delightful gems such as Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" alongside a jukebox-worth of hits from the era, including sounds from The Beach Boys, Talking Heads, Dead or Alive, KISS, and Ricky Nelson. In fact, "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" has been quickly climbing 2022's iTunes charts ever since the release of Season 4 — even though the song originally came out in 1985. Kate Bush thanked young Stranger Things fans for giving her song "a whole new lease of life." The singer shared in a post on her website, "Because of [Stranger Things], ‘Running Up That Hill’ is charting around the world and has entered the UK chart at No. 8. It’s all really exciting! Thanks very much to everyone who has supported the song. I wait with bated breath for the rest of the series in July."

Whether it's an absolute banger that topped the charts during its heyday or a long-forgotten jam that brings out all the feels, we can all agree that this season's music just hits different. So, get your playlists ready because you’re going to want to add these songs ASAP after binge-watching Vol. 1 and 2.

Ahead, find all of the songs that have been stuck in your head from the Stranger Things season 4 soundtrack.

Chapter 1: "Hellfire Club"

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

Plays while Mike is reading Eleven's letter sent from California.

“Object of My Desire,” by Starpoint

Plays while Steve and Robin are driving to school.

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

Plays while Joyce opens up a mysterious package sent from Russia.

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Plays while Max is walking down the hallway.

“Fever,” by The Cramps

Plays when Eddie is introduced in the cafeteria.

“Chica Mejicanita,” by Andrea Litkei & Ervin Litkei

Plays while Murray is on the phone with Joyce.

“Play With Me,” by Extreme

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

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

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

“Detroit Rock City,” by Kiss

Plays while both games are happening.

“Got Your Number,” by The Lloyd Langton Group

Plays when Eddie and Chrissy arrive at his place.

Chapter 2: "Vecna's Curse"

“Surf Time,” by The Surf Riders

Plays when Mike and Murray arrive at the airport.

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

Plays when Eleven, Mike, and Will go roller-skating.

“Rock Me Amadeus,” by Falco

Plays when Angela spots Eleven and Mike skating together.

“Diamonds and Emeralds,” by The Interior Castle

Plays while Nancy and Fred are driving to the trailer park.

“Tarzan Boy,” by Baltimora

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

“Wipe Out,” by Surfaris

Plays 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 National Bolshoï Orchestra

Plays when Hopper is being moved as a prisoner.

“Psycho Killer,” by Talking Heads

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

“Burning Up,” by Donnell Pitman

Plays when El confronts Angela.

Chapter 3: "The Monster and the Superhero"

“In Transit to Bermuda,” by Dorian Zero

Plays in the car as everyone heads home from the skating rink.

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

Plays when the California kids see Murray cooking.

“Guardian Angel,” by Fergus Mac Roy

Plays at the diner where Owens and Eleven eat.

Chapter 4: "Dear Billy"

“Legless,” by Hipbone Slim

Plays when the agents order a pizza and Argyle picks up the phone.

“Hard Feelings,” by Al Kerbey

Plays while Steve is driving Max and the group to her place.

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

Plays when Robin and Nancy walk through Pennhurst.

“Pass the Dutchie,” by Musical Youth

Plays while Argyle is driving to the Byers with the pizza.

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

Plays when the Creel family is having dinner.

“Clair de Lune,” by Claude Debussy

Plays while Robin and Nancy are being escorted out of the facility.

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Plays 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

Plays while Yuri flies the plane.

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Plays while 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

Plays 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

Plays when Will, Mike, Jonathan, and Argyle arrive at Suzie’s house. Plays 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

Plays when Hopper and the prisoners arrive at the feast.

“Pass the Dutchie,” by Musical Youth

Plays 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

Plays when Max is done being interrogated.

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

Plays 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

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

Chapter 8: "Papa"

“Up Around the Bend,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Plays as Steve, Nancy, Eddie, Robin, Dustin, Lucas, Max, and Erica steal the trailer and drive off.

“Fire and Rain,” by James Taylor

Plays as Steve drives everyone to War Zone and he tells Nancy about his dreams of having a big family one day, and Max and Lucas discuss Vecna's patterns.

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

Plays as Steve, Nancy, Eddie, Robin, Dustin, Lucas, Max, and Erica arrive at War Zone.

“Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” by Journey

Plays as Steve, Nancy, Eddie, Robin, and Dustin drop Lucas, Max, and Erica off at the Creel house and prepare for their battle with Vecna.

Chapter 9: "The Piggyback"

“Running Up That Hill,” by Kate Bush

Plays in Max's headphones as she, Erica, and Lucas search for Vecna in the Creel house. A synth version of the song also plays as Hopper kills the demogorgon in the Soviet Union prison, and Eleven, Steve, Nancy, and Robin collectively try to defeat Vecna.

“Master of Puppets,” by Metallica

The song Eddie plays on his guitar to distract the demobats and lead them away from the Creel house.

“Every Breath You Take,” by The Police

Plays as Max enters her memory of the Hawkins Middle School Snow Ball.

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

Plays as Vecna invades Max's memory of the Snow Ball.

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

Plays as Eddie dies in Dustin's arms, and Max dies in Lucas's arms.

“Spellbound,” by Siouxsie and the Banshees

Plays as the end credits roll.

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