Season Two of Netflix’s hit sci-fi drama Stranger Things, with its parallel dimensions and unparalleled characters, is almost here! The flagship series is set to return on October 27th , just in time for Halloween, and to celebrate its return, we’re paying homage to its retro atmosphere with our own ‘80s playlist!
1: I Fought The Law – The Clash
The rebellious spirit of the iconic punks The Clash is a brilliant fit for this show’s off-colour style. While the show has already made good use of the band’s hit ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, we think there’s potential for this track to accompany the many adventures the season could hold.
2: Call Me – Blondie
This song’s slightly eerie tone makes a good match for the more horror-inspired elements of Stranger Things. There’s no way a classic like this wouldn’t be on the record players of the country’s rock enthusiasts, after all, and the look of neon lights in a dark surrounding conveyed by the song makes it even more fitting.
3: You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
From the iconic first line of this song, you know you’re in for a blast. Aussie rock icons AC/DC have a plethora of songs we could have selected for this list, but we thought the pump-up spirit of this song was the best fit for the adventure and excitement of the show (and for our reactions to watching it!)
4: Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett
Seeing how critics sung the praises of Stranger Things’ kickass female characters, who better to reflect that than one of the decade’s most kickass female rockers? This track by the beloved riot grrl Joan Jett has the rhythm and the groove to make it an irresistible addition to any eighties playlist.
5: Welcome To The Jungle – Guns ‘N’ Roses
There was no way we weren’t going to include a song by these guys on our list! ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ has already been used this year in films like the Jumanji reboot, and for good reason. This ferocious stadium rock classic is perfect fodder for the high-octane action that’s part of this show’s complex recipe for success.