Stranger Things 3 soundtrack: every song featured in the Netflix show

Pop hits from Madonna, Peter Gabriel and The Pointer Sisters feature in the latest season

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Stranger Things 3 is set in the sticky-hot summer of 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana. There may be a terrifying Upside Down Monster on its way to devour the town and its inhabitants, but that doesn’t mean we can’t boogie down to some 1980s bangers at the mall!

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The soundtrack for the new season could double as a perfect playlist for a beach party, with hits from the likes of Madonna (x2), Foreigner and Cutting Crew that will undoubtedly get people moving and shaking (in a funner way than the Mind Flayer).

We’ve compiled all of the songs from the series into a handy Spotify playlist…

…and check out an episode-by-episode breakdown of where the songs appear below (with mild spoilers for the series).


EPISODE 1

Corey Hart – Never Surrender

Mike and Eleven make out in Eleven’s bedroom.

Gentlemen After Dark – Open the Door

Jonathan and Nancy rush to work.

Stray Cats – Rock This Town 

Our first look at Hawkins public pool.

The Cars – Moving in Stereo

Billy starts his shift at the pool while Karen Wheeler and her friends look on.

Huey Lewis – Workin For A Livin

Nancy heads into the newspaper office with coffees for her bosses.

Patsy Kline – She’s Got You

Joyce gives Hopper advice in the shop.

Foreigner – Hot Blooded 

Billy Flirts with Karen Wheeler.

REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling

Hopper deliberates how to confront Mike and El.

Broadcast – (I Just) Died In Your Arms

Karen Wheeler gets dolled up.


EPISODE 2

Jim Croce – You Don’t Mess Around With Jim

Hopper sings along to this tune as he drives to meet Joyce, in a call back to the infamous – and much-memed – Hopper Dancing scene (from the third episode of season 2).

The Go-Go’s – Get Up And Go

This plays during a mall montage.

Thom Robson, Scott Doran, Caspar Kedros & Liam Paton (Altitude Music) – Matter of Love

Karen Wheeler confronts Billy at the pool.

Weird Al Yankovic – My Bologna

Plays at the science teacher’s house.

Madonna – Material Girl

El goes shopping.

Foreigner – Cold As Ice

El walks away from Mike.


EPISODE 3

Madonna – Angel

Teena Marie – Lovergirl

Hopper Settles in after getting home from a night out at a restaurant.

Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better

Dustin and Steve search for evil Russians.

Al Hazan – Is It A Sin

Play’s at the lifeguard’s family home.

Don McClean – American Pie

Later on at the lifeguard’s house.


EPISODE 4

Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again

As the Mindflayer gathers its army.


EPISODE 5

Loverboy – Strike Zone

This is playing in the Todfather’s car as he pulls up.


EPISODE 6

The Pointer Sisters – Neutron Dance

The Russian comes back; Hopper is right.


EPISODE 7

John Cougar Mellencamp – Rock in the USA

Plays at the funfair at the beginning of the episode.


EPISODE 8

Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher

Plays while Steve drives the Todfather’s car.

Limahl – Never Ending Story

Dustin sings this song with [redacted].

Peter Gabriel – Heroes (David Bowie cover)

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Peter Gabriel’s melancholic orchestral cover plays as Eleven prepares to leave. It previously featured in season 1, when they pulled fake Will’s body out of the lake.