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Best of ‘Stranger Things’ Netflix Original Soundtrack: Volumes 1 & 2

Stranger Things’ is one of those unusual TV shows that grips, grabs and takes hold from the opening theme. In fact, the retro-sounding music for the series has created a fever for synth-wave in all its glory; that’s thanks to the genius of S U R V I V E’s Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, who composed the ‘Stranger Things’ Netflix original soundtrack: Volumes 1 and 2. Seriously, just take a look at the opening sequence:

Dripping with nostalgia, intrigue and more than a little menace, it catches your attention. Love it loads? Check out the extended version. This is roughly 10 minutes of the ‘Stranger Things’ theme to geek out on:

‘Stranger Things’ Netflix Original Soundtrack Volume 1

The soundtrack of Volume 1 of ‘Stranger Things’ was released August 12, 2016. The sparse and evocative tracks introduce the stories on their own; combined with the visuals, they create a whole and wholly believable reality. This scene from Chapter 1: The Group Meets Eleven shows how effortlessly the score complements the story being told:

The best of ‘Stranger Things’ is how the compositions match the moods, yet retain that light touch of nostalgia. In ‘Kids,’ it’s capturing an energy fit for any 80s heroes:

That momentous first kiss between Mike and Eleven is on the ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack, called (imaginatively) ‘A Kiss.’ The music is reminiscent of those cheesy-yet-sweet moments, though the show managed the scene perfectly:

And this is the sweet scene from Chapter 8: Mike and Eleven Kiss:

By far, the best of ‘Stranger Things’ original soundtrack is how the composers manipulate emotions and freak you out for the eerie or twisted parts of the series. ‘Walking through the Upside Down’ is a slow build-up of dark and evil intention:

If you’re fascinated by the unnerving look of the Upside Down world, here’s a short recreation by Seth Worley:

‘Stranger Things’ Netflix Original Soundtrack: Volume 2

 The soundtrack of Volume 2 of ‘Stranger Things’ was released August 19, 2016. It definitely fleshes out the story line and explains more, yet the music gets unbelievably darker and more tension-filled. Much scarier. Have a look at the scene from Chapter 5: Mr. Clark Explains Upside-Down Theory. The music comes in halfway, starting from the ‘evil plane’ and becoming louder and more insistent as he describes:

You can also try listening to ‘Where’s Barb?,’ for example, without getting goosebumps/the heebie-jeebies:

Or hope to avoid the melancholy wrapping around you, when you hear ‘Eleven Is Gone’ (sniff):

Even the music that should be uplifting, like ‘It’s Not My Boy,’ goes from a gentle intro into a warped and garbled sound with a grimy edge, then back to gentle. Which is somehow worse.

The scariest – and best of ‘Stranger Things’ Netflix original soundtrack, or at least for us – is ‘Something in the Wall.’ The well-timed smacks combined with the atonal pulse sounds are not for the faint-of-heart, and definitely not something for listening to when you’re alone at night:

What do you think of our choices for the best of ‘Stranger Things’ Netflix original soundtrack: Volumes 1 and 2? Which volume do you prefer and why? Did we skip your favourite track? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!


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