- The soundtrack is a perfect emulation of '80s movie scores with a strong John Carpenter/Tangerine Dream influence. The theme tune sets the tone for the show, being both spooky and synth-y. Even better, Tangerine Dream did a cover on the main theme.
- "Kids" is a fan favorite. It plays at the beginning of the first episode, and more than a few viewers were hooked just by the track alone.
- "Eleven" becomes a Tear Jerker after you've watched the finale of Season 1. Then there's the track that plays during her Heroic Sacrifice...
- There's several great songs from the era, with "Should I Stay or Should I Go" even getting to be a plot point as Will's favorite song.
- New Order's "Elegia" is put to effective use during [Fake] Will's funeral.
- Jonathan listens to Joy Division's "Atmosphere" when coming to terms with his brother's apparent death.
- "Nocturnal Me" by Echo and the Bunnymen plays as Nancy gets trapped in the Upside Down along with the Demogorgon.
- The moment of utter confusion and devastation and emotional catharsis that happens at the end of episode three when Will's not-body is found ... and the phenomenal cover Peter Gabriel renders of David Bowie's "Heroes" plays. This one also has a reprise in the Season 3 finale.
- In "The Lost Sister", Kali and her gang including Eleven in full punk garb robbing a gas station to the tune of The Runaways' "Dead End Justice". (Especially since it averts Nothing but Hits by not playing "Cherry Bomb" off the same album...)
- The Snow Ball in "The Gate" has "Time After Time" and "Every Breath You Take". The latter may seem an odd choice, until the final shot of the episode, where we see that the Mind Flayer seems to be observing the kids from the Upside Down.
- The plot-resonant "Love Is A Battlefield" and Olivia Newton-John's "Twist of Fate" also plays when Steve is dropping off Dustin at the Snowball.
- One sentence alone says it all: DARKNESS FALLS ACROSS THE LAND...
- In the very first episode of season 2, the lyrics of Oingo Boingo's "Just Another Day" encapsulate a lot of what the second season's atmosphere is all about.
- The Bangles' cover of Hazy Shade of Winter really makes the end of episode two of the first season pop.
- The hauntingly beautiful "Outside the Realm" that plays when Jonathan is helping a drunk Nancy to bed in season 2 episode 2 and when Kali shows Eleven a butterfly illusion in season 2 episode 7.
- "Eulogy", which plays during some of season 2's biggest Tear Jerkers (Nancy crying in Barb's parents' bathroom, Mike looking over the toys he showed Eleven, the group reacting to Bob's death), is breathtaking.
- The remix of "Baba O'Riley" by The Who that plays over the season 3 trailer is an epic, cinematic update to an already incredible song that perfectly suits the season's Coming-of-Age Story mood.
- "Satyagraha - Act II: Tagore", an absolutely hellish and epic operatic theme which plays over the ending of E Pluribus Unum as the Mind Flayer speaks to Eleven through Billy while assimilating the Flayed into a single massive final form.
- The ominous "White Army, Black Baron" that plays in the Cold Open of Season 3, introducing The Soviet Union.
- Dustin finally makes contact with Mike's group via walkie-talkie, having left Erica and a drugged Steve and Robin watching Back to the Future in a movie theater. At this point, the show starts a seemingly diegetic use of Alan Silvestri's outstanding tense film score running in the background as Dustin frantically explains everything (a nod itself to Marty and Doc's conversations from said film), fitting in time with on-screen developments (such as panning from Dustin and Erica to show Steve and Robin have gone missing).
- Dustin and Suzie perform an adorable rendition of the theme from The Neverending Story, which turns epic when the actual orchestration from the song comes in.
- "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" is so catchy and badass, it's become Hopper's theme song. It sums his character up pretty well, too.
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