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Due to popular demand, Netflix has brought the soundtrack to their new series STRANGERS THINGS to the masses. As of today, they’ve released Volume 1 of the score, created by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stern, on iTunes. Volume 2 will follow on August 19.

If you’d prefer a CD of the soundtrack, you’ll have to wait until September 16 and September 23 for Volumes 1 and 2, respectively. In the press released from Netflix, Stein, one of the composers said the following:

“We discussed having a classic tone and feel to the music for the show but being reserved enough that it wasn’t ’80s cheese, while offering a refreshing quality so that felt modern. This was one of the qualities that drew them to our music in the first place. Having a familiarity with classic synths worked, but with an overall forward thinking approach.”

Check out the tracklist for the soundtrack below.

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Unfortunately, one of the downsides of releasing the score on iTunes is that you have to use iTunes. As of this writing, I haven’t been able to find the music on Spotify or any other streaming music service, so if you were hoping to avoid using the clunky piece of software, you’re out of luck.

I’ve so far listened to the soundtrack a couple times, and if you’re into the mood and nostalgic atmosphere of the series, this will likely disappoint. However, if you were going into this hoping to find some of the licensed pop music (such as “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” from The Clash), then you’ll have to look elsewhere. 

Luckily for us, we live in the age of streaming music services, and if Spotify is your jam, then there are no shortage of fanmade STRANGER THINGS playlists that have exactly what you’re looking for:

This fanmade Spotify playlist is an example of one of many playlists that will likely have most, if not all, of the licensed music heard in STRANGER THINGS.

STRANGER THINGS is streaming on Netflix now!

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SOURCE: iTunes