The popularity of Stranger Things has introduced a new generation to the rad pop culture of the 80s. Everything from Dungeons and Dragons to Spielberg and Stephen King are alluded to in the Netflix series.

But one area in particular that gets the nostalgia going for Gen Xers and older Millennials is the music. Here are a few 80s classics that work overtime to create mood and setting in Stranger Things, and if that’s not enough for you, check out this epic 1980s playlist on Orem Public Library’s Spotify account.


  • Atmosphere by Joy Division (Substance, Pop/Rock Joy Division)
  • Material Girl by Madonna (Celebration, Pop/Rock Madonna) 
  • Just Another Day by Oingo Boingo (Anthology, Pop/Rock Oingo Boingo)
  • I Melt with You by Modern English (After the Snow, Pop/Rock Modern English)
  • Elegia by New Order (Low-life, Pop/Rock New Order)
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash (Combat Rock, Pop/Rock Clash)
  • Pretty In Pink by The Psychedelic Furs (Talk, Talk, Talk, Pop/Rock Psychedelic Furs)
  • Eternal Flame by The Bangles (Everything, Pop/Rock Bangles)
  • Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper (She’s So Unusual, Pop/Rock Lauper)
  • Hotblooded by Foreigner (Pop/Rock Foreigner)

If you like this playlist, make sure to visit the Orem Public Library’s Spotify profile for more playlists and suggestions.