The Six Best 'Stranger Things'-Themed Songs
All that remains of Halloween today are hangovers and piles of candy, but the spooky spirit of the season doesn't have to en -- given that we can now celebrate Dias de los Muertos, and because Stranger Things season two is still relatively new and currently streaming on Netflix.
Whether you have or haven't yet binged the entire thing, you may find yourself in need of extending the spooky magic. Half the fun of the '80s-period series is the soundtrack. Those eerie synths and nostalgic throwback tunes set a mood that drives fans wild. We here at Billboard Dance want to prolong the afterglow with some Stranger Things inspired songs from some truly talented electronic music artists.
From Louis Futon to Wiz Khalifa, here are our six (six six) favorite finds.
Louis Futon - "Stranger Things Flip"
Here, we get a straight-up reinterpretation of the hit-show's soundtrack. It's a trappy, spacy, romantic take on the bleating synth arpeggio and atmospheric vibe. It's a rosy take on the dark sonic themes, and it's entirely enjoyable as a work on its own. Louis Futon says he had a lot of fun making this, and you can hear it in the playful final product.
Wiz Khalifa - "Stranger Things" Feat. J.R. Donato
You've gotta be a pretty hard MC to let loose over the Stranger Things theme song. Producers E. Dan, Big Jerm and Sayez helped beef the beat with some traditional trap drums. The weed-loving rapper's sing-song flow is perfectly matched with the synthy selection. Lyrically, it's not all that scary. It's some usual rap fair, you know, being the best and rich and all, but it's definitely the catchiest version of this theme song you can enjoy.
asabakaev vs. Childish Gambino - "Stranger Things Theme Song / Bonfire" Mash-Up
Speaking of rap verses that fit the scene-setting intro, Childish Gambino's "Bonfire" happens to be a perfect match. His mean, grill-bearing vocal feels as if it were meant for these edgy synth lines. Honestly, if the beat fits, it's hard to imagine what this original theme song couldn't make even grittier.
Tyson Whitfield vs. The Weeknd vs. C418 - "Staryboy / Stranger Things Theme Song" Mash-Up
Here's another example of how the Stranger Things theme beefs up an anthem. It's not a far cry to swap synths on the Daft Punk-produced single, which was already pretty dark and synthy to begin with. This version actually mashes up against a Stranger Things OST remix from C418, so shout out the original producer, as well as Tyson Whitfield, for seeing how the two pieces came together.
2 Below - "Stranger Things Theme" (Remix)
You wouldn't think the Stranger Things theme song could get any darker, but 2 Below manages to take it so deep, it might be in the Upside Down. It's got a very Gesaffelstein edge, and there's a fun vocal sample from Eleven. Big bass wobbles and fat synths make this remix a must hear for any Stranger Things fan.
Kaskobi - "Stranger Things vs. Ariana Grande"
You know what makes the Stranger Things soundtrack so captivating? The synths are so vibrant, you can see them in your mind. Kaskbi one-ups the concept with this visually stimulateing launchpad mash-up that pits the eerie vibes against All-American pop princess Ariana Grande via her single "Into You." Her sensual side never sounded so steamy.