Lindsey Limbach – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things” is very popular with LRHS students and other young people around the country. The third season’s release date is July 4th. The show is a “nostalgic nod to ‘80s Sci-fi and horror.” What better way to celebrate than making an 80’s playlist for students who enjoy the show?
- “I Melt With You” by Modern English – This song is perfect for the “Stranger Things” soundtrack because the town it takes place in looks so nice and content but there are more sinister things going on behind the scenes.
The vocalist in this song, Robbie Grey, once said that this song is about the end of the world. He said although it sounds like a pop song and upbeat, it really has a dark undertone to it.
- “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears – This song finds itself on this playlist not only because it was released in the ‘80s, it does the same thing “I Melt With You” does with an upbeat sound and darker meaning. Minus the political statements made in the song, this song is one of the best cult classics from the decade.
- “Africa” by Toto – This song was played in the background of Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington’s study date in the first season of the series.
Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro said, “A white boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he’s never been there, he can only tell what he’s seen on TV or remembers in the past.” The singer is so deep in his feelings, he barely notices where he is—hence the hilarious “whoa dude, there’s a mountain” moment when “Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti.”
- “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash – This song was an anthem throughout the show as it appeared in the scene in the first season where Jonathan plays it for his younger brother Will. The song then begins to be a reminder of Will when he goes missing and it is played from then on.
“Should I Stay or Should I Go” was just an attempt at writing a classic, and the band succeeded.
- “Every Breath You Take” by The Police – This song echoed in the background of the final episode of season two at the snow ball.
Eleven and Mike kiss for the first time in 353 days, and Lucas gets his first kiss with Max. The meaning behind this song could be love or stalking, it’s really something for the audience to decide.
- “Thriller” by Michael Jackson – This song is featured in the season two trailer, it fits well with the theme of the season because it takes place during Halloween and fall.
The music video’s producer he said, “Michael was told, ‘This is evil. It endorses Satanism. You can’t release it,’ so I had to negotiate this…statement and put it on the beginning of the video.” The disclaimer (“Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult – Michael Jackson”) probably had the opposite effect to the one intended.”
- “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart – This song is in the first season of the show when Steve goes to Nancy’s house to check on her. He drives to the song and then climbs onto her roof as it plays in the background.
Hart said “I think I first knew I had a hit on my hands when I landed in the Detroit airport en route to my first US tour as opening act for Rick Springfield in June 1984. I was mobbed at the airport by frenzied fans. We needed security to get me through the terminal to catch the connecting flight. It was a surreal experience. The song climbed slowly but steadily up the Billboard charts into the Top 10 that summer as I crisscrossed the US on a massive radio-concert promo tour.”