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One of the most anticipated releases in the history of Netflix – Stranger Things Season 3, premiered worldwide on July 4th.

With the release of the series of the summer, Spotify takes a look at how the music from the same resonates with its listeners. Since the initial release of the series that was launched on July 15, 2016, listeners have spent more than 17 million hours streaming music related to the show on Spotify.

Perhaps it’s no surprise to fans of the spooky series that The Clash’s 1981 hit “Should I Stay or I Should I Go” ranks as the most-streamed song tied to Stranger Things, from the original soundtracks to the many playlists listeners have created themselves.

Here are some other fun stats:

  • Listeners have created their own playlists based on the show’s characters.  Eleven has the most playlists, followed by Steve Harrington and Will Byers (scroll below to see Spotify’s list for the top tracks that listeners associate with their favourite characters).
  • Listeners have created more than 3,500 playlists titled “The Upside Down” with the top tracks in these being the eerie score track The Upside Down from composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, as well as the instantly-recognizable Stranger Things theme track.
  • Spotify has 15 Stranger Things-themed podcasts and listeners have spent more than 4.6 thousand hours listening to them. The most-streamed podcast related to the show is The Stranger Things Podcast by Addi and Darrell Darnell.
  • The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” played a central role in Season 1 (Will would sing it to calm himself in the Upside Down), and we saw global streams of the song go up 30% in the two weeks after Stranger Things premiered on July 15th, 2016 compared to the two weeks before.

Check out Spotify’s blog, For the Record for a post on a playlist actor Finn Wolfhard (“Mike”) curated based on songs he listens to on the way to and from the set. He also talked to FTR about the type of music he’s into at the moment and which decade he’d like to travel back in time to.


Below are some of the top Stranger Things themed soundtracks/playlists on Spotify

Top tracks on Stranger Things soundtracks and playlists: 

  1. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” – Remastered – The Clash
  2. “Stranger Things” – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
  3. “Every Breath You Take” – The Police
  4. “Africa” – Toto
  5. “Kids” – Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

The characters with the most user-generated playlists on Spotify, and the most-added track for each character: 

  1. Eleven – “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash
  2. Steve Harrington – “Africa” by Toto
  3. Will Byers – “INTRO – Will singing the Clash” dialogue by Will Byers
  4. Billy Hargrove – “Rock you like a Hurricane” by Scorpions
  5. Jonathan Byers – “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash

The top 5 Stranger Things-themed podcasts globally: 

  1. The Stranger Things Podcast by Addi and Darrell Darnell
  2. Stranger Danger – A Stranger Things Podcast by Fans, not Experts
  3. Dungeons and Demogorgons – A Stranger Things Podcast by Bald Move
  4. Stranger Things Reviews and After Show  by AfterBuzz TV
  5. UNspoiled! Stranger Things by UNspoiled! Network

Stream Spotify’s  Stranger Things playlist, based on and inspired by music from the show. 

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