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Stranger Things is the original soundtrack for the first season of the Netflix series of the same name. The first and second volume were released digitally by Lakeshore and Ivada Records on August 12 and 19, 2016, respectively.[1][2] Consisting of 75 songs produced and composed of by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein electronic band Survive, this release sums up to the duo's first collaboration outside of the band. The CD release of the soundtrack was similar to the digital rollout, with the first and second volumes being released on September 16 and 23, respectively, and limited editions on vinyl, in both individual and boxed sets, were released in July 2017.[3] A cassette version of the first volume of the soundtrack, sold exclusively by Urban Outfitters, was released on July 14, 2017. The cassette packaging features a cardboard cover that emulates an old VHS sleeve, while the cassette tape is made to look like a VHS tape.[4]

Stranger Things, Vol. 1
Stranger Things S1V1.png
Standard cover
Soundtrack album by
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
ReleasedAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
GenreSoundtrack
Length1:08:40
Label
Producer
  • Kyle Dixon
  • Michael Stein
Stranger Things music chronology
Stranger Things, Vol. 1
(2016)
Stranger Things, Vol. 2
(2016)
Stranger Things, Vol. 2
Stranger Things S1V2.png
Deluxe cover
Soundtrack album by
Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
ReleasedAugust 19, 2016 (2016-08-19)
GenreSoundtrack
Length1:13:16
Label
  • Lakeshore
  • Invada
Producer
  • Kyle Dixon
  • Michael Stein
Stranger Things music chronology
Stranger Things, Vol. 1
(2016)
Stranger Things, Vol. 2
(2016)
Stranger Things 2
(2017)

Both volumes were nominated individually for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, though neither won.[5]

Track listingsEdit

Volume 1Edit

The first volume of the soundtrack was released on August 12, 2016, and features the show's wildly popular main theme, along with a number of the season's other common musical motifs ("Kids" and "Hawkins"), and Eleven's theme ("Eleven").[2]

Stranger Things, Vol. 1
No.TitleLength
1."Stranger Things"1:07
2."Kids"2:38
3."Nancy and Barb"1:05
4."This Isn't You"2:23
5."Lay-Z-Boy"1:34
6."Friendship"1:12
7."Eleven"3:14
8."A Kiss"1:25
9."Castle Byers"2:47
10."Hawkins"5:00
11."The Upside Down"5:07
12."After Sarah"1:25
13."One Blink for Yes"1:46
14."Photos in the Woods"4:32
15."Fresh Blood"1:16
16."Lamps"1:15
17."Hallucinations"1:36
18."Hanging Lights"1:33
19."Biking to School"0:44
20."Are You Sure?"2:26
21."Agents"0:50
22."Papa"1:27
23."Cops Are Good at Finding"1:08
24."No Weapons"3:24
25."Walking Through the Upside Down"1:19
26."She'll Kill You"2:05
27."Run Away"1:47
28."No Autopsy"1:03
29."Dispatch"0:41
30."Joyce and Lonnie Fighting"1:02
31."Lights Out"1:04
32."Hazmat Suits"1:43
33."Theoretically"1:33
34."You Can Talk to Me"0:53
35."What Else Is There to Do?"1:59
36."Hawkins Lab"2:37
Total length:1:08:40

Volume 2Edit

The second volume of the soundtrack was released on August 19, 2016, and features an extended version of the show's main theme as well as an alternate version of one of the show's more prominent musical motifs, "Kids" ("Kids Two").[2]

Stranger Things, Vol. 2
No.TitleLength
1."Hopper Sneaks In"1:38
2."I Know What I Saw"2:43
3."Rolling out the Pool"1:12
4."Over"1:38
5."Gearing Up"1:57
6."Flickering"0:46
7."First Kiss"1:46
8."Crying"1:16
9."Walking Down the Tracks"0:54
10."Where's Barb?"1:57
11."Speak of the Devil"2:49
12."Danger Danger"2:57
13."Tribulations"1:13
14."Flashback"1:37
15."Kids Two"2:56
16."Talking to Australia"1:00
17."Night of the Seventh"1:35
18."See Any Rain?"0:41
19."Coffee & Contemplation"1:12
20."Inside the Black Room"1:27
21."Starts to Rain"1:33
22."Eleven Is Gone"1:54
23."Time for a 187"0:57
24."Something in the House"2:08
25."Still Pretty"1:50
26."Abilities"1:32
27."Tendril"0:26
28."They Found Us"3:00
29."Bad Men"1:06
30."Spiked Bat"1:17
31."Making Contact"2:01
32."What Do You Know?"1:54
33."It's Not My Boy"2:07
34."Something in the Wall"1:35
35."Let's Go"0:38
36."Leap of Faith"3:30
37."In Pursuit"2:17
38."Breaking and Entering"4:52
39."Stranger Things" (Extended Version)5:25
Total length:1:13:16

ChartsEdit

Volume One garnered 14,000 "equivalent album units" in the United States in its first week of sale according to Nielsen Soundscan.[6]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[7] 40
Belgium Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 70
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[10] 61
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 174
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[12] 69
US Billboard 200[6] 24
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 2
US Top Soundtracks (Billboard)[6] 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yoo, Noah (August 16, 2016). "Inside the Spellbinding Sound of "Stranger Things"". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Minsker, Evan (August 10, 2016). "Netflix's Stranger Things Soundtrack Detailed". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (March 24, 2017). ""Stranger Things" Soundtracks Get Cool Vinyl Releases, Box Set". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Galbraith, Alex (June 8, 2017). "The 'Stranger Things' Soundtrack Is Coming Out On A Cassette That Looks Like A Old VHS". Uproxx. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Holub, Christian (December 6, 2016). "Stranger Things soundtracks score Grammy nods". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Caulfield, Keith (August 26, 2016). "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Stranger Things' Soundtrack Makes Strong Debut". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Soundtrack / Kyle Dixon / Michael Stein – Stranger Things – Volume One". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  8. ^ "SOUNDTRACK / KYLE DIXON / MICHAEL STEIN – STRANGER THINGS – VOLUME ONE". Ultratop Belgium. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Soundtrack / Kyle Dixon / Michael Stein – Stranger Things – Volume One" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Soundtrack Stranger Things, Volume One: A Netflix Original Series". Canadian Albums Chart. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Soundtrack / Kyle Dixon / Michael Stein – Stranger Things – Volume One". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Soundtrack / Kyle Dixon / Michael Stein – Stranger Things – Volume One". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "Soundtrack Stranger Things, Volume One Chart History". Independent Albums. Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 30, 2017.