The Not-So-Official Ranking Of All The Songs In "Stranger Things"

The Not-So-Official Ranking Of All The Songs In "Stranger Things"

Lets get musical!
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"Stranger Things," the wondrous 80s-tastic Netflix Original (1983, to be exact) has a positively tubular soundtrack. For this list, I am not including instrumental tracks (including the amazing Grammy Award nominate score), just those songs that you can sing along to! What songs are radder than the rest? Which songs are cool-retro, and which are just cringey? Read on to find out (the not-so-official) results! I even include its rating out of “11” because I love puns and have no shame.

15. “Africa” by Toto.

Episode 1: Steve and Nancy “study.”

Is this a make-out song? Really? Really? I know Steve Harrington is an idiot, but this is just silly.

Rating out of "Eleven": -17

14. “Body Language” by Alexander Baker & Clair Marlo.

Episode 2: Nancy and Barb (the best) talk on the phone.

Not super “80s” and isn’t present to leave much of an impression. Good song, though.

Rating out of “Eleven”: 3

13. “I’m Taking Off (Shield Your Eyes)” by Space Knife.

Episode 2: Jonathan searches for Lonnie (his deadbeat father).

Fun song! Loses points for being released in 2013. I see you, Duffer Brothers.

Rating out of "Eleven": 5

12. “When It’s Cold I’d Like to Die” by Moby.

Episode 8: There's a montage as the Hopper flashes back to the death of his daughter, and Joyce and Hopper try to save Will.

Least impactful song in any of the first season's montages. Still good, but the rest are just better.

Rating out of "Eleven": 7

11. “She Has Funny Cars” by Jefferson Airplane.

Episode 1: Eleven steals food from the diner as she manages to escape.

Honestly delightful. I want this playing everytime that I flee the scene of a crime. Not that I do that -- cough, cough. OK, next song!

Rating out of "Eleven": 8

10. “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” by Brotherhood of Man.

Episode 2: Nancy and Barb (justice for her!) talk about Steve’s party in the car outside his house.

When you're arguing with your best friend playfully, there should be a playful 1970s anthem playing in the background. The bittersweet song is perfect for foreshadowing (I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU BARB!).

Rating out of "Eleven": 8.7

9. “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine” by The Seeds.

Episode 1: Eleven makes a friend (who is promptly taken away).

The psychedelic hit probably would be more at home at Woodstock than in “Stranger Things," but this contrasted with conspiracy hitman murdering Eleven's new friend? It’s weird but it works.

Rating out of “Eleven”: 10

8. “I Melt with You” by Modern English.

Episode 2: Nancy chugs a beer while Barb (queen of my heart) looks on disapprovingly.

Great one-hit-wonder, and also, weirdly, the perfect song to chug a beer to. Good job, “Stranger Things” producers!

Rating out of “Eleven”: 10.5

7. “Raise a Little Hell” by Trooper.

Episode 2: Steve Harrington invites Nancy and Barb (BRING HER BACK) inside.

Perfect song and probably Steve Harrington’s theme song -- let's be real. Only loses points for having such a brief appearance.

Rating out of "Eleven": 10.75

6. “Hazy Shade of Winter” by The Bangles.

Episode 2: Nancy and Steve Harrington spend the night; something happens to Barb (NOT OVER IT).

The Bangles are life, no big deal. This is an amazing song, and only doesn’t get a perfect score because it mostly plays over the credits. This song deserves to play over a montage, dammit!

Rating out of "Eleven": 10.8

5. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner.

Episode 3: Nancy has sex with Steve; Barb (SOBBING) is trapped in the Upside Down.

Is this a great song? Maybe not! But I love it, and its weird/ironic pairing with this scene is genius. Plus, Steve Harrington and Nancy seem to be improving their taste in make-out music throughout the series. I want to reward that.

Rating out of "Eleven": 11

4. "The Bargain Store" by Dolly Parton.

Episode 6: Nancy and Jonathan shop for Monster Hunting supplies.

Dolly Parton is queen. That would already secure a perfect score, but the fact that this low-key song is playing while Nancy and Jonathan are buying weapons? Genius.

Rating out of “Eleven”: 11

3. "Atmosphere" by Joy Division.

Episode 4: Hopper tells Joyce they found Will’s body. Jonathan grieves. Joyce makes a new window in her wall.

This is one of the best montages of the show, with a perfect song choice. Not only is this one of Jonathan's favorite bands, but the moody, heartbreaking tone perfectly fits the scene.

Rating out of "Eleven": 11.11

2. “Heroes” by Peter Gabriel.

Episode 3: Everyone finds out that there was a body found in the rock quarry -- Is it Will?

I MISS DAVID BOWIE! Now that we got that out of the way, Peter Gabriel’s great cover works on so many levels during one of the most impactful montages of the series. The great acting (especially the kids -- damn, they're talented) is complimented by this somber cover. Chills for days.

Rating out of "Eleven": 111.11

1. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash.

Episode 2: Jonathan and Will listen to the song while talking about their father.

So, I was re-watching the show for the 2nd (OK, 4th) time and I realized, WHILE SINGING, THAT "SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO" IS NOT JUST ABOUT WILL AND JONATHAN'S RELATIONSHIP BUT ALSO HIS FUTURE: WILL HE STAY IN THE UPSIDE DOWN OR WILL HE GO HOME?! So it’s perfect and I love everything.

Rating out of “Eleven”: 1,111,111.11
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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

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Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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