Stranger Things season 4 soundtrack: The 5 key musical moments from Kate Bush to Pass the Dutchie

The epic and terrifying Stranger Things season 4 has an incredible soundtrack – we round up the most unforgettable musical moments.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 23 June 2022 - 10.54am
Netflix The Hellfire Club in season 4 episode 1 of Stranger Things

From guitar-slashing Dungeons and Dragons rock to an ethereal Kate Bush classic, there are some unforgettable musical moments in Stranger Things season 4.

The 80s soundtrack remains absolutely on point and even blurs into the storyline for season 4 as *spoilers ahead* its revealed that music is the one thing powerful enough to save victims of this year's villain – Vecna.

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1. Detroit Rock City by Kiss – Featured in episode 401, The Hellfire Club

Our favourite new character in season 4 of Stranger Things is Joseph Quinn’s 80s metalhead Eddie Munson. The Hellfire Club leader becomes the most-wanted man in Hawkins in season 4, but before he goes on he run we get treated to some classic glam metal.

This Kiss track soundtracks the intense game of D&D where Dustin refuses to backdown against the unlikely odds – a percussor to events later in the season.

2.  Wipe Out by The Surfaris – Featured in episode 402, Vecna's Curse

In the heartbreaking Rink-O-Mania sequence where Eleven is bullied and humiliated at the rollerdisco, this 60s pop classic is the track being played by the obnoxious DJ.

We’re not sure we’ll ever be able to enjoy the song again, without thinking about poor Eleven’s face as her façade for Mike comes crumbling down.

3.  Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth – Featured in episode 404, Dear Billy

A beautiful contrast to the bloody and tense shoot-out at the Byers household, this 80s pop classic is being played by pot-lover Argyle as he comes to the rescue in his pizza truck.

The track, which reached number 1 in the UK in 1982, was about passing a Dutch cooking pot around. However, it was based on a Mighty Diamonds song, Pass the Kouchie – a kouchie being slang for cannabis pipe. Suddenly, it all makes sense why Argyle would be playing it.

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4.  Running up that Hill by Kate Bush – Featured in episode 404, Dear Billy

This classic Kate Bush track ends up being the defining track of season 4 and its haunting qualities match the darker tones of the latest episodes.

Running up that Hill is Max’s favourite song and it’s only through playing the cassette on repeat through her headphones that the gang are able to help her escape the villainous Vecna.

The closing sequence of Dear Billy where Max (Sadie Sink) sprints away from Vecna with the Bush song pushing her onwards is one of the most memorable sequences in any episode of Stranger Things.

5. Quand le bien-aimé reviendra by Nicholas Dalaryrac – Featured in episode 405, The Nina Project

The piece of opera is pumped into Hawkins Lab by Dr Brenner as he explains to Eleven the story of the classic piece. The story of Nina is based around the idea of being unable to deal with a traumatic moment and blocking it out of your memory – something that is particularly relevant to Eleven’s journey in season 4 and the final twist in episode 7 – The Massacre at Hawkins Lab.

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Every song played in Stranger Things Season 4

  • Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
  • Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God) – Kate Bush
  • You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Dead or Alive
  • Chica Mejicanita – Mae Arnette
  • Play with Me – Extreme
  • Detroit Rock City – KISS
  • I Was a Teenage Werewolf – The Cramps
  • Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth
  • Wipeout – The Surfaris
  • Object of My Desire – Starpoint
  • Rock Me Amadeus – The Gold Mix – Falco
  • Travelin’ Man – Ricky Nelson
  • Tarzan Boy – Baltimora
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me – Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.