04 Jul Spotify listeners are obsessed with music from Stranger Things
Stranger Things S3 has arrived and fans aren’t only binging the series but they’re also hopping over to Spotify to binge the featured music.
Apparently the soundtrack has been a hit since season 1 in 2016. Spotify data shows that fans have spent over 17 million hours streaming music related to the show. It’s interesting to note that they’re not only listening to the music, they’re also listening to show-related podcasts on the streaming app.
Listeners have created their own playlists based on the show’s characters, and Eleven has the most playlists, followed by Steve Harrington and Will Byers (see our list below for the top tracks that listeners associate with their favourite characters. e.g. Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is the go-to for Nancy Wheeler!)
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.
On Spotify, we have 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.
The U.S. streams more Stranger Things music than any other country, and the states that stream the show’s music at the highest rate are West Virginia, followed by Utah and Arkansas. I wonder what the stats are in South Africa?
Indulge in a Stranger Things playlist here, based on and inspired by music from the show.
The top 5 Stranger Things-themed podcasts globally
The Stranger Things Podcast by Addi and Darrell Darnell
Stranger Danger – A Stranger Things Podcast by Fans not Experts
Dungeons and Demogorgons – A Stranger Things Podcast by Bald Move
Stranger Things Reviews and After Show by AfterBuzz TV
UNspoiled! Stranger Things by UNspoiled! Network
I suppose I have my pajama Sunday plans this weekend – watching all The Stranger Things seasons followed by downloading some playlists. Please don’t disturb me.