Switched On Pop | Scoring Stranger Things with Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 16 June 2022
Stranger Things

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

We recently deconstructed how Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” has found itself at the centre of culture due to a placement in the Netflix, eighties, horror, sci-fi show, Stranger Things.

For that episode we excerpted an interview with the composers of the show who shared great insights on how they created the iconic theme song and spooky soundscape for the most streamed show of 2022. But we want to share the full conversation with you because they have equally cheeky as well as valuable musical offerings to share.

Surprisingly, this show steeped in 80s nostalgia, has a more contemporary soundtrack than you you might think.

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