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(CNN)The most powerful trigger in “Stranger Things'” nostalgia arsenal remains, as always, the eclectic, still-pervasive pop mic of the ’80s.

“Never Surrender” by Corey Hart

Mike (Finn Wolfhard) and Eleven’s (Millie Bobby Brown) make-out sessions were punctuated by this snog-ready hit, a nine-week number one hit for Canadian singer Corey Hart, whose mic also filled the soundtracks of ’80s staples like “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “ Vice.”

    “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon

    This one was also a preeminent saliva-swapping song of its day. The group’s mic also appeared in films like “The Goonies” — a major “Stranger Things” influence — and “Vision Quest,” a fondly remembered teen romantic comedy from 1985 and early breakout role for Matthew Modine, now remembered for his role as Dr. Brenner.

    “Material Girl” and “Angel” by Madonna

    The superb “Vision Quest” soundtrack also served as one of Madonna’s earliest film showcases, and this season two key 1985 tunes, her colossal, culture-defining hit “Material Girl” — ed as the spot-on backdrop from Eleven and Max’s (Sadie Sink) very ’80s shop-til-they-drop sequence at The Gap — and the lesser but tasty pop confection “Angel” surface here.

    The entire “Vision Quest” soundtrack

    “Vision Quest” also offered up Foreigner’s 1978 platinum hit “Hot Blooded,” still a rock radio staple in the ’80s which here serves as the score for Karen Wheeler’s (Cara Buono) escalating ardor for a rendezvo with Billy (the same band’s reversal tune “Cold As Ice” also comes into play). So you might as well add the whole thing to your playlist.

    “Lovergirl” by Teena Marie, “Things Can Only Get Better” by Thompson Twins and Rock This Town” by Stray Cats.

    Throughout the season, more ’80s staple songs emerge, from artists with briefly white-hot but less-lasting career arcs, like Teena Marie, the Thompson Twins, and Stray Cats. The latter group’s leader, Brian Setzer, would later spearhead the rockabilly-swing movement of the ’90s.

    “Neutron Dance” by Pointer Sisters

    This season is packed with songs evoking beloved films of the era, like “Neutron Dance” from “Beverly Hills Cop” and Jackie Wilson’s classic ’60s soul hit “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher,” which was featured in “Ghostbters II.”

    “R-O-C-K in the ” by John Mellencamp

    “My Bologna” by Weird Al” Yankovic

    Some of the third season’s best inside meta-gags come with mic cues: when Joyce (Winona Ryder), makes a visit to teacher Scott Clarke, his -nerd credentials are imtely established by his home listening preference: “Weird Al” Yankovic’s’ “My Bologna,” a parody of The Knack’s “My Sharona,” which itself later fueled a memorable scene from the 1993 comedy “Reality Bites” featuring a dancing, singing-along performance from Ryder.
    Like we said, meta.

    “The NeverEnding Story” by Limahl

      Dtin’s coerced over-the-air duet with his summer camp girlfriend Suzy on a song offered with little context within “Stranger Things” but oh-so-familiar to anyone living their best nerd life in the ’80s. “The NeverEnding Story” theme comes from the 1984 fantasy film of the same name, which genre-loving children of the era still hold close to their hearts.
      Composed by the most ’80s movie mician of them all, power synth maestro Giorgio Moroder (“Top Gun,” “Flashdance”) and performed by British pop singer Christopher Hamill under the anagrammatic stage name Limahl, it was a surprisingly massive hit across Europe, Atralia and North — and, given the feels induced by Dtin’s serenade of his long-distance love, likely to dominate the summer Spotify playlists of “Stranger Things” fans born decades after its initial chart-topping run.

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