|This article is about the title theme. For the series, please see Stranger Things.|
The Stranger Things theme was composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the synth band S U R V I V E. The theme plays over the show's title sequence, as well as the end credits of most chapters. The version heard in the title sequence was released as the track 'Stranger Things', as part of Stranger Things, Volume One. An extended version is also featured in Stranger Things, Volume Two.
'Stranger Things' is built around a C major arpeggio, played on a bass synthesizer.
Dixon and Stein experimented with "a bunch of ideas" for potential themes, sending over demos or "sketches" to the Duffer Brothers. The Duffers became particularly interested in one demo called "Prophecy" for its upbeat yet mysterious feel, and asked Dixon and Stein to develop it further.
Dixon and Stein worked on 30 seconds, 45 seconds and 1 minute versions of the track, implementing a sense of build-up and climax. The minute-long version was chosen to be played during the title sequence; Imaginary Forces, the creators of the title sequence, largely edited around the structure of the track.
- "’Stranger Things’ Composers Interview: Duo Discusses Soundtrack, That Haunting Theme Song and More" IndieWire. August 10, 2016.
- "Stranger Things episode 5: The Duffer Brothers explain the show's soundtrack" Entertainment Weekly. July 16, 2016.