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Synthwave Artists to Check Out if You Loved the Stranger Things Score

List RulesVote up the your favorite 80s throwback musicians.

The Netflix Original Stranger Things is everywhere right now. Everyone is either watching it, talking about it, theorizing about it, or rocking out to its amazingly 80s soundtrack. But if you just can't get enough of the Synthwave score - composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, otherwise known as S U R V I V E - then you're in luck: 80s throwback music is in, and a lot of really cool musicians are doing some incredible things with the format. Check out these artists to fill that nostalgic 80's sound void. 

From the scary, to the upbeat, to the minimal, to the delightfully cheesy, listening to these tracks will take you right back to 1985. If you're ready to be transported into a world of feel good nostalgia mixed with terrifying suspense, sink your teeth into these totally awesome Synthwave tracks. 

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    Irving Force

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    Strap into your turbo-charged Delorean, prime your laser blaster, and cruise through a post-apocalyptic wasteland blasting alien zombie mutants from beyond. Because if you're listening to Irving Force, there is nothing better to do. Seriously, if this track doesn't get you pumped, there is no saving you.

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    Cliff Martinez

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    The film Drive was a critical darling, and its score, composed by Cliff Martinez, veritably put the artist on the map. This understated, highly modern Synthwave masterpiece plays with tension and release like it's just another instrument. It's the nostalgia of Stranger Things mixed with modern restraint. 

    Martinez has continued to work frequently with Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn, composing a wonderful '80s horror throwback score for the Suspiria-inspired The Neon Demon.

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    DISASTERPEACE

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    David Robert Mitchell's film It Follows borrowed heavily from the works of John Carpenter, especially his 1978 breakout classic Halloween. Fittingly, the score for the film by electronic artist DISASTERPEACE sonically echoes Carpenter's score for the film. The main It Follows theme is every bit as spine-tingling as Halloween's title track.

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    Ex-Machina

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    This Synthwave project inspired by sci-fi films from the 70's and 80's is almost too good to be true. If you want to feel like you're being chased by the T-800, or scrambling through L.A. trying to get everyone to put on a pair of Wayfarers so they can see the alien invaders for what they are, then Ex-Machina, and especially the above tune, is your new soundtrack. 

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