Despite the fact that the date has not yet been confirmed, fans of Stranger Things are already waiting to find out what the next instalment of the Netflix smash has in store for the town of Hawkins.
The action-packed supernatural web-series , which follows the story of a group of friends as they uncover the weird goings on in their town, pulled in an estimated 15.8 million viewers for the first episode of season two in the US alone. So it no surprise the show is set to return for a third season either late in 2018 or early next year.
One reason why Stranger Things is so well-loved is for its retro feel and 1980s references. The show itself has been described as a cross between 'The Goonies' and 'Stand By Me', two classic 80s movies. Each episode is packed full of references to toys, television shows, and pop culture trends from the 80s.
The show also features a great soundtrack from the era. The first series, which was set in 1983 brought us songs from The Clash, The Bangles, Foreigner, Peter Gabriel, and Joy Division.
Season two was set a year later and featured music from Queen, Bon Jovi, and Kenny Rogers. The Police's 1983 hit 'Every Breath You Take' was used during the emotional slow dance scene during the end of year Snow Ball at Hawkins Middle School.
With the younger cast members of the show ageing fast, it's likely that the next series will be set two years after season two, in 1986. The year when the devastating Chernobyl nuclear accident happened, Halley's Comet passed its closest to Earth, and the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after launch.
We know the show's writers love to drop in pop culture references of the time, so perhaps in 1986 the boys will be playing on their new Nintendo NES, quoting Mick Dundee from 'Crocodile Dundee', or watching the first ever edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show. But what music will they be listening to?
The boys of Hawkins clearly like science fiction, based on all the references to the genre in the previous two seasons. So, they're sure to have seen Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox in the 1985 movie 'Back To The Future'. It's easy to imagine that Dustin or Will might have a model of the iconic DeLorean time machine in their bedroom by 1986. Perhaps one of the most memorable songs from the movie 'The Power of Love' by Huey Lewis and the News will feature in season three.
Another sci-fi movie that was popular with kids in 1986 was 'Short Circuit', the Bee Gees song 'More Than A Woman' features in that movie, Johnny 5 sings it to Stephanie. Already an oldie by 1986, but the first two seasons also picked hits from the past.
In Stranger Things 3 the boys will be 15-years-old so may well be into pop music, so perhaps they'll be listening to some of the biggest hits of 1986. In the United States, the biggest songs that year included Lionel Richie's 'Say You, Say Me', Klymaxx 'I Miss You' and Robert Palmer's 'Addicted to Love'.
It was a year that brought us hits from the Pet Shop Boys, Prince, Steve Winwood, and Madonna. Perhaps Hawkins' new bad boy in town, Billy Hargrove, will be playing Bon Jovi's 'You Give Love a Bad Name' as he drives around the town in his blue Camaro.
The last season ended with the Snow Ball, a festive dance held annually at Hawkins Middle School. Will the gang attend the party this term? If so what songs will be on the playlist? Perhaps they'll slow dance to George Michael's 'Careless Whisper' or two of the cast will have their first kiss to the sound of Foreigner's 'I Want to Know What Love Is'.
The show is generally quite dark, but there are times when it is lighthearted, features partying, or people going about their daily lives, so perhaps some more fun songs will feature in the soundtrack like Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer', The Jets' 'Crush on You', or Starship's 'We Built This City'.
Other songs of the era which might fit include, Cameo 'Word Up!', Tears for Fears 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' and Hall & Oates' 'Out of Touch'. Only time will tell what songs will make it into the show. Let's hope we don't have to wait too long to find out.