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.
Following this trend, the third season will be set in 1985. The year that Ronald Reagan became to 40th president of the United States, Madonna embarked on her first tour, the Virgin Tour, and dozens of top-name musicians and bands perform at the Live Aid concerts in Philadelphia and London.
We know the show's writers love to drop in pop culture references of the time, so perhaps in 1985 the boys will be playing on their new Nintendo NES, or with the brand new high-tech talking Teddy Ruxpin toy. They might be watching he biggest movie of the year, 'Back To The Future' or 'Rambo: First Blood Part II'.
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. 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.
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 1985. In the United States, the biggest songs that year included
It was a year that brought us hits from the Madonna, Wham!, Duran Duran and Tina Turner. Perhaps Hawkins' new bad boy in town, Billy Hargrove, will be playing Power Station's 'Some Like It Hot' 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
Other songs of the era which might fit include, Simple Minds 'Don't You (Forget About Me)', Harold Faltermeyer 'Axel F', Chaka Khan 'I Feel For You' or 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.