If you're like us, you've been blasting Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)" for the entirety of June, thanks to its choice cameo as Max's favorite song—and (spoiler alert!) saving grace—in Stranger Things season 4.
The anthemic 1985 track is more than just another excellent sonic addition to the period-perfect Stranger Things soundtrack. Story-wise, the song rescues Sadie Sink's Max Mayfield from the mind-control clutches of this season's villain Vecna, after Robin and Nancy discover that a person's favorite song can pull them from the Upside Down and bring them back to reality.
"What song will save you from Vecna?" quickly became one of the Internet's favorite Stranger Things season 4 memes. Even the cast got in on it, with actor Noah Schnapp— who plays Will Byers—hilariously tweeting: "If I ever get cursed by Vecna just play WAP on my AirPods and I’ll be out of that trance in no time."
Now you can actually find out which song is your savior with an official "Upside Down Playlist" on Spotify.
How to get the 'Stranger Things' Vecna Spotify playlist:
"Wanna know what songs would save YOU from vecna?" Spotify tweeted on June 29. "Head to your Upside Down Playlist on @Spotify (opens in new tab) to find out. The first song on the list = your savior song."
To get your own, simply click on the link in the below tweet or search for "Upside Down Playlist" on Spotify.
wanna know what songs would save YOU from vecna? head to your Upside Down Playlist on @Spotify to find out🎧 the first Song on the list = your savior song 🎧 [https://t.co/rZ10wCJ6tA] pic.twitter.com/N3KOU3ohSKJune 29, 2022
The playlist, which is in partnership with Netflix, pulls from a user's Spotify playlist to come up with 50 potential songs that will "help you escape from Vecna and the Upside Down." The first song that pops up is the song that will save you, à la "Dream a Little Dream of Me" by Ella Fitzgerald, which rescued Victor Creel from Vecna's lair in the show.
Social media users are already all over the Vecna Spotify playlist. Here's what they have to say:
My Spotify Upside Down playlist sounds more like I’m trying set the mood with Vecna than escape him 😏😂 #spotify #StrangerThingsJuly 1, 2022
my stranger things upside down spotify-generated playlist has “scotty doesnt know” on it and im here to confirm that if u blast that shit in my ears when im in the upside down its absolutely over for vecnaJune 30, 2022
the stranger things vecna playlist that spotify made for me is just gay asf pic.twitter.com/y56fjiKbS7July 1, 2022
So I made my Stranger Things playlist thing on Spotify and pressed shuffle to see which song would save me from Vecna, and Cannonball came on, AVRIL LAVIGNE WOULD SAVE ME FROM VECNA AND THE UPSIDE DOWN 🥺❤️June 30, 2022
The fact that the backstreet boys r on my playlist to save me from #Vecna. 🤢 We #teamnsync in these parts. #spotify #UpsideDownPlaylist #StrangerThings4 #StrangerThings pic.twitter.com/kuYeJ1uO94July 1, 2022
Spotify giving your own Stranger Things Playlist to defeat Vecna is some killer marketing 🤣June 30, 2022
After more than a month's hiatus, Stranger Things season 4 volume 2 is officially available to stream on Netflix as of Friday, July 1. Hopefully, there are even more bops coming to save our favorite characters!
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