The 15 Best ‘Stranger Things’ Parodies, Skits, And Mash-ups

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The internet got a little… strange with these

Stranger Things has become a cultural phenomenon all in the span of a couple of months. Ever since Netflix first introduced us to the Upside Down, Barb, and that one girl with the shaved head who’s obsessed with Eggos, America hasn’t been able to get enough. Who knew we needed an '80s television revival so bad? 

The next best thing to come out of the show—aside from those amazing kid actors—are the parodies and skits that it’s inspired. Basically, every late-night show has tried their hand at making light of the series; you know you’ve hit peak parody when even SNL takes your plotline and turns it into a skit. And, aside from the comedic spinoffs, the show’s score has even inspired mash-ups and songs of its own. 

To help you weed through all things internet-related to the series, we rounded up some of our favorite creations. And if you’re one of the 2 percenters who have yet to get lost in the wonderful world of the Upside Down, let this story serve as an urgent reminder to do so—and soon. Also, maybe don't scroll ahead if you're not a fan of spoilers. 

One of the first Stranger Things videos the internet blessed us with is this reimagination of the series as an '80s kids show appropriately set to Randy Newman's "Strange Things."

Most recently, SNL answered one of the show’s most pressing questions in their skit: “Where is that black kid’s family?” Well, they answer that and add in a little racism humor on top of it.    

Don’t have the attention span to sit through the series’ eight episodes? This parody will basically tell you all you need to know in a hilarious three-minute bit.  

Get lost in this synth-heavy “Stranger Peaks” mash-up. 

One thing we discovered after the show: The three actors who played Dustin, Lucas, and Eleven are actually really good singers-slash-performers. We’ll never forgive the Emmys for not playing their adorable rendition of “Uptown Funk” live.


Jimmy Fallon brings back a very angry Barb to confront our favorite quartet as to why they didn’t bother to rescue her.

Honestly, the best thing about this video is Millie rapping Nicki Minaj’s verse from “Monster.” Watch the magic happen at the 4:40 mark.

This parody points out the historical inaccuracy of the series. It’s not nearly as funny as the others, but we give it an "A" for effort and for its fact checking abilities. 

 We present to you the Stranger Things x “Starboy” mash-up you didn’t know your playlist needed. 

Stephen Colbert plays Eleven’s disturbing “Papa” in this short but cute skit. 

You know you’ve made it when you get a rap song dedicated to you. (Also, RIP Barb.)

Fast-forward to the 4:10 mark to see James Corden sing a strangely sexual ‘80s-themed song about his desire to light up Winona Ryder (played by Alan Cumming) like a Christmas tree. 

If you’ve scrolled past all of the other parodies that have popped up over the past couple of months, hopefully, you pressed play on this one. How can you deny those adorable tongue-wagging faces?! 

Pugs not your thing? What about hamsters?

Of course, it wouldn’t be the internet without at least one weird meme. Courtesy of Make it Stranger, fans can turn any two-word phrase into the title font. 


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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.