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Don’t You Forget About These : 70 songs from ’80s movies!

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There’s nothing like a good warm and fuzzy down the back of the neck (mind out of the gutter, kids!) while you’re watching a flick. Most get jabbed with the feel-good needle while taking in an underdog sports movie, or some kind of sweeping romantic drama about star-crossed lovers who thwart all to become one, but really, you can get your inspiring movie tune from anyone. The ’80s gave us so many memorable movie moments, but just as many apt screen-overlaying songs. It was such a huge thing for an artist to get one of their songs on a movie soundtrack in the ’80s – likely even more so than today.

Here’s 30 of the best bits of movie music, according to the Moviehole gang!

Warning : The current list features frequent use of the name “Kenny Loggins”.


The Movie Motivational Tune!

1.

The Karate Kid

“Moment of Truth” by Survivor

2.

Rocky IV

“Hearts on Fire” by Survivor

3.

Teen Wolf

“Win in the End” by Mark Safan

4.

The Secret of My Success

“The Secret of My Success” by Night Ranger

5.

Mannequin

“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship

6.

Back to the Future

“The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News

7.

The Breakfast Club

“Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds

8.

Flashdance

“Maniac” by Michael Sembello

9.

Rocky III

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

10.

Major League

“Wild Thing” (Rick Vaughn’s theme)


The Heartwarming love song!

1.

Nine and a Half Weeks

“Slave to Love” by Bryan Ferry

2.

Say Anything…

“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

3.

Top Gun

“Heaven in Your Eyes” by Loverboy/ “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin


4.

Tequila Sunrise

“Surrender to Me” by Ann Wilson & Robin Zander

5.

Footloose

“Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno & Ann Wilson

6.

Chances Are

“After All” by Cher & Peter Cetera

7.

An Officer and a Gentleman

“Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

8.

Dirty Dancing

“She’s like the Wind” by Patrick Swayze/ “The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes


9.

Crazy for You

“Crazy for You” by Madonna

10.

The Karate Kid Part II

“The Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera

11.

Buster

“A Groovy Kind of Love” by Phil Collins

12.

Tootsie

“It Might be You” by Stephen Bishop

13.

Zapped!

“Got to Believe in Magic” by David Pomeranz

14.

Teen Wolf

“Shooting for the Moon” by Amy Holland

15.

Dirty Dancing

“Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen


’80s Movie Tunes – The Cool!

1.

St Elmo’s Fire

“St Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” by John Parr

2.

InnerSpace

“Twistin’ The Night Away” by Rod Stewart

3.

The Color of Money

“It’s in the Way That You Use It” by Eric Clapton

4.

Top Gun

“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins

5.

Highlander

“Princes of the Universe” by Queen

6.

Beverly Hills Cop

“The Heat is On” by Glen Frey

7.

The Lost Boys

“Cry Little Sister” by G Tom Mac

8.

Less Than Zero

“Hazy Shade of Winter” by The Bangles

9.

Eddie and the Cruisers

“On The Dark Side” by John Cafferty

10.

Beverly Hills Cop II

“Shakedown” by Bob Seger


’80s Movie Tunes – You probably forgot these were from movies!

1.

Sixteen Candles

“If You Were Here” by The Thompson Twins

2.

Stakeout

“Is it Love” by Mister Mister

3.

Purple Rain

“Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince


Prince Lets Go Crazy / Purple Rain tour 1985 by Recoda321

4.

Electric Dreams

“Together in Electric Dreams” by Phil Oakey & Georgio Moroder

5.

Risky Business

“In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

6.

Pretty in Pink

“If You Leave” by OMD

7.

Arthur

“Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross

8.

Summer Lovers

“Hard to Say I’m Sorry” by Chicago

9.

Working Girl

“Let the River Run” by Carly Simon

10.

Streets of Fire

“I Can Dream About You” by Dan Hartman


’80s Movie Tunes – The Cheesy (though we didn’t think so at the time)!

1.

Legal Eagles

“Love Touch” by Rod Stewart

2.

Short Circuit

“Who is Johnny?” by El De Barge

3.

The Jewel of the Nile

4.

The Goonies

“The Goonies R’ Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper

5.

Vacation

“Holiday Road” by Lindsey Buckingham

6.

Batman

“Batdance” by Prince

7.

Caddyshack

“I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins

8.

Transformers : The Movie

“The Touch” by Stan Bush

9.

Bloodsport

“On my Own” by Stan Bush

10.

Grease 2

“Cool Rider” by Michelle Pfeiffer


’80s Movie Tunes – The Theme Song!

1.

The Never-Ending Story

“The Never-Ending Story” by Limahl

2.

Weird Science

“Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo

3.

Ghostbusters

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr

4.

A View to a Kill

“A View to a Kill” by Duran Duran

5.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 : Dream Warriors

“Dream Warriors” by Dokken

6.

Footloose

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

7.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper

8.

Against All Odds

“Against All Odds” by Phil Collins

9.

Revenge of the Nerds II : Nerds in Paradise

“Back to Paradise” by 38 Special

10.

Colors

“Colors” by Ice-T


’80s Movie Tunes – The hardly-released

1.

About Last Night

“If Anybody Had a Heart” by John Waite

2.

The Secret of My Success

“I Burn for You” by

3.

Say Anything…

“All for Love” by Nancy Wilson

4.

The Karate Kid III

“Listen to Your Heart” by The Little River Band

5.

Mannequin

“In My Wildest Dreams” by Belinda Carlisle

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About Caffeinated Clint

The writer/publicist/producer who wears the editor hat on Moviehole. Favorite films include "Say Anything...", "The Hunt for Red October", "Jerry Maguire", "Almost Famous", "Die Hard", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "Young Guns", "American Psycho", "Back to the Future" and the "Star Wars" series.
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