10 Songs From ’80s Movies

This list is by no means definitive, but all ten of these tunes (and the movies they accompanied) are pretty memorable.

“In Your Eyes”-Peter Gabriel

Say Anything (1989). Scene: Lloyd a/k/a John Cusack wins the heart of his high school crush with his iconic boombox under the window scene.

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)”-Simple Minds

The Breakfast Club (1985). Scene: After being stuck in the world’s most interesting detention ever, this song plays at the end, suggesting that the kids shouldn’t forget about the things they learned about each other.

“Footloose”-Kenny Loggins

Footloose (1983). More like a theme song, but Kenny Loggins made bank in the ’80s.

“Weird Science”-Oingo Boingo

Weird Science (1985).  Also a theme song, but this movie was amazing with two teenage boys making a hot woman via computer hacking.

“Maniac”-Michael Sembello

Flashdance (1983) Scene: Super hot Jennifer Beals dancing around in legwarmers.

“Eye of the Tiger “-Survivor

Rocky III (1982). Do you feel more like a man after listening to this song? You should. Hair should be sprouting in unmentionable places right now or you’re listening wrong.

“Danger Zone”-Kenny Loggins

Top Gun (1986). Can you handle the danger zone?

“Power of Love”-Huey Lewis

Back To The Future (1985). If you grew up in the ’80s, we bet you skateboarded to school humming this song to yourself.

“I Melt With You”-Modern English

Valley Girl (1983) Is this the only movie Nicolas Cage was hot in and does it have the best soundtrack ever? Yes and yes.

“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”-Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Dirty Dancing (1987) Scene: No one puts Baby in a corner. Especially when she can spin in the air like that.

–Nadia Noir


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