On Memorial Day Big 80's on Sirius had a top 40 of best movie soundtracks of the 80's.
1. Simple Minds: "Don’t You Forget About Me" from The Breakfast Club
2. Survivor: "Eye Of The Tiger" from Rocky III
3. Glenn Frey: "The Heat Is On" from Beverly Hills Cop
4. Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes: "(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing
5. Phil Collins: "Against All Odds" from Against All Odds 6. OMD: "If You Leave" from Pretty In PinkMy favorite.
7. Bangles: "Hazy Shade Of Winter" from Less Than Zero
8. Duran Duran: "A View To A Kill" from A View To A Kill
9. Harold Faltermeyer: "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop
10. Prince: "Purple Rain" from Purple Rain
11. Spandau Ballet: "True" from Sixteen Candles
12. Peter Gabriel: "In Your Eyes" from Say Anything
13. Kenny Loggins: “Footloose” from Footloose
14. Huey Lewis & The News: "The Power Of Love" from Back To The Future
15. Kenny Loggins: "Danger Zone" from Top Gun
16. Survivor: "Burning Heart" from Rocky IV
17. Bananarama: "Cruel Summer" from Karate Kid
18. Lindsey Buckingham: "Holiday Road" from National Lampoon’s Vacation
19. Eric Clapton: "It’s In The Way That You Use It" from The Color Of Money
20. Mike Reno and Ann Wilson: "Almost Paradise" from Footloose
21. Psychedelic Furs: "Love My Way" from Valley Girl
22. Blondie: "Call Me" from American Gigolo
23. Lionel Richie and Diana Ross: "Endless Love" from Endless Love
24. Oingo Boingo: "Dead Man’s Party" from Back To School
25. Kenny Loggins: "I’m Alright" from Caddyshack
26. Psychedelic Furs: "Pretty In Pink" from Pretty In Pink
27. John Parr: "St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)" from St. Elmo’s Fire
28. Berlin: "Take My Breath Away" from Top Gun
29. Christopher Cross: "Arthur’s Theme" from Arthur
30. Irene Cara: "Flashdance (What A Feeling)" from Flashdance
31. Oingo Boingo: "Weird Science" from Weird Science
32. Patrick Swayze: "She’s Like The Wind" from Dirty Dancing
33. Tina Turner: "We Don’t Need Another Hero" from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
34. Yello: "Oh Yeah" from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
35. Journey: "Only The Young" from Vision Quest
36. Phil Collins: "In The Air Tonight" from Risky Business
37. The Busboys: "The Boys Are Back In Town" from 48 Hours
38. Charlie Sexton: "Beats So Lonely" from Some Kind Of Wonderful
39. Beach Boys: "Kokomo" from Cocktail
40. Ray Parker Jr.: "Ghostbusters" from Ghostbusters
If you're going to do a list like this, you have to consider an iconic meld of song and scene that helped cement a film as a "New Classic" to steal WTBS's label ....
For 80's movies only, combos that accomplished this.....
1. Don't You Forget About Me - Breakfast Club
2. Danke Shein (sp?)/Twist and Shout Medley - Ferris Bueller
3. Moving in Stereo - Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Hell the whole soundtrack was amazing and linked well with the film and it's moods - but that one is the best remembered)
4. Danger Zone - Top Gun (although a few ladies would vote for Playing With The Boys and the volleyball scene)
5. In the Air Tonight - Risky Business ("I hear she likes Choo Choos" - Guido the Killer Pimp)
6. Purple Rain - (another ok movie made brilliant by the musical performances primarily)
7. In Your Eyes - Say Anything (most heart wrenching moment about unreturned love)
8. Eye of the Tiger - Rocky III (probably did more to fill gyms with motivated people than anything else)
9. I've Had the Time of my Life - Dirty Dancing (Nobody Puts Baby in a corner - awful line, but people lapped it up)
10. We Are The Champions - Revenge of the Nerds (Where we all found we had a little nerd in us. Or a lot.)
.... and the worst.....
"Ewok Celebration" - Return of the Jedi. (You've just defeated the Emperor, blown up the new and improved Death Star, and saved the galaxy in the story. You've just completed the most important movie trilogy to a generation that grew up in the 70's and 80's. Darth Vader is redeemed. Han and Leia reunited. Luke faces down the Dark Side and wins.
So you wrap it all up in a bow with.....
Dancing Furry Muppets singing something that sounds like a tribal version of Curly singing Nyuk Nyuk. (shudder)
ALMOST killed the movie for me. ALthough I just closed my eyes and thought of John Willliams score when Luke came after Vader in a rage when he threatened to go and turn Leia instead. The music wasn't even on the first soundtrack album. You had to wait for the Special Edition version 13 years later.....