Thursday, March 31, 2016

Movie Music from the '80s: A Playlist by Jana and Erin

It's that time again, the last Thursday of the month, the time that Jana and Erin bring you a playlist that usually has a theme with a twist.  This month, we are talking about songs from '80s movies.  Yep, this playlist is as fun as it sounds.  There are a few obvious choices and a few hidden gems.  Take a look/listen and walk down memory lane with us.  Or, for some of you who weren't born yet, here's a history lesson.

Fame (1980) - I Sing the Body Electric by the Cast of Fame - Fun fact: this is also the name of a Walt Whitman poem
Urban Cowboy (1980) - Love the World Away by Kenny Rogers - My Texas roots started showing, and this was probably the most difficult soundtrack to choose a favorite song for me.
9 to 5 (1980) - 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton - We both love Dolly; this was a given.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) - Somebody's Baby by Jackson Browne -  The song playing when Stacy is going to lose her virginity to an older man...statutory rape is never good, but this song is.

Easy Money (1983) - Easy Money by Billy Joel - A Rodney Dangerfield movie from the '80s was going to be represented; "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack almost made the list too.

Valley Girl (1983) - I Melt with You by Modern English - A humming sing-a-long is good stuff ... if you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to listen to the song.

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) - On the Dark Side by John Cafferty - Damn, this song is soooo good.  Damn, the lead actor of this movie was soooo hot. 

Flashdance (1983) - What a Feeling by Irene Cara - This song still gets regular airplay.  That's the testament of a good song.

Footloose (1984) - I'm Free by Kenny Loggins - We had to consult each other for this choice.  Too many songs on the Footloose soundtrack to choose from, but you can't pass up the moment that Ren dances around the factory performing a high bar routine.

Purple Rain (1984) - Jungle Love by The Time - Arguably, the best soundtrack of the '80s (or all-time), but why not a Prince song?  Apparently, Prince doesn't do spotify.

Against All Odds (1984) - Against All Odds by Phil Collins - Pretty sure I've never seen this movie, but this power ballad of song is awesome.

Streets of Fire (1984) - I Can Dream About You by Dan Hartman - The movie was advertised as "A Rock & Roll Fable".  Of course, we are going to have a song from such a movie.

St. Elmo's Fire (1985) - St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr - This song is still in heavy rotation on Australian radio, as it should be.

The Breakfast Club (1985) - Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds - The timeless and definitive teen movie from the '80s is represented by a timeless song.

The Goonies (1985) - The Goonies R Good Enough by Cyndi Lauper - Gosh, this lady sure can sing some fun songs.  A fun song for a fun movie.

The Legend of Billie Jean (1985) - Invincible by Pat Benatar - Jana mentioned this song, and Erin sang it for the next 3 days.  Friends, listen to this song.

Vision Quest (1985) - Crazy for You by Madonna - A song from the days that Madonna made entertaining music.

Pretty in Pink (1986) - If You Leave by OMD - The song is a reminder of a classic '80s teen movie moment (the girl runs to the boy at prom leaving her best friend behind); you can't hear this song and not think of that movie scene.

Dirty Dancing (1987) - She's Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze - That's right.  Patrick Swayze sings a song on this soundtrack, and it is wonderful.

The Lost Boys (1987) - Good Times by INXS with Jimmy Barnes - Americans don't know Jimmy Barnes, but Australians sure do.  When the quintessential Australian band teamed with an iconic Aussie voice, they made a fantastic song.

Disorderlies (1987) - Edge of a Broken Heart by Bon Jovi - Duh.  I had a say in this playlist.  Bon Jovi is represented...but y'all, this song is really, really good.  Promise!

Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (1987) - Dream Warriors by Dokken - Duh.  Jana and Erin created this playlist.  Hair bands are represented.  Plus, an '80s teen horror movie needed to be represented.

Say Anything (1989) - In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel - John Cusack holding a boombox over his head to profess his love for a girl.  Classic '80s moment. 

What song(s) did we miss?  We know there's more because we knowingly left off so many.  Tell us your favorites.


  1. i skimmed. will come back and read more closely later, but it's almost midnight. must sleep. just wanted to say real quick that you do NOT need to see "against all odds". the song, indeed, is awesome, and it still gives me chills when i hear it. the movie blows phenomenally huge chunks.

  2. I have The Lost Boys recorded on the DVR, I'm sad it's still a little to scary for K because I like to share old movies with her.

    I want to add Girls Just Want to Have Fun from the movie of the same name!

  3. this is the LIST girl. yes! breakfast club, dirty dancing, fast times at ridgemont high, goonies. so much! love it!

    xoxo cheshire kat

  4. Man, you're making me live through my teenage years here.
    If you Leave was like my JAM in high school. Loved Pretty in Pink so much.
    I dont hear that song from Fast times at Ridgemont High & not think of that scene too.
    We just went to see Pat Benatar in concert (she was awesome) & that song? I still do the Billy jean fist move to it :) haha

  5. Oh, man. I love so many of these songs so much!

    I have satellite radio and keep it tuned to the 80s on 8 almost constantly. Those are the songs of my childhood!

  6. This was my favorite in the series. I'd make some different picks but love this theme.

  7. So many great picks! Though sadly, every time I hear the one from The Breakfast Club, I think of Pitch Perfect. I've also never seen or heard Purple Rain. I may need to get on that. Though I haven't seen a lot of these movies, I do know and love a lot of the classic songs listed here- and the inclusion of Bon Jovi :)

  8. Yup, this just makes me wanna watch some good 80's flicks right now!

    Awesome list, my friend. :)

  9. I'm just going to copy what I said to Jana because it is A LOT!!!!!

    Eddie Eddie Eddie!!!! Fun fact, when I was younger we used to watch both Eddie Cruiser movies on Thanksgiving night as we put up our Christmas tree. Every. Single. Year. My favorite movie was actually the second one but the songs from both are amazing! I have On the Dark Side, Boardwalk Angel, Runnin Thru the Fire, These Oldies But Goodies, NYC Song, Garden of Eden and Some Like it Hot on my Spotify rock list. Garden of Eden is probably my favorite song followed by NYC song.

    Love everything from Dirty Dancing as well!!! And I just adore Breakfast Club!

  10. BLESS YOU for adding Edge of a Broken Heart. It truly is one of my faves but very few people even know about the song's existence! Great playlist with some of my faves (Against All Odds, In Your Eyes, She's Like the Wind, Somebody's Baby). It's a shame Prince isn't on Spotify, because Purple Rain should be on there. I always thought Purple Rain was one of the prettiest songs of all time. (I also really liked the song from The Lost Boys called "I Still Believe" or something like that. I was the song that was being played at the beach concert when the boys first arrive in Santa Clara.) Fun post!

  11. i'm sorry. i think you said that patrick swayze song is wonderful. i seem to recall EVERYBODY bashing it back in the day...

  12. I love that y'all took a walk down memory lane this month! You're 100% right that The Breakfast Club is such a timeless movie and Don't You Forget About Me is such a great song! I love that it got all the air time in Pitch Perfect!

  13. I love this so, so much! I'd add Let's Hear It For The Boy, I Can Dream About You, Batdance, Take My Breath Away, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, and any Madonna song from Desperately Seeking Susan or Who's That Girl.

  14. Catching up on the blogs I missed while I was gone...LOOOOOOVE "I'm Free." My fav song from the Footloose soundtrack. Also a big fan of "She's Like the Wind."

    Loved this post!

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