Sunday, 14 June 2015

Top Ten songs from 80s movies

Inspired by just watching the Carly Simon video for Let The River Run. I am now watching Africa by Toto which is not, to my knowledge, featured in an 80s film but god, I love it. If you feel the same way, read this.

Anyway, to my list. Oh, this is so hard. SO HARD. How can I pick just ten? Let me dive in and see how I get on.

Now, strictly speaking I am cheating from the start because this isn't really a song and it has no video to go with it. But I love this more than life itself and it's from one of my favourite movies ever (not just the 80s) and therefore I am having it. The love theme from St Elmo's Fire.

Footloose! Kenny Loggins is the king of the 80s soundtrack. This is the very definition of a 'they don't make 'em like they used to' song. It's impossible to sit still to and it really does make me want to kick off my Sunday shoes. Added bonus of Kevin Bacon dancing of course.


It would be too easy to pick What A Feeling from Flashdance and yes, I do love it. However, Maniac by Michael Sembello is also a classic.

Fame! I want to live forever. This was huge. I still love watching the video. Dancing is a big thing for me.

If you want cheese, this video delivers in spades. Carly mingling with the characters from Working Girl. It's deeply odd but what an anthem.

I could include the entire Dirty Dancing soundtrack. While I love Time of My Life, this montage is when they fall in love and I can watch it over and over again.

I could also include the whole Pretty Woman soundtrack. One of the greatest soundtracks of our time. Go West! Roxette! I've always adored this little love song though.

I can't find any video that went with Crocodile Dundee and this song. Mental As Anything - Live It Up. Best band name ever. This is perfect pop.

I hate Simple Minds but to not include this would be all kinds of wrong. And it's the one thing they did right.

The finest rom com ever made give me my final choice. Nobody else gave me a thrill, with all your faults I love you still. Another great soundtrack. 

No Top Gun songs? No room. Although the theme from Top Gun would be on my list on a different day and a different mood. Also Oh Yeah by Yello. What have I missed? Tell me your choices.


  1. Seriously, are you trying to kill me?

  2. What about Ghostbusters? Eye of the Tiger? Into The Groove ....... I mean, really how can you not consider Into the Groove? And, how about Together in Electric Dreams and The Heat is On?
    Obviously I will return with my Top Ten although I already see hours of torment ahead of me as I try to whittle my list down to just 10!

  3. How could I forget these? Who you gonna call? I am distraught.

  4. OK, here goes!
    My top ten songs from 80's movies, in no particular order:

    1. Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
    2. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr
    3. Into The Groove - Madonna
    4. Footloose - Kenny Loggins
    5. Fame - Irene Cara
    6. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
    7. Pretty In Pink - The Psychedelic Furs
    8. Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer
    9. 9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
    10. Let The River Run - Carly Smon

  5. I am going to have to rethink this, no Ghostbusters is unthinkable. I love that you went for two Kenny Loggins.


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