Are you in your late 30’s or early 40’s? If you are…that means you grew up in the 80’s. And if you grew up in the 80’s, that means you grew up in a cultural explosion that meshed pop culture with just about everything. From music, movies and television, the 80’s was as colorful a decade as you’ll find (literally…go check out the clothes!). Technology was booming, music & television merged with MTV and movies became a must-see event in the summertime. Living in a small town, there was nothing better to do on a Friday night than to cruise the main strip with the windows down, listening to the radio and then heading out to the local theater to catch the latest blockbuster. And it’s with those memories that I give you this mix of great tunes! Straight from the soundtracks of my favorite 80’s flicks…here’s a mix of the best songs that you may or may not of heard of that are featured in my favorite movies from my youth. First 3 people who know which scene that 3 of them are featured in I will mail you a copy of the playlist! And I predict no one will even try…lol
Shark Island – “Father Time”
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Keanu Reeves got his start playing the goofy Ted and the soundtrack is kinda kickass! Check out this hair band from Los Angeles! Reminds me a little of Billy Idol…
Flesh For Lulu – “I Go Crazy”
Some Kind Of Wonderful
I remember listening to Flesh For Lulu when I was in college in 1988. Dig this progressive alt-band!
Max Carle – “The Circle”
Seriously…this is a TOTALLY AWESOME soundtrack that has never been released on CD, so it’s unbelievably difficult to find. However I finally found it and now I’m playing it out! This is my favorite track off the album. Just good pop…
Wild Men Of Wonga – “Why Don’t Pretty Girls (Look At Me)”
Who was this band? Where did they go? Who knows…but I love this song and it’s alt-rock-pop-punk sound is VERY 80’s…
Mick Smiley – “Magic”
It starts out slow, then it kicks in towards the middle and becomes kind of haunting. Considering the movie it was in, that makes sense, right?
Tim Cappello – “I Still Believe”
The Lost Boys
With a sax to die for (literally), this gem from one of my favorite 80’s vampire flicks.
Commuter – “Young Hearts”
The Karate Kid
Everyone remembers that Peter Cetera’s “Glory Of Love” was the featured song in TKK II, but who remembers THIS track from the original? Nice pop track…
Jermaine Jackson – “Closest Thing To Perfect”
John Travolta’s worst movie ever? Considering it’s a film about aerobics and…uh….well, who knows what else, that’s up for discussion. But this little pop gem is from the OTHER non-female Jackson and it’s pop R&B at it’s finest!
Miami Sound Machine – “Hot Summer Nights”
This is just a great album that captures the essence of the decade in it’s entirety. And the movie ain’t half bad either. And this song was pretty much ignored and never released (as far as I know), but I love it anyways!
Wang Chung – “Fire In The Twilight”
The Breakfast Club
What would the 80’s have been without Wang Chung? Not only did they manage to release a song that made absolutely made no sense, it became a hit AND it was named after the band. THIS track is a MILLION times better than “Everybody Have Fun Tonight”, but who woulda known?
Starship – “Wild Again”
Not one of Tom Cruise’s best movies, you say? Well…that might be true, but this song features the kind of soaring vocals by Grace Slick that was all over pop radio in the 80’s. No matter what their name was, Starship (aka Jefferson Airplane AND Jefferson Starship) rocked my world!
Tangerine Dream – “Lana”
An instrumental track from this German band, the movie was littered with their distinctive sound. And this song is featured in possibly the most defining scene in the film. How hot was Lana? I’d say it was this scene that many teenage boys fantasized to in the 80’s. Well…except for THIS scene…
The Cars – “Moving In Stereo”
Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Oh come on…if you don’t know what scene I’m talking about here, you weren’t a teenage boy growing up in the 80’s…
Elizabeth Daily – “One Way Love”
Better Off Dead
Whether it’s Elizabeth or E.G., this pop songstress has that distinctive screechy vocal that could blow Cyndi Lauper away. Ok…maybe not…but this song is as fun and poppy as anything else on this list!
Sparks – “Angst In My Pants”
I can only imagine what it was like growing up in southern California in the 80’s, but this song almost epitomizes what it was like being a teenager ANYWHERE in the United States!
Ollie & Jerry – “Electric Booglaoo”
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
Oh come on…if you were dancin’ in the 80’s, you were breakin’ and THIS track is fun R&B that makes ya wanna do the robot…
Chris Farren & Amy Holland – “Learn To Love Again”
Night Of The Comet
How much do I love this movie? Well…that can be argued. However the soundtrack is classic 80’s pop and it’s not available on CD ANYWHERE but I found it! Here is my favorite track and it has NOTHING to do with zombies or cheerleaders. Just so ya know…
Kim Wilde – “Say you Really Want Me”
What a great fun song! With keyboards galore and great riffs, this track is undeniably 80’s!!!
Jude Cole – “Back To School”
Back To School
Great pop song that is featured in the classic Rodney Dangerfield flick about a guy who goes back to school to be with his son and along the way finds love and happiness…or something like that. Either way…this song is awesome!!!
Dan Hartman – “I Can Dream About You”
Streets Of Fire
This song has gotten enough airplay through the years and was fairly popular, but it’s one of my favorite songs from that decade and it would be a shame to NOT include it here! Great
Lindsay Buckingham – “Holiday Road”
John Hughes’ choice in music was impeccable when it came to his soundtracks and this song is taylor made for this film. A perfect choice by the 80’s filmmaking genius!
Once again…first 3 people who know which scenes these tracks were featured in gets a copy! Aaaaand go! I’ll be waiting by my computer…or not.