I grew up in the 80s and while I was only a kid I still long for those days and remember how amazing movies used to be. It’s not that they’re not good now but I just think everything was better as a kid.
The movies and the music from that era are priceless and are bound to bring up memories. From slow ballads of love to hard rocking bad boys, these seven 80’s movie soundtracks are classic and will live forever in my heart and hopefully yours….
The Big Chill
This movie may have been made in the 80s but it definitely screamed 60s and 70s. The entire soundtrack was comprised of classics from bands like Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and a whole bunch more. This is one of those movies where every single song was played at an appropriate moment.
Some Kind of Wonderful
You know what I like about this soundtrack? There’s not one band on it that you’d recognize yet it still reeks of 80s awesomeness. I mean who the hell is Flesh for Lulu or Lick the Tins? Man the 80s was definitely weird. Awesome, but weird.
Pretty in Pink
I’m pretty sure you don’t make a list of awesome 80s soundtracks and not include Pretty in Pink. Even if you’re just going for one song, yes that song where McCarthy and Ringwald kiss at the end. “I touch you once, I touch you twice.” By the way that song is called “If you Leave” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. But other than them we’re talking The Smiths, New Order, Suzanne Vega. It’s good shizz.
Beverly Hills Cop
In 1984, Eddie Murphy was doing his thing as Detroit police officer onlywith the Pointer Sisters, Glenn Frye and Patti Labelle as back up. Honestly I couldn’t ask for anything better. The upbeat dance music from this movie made not only the movie enjoyable but also makes me want to dance.
New wave group Modern English performed hit single “I Melt With You” on the soundtrack as well as Bonnie Hayes performing “Girls Like Me”. Another reason this movie is on the list is that it truly introduced pop culture to a new language for teens. Something that probably lead to an evolution of speech. One of which I’m not proud of.
The Breakfast Club
This 1985 teen cult classic movie’s top single is “Don’t You Forget About Me” performed by Simple Minds. And seriously, that song alone warrants this movie a spot on this list. I don’t even remember any other songs and I honestly don’t care.
I have two words. Kenny Loggins. Good night.
Honorable mention: The Lost Boys, Purple Rain, Flashdance, Dirty Dancing