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.
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. Erin has 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.
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