THE 50 Best Songs From 1980's Films EVER...

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1.
Chances Are (1989)
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This is a fiercely tender, sparkly sleeper gem, with stellar cast, about spirituality, the unconditional nature of the soul mate, loyalty and love and an alternate view to death. (108 mins.)
Director: Emile Ardolino
“ "After All" by Peter Cetera and Cher

Used in the movie Chances Are.Beautiful song, plays throughout the entire movie, mostly the instrumental version but at the end they play the actual song.The single peaked at number six in the United States and Canada, the only two countries where the song was officially released. However, it did manage to enter some European charts due to airplay, including Ireland, where it peaked at 24, and the United Kingdom, where it reached 84.

"After All" also became Cher's first number one hit on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States. The song found strong success stateside, but no video was ever made to further promote it. ” - Phil Rossi
 
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Against All Odds (1984)
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A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear. (128 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
“ "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins

"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (also simply titled "Against All Odds") is a song originally written and recorded by British singer Phil Collins. The song was the main theme for the 1984 film of the same name, and first appeared on its soundtrack. It is a ballad in which its protagonist implores his/her ex-lover to "take a look at me now", knowing that reconciliation is "against all odds", but also knowing that he or she must try. It has been covered by several artists.Originally titled "How Can You Just Sit There?", the song was initially from the sessions for Collins' debut solo album Face Value (1981), and it was one of about a dozen written for his first wife, who had left him.Phil Collins released the song on the soundtrack to the film Against All Odds, and it was produced by Arif Mardin. Rob Mounsey played piano and keyboard bass, Collins sang and played the drums with his (and Hugh Padgham's) trademark gated reverb sound, and a string arrangement by Mardin completed the production.

According to Collins in a 1985 interview with Dan Neer: "We recorded the song in two days: One day in New York, the other in Los Angeles. The mixes were done by phone and the song went to Number 1. I couldn't believe it." It peaked at number 2 in the UK upon its release as a single in 1984 and became Collins' third top ten single there, and it peaked at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, from 15 April to 5 May 1984. It replaced "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins, and was replaced by Lionel Richie's "Hello". It is the first of six songs by Collins written specifically for a film soundtrack to appear on the Hot 100. It also became Collins' only number 1 single on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as a solo artist, although he would achieve two other number ones on this chart with his band, Genesis.

"Against All Odds" won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1985, and it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Collins was the only nominee in the category not invited to sing his song on stage, and sat in the audience as Ann Reinking performed it. His perceived negative reaction shown on the telecast is considered to be one of the most awkward moments in the history of the ceremony, and has been a favourite reference for Dennis Miller to relate someone reacting in a horrified fashion.

When another song Collins performed for a movie, "Separate Lives", was being nominated for an Academy Award, in interviews about the original snub by the Academy for "Against All Odds", Collins would jokingly say "the hell with him - I'm going up too", referring to if the Stephen Bishop written song were to win the award.

Collins lost to the Stevie Wonder song "I Just Called to Say I Love You". The song was first included on a Collins album on the 1998 compilation Hits, and it also appeared on his compilation Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New (2008).The song's music video, directed by Taylor Hackford, and produced by Jeffrey Abelson, was an early example of a highly conceptual approach to creating hybrid movie/music-videos that producer Abelson pioneered. Echoing the love triangle theme of the film, Collins is seen performing in front of a wall of rainwater that is alternately lit red, blue, and green—each colour representing one of the three main characters in the film. It is this colour schematic that is used as an organic segue to and from character-specific scenes in the movie. The final scene pulls back from Collins to reveal him standing in the middle of a water-filled triangle formed from neon tubes in the same three colours—completing the visual concept as the three main characters are superimposed around the neon triangle's three sides. The concept for the video was created by Keith Williams, a Welsh-born writer who had already worked with Abelson on the video for "Dancin' With Myself" (Billy Idol), and who would go on to also create concepts for "Holding Out for a Hero" (Bonnie Tyler) and "Ghostbusters" (Ray Parker, Jr.) for the same producer as well as "Say You Say Me" (Lionel Richie) from White Nights, which Taylor Hackford also directed.[citation needed]

A number 1 MTV video for several weeks, MTV ranked it as number 4 in its 1984 year-end top 20 video countdown.

On 24 August 2007, Collins discussed the song in a phone interview as an example for break-up songs. ” - Phil Rossi
 
3.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
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A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills. (105 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ "Axel F." by Harold Faltermeyer

"Axel F" is the electronic instrumental theme from the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop performed by Harold Faltermeyer. The title comes from the main character's name, Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy), in the film. It topped musical charts in 1985 and remains a popular remix track. Mixes of "Axel F" topped European pop charts in 2003, and again in 2005 as the Crazy Frog song. In addition to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, the song also appears on Faltermeyer's 1988 album Harold F. as a bonus track. Reportedly Faltermeyer was against including it, but MCA insisted, as it was his most recognizable track.Faltermeyer recorded the song using three synthesizers: a Roland Jupiter-8, a Roland JX-3P, and a Yamaha DX7. The drum part was created with a LinnDrum drum machine. This version of the song reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It also spent two weeks atop the American adult contemporary chart. ” - Phil Rossi
 
4.
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
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The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. (98 mins.)
Director: Harold Ramis
“ "Blitzkreig Bop" by The Ramones

"Blitzkrieg Bop" is a song by the American punk rock band The Ramones. It was released as the band's debut single in April of 1976 in the United States. It appeared as the lead track on the band's debut album, Ramones, also released that month.

The song, whose composition was credited to the band as a whole, was written by bassist Dee Dee Ramone (lyrics) and drummer Tommy Ramone (music and lyrics).[2] Based on a simple three-chord pattern, "Blitzkrieg Bop" opens with the chant "Hey! Ho! Let's go!". The song is popular at sporting events where "Hey! Ho! Let's go!" is sometimes shouted as a rallying cry.

"Blitzkrieg Bop" is number 92 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at number 31 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, and in 2008 Rolling Stone Placed it number 18 on top 100 of Best Guitar Songs of All Time. In 2009 it was named the 25th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1."Blitzkrieg Bop" was named after the German World War II tactic blitzkrieg, which literally means "lightning war". The song was mainly written by drummer Tommy Ramone, while bassist Dee Dee Ramone came up with the title (the song was originally called "Animal Hop"). Dee Dee also changed one line: The original third verse had the line "shouting in the back now", but Dee Dee changed it to "shoot 'em in the back now". The precise meaning and subject matter of the song are, unlike many of The Ramones' other early compositions, somewhat vague and obscure. It may be a reference to attacking the exposed flank of tanks during a blitzkrieg operation, while some fans contend, based on lines such as "Shoot 'em in the back now", that the song tells of gang violence, which would seem to be more in line with the bands' other songs of that era. But it is more likely that the song is simply about having a good time at a concert, perhaps an ode to early punk fans.The song played when the kids tire of sing-a-long songs and don their walkmans as they leave Chicago. ” - Phil Rossi
 
5.
North Shore (1987)
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Before entering art school, Rick Kane sets out to surf the big wave season on the north shore of Oahu... (96 mins.)
Director: William Phelps
“ "Blue Hotel" by Chris Issak

North Shore is a 1987 film about Rick Kane (Matt Adler), a young fictional surfer from a wave tank in Arizona, who heads to surf the season on the North Shore of Oʻahu and see if he has the skills to cut it as a pro surfer. As he progresses on his journey, he learns the qualities he possesses are not going to pull him through alone.Chris Isaak's song epitomises coolness and stood out a mile in a low-budget movie. ” - Phil Rossi
 
6.
Out of Bounds (1986)
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Farm boy Daryl Cage's parents ship him off to the big city to live with his brother, hoping he will have a better life there... (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Tuggle
“ "Cities In Dust" by Siouxsie & The Banshees

"Cities in Dust" is a song written and produced by English rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. It was released as the first single from their seventh studio album Tinderbox in 1985. The "Cities in Dust" 12-inch single was the first Banshees' single-release in the United States, through Geffen Records.

The song obliquely describes the city of Pompeii, destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 79AD. Imagery describing the volcano and its magma chamber, the condition of the victims of the eruption, and the subsequent discovery and excavation of the city comprises the bulk of the lyrics.

"Cities in Dust" was a more post-punk affair than singles released by Siouxsie & the Banshees in the previous several years. It also had more of a pop music melody than past releases from the band, although its cryptic lyrics were still dark, mentioning a shrine to Lares Familiares. Its upbeat 4/4 rhythm also made it a hit in danceclubs. "Cities in Dust" peaked at number twenty-one in the UK singles chart. Although not Siouxsie & the Banshees' first song to hit the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, it was their first significant hit, climbing to number seventeen.Anthony Michael Hall gets his bag switched at the airport with a duffle full of heroin. Siouxsie performs this song live in the movie. ” - Phil Rossi
 
7.
Vision Quest (1985)
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A high school wrestler in Spokane, Washington has trouble focusing on his training regimen when a worldly drifter takes up temporary residence at his home. (107 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
“ "Crazy for You" by Madonna

"Crazy for You" is a song by American recording artist Madonna for the 1985 film Vision Quest. It was released on March 2, 1985 by Geffen Records as the first single from the soundtrack album of the film, and later included on the ballads compilation Something to Remember (1995). The song also appears as a remix on the greatest hits albums The Immaculate Collection (1990) and Celebration (2009), and was re-released as a single in the form of this remix on February 24, 1991 by Sire Records to promote the former of these two albums. Producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber, along with music director Phil Ramone, decided to use Madonna after listening to her previous recordings. They employed John Bettis and Jon Lind to write the song. After reading the script of the film, Bettis and Lind wrote the song about the situation in which the lead characters meet at a nightclub. Initial recording sessions did not impress Bettis and Lind, and they felt that "Crazy for You" would be dropped from the soundtrack. However, a new version was recorded which did impress them and was added to the album.

John "Jellybean" Benitez was the producer for the song, and it was a challenge for him, as previously he was associated with recording dance-pop songs only. Initially Warner Bros. Records did not want the song to be released as a single, since they believed that "Crazy for You" would take away the attention from Madonna's sophomore release Like a Virgin. In the end, Peters and Guber convinced Warner officials to greenlight the release of the single. "Crazy for You" ushered a new musical direction for Madonna, as previously she had not recorded any songs in the ballad genre. It features instrumentation from snare drums, harp, bass synthesizer and electric guitar. Lyrically the song talks about sexual desire between two lovers and consists of innuendos. It received positive reception from contemporary critics and scholars, and earned a Grammy Award nomination in 1986 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The song became Madonna's second number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 as well as reaching the peak position in the charts of Australia and Canada. It also reached number-two in the charts of Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, where it was released twice, once in 1985 and again in 1991. Madonna has performed "Crazy for You" in two of her concert tours – The Virgin Tour in 1985 and the Re-Invention World Tour in 2004. The performances were included in the home video releases of the tours. The song has been covered by a number of artists. ” - Phil Rossi
 
8.
The Lost Boys (1987)
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After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ "Cry Little Sister" by Gerard McMann

"Cry Little Sister" is a single by Gerard McMann and Michael Mainieri from the 1987 soundtrack to the film The Lost Boys. The album peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200,[1] the single did not chart in the U.S.

released as a single in 2003 as "Cry Little Sister (I Need U Now)".

* Their 2007 album, Thou Shalt Not Fall includes a mash-up version, as well as the original Lost Boys version
* Their EP How to Be Pop, Stupid, Cool includes a remix titled "Cry Little Sister" (Rebel Angel remix)
* G Tom Mac remixed the song with a bluesy remix inspired by the TV show, True Blood, aptly named "Cry Little Sister" (Blood Swamp Version)
* A video for "Cry Little Sister (Club Cave Mix)" Was produced by DJ Lee and G Tom Mac and released as a bonus feature on "Lost Boys: The Tribe" DVD ” - Phil Rossi
 
9.
Urban Cowboy (1980)
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Bud is a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar. (132 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
“ "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band

"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" is a song written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band and released on their 1979 album Million Mile Reflections.

The song is written in the key of D minor. Vassar Clements originally wrote the basic melody an octave lower, in a tune called "Lonesome Fiddle Blues". The Charlie Daniels Band moved it up an octave and put words to it. The song's verses are closer to being spoken rather than sung (i.e. chant or Sprechstimme), and tell the story of a boy named Johnny, who one day is challenged by the devil to a battle of fiddle-playing: If Johnny triumphs, he claims a golden fiddle; losing the battle will forfeit his soul. The performances of Satan and Johnny are played as instrumental bridges.

The song was the band's biggest pop hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100.The song was featured in the movie Urban Cowboy. The choreographer of the film, Patsy Swayze, claims that she set the tempo to the song. "How fast can you dance it?" Daniels asked. "How fast can you play it?" Swayze replied.This song is played during the dance competition. Great song...even if you're not into country music. It still fires you up. ” - Phil Rossi
 
10.
Dream a Little Dream (1989)
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An accident puts the consciousness of an elderly dream researcher into the body of a bratty teenager. The problem? The kid prefers dreamworld limbo to real life. (114 mins.)
Director: Marc Rocco
“ "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades" by Timbuk 3

The inspiration for the song, and the title specifically, came when Barbara K. MacDonald said to her partner and husband Pat MacDonald "The future is looking so bright, we'll have to wear sunglasses!" But, while Barbara had made the comment in earnest – it was the early '80s, the two had met and married and were starting a family, their first EP was coming, their book was filling up with gigs – Pat heard the comment as an ironic quip and wrote down instead, “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.”

From there, the lyrics to the song were born, but not the song as it ended up in the minds of popular culture. While Pat wrote a song of a youthful nuclear scientist and his monied future, listening audiences heard a graduation theme song.

Pat revealed on VH1's "100 Greatest One-hit Wonders of the '80s" list that the meaning of the song was widely misinterpreted as a positive perspective in regard to the near future. Pat somewhat clarified the meaning by stating that it was, contrary to popular belief, a "grim" outlook. While not saying so directly, he hinted at the idea that the bright future was in fact due to impending nuclear holocaust. The "job waiting" after graduation signified the demand for nuclear scientists to facilitate such events. Pat drew upon the multitude of past predictions which transcend several cultures that foreshadow the world ending in the 1980s, along with the nuclear tension at the height of the cold war to compile the song.Dream a Little Dream is a 1989 teen film directed by Marc Rocco and stars Jason Robards, Corey Feldman, Piper Laurie, Meredith Salenger, Harry Dean Stanton and Corey Haim. It was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina. Released in 1,019 theaters, it accumulated $5,552,441.This was the third film featuring the two Coreys. The film's sequel, Dream a Little Dream 2, was released in 1995. ” - Phil Rossi
 
11.
The Outsiders (1983)
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The rivalry between two gangs, the poor greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other. (91 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ "Stay Gold" by Stevie Wonder

The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel based in 1965[1] by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel,[2] and 18[3] when it was published. The book follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs (pronounced by the author as "so-shez", short for Socials), who are divided by their socioeconomic status.

A film adaptation was produced in 1983, and a short-lived television series appeared in 1990, picking up where the movie left off.

The song was never released and only exists on the soundtrack as an instrumental and on his solo albums as a live version. ” - Phil Rossi
 
12.
Less Than Zero (1987)
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A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. (98 mins.)
Director: Marek Kanievska
“ "Hazy Shade of Winter" by The Bangles

In 1987, The Bangles were approached to record a song for the soundtrack of the film Less Than Zero. They chose to record a cover of "A Hazy Shade of Winter", a song they had been performing since their early days as a band.

Their cover, simply titled "Hazy Shade of Winter", was vastly different from the original, turning it into a harder-edged rock song, and removing most of the bridge section. The record, like the rest of the soundtrack album, was produced by Rick Rubin. After a fruitful but disappointing experience with the producer of their Different Light album, David Kahne, where they were given little input in the production of the songs, the group decided to take more control for the recording of this song, and they were given an additional producer credit. Michael Steele later commented that "we sounded the most on this record the way we actually sound live", and that "If we hadn't been so messed up as a band, it could have been a turning point for us"

Lead vocals were performed jointly by all four members of the group, with a short solo lead by Susanna Hoffs towards the end of the song. This was a rare occurrence in the Bangles songs, as they mostly had just one member singing lead on their songs. Due to pressure from their record label, The Bangles removed the verse from the original song that contained the line "drinking my vodka and lime."

When released as a single in November 1987, "Hazy Shade of Winter" became a huge hit, surpassing the popularity of the original version, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #11 in the UK. It was also a hit around Europe.

The music video for the song featured the band singing in a studio surrounded by TV screens on the walls, similar to a scene of the Less Than Zero film. Scenes of the film also appear throughout the video.

"Hazy Shade of Winter" was not included on any of the band's studio albums, but was it later included on the band's first official Greatest Hits in 1990, and on many of the band's later compilations. The accompanying Greatest Hits video compilation did not feature the "Hazy Shade of Winter" video, due to complications with the licensing of the movie rights of the Less Than Zero scenes that appear on the videoclip.

The Bangles version was commonly used as bumper music for late night radio talk show Coast to Coast AM hosted by Art Bell in the mid to late 1990s.

It is used in the film when Clay comes home for Christmas Break from college. He is meeting Blair and Julian and then he goes home to his house and looks at how his room hasn't changed.

The lyrics evoke the passage of the seasons, but (as the title suggests) focusing on the gloominess of winter. The chorus of the song repeats:

But look around,
leaves are brown now
And the sky
is a hazy shade of winter

Look around,
leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground. ” - Phil Rossi
 
13.
The Wraith (1986)
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A mysterious figure suddenly appears to challenge a gang of motorhead thugs. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Marvin
“ "Hold on Blue Eyes" by LaMarca

Packard Walsh (Nick Cassavetes) and his gang steal the cars of people they threaten into intimidation races. As a result, the entire town is scared of him, except for his 'proclaimed' girlfriend Keri Johnson (Sherilyn Fenn), who, in reality, wants nothing to do with Packard.

Packard's control of the highways is suddenly targeted by the driver of a black high powered vehicle known only as the Wraith. The unknown racer arrives in town, just as a new guy named Jake Kesey (Charlie Sheen) does. Jake's first move is on Keri, and he also befriends Billy Hankins (Matthew Barry), who was the younger brother of her ex-boyfriend. Jake asks Billy about Keri's intentions with Packard, and Billy reveals to him that Keri was dating his brother Jamie before he was killed.

While Jake and Keri become closer, Packard's gang gets smaller and smaller as they each take on the unknown car in one on one races and end up dead at the end of them. Sheriff Loomis (Randy Quaid) begins tracking down the car in an attempt to find out what's going on, but the unknown driver is unstoppable.

Mark Tiemens, songwriter and producer, was born in Iowa in 1952. He co-wrote the hit song "Hold on Blue Eyes" with JD Souther and Haden Greg for the movie The Wraith. "Hold On Blue Eyes" was rerecorded as an instrumental jazz song by Bryan Savage and again as a rock song by French star, David Hallyday.The song was never released but was extremely atmospheric.It's used in the scene where Charlie Sheen and Sherilyn Fenn make out in the pond. ” - Phil Rossi
 
14.
Valley Girl (1983)
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Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love... (99 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
“ "I Melt With You" by Modern English

"I Melt with You" is a song by the British post-punk and New Wave band Modern English. The song, produced by Hugh Jones, was a single from the 1982 album After the Snow. It reached #7 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart and #78 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983. The song gained popularity due to its airplay on MTV in early 1983 and its inclusion during the closing credits in the movie Valley Girl. The band re-recorded it in 1990 for their album Pillow Lips, the re-released version peaking at #76 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It is ranked #39 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 80's and #7 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy movie, starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, E.G. Daily, Cameron Dye and Joyce Hyser. The movie was the directorial debut of Martha Coolidge, and was the first film in which Nicolas Coppola was billed as Nicolas Cage. The American release of Valley Girl was April 29, 1983.The plot is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. ” - Phil Rossi
 
15.
About Last Night... (1986)
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A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends. (113 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ "If Anybody Had A Heart" by John Waite

About Last Night... is an American comedy-drama film released in 1986. The film was directed by Edward Zwick, and stars Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, and James Belushi. It is based on the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.Danny and Bernard are two single men who live in Chicago. When Danny meets Debbie at Mother's, a bar in the Chicago Gold Coast, the two start a relationship from a one night stand. Danny's life then takes a different turn, and he has problems committing to his life with Debbie, who realizes his phobia with the help of her friend Joan. The film follows the couple from the beginning of their relationship to its end.The song features at the end of the movie as Danny and Debbie meet up at the baseball field and go off down the road together in the distance. ” - Phil Rossi
 
16.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
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A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. (96 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ "If You Leave" by OMD

"If You Leave" is a 1986 song by the British synthpop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. It was recorded for the soundtrack to the film Pretty in Pink where it was played prominently during the final scene. It became the group's biggest hit in the U.S., reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but was virtually ignored in the UK, where it only reached number 48 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song is noteable that it has no less than eight key changes.Pretty in Pink is an American 1986 teen romantic comedy-drama film about teenage love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. It is one of a group of John Hughes films starring Molly Ringwald, and is commonly identified as a "Brat Pack" film.It's played in the film when Molly Ringwald shows up at the prom. ” - Phil Rossi
 
17.
Over the Top (1987)
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Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to reconcile with his estranged son and win the world arm wrestling championship. (93 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
“ "In This Country" by Robin Zander

Over the Top is a 1987 drama film starring Sylvester Stallone, and produced and directed by Menahem Golan about a long haul truck driver who tries to win back his alienated son while becoming a champion arm wrestler. The screenplay was written by Stirling Silliphant and Sylvester Stallone. The original music score is composed by Giorgio Moroder.An OK movie, but a great song. It's a shame that because most people forgot about this movie (or at least want to forget about this movie) they forgot this great song. ” - Phil Rossi
 
18.
Say Anything... (1989)
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A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college. (100 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel

"In Your Eyes" is a song by musician Peter Gabriel from his 1986 album So. It reached #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986.It was not released as a single in the UK. Gabriel later released an extended version of the song which was nearly 9 minutes in length (as compared to the original 5:29 version that appears on the album).The song was used twice in the 1989 Cameron Crowe film, Say Anything..., as well as in its trailer. An iconic scene from the film occurs when broken-hearted Lloyd Dobler serenades his ex-girlfriend, Diane Court, outside her bedroom window by holding a boombox up above his head and playing the song for her. The scene has become a standard pop culture reference for romance. Repopularized by its usage in the film, the song reentered the charts but narrowly failed to crack the top 40 in its second run, reaching as high as #41.Peter Gabriel asked to see Crowe's film and Crowe asked the production company to send Gabriel a rough cut. Gabriel approved the use of his song, but told Crowe that he was uneasy about the overdose of the main character at the end; the studio had erroneously sent Gabriel the film Wired instead. ” - Phil Rossi
 
19.
Immediate Family (1989)
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Linda and Michael, married for ten years, desperately want a baby and turn to an adoption agency which introduces them to Lucy... (95 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
“ "Into The Mystic" by Van Morrison

Into the Mystic" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and featured on his 1970 album Moondance. It was also included on Morrison's 1974 live album, It's Too Late To Stop Now.

The song has a soothing, calm, medium-paced tempo. It is among the most popular songs doctors listen to while operating, according to a survey made by BBC!The lyrics are about a spiritual quest, typical of Morrison's work. "Bass thrums like a boat in motion, and the song comes back to water as a means of magical transformation."[3] "At the very end Van sings: too late to stop now, suggesting that the song also describes an act of love." (This phrase would become a key point of many live concerts.)[4] Compared to "Yesterday" by The Beatles, It has been described as "another song where the music and the words seem to have been born together, at the same time, to make one perfectly formed, complete artistic element.“[5]

Morrison remarked on the song: "'Into the Mystic' is another one like 'Madame Joy' and 'Brown Skinned Girl'. Originally I wrote it as 'Into the Misty'. But later I thought that it had something of an ethereal feeling to it so I called it 'Into the Mystic'. That song is kind of funny because when it came time to send the lyrics in WB Music, I couldn't figure out what to send them. Because really the song has two sets of lyrics. For example, there's 'I was born before the wind' and 'I was borne before the wind', and also 'Also younger than the son, Ere the bonny boat was one' and 'All so younger than the son, Ere the bonny boat was won' ... I guess the song is just about being part of the universe."In the film,Glenn Close and Mary Stuart Masterson sing this song together. ” - Phil Rossi
 
20.
Back to the Future (1985)
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A young man is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry

"Johnny B. Goode" is a 1958 rock and roll song composed by Chuck Berry. It is one of Berry's most important songs, being listed #7 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is widely considered to be the first Rock and Roll song, as portrayed in the movie Cadillac Records and Back To The Future where Michael J Fox plays guitar at his parents prom before they got together. ” - Phil Rossi
 
21.
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
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A group of friends, just out of college, struggle with adulthood. (110 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ "For Just A Moment" by David Foster

St. Elmo's fire (also St. Elmo's light is an electrical weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge originating from a grounded object in an atmospheric electric field (such as those generated by thunderstorms or thunderstorms created by a volcanic explosion).

St. Elmo's fire is named after St. Erasmus of Formiae (also called St. Elmo, the Italian name for St. Erasmus), the patron saint of sailors. The phenomenon sometimes appeared on ships at sea during thunderstorms and was regarded by sailors with religious awe for its glowing ball of light, accounting for the name.St. Elmo's Fire is a 1985 American coming-of-age film directed by Joel Schumacher. The film, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare Winningham, is a prominent movie of the Brat Pack genre, and revolves around a group of friends that have just graduated from Georgetown University and their adjustment to their post-university lives and the responsibilities of encroaching adulthood. In August 2009, ABC won a bidding war among networks to adapt the film into a TV comedy-drama."St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for two weeks in September 1985, and "Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire" (the instrumental theme to the movie by David Foster) reached #15. Another version of the "Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire" with lyrics, titled For Just a Moment was performed by Amy Holland and Donny Gerrard, and was included as the final song on the soundtrack album. ” - Phil Rossi
 
22.
At Close Range (1986)
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In 1978 rural Pennsylvania an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons and they become intrigued with romanticized life of crime. (111 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ "Live To Tell" by Madonna

"Live to Tell" is a pop ballad by American singer-songwriter Madonna. Originally written by Patrick Leonard for the soundtrack of the film Fire with Fire, the song was shown to Madonna, who decided to use it for then-husband Sean Penn's film At Close Range. It was produced by Leonard and Madonna for her third studio album True Blue, released in mid-1986, later appearing as a remix on the 1990 compilation album The Immaculate Collection, in its original form on the 1995 ballads compilation album Something to Remember, and most recently on her third compilation album Celebration (again in its original form), released in September 2009.

The song includes instrumentation from guitars, keyboards, drums and a synthesizer, and its lyrics deals with deceit, mistrust and childhood scars. The music video, directed by James Foley, shows Madonna's first image makeover, featuring her with a cleaner look, shoulder-length wavy golden blond hair, conservative wardrobe and subtle make-up.

Released as the album's first single in March 1986, the song was a commercial success. It became Madonna's third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and her first number-one on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was generally well-received by music critics, who frequently referred to it as the best ballad of her career. The song faced controversy when Madonna performed it on her 2006 Confessions Tour wearing a crown of Thorns while hanging on a giant mirrored cross. The performance at Rome's Olympic Stadium was condemned as an act of hostility toward the Roman Catholic Church by religious leaders."Live to Tell" was originally written by Patrick Leonard for the soundtrack of Paramount's romantic drama film Fire with Fire, but after the company declined it, Leonard presented the song to Madonna.She decided to use it for At Close Range, the new film of her then-husband, actor Sean Penn. Madonna made a demo of the song, which the film's director, James Foley, after hearing, asked Leonard to write the score for the film, as suggested by Madonna.

Leonard initially envisioned a male voice interpreting the song,but decided to use Madonna's demo version as the main vocal with backup drums only,later recalling that "it was so innocent and so shy. It's as naive, as raw, as can be and that's part of what gave it all its charm."In a 1986 interview, Madonna said that the mood on the song was inspired by a different facet of her image makeover and her desire to focus on something different. ” - Phil Rossi
 
23.
Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
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When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith. (95 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ "Miss Amanda Jones" by March Violets

Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson, and Mary Stuart Masterson. It was one of the many successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in the 1980s, although this one was directed by Howard Deutch. During filming, Deutch met Thompson and two years later the two got married. The film is considered a cult classic of the Brat Pack era due to its strong themes that were seen in previous Hughes productions.The movie is set against the strict social hierarchy of an American public high school. The tomboyish Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) has always considered working-class Keith Nelson (Eric Stoltz) her best friend. But when Keith asks out the most popular girl in school, Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson), Watts realizes she feels something much deeper for him. Hardy Jenns (Craig Sheffer), Amanda's jealous former boyfriend from the rich section of town, still wants her and plans to get back at Keith. Eventually all this is sorted out, with Amanda realizing she needs time alone, and Keith cluing into Watts's feelings and realizing he loves her, too.

March Violets began to receive negative reviews from the music press. The accusations of selling out worsened as the band signed to major label London Records, which also saw them add drummer Andy Tolson to the line up. The subsequent "Turn To The Sky" single was released through London Records, although still bearing the Rebirth imprint. Reviews were disparaging, and despite featuring on the soundtrack to the film Some Kind of Wonderful, the band failed to find a new audience and broke up in 1987. ” - Phil Rossi
 
24.
Rocky IV (1985)
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After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge. (91 mins.)
“ "No Easy Way Out" by Robert Tepper

Rocky IV is the original motion picture soundtrack to the movie of the same name. It was originally released in 1985 on the Scotti Brothers label.Scotti Brothers re-released the album on compact disc on March 10, 1992. In 2010 Intrada Records released the original score by Vince DiCola, which were not available before.

The soundtrack was hugely successful on the strength of two top-five singles, Survivor's "Burning Heart" (which Sylvester Stallone personally commissioned for the movie and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100)and James Brown's "Living in America", as well as Robert Tepper's lone top-40 hit, "No Easy Way Out". It reached the top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. ” - Phil Rossi
 
25.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
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A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (103 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want " by Dream Academy

No soundtrack was ever released for the film, as director John Hughes felt the songs would not work well together as a continuous album.

The only official soundtrack that Ferris Bueller's Day Off ever had was for the mailing list. A&M was very angry with me over that; they begged me to put one out, but I thought "who'd want all of these songs?" I mean, would kids want "Danke Schoen" and "Oh Yeah" on the same record? They probably already had "Twist and Shout," or their parents did, and to put all of those together with the more contemporary stuff, like the (English) Beat - I just didn't think anybody would like it. But I did put together a seven-inch of the two songs I owned the rights to - "Beat City" on one side, and... I forget, one of the other English bands on the soundtrack... and sent that to the mailing list. By '86, '87, it was costing us $30 a piece to mail out 100,000 packages. But it was a labour of love.An out and out instrumental that fits in perfectly. ” - Phil Rossi
 
26.
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
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A disillusioned young writer living in New York City turns to drugs and drinking to block out the memories of his dead mother and estranged wife. (107 mins.)
Director: James Bridges
“ "Ice Cream Days" by Jennifer Hall

Bright Lights, Big City is a 1988 drama film starring Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland and Phoebe Cates, based on the novel of the same name by Jay McInerney. It was the last film directed by James Bridges before his death in 1993.Originally from Pennsylvania, Jamie Conway (Michael J. Fox) works as a fact-checker for a major New York magazine, but because he spends his nights partying with his glib best friend (Kiefer Sutherland) and his frequent cocaine abuse, he's on the verge of getting fired by his boss, C. Jones (Frances Sternhagen). His wife, a fast-rising model (Phoebe Cates), just left him; he's still reeling from the death of his mother (Dianne Wiest) a year earlier; and he's obsessed with a tabloid story about a pregnant woman in a coma. The movie captures some of the glossy chaos and decadence of the New York nightlife during the 1980s and also its look at a man desperately trying to escape the pain in his life.The song plays midway through the film briefly. ” - Phil Rossi
 
27.
Iron Eagle (1986)
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When a young daredevil pilot named Doug Masters finds out that his father has been shot down and captured, he has only one thing in mind - attempt a rescue mission with the help of an air force veteran. (117 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ "The Road Of The Gypsy" by Adrenalin

Iron Eagle is a 1986 action film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Jason Gedrick and Louis Gossett, Jr. While it received mixed reviews, the film earned US$24,159,872 at the U.S. box office. Iron Eagle was followed by three sequels: Iron Eagle II, Aces: Iron Eagle III and Iron Eagle IV, with Gossett, Jr. being the only actor to have appeared in all four films.Doug Masters (Jason Gedrick), son of veteran U.S. Air Force pilot Col. Ted Masters (Tim Thomerson), is a music lover and an experienced civilian pilot, hoping to follow in his father's footsteps. Then, his hopes are dashed when he receives a notice of rejection from the Air Force Academy. Making matters worse is the news of his father being shot down and captured by an unnamed Arab nation while patrolling over the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the incident occurring over international waters, the Arab nation's court finds Col. Masters guilty of trespassing over their territory and sentences him to hang in three days. ” - Phil Rossi
 
28.
Road House (1989)
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A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar. (114 mins.)
“ "Roadhouse Blues" by Jeff Healey Band

It's a cover of an old Doors track but is sung supremely well by the late Healey in the film. ” - Phil Rossi
 
29.
Rad (1986)
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The story of one young man, Cru Jones, who has the intensity and desire to win a BMX race called Helltrack. (91 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
“ "Send Me An Angel" by Real Life

It's playing when they are bike dancing.
Send Me an Angel is a 1983 song by Real Life, it was released on the album Heartland and their most known song.

The song is about a man, who asks himself whether he finds true love.

In 1989 it was released a remix of the song with the name Send Me an Angel'89, which was also successful.At the beginning of the video it's to see a man who rides through an forest and than the band performs the song. The goes about a woman, also increases the rider off his horse and the woman picked up at a lantern walk. At the end of the clip meet the rider and the woman.
Rad is a film about BMX racing, first released in the USA in 1986. The film was written by Sam Bernard and Geoffrey Edwards and directed by Hal Needham. It stars Bill Allen and Lori Loughlin. While the film was critically lambasted, it has developed into a cult classic. Parts of this movie were filmed at Cochrane High School in Cochrane Alberta Canada. ” - Phil Rossi
 
30.
La Bamba (1987)
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Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. (108 mins.)
Director: Luis Valdez
“ "Sleep Walker" by Santo & Johnny

"Sleep Walk" is an instrumental steel guitar-based song recorded and released in 1959 by brothers Santo & Johnny. The song was composed by Santo and Johnny Farina as well. (The original single credits three Farinas---perhaps their mother or sister helped, but it's apparently false.It was recorded at Trinity Music in Manhattan. "Sleep Walk" entered Billboard's Top 40 on August 17, 1959. It rose to the number-one position for two weeks in September (the 21st and the 28th)and remained in the Top 40 until November 9. "Sleep Walk" also reached number four on the R&B chart.It was the last instrumental to hit number one in the 1950s and earned Santo & Johnny a gold record.The song is not on the soundtrack, but its played during the end credits. The ominous acoustic guitars in this instrumental will bring you to tears. ” - Phil Rossi
 
31.
Running Scared (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two street-wise Chicago cops have to shake off some rust after returning from a Key West vacation to pursue a drug dealer that nearly killed them in the past. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
“ "Sweet Freedom" by Michael McDonald

Running Scared is a 1986 action/comedy film directed by Peter Hyams, and starring Gregory Hines, Billy Crystal, and Jimmy Smits. The film chronicles two Chicago police officers that decide to retire from the force and open a bar in Florida after nearly being killed on the job only to get caught up in making one last arrest before they go. The tagline for the film is:

Two of Chicago's finest?
Just a classic song that really is timeless. ” - Phil Rossi
 
32.
American Anthem (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
Steve is a talented gymnast who has given up competition and is working at his father's bike shop. Julie is the new girl at his old gym... (102 mins.)
Director: Albert Magnoli
“ "Take it Easy (On Yourself)" by Andy Taylor

American Anthem is a 1986 American film produced by Lorimar Motion Pictures and released in North America by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Albert Magnoli, and starred Mitch Gaylord and Janet Jones. The subject of the film was a football player turned gymnast that was seeking to join the United States Olympic gymnastics team. It is notable in that Mitch Gaylord was a member of the Gold-medal U.S. Men's gymnastics team at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

The film was released overseas as Take It Easy, named after one of the Andy Taylor songs on the soundtrack album. ” - Phil Rossi
 
33.
Breakin' (1984)
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A struggling young jazz dancer meets up with two break-dancers. Together they become the sensation of the street crowds. (90 mins.)
Director: Joel Silberg
“ "There's No Stopping Us " by Ollie & Jerry

"Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us" is a dance-pop song by American music duo Ollie & Jerry. Released in 1984 as a single from the soundtrack to the film Breakin', the song reached No. 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart. It is the theme song to the film Breakin'.The music video features footage from the movie Breakin' as well as numerous street break dancing performances. Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was an extra in the film, can be seen dancing in the background at one point. ” - Phil Rossi
 
34.
Electric Dreams (1984)
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An artificially intelligent PC and his human owner find themselves in a romantic rivalry over a woman. (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Barron
“ "Together In Electric Dreams " by Giorgio Moroder & Phil Oakey

In 1984 for the film Electric Dreams, Phil Oakey and Moroder provided the film theme song, "Together in Electric Dreams". When later released as a single,it would go on to become an international hit, actually eclipsing the film it was intended to promote. Ironically it would also become a bigger hit than some of Oakey’s Human League singles of the same period.Played after Edgar's suicide in the film. ” - Phil Rossi
 
35.
Labyrinth (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
“ "Underground" by David Bowie

The track was something of an experiment for Bowie, dabbling in gospel music to a small extent, helped by a large chorus of backing vocalists and blues guitarist Albert Collins, but retaining use of synthesizers.

Steve Barron directed the video clip for promoting the song, which featured images of Bowie’s most notable “roles”, including Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke (Bowie’s 1975 persona, explicitly named during the title track of Station to Station), Thomas Newton (from The Man Who Fell to Earth), Jareth (from Labyrinth) and Baal, before Bowie dances with the puppet characters from the film and turns into a cartoon himself.

The single reached #21 in the UK charts. A video for “As the World Falls Down”, another track from the Labyrinth album, was mooted for a Christmas 1986 single release, with a 3:36 edit and another Steve Barron video made. However, this release was cancelled, for reasons that are still largely unknown. The video, consisting mainly of clips from the film, has since been released on Bowie collections. In January 1987, another track from the soundtrack, "Magic Dance," was issued as an American 12”-only release.

Over the years it has been speculated that Underground was the inspiration for Madonna's 1989 hit "Like a Prayer", which also features a pop melody combined with a gospel song. 1987's "Man in the Mirror," co-written and sung by Michael Jackson, is another possible influence on "Like a Prayer" and, indeed, "Underground" could have been an influence on "Man in the Mirror." ” - Phil Rossi
 
36.
A View to a Kill (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley. (131 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ "That Fatal Kiss" by Duran Duran

The b-side was an instrumental piece orchestrated by John Barry, titled "A View To A Kill (That Fatal Kiss)".

It is thought that there was no 12" remix for the song because the band ran out of time. However, Capitol Records did commission and receive at least one remix of the track.[citation needed]

In addition BBC Radio 1 (in the UK) played one extended version of the track which included the well-known "I expect you to die" quote from 1964's Goldfinger as a one-off promotion around the time the single was released. An unofficial DJ Service remix called "A View to a kill (Art of Mix)" has appeared on various DJ and bootleg compilations. There is also a fan-made remix which combines the whole Duran Duran's version with some sampled scores from its film and an orchestral score completely based upon that of the band's. It was named as "A View To A Kill (Saint Ken Extended Remix)". ” - Phil Rossi
 
37.
The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ "Water Fountain" by David Foster

The Secret of My Success (sometimes stylized as The Secret of My Succe$s) is a 1987 American comedy film starring Michael J. Fox and Helen Slater, produced and directed by the late Herbert Ross (best known for Footloose). The screenplay is written by Jim Cash, who previously co-scripted Top Gun.
The song is an instrumental that has all of Foster's signatures stamped all over it.Sheer beauty. ” - Phil Rossi
 
38.
The Color of Money (1986)
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Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback. (119 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ "Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevron

"Werewolves of London" is a rock song composed by LeRoy Marinell, Waddy Wachtel, and Warren Zevon and performed by Zevon. Included on Zevon's 1978 album Excitable Boy, it featured accompaniment by bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. The song is memorable for its humorous and macabre lyrics — e.g. "I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic's, his hair was perfect!" — and the refrain featuring a howled "ah-ooo!!"

This song was the only solo success by Warren Zevon that made the American Top 40 charts (AT40), scoring a respectable position of number 21, during mid-1978. The song entered the AT40 on 22 April 1978, peaked at number 21, and remained in the AT40 for only 6 weeks. The single was released on the Asylum label with a catalog number of 45472.In 1986 the film The Color of Money, starring Tom Cruise and Paul Newman, featured a scene with Cruise running the table while Zevon's song plays in the background. ” - Phil Rossi
 
39.
Short Circuit (1986)
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Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes. (98 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ "Who's Johnny" by El Debarge

"Who's Johnny" is a dance-pop hit recorded by El DeBarge. Released in 1986 off the Gordy label, the single was used for the film Short Circuit and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B Singles chart. It was the only solo #1 single DeBarge released after he left his surname-based family group in the same year.The video features El Debarge singing in a courtroom, where a judge is presiding over Number 5's trial, attended by Stephanie Speck and a NOVA security guard. They play a VHS tape, labeled "Short Circuit", containing various clips from the movie. Number 5 wreaks havoc in the courtroom (only his robotic hand is visible to the viewer) with his various hi-jinks, including giving the prosecuting attorney a pair of funny-nose glasses, turning up the ceiling fan to create a windstorm of papers, and swapping the judge's normal gavel for an exploding one and calling the fire department, resulting in the judge being sprayed with water. Stephanie and El Debarge sneak out at the end, covering the camera with a slate on their way out. The prosecutor, still wearing the trick glasses, pops up to deliver the last "Who's Johnny?" ” - Phil Rossi
 
40.
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ "Adagio For Strings" by Samuel Barber

In 1967, Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a young American who has abandoned college for combat duty in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he sees dead soldiers in body bags being loaded into his plane. Taylor and several other replacements have been assigned to Bravo Company, 25th Infantry division, "somewhere near the Cambodian border." Worn down by the exhausting work and poor living conditions, his enthusiasm for the war wanes and he develops an admiration for the more experienced soldiers, despite their reluctance to extend their friendship.

One night while on ambush patrol, his sleeping unit is set upon by a squad of Vietnam People's Army soldiers. Gardner, a fellow new recruit, is killed, and another soldier (Tex) is maimed by "friendly fire" from a grenade thrown by Sergeant O'Neill (John C. McGinley). Despite having passed the watch duty to Junior, a more experienced soldier who fell asleep, Taylor is blamed for the casualties. The platoon's most seasoned sergeants, the compassionate Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe) and harsh Staff Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), argue. Taylor discovers a light wound to his neck, and he is sent to the field hospital for treatment.

Taylor returns from the hospital and gains acceptance from a tight-knit group in his unit (the "Heads") that socializes, dances, and consumes drugs in an underground clubhouse. He finds a mentor in a poorly-educated but wise veteran, King (Keith David). Next door, more conservative members of the unit drink beer and play cards. As the patrols continue, Taylor becomes a more seasoned soldier, no longer standing out amongst the others. During one patrol, a soldier (Manny) goes missing. His mutilated body is found tied to a post close by. The platoon soon reaches a nearby village, where a food and weapons cache is discovered. The soldiers explore the village. In one house, Taylor discovers a one-legged young man and his elderly mother hiding in a ditch beneath the floor. Taylor "snaps", taunting the man and shooting at the ground before his foot, forcing him to "dance". Sergeant O'Neill, responding to the shots fired, tells the group to vacate the hutch. Bunny (Kevin Dillon) turns to leave, then attacks the one-legged man with the butt of his shotgun, bludgeoning him to death.
This piece of music will always be inked to the film and Dafoe's knee-dropping fall. ” - Phil Rossi
 
41.
Listen to Me (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A group of college debaters learn about the world, friendships, love, dreams and family in this warm, endearing drama. (107 mins.)
“ "Forever Young" by Alphaville

"Forever Young" is the title track from German rock/synthpop group Alphaville's 1984 debut album of the same name. Though it was not the group's highest-charting European hit and failed to reach the American Top 40 despite three separate U.S. single releases, "Forever Young" became something of a pop standard and has been covered by numerous artists since its 1984 debut.The song's music video shows the band performing in one of the halls at Holloway Sanatorium in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. A number of ragged people ranging from children to the elderly awake to observe the band, then walk through a diamond-shaped glowing portal. ” - Phil Rossi
 
42.
Vision Quest (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A high school wrestler in Spokane, Washington has trouble focusing on his training regimen when a worldly drifter takes up temporary residence at his home. (107 mins.)
Director: Harold Becker
“ "Gambler" by Madonna

"Gambler" is a song by American recording artist Madonna. It was the second single released from the soundtrack album of the motion picture Vision Quest, and was released on October 3, 1985, by Geffen Records. Remaining as the last self-written single by Madonna, "Gambler" was produced by John "Jellybean" Benitez at Madonna's request. It was later included in the soundtrack of the film. "Gambler" was never released in the United States, at the request of Madonna's own Sire Records. The music video of the song is an excerpt from the film itself.

Musically, "Gambler" is an upbeat synth-disco song, featuring instrumentation from drums, electronic handclaps and percussion, which is accompanied by a bass synths and keyboards. The lyrics talk about Madonna asserting her self-independence. Critics gave a mixed review of the song, but it was commercially successful, reaching the top-ten in the charts of Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom. Madonna has performed the song only once, on her 1985 The Virgin Tour. ” - Phil Rossi
 
43.
Highlander (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize". (116 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
“ "Hammer to Fall" by Queen

"Hammer to Fall" is a 1984 hard rock song written by Brian May and performed by the British rock group Queen. It appeared on their 1984 album The Works.

It was the fourth and final single to be released from that album, although the single version was edited down by thirty seconds in contrast to the version on the album. Different sleeves were used to package this single and the live picture sleeve is now a collector's item. The song was also the subject of a popular music video directed by David Mallet, in which was a regular live performance of the song by the band in Brussels during the Works Tour, over which the single edit of the song was dubbed. The song harks back to the Queen of old, with a song being built around a hard angular and muscular riff.

The song was a concert favorite and was also played at Live Aid. Live versions of the song in the 1980s also usually served as an opporitunity for touring keyboardist Spike Edney to appear onstage playing rhythm guitar (he was usually not visible from his keyboard stack.) A different version of the song with the first part played in the style of a ballad was played by Queen + Paul Rodgers in 2005. The song peaked at number 13 in the UK, at 1 in Japan, and at 3 in South America; then was later featured in the film Highlander. ” - Phil Rossi
 
44.
Stand by Me (1986)
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After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ "Stand By Me" by Ben E King

According to the documentary History of Rock 'n' Roll, Ben E. King had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it.[1] King had written the song for The Drifters, who passed on the chance to record it. It was not until after the "Spanish Harlem" recording session that he had some studio time left over. The session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs and King played "Stand by Me" on the piano for them. They liked it and called all the studio musicians back in to record it.

Mike Stoller recalls it differently: "I remember arriving at our office as Jerry and Ben were working on lyrics for a new song. King had the beginnings of a melody that he was singing a capella. I went to the piano and worked up the harmonies, developing a bass pattern that became the signature of the song. Ben and Jerry quickly finished the lyrics…"[2] The fact that arranger Stan Applebaum couldn't possibly have dashed off an entire string chart at the end of a session, much less copied and distributed all the parts, supports this less dramatic version of the events.

Either way, King's record went to number one on the R&B charts[3] and was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. charts twice—in its original release in 1961, when it peaked at #4, and a 1986 rerelease coinciding with its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name following its appearance in the film, when it peaked at #9, and also in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. It also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987 after its re-release, mostly due to the jeans spot, originally reaching #27 on its first release.

The song was not released on an album until it had been out as a single for two years. After those two years the song appeared as track seven on King's Don't Play That Song.

"Stand by Me" was ranked number 122 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances. ” - Phil Rossi
 
45.
Purple Rain (1984)
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A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise. (111 mins.)
Director: Albert Magnoli
“ "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince and the Revolution

"Let's Go Crazy" is a 1984 song by Prince and The Revolution, from the album, Purple Rain. It was the opening track on both the album, and the film Purple Rain. "Let's Go Crazy" is one of Prince's most popular songs, and is almost always a staple for concert performances, often segueing into other hits. When released as a single, the song became Prince's second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the two component charts, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[1] and Hot Dance Club Play charts,[2] as well as becoming a UK Top 10 hit. The B-side was the lyrically controversial "Erotic City". In the UK, the song was released as a double A-side with "Take Me with U".

Common to much of Prince's writing the song is thought to be exhortation to follow Christian ethics, with the "De-elevator" of the lyrics being a metaphor for the Devil.

The extended "Special Dance Mix" of the song was performed in a slightly edited version in the film Purple Rain. It contains a longer instrumental section in the middle, including a solo on an apparently out-of-tune piano and some muddled lyrics, repeating the track's introduction.Purple Rain (the movie) grabs you from the very beginning when Prince's voice rings out from the still black movie screen: "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life...." "Let's Go Crazy" jump starts the film in a wave of raw rock-n-roll energy and you instantly know that Prince is about to deliver one of the greatest rock movies of all time. A classic moment for rock films *and* rock music. ” - Phil Rossi
 
46.
Better Off Dead... (1985)
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A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier. (97 mins.)
“ "Like To Get To Know You Well" by Howard Jones

"Like to Get to Know You Well" is a single by musician Howard Jones released in the second half of 1984, which was subsequently included on his twelve inch remix album The 12" Album. The single climbed to number four on the UK Singles Chart.

The sleeve carried the motto "Dedicated to the original spirit of the Olympic Games". The extended version, subtitled "International Remix", featured Jones singing in English, German and French.

The song was included as a bonus track on the singer's second studio album, Dream Into Action.

The song was featured in the 1985 movie Better Off Dead starring John Cusack. It was also featured in the Rockstar game Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories. The dance music artist mohito sampled this song heavily in their song "Slip Away".Two different videos were made. The first featured Jones walking around the streets of London greeting members of the public, accompanied by his bandmates of the time. When the single was released in the US, a new animated video was produced for that market. ” - Phil Rossi
 
47.
Rocky IV (1985)
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After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge. (91 mins.)
“ "Living in America" by James Brown

"Living in America" is a 1985 song performed by James Brown. It was released as a single in 1985 and reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also became a top five hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number five on the UK Singles Chart; it was his only top 10 single in the UK. It was his first Top 40 hit in ten years in the US, and it would also be his last.

The song was prominently featured in the film Rocky IV. In the film, Brown sings the song before Apollo Creed enters the boxing ring, in reference to the character's patriotism. It appeared on the Rocky IV soundtrack album. The full version of the song (nearly six minutes long) was included on Brown's 1986 album, Gravity, and on various compilations throughout the 1990s.

In 1986, "Living in America" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, and James Brown won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The vocal version by writer Dan Hartman is included on his Greatest Hits album "Keep The Fire Burnin'". ” - Phil Rossi
 
48.
Over the Top (1987)
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Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to reconcile with his estranged son and win the world arm wrestling championship. (93 mins.)
Director: Menahem Golan
“ "Meet Me Halfway" by Kenny Loggins

Loggins recorded many successful songs for movie soundtracks. This began with "I'm Alright" (peaked at #7 in the U.S.), "Mr. Night" and "Lead the Way" from Caddyshack. Hits followed with "Footloose" and "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" from Footloose, "Meet Me Halfway" from Over the Top, "Danger Zone" and "Playing With the Boys" from Top Gun. Loggins also performed "Nobody's Fool" from the movie Caddyshack II. He also performed as a member of USA for Africa on the famine-relief fundraising single "We Are the World". ” - Phil Rossi
 
49.
Modern Girls (1986)
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A pair of women decide to prank their roommate's nerdy blind date after she stands him up, but end up developing a friendship with him after their practical joke sends them on an all-night odyssey through the 1980s club scene. (84 mins.)
Director: Jerry Kramer
“ "But Not Tonight" by Depeche Mode

Modern Girls is the movie with Virginia Madsen and Clayton Rohner (of Just One of the Guys fame)where he plays dual roles of Cliff and rockstar Bruno X. They spend the night club hopping in LA. "Not Tonight" plays twice in the film. ” - Phil Rossi
 
50.
Breaking Glass (1980)
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A rock singer is determined to rise to the top of the profession, letting nothing stand in the way of that goal. (104 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
“ "Will You" by Hazel O' Connor

Breaking Glass is a 1980 British film directed by Brian Gibson, and starring Hazel O'Connor, Phil Daniels, and Jonathan Pryce. The film is remarkable in that it also featured in the cast (sometimes in small roles) very many actors who would eventually become major stars of film and television: Mark Wingett, Richard Griffiths, Mark Wing-Davey, Jim Broadbent, Ken Campbell, Gary Tibbs, Peter-Hugo Daly, Derek Thompson, Janine Duvitski, Michael Kitchen, Gary Olsen, Jonathan Lynn, Zoot Money, Gary Holton, and Jon Finch. The film was co-produced by Dodi Fayed and written and directed by Brian Gibson. The film's main character Kate, played by Hazel O'Connor, was named after Kate Bush who was the UK's most popular female singer at that time. The film was screened out of competition at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.The movie tells the story of Kate (O'Connor), an angry but creative young woman who through a series of lucky breaks ends up becoming one of the biggest pop stars of her day. Her friend and manager Danny (played by a young Phil Daniels) comes along for the ride. All goes well for both of them until Kate has a nervous breakdown prompted by violence at a demonstration, and the group's saxophonist Ken (Jonathan Pryce) becomes increasingly dependent on intravenous drugs. Woods, an overbearing manager, pushes Danny away and takes his place as the group's manager and Kate's boyfriend.The film is often held out as being an example of punk rock, but by the time it was made, the punk craze had waned and New Wave was taking its place. This is reflected in the soundtrack, which is more melodic and refined, partly thanks to the involvement of veteran producer Tony Visconti. The music strongly features saxophones, played in the movie by Pryce's character. Pryce in fact learned all the saxophone parts, so the fingering is correct, but his playing was not used in the soundtrack.

The film is also often cited as showing the mood of pre-Thatcherite Britain during the Winter of Discontent of 1978-79, with a rebellious teenage underclass, public unrest, and racial or class tensions.

The soundtrack of the film is regarded as cult classic, and spent several weeks in the UK top 20, spawning two UK top 10 hit singles, "Eighth Day"(#5) and "Will You" (#8). ” - Phil Rossi