Welcome, one and all, to another Top 5 list! This time around, I wanted to do something that combines two of my favourite things: catchy music and 80s movies. Yup, it’s as simple as it sounds. In no particular order, these are my Top 5 Songs In 80s Movies!
You’re The Best by Joe Esposito from The Karate Kid
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is thoroughly enjoying Cobra Kai, and a lot of that enjoyment comes down to how much I loved the original film as a kid. This song too is synonymous with it too. Interestingly, it was originally written for Rocky III, but was replaced with Eye Of The Tiger. It was also turned down for Flashdance. That was The karate Kid’s gain though, and I still find myself singing it every now and then.
Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club
One of the classic teen movies of, well, any era, The Breakfast Club featured some great performances from an excellent cast. And who could forget this standout from the soundtrack? In particular, I can’t help but think of the closing scenes of the movie whenever I hear it, and often find myself walking, fist in the air, if it pops up in my playlist.
Fight To Survive by Stan Bush from Bloodsport
One of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s early hits, Bloodsport is a cliché but entertaining martial arts melee. Here, Stan Bush (of Transformers fame) provides a great, cheesy rocker to accompany the fight montage. It’s catchy, fun, and oddly fitting for what is supposed to be a violent, full-contact combat tournament.
Cry Little Sister by Gerard McMann from The Lost Boys
One of the greatest vampire movies of all time, The Lost Boys featured a great mix of comedy and horror, culminating with a fun twist ending. This opening theme did a great job of setting the scene too, managing to feel both haunting and epic at the same time. It’s an iconic song that I expect most 80s kids remember.
Magic Dance by David Bowie from The Labyrinth
Featuring some great puppet work and a delightful performance from David Bowie, The Labyrinth is a family classic. While the man himself recorded multiple songs for the soundtrack, this is the one that most people remember. And for good reason. It’s a fun infectious piece that sticks in your head long after it ends.
So, those are five of my favourite movie songs. But what about yourselves? Which songs stood out in the 80s cinema classics for you? Let me know in the comments below.