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80's Best Songs and Music in Movies

Updated on July 21, 2015
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Gary has a great interest in music, especially in classic rock and roll. He likes making lists and bringing his experience with music to you

The Best 80's Music and Songs Were Soundtracks

Movie soundtracks were golden in the 80's. The songs and music of the 80's put to movies marked a high point in the music industry. I will list a few of my favorites, and as fans of the decade want to add someone while we still have the performance on video, please tell me of your wish list for additions to this collection. Please remember that the theme of this webpage is the contribution of Rock and Roll performers to the soundtracks. In many cases the biggest hit was not by a rock star. That hit won't be included here.

Movie soundtracks often were made without the artist being associated with the hit song. Probably only a handful of people even knew that National Lampoon's Holiday Road was written and performed by Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham.

The eighties were a fabulous time of creativity for comic movie makers. With the Saturday Night Live people making great movies, it was easy for creative minds to employ competent and successful actors. A good script wouldn't get lost, because the movies had star power. These movie hits had major star power and fantastic songs. I picked my favorite songs and the biggest stars of rock who sang them, though many did not know who actually performed the songs at the time:

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac: Holiday Road

Glen Frey of the Eagles: The Heat Is On

Kenny Loggins: I'm Alright

Kenny Loggins: Footloose

Billy Squier: Rock Me Tonight

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac: Sleeping Angel

Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers and Jennifer Warnes: I'v Had the Time of My Life

Journey: Open Arms

Phil Collins: Take a Look at Me Now

1983: National Lampoon's Vacation: Holiday Road

1984: Beverly Hills Cop: The Heat Is On

1980: Caddyshack: I'm Alright

1984: Footloose: Footloose

1982: Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Rock Me Tonight

1982: Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Sleeping Angel

1987: Dirty Dancing: I've Had the Time of My Life

1981: Heavy Metal: Open Arms

1984: Against All Odds: Take a Look At Me Now

Wish List for 80's Soundtrack Music or Just Comment

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    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I don't recall it but maybe someone else who reads this site could help you.

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      9 years ago

      does anyone know this movie from the 80's where a black boy first came to America or something but i remember it then that he sang a song saying 'Hello America, Hello America'. i cant remember the rest cos then i was still very little but i saw it around the same time i saw Annie the Musical of 1986. Anyone know the title of this movie i am talking about?

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks Joy, I have to come and listen from time to time.

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      9 years ago

      Some great songs there listening to one now, thanks for reminding of some brilliant music.

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      Gary Anderson 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hx great song, I will add it. And Ethel, it was my daughter's time. She looks at it as her decade and bemoans the advent of grunge.

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      A trip down memory lane though a little after me

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      10 years ago

      OK, allow me please to suggest another excellent tune by an already established rocker: 'Fast Times' by Billy Squier for the move Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

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      Gary Anderson 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      HX I will look into it. I am trying to keep a theme but I am sure we can enjoy the music individually or I may add it.

      Suzie I do have 70's in the links. Don't forget.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Yes, this was a trip down memory lane though to this day I'm stuck in the 60's and 70's and all the classic rock from the time. Fun Hub.

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      10 years ago

      The Wayne's World soundtrack has Tia Carrere doing a version of Ballroom Blitz. Now Tia is by no means a 'rock star', but she is a bonified musical artist with 3 albums under her belt, her first in 1993.

      Since I first heard Ballroom Blitz in the mid 70's (Sweet) I've loved it. Tia's version is, well, a tad weak compared to the orginal and other versions (The Damned/Surf Punks/Krokus, etc) but it's one of my favs of the 80's soundtrack tunes.

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      Gary Anderson 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Ok Justom, lets get together and feel all right. Ya man.:)

      Thanks Hello, it is a memory aid. Thanks again.

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

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      10 years ago from 41042

      I grew up in the 60's and none of this stuff was of any interest to me, with the exception of Bill Medley but even his earlier stuff with Bobby was much better. I was more into The Clash and Bob Marley in the 80's. Good hub!! Peace!!


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