The Definitive Top 10 Songs from 80’s Movies


With the Oscars coming up this weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about Best Songs from Motion Pictures, and trying to guess who will take home the award on Sunday night. It also got me thinking about some of the best movie soundtrack songs from the 1980s.

Sure, you could just point to the “Big Chill” soundtrack and say “best songs from 80’s movies, ever!” but that would be a cop out, and it would also be wrong, since most all of the songs on that soundtrack were from the 1960s. Here, for your listening and viewing pleasure, we present you with, the truly definitive list of Top 10 songs from ‘80s movies. Get into the groove, won’t you?

10. “On the Dark Side” from Eddie and the Cruisers

9. “Going Back to Cali” by LL Cool J from Less Than Zero

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8. “Who’s Johnny” by El DeBarge from Short Circuit

7. “I Can Dream About You” by Dan Hartman from Streets of Fire

Dan Hartman was a white dude. Did you ever realize that?

6. “Invincible” by Pat Benatar from “The Legend of Billie Jean”

5. “Winner Takes It All” by Sammy Hagar from “Over the Top”

4. “Heartlight” by Neil Diamond from E.T.

3. “When the Going Gets Tough” by Billy Ocean from The Jewel of the Nile

2. “Get Into the Groove” by Madonna from “Desperately Seeking Susan”

Madonna really ruled the 80s soundtracks when you stop and think about it. Desperately Seeking Susan, sure, that’s a given, but she also had songs (hit songs!) on the soundtracks for Vision Quest (“Crazy for You”) and At Close Range (“Live to Tell”).

1. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship from Mannequin


It's all just pops and clicks within the vinyl groove I'm listening to. Music, movies, commercials, action figures, cassette tapes...anything that you left in your parents' attic when you moved. I want to talk about it.
-DJ Darko, Your Pop Culture Mixologist

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