Best Movie Songs of the 1980s

32 Best Movie Songs From the 80’s

When viewing the world of movie music, the 80’s would be the decade of soundtracks. No decade has produced as many popular soundtracks as the 80’s did. Where would the 80’s be without these legendary soundtracks: Flashdance, Footloose, Top GunVision QuestWhen Harry Met Sally…Dirty Dancing, and Batman.

One justification for this would have to be the newest craze of MTV. Suddenly, film makers had a new way to advertise their upcoming film: a music video. But this impact was not simply a one-way street. MTV also had an impact on the movies as well. Many movies from the 80’s began using music in the films as sort of “self-contained music videos.” The actors do not sing the songs, but instead are dancing to the music. A couple of good examples of this are “Maniac” from Flashdance, “I’m Free” from Footloose, “Old Time Rock And Roll” from Risky Business, and “Take my Breath Away” from Top Gun.

We’ve selected some of the best songs from these soundtracks and have listed them here. Listed below are the songs we consider to be among the best from movies of the 1980’s.

“9 to 5” by Dolly Parton from 9 to 5 (1980)

“Against All Odds” by Phil Collins from Against All Odds (1984)

“Almost Paradise” by Ann Wilson & Mike Reno from Footloose (1984)

“Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross from Arthur (1981)

“Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer from Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

“Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis from Chariots of Fire (1981)

“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins from Top Gun (1986)

“Crazy For You” by Madonna from Vision Quest (1985)

“Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (1985)

E.T. Main Theme by John Williams from E.T. (1982)

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor from Rocky III (1982)

“Fame (I Want To Live Forever)” by Irene Cara from Fame (1980)

“Fight the Power” by Public Enemy from Do the Right Thing (1989)

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins from Footloose (1984)

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. from Ghostbusters (1984)

“I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man)” by Kenny Loggins from Footloose (1984)

“In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel from Say Anything (1989)

“Into the Groove” by Madonna from Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

“It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick, Jr. from When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

“I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes from Dirty Dancing (1987)

“Maniac” by Michael Sembello from Flashdance (1983)

“Oh Yeah” by Yello from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

“Old Time Rock And Roll” by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band from Risky Business (1983)

“Separate Lives” by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin from White Nights (1985)

“She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze from Dirty Dancing (1987)

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King from Stand by Me (1986)

“Take My Breath Away” by Berlin from Top Gun (1986)

“Tequila” by The Champs from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

“Twist & Shout” by The Beatles from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

“Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes from An Officer and a Gentleman(1982)

“What A Feeling” by Irene Cara from Flashdance (1983)

“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler from Beaches (1988)

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