Top 5 1980s Movie Soundtracks

Top 5 1980s Movie Soundtracks

The 1980s – a time of consumerism and materialism. MTV was the youth’s go-to for music. In fact, many great artists gained fame and popularity due to MTV.

Yuppies were also a thing. Don’t know what a yuppie is? Think young working professionals commonly found in urban areas. Most also considered themselves to have a good sense of fashion.

Many great movies crossed the screens of movie theaters in the 1980s. Here are KJWC-DB’s top five picks for the best 1980s movie soundtrack.

#05 Top Gun (1986)

#5 Top Gun

While the movie is considered by many to be iconic, Kenny Loggins’s “Danger Zone” and Berlin’s “Take my Breath Away” are some of the great songs from the movie.

#04 Flashdance (1983)

#4 Flashdance

MTV loved Flashdance. At times it felt like “What a Feeling” by Irena Cara and “Maniac” by Michael Sembello was on repeat. Both songs reached number one on the Billboard charts.

#03 Fame (1980)

#3 Fame

This movie musical was about the High School of the Performing Arts located in New York City. In many ways, it was almost like a 1980s version of “Glee,” only edgier. The song “Fame” by Irene Cara received an Oscar, and “Out Here on My Own” was a song that resonated with many teens of the time.

#02 Footloose (1984)

#2 Footloose

In the 1980s, Kenny Loggin was the man. “Footloose” by Loggins would spend three weeks at the number one spot. Other songs include “Holding Out for a Hero” and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.”

#01 Dirty Dancing (1987)

#1 Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Did you grow up in the 1980s? If so, then you had to know this was coming. Dirty Dancing was THE movie that most everyone wanted to see and watch over and over again. It was to the 80s what Titanic was to the 90s. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” reached #1 on several charts worldwide. Other noteworthy songs include “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen and Patrick Swayze’s “She’s Like The Wind.”

What was/is your favorite 80s soundtrack? What do you think of our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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