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80s Movies Songs – 80s Greatest Hits

The 1980s were a great breeding ground for one-hit wonders (and also bands who became two- and three-hit wonders). Today we’re looking back with some classic tunes from the decade that keeps giving and giving and giving and never seems to grow old.

  • “I’m Alright” by Kenny Loggins (a multi-hit wonder)
  • “Soul Man” by The Blues Brothers (a two-hit wonder with “Soul Man” and “Rubber Biscuit”)
  • “Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross (a multi-hit wonder)
  • “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton (another multi-hit wonder)
  • “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes (Warnes hit the charts twice with this song and “Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing)
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor (another multi-hit wonder)
  • “The Boys Are Back in Town” by The Busboys (this is the only song people remember from these guys)
  • “Maniac” by Michael Sembello (a one-hit wonder)
  • “Melt With You” by Modern English (a one-hit wonder)
  • “The Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters (multi-hit wonders)
  • “Axel F Theme” by Harold Faltermeyer (a one-hit wonder)
  • “The Heat is On” by Glen Frey (huge hit-maker with The Eagles)
  • “I’m Free” from Kenny Loggins (the patron saint of ’80s soundtrack hits)
  • “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler (two-hit wonder)
  • “Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson (a one-hit wonder)
  • “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” by Denice Williams (a two-hit wonder)
  • “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins (yet another hit from Footloose and one of the most enduring pieces of ’80s cheese)
  • “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes)
  • “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News
  • “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins (the man is an 80s soundtrack machine)
  • “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin
  • “If You Leave” by OMD
  • “Pretty in Pink” by The Psychedelic Furs (a one-hit wonder for “Heartbreak Beat” since “Pretty in Pink” only reached #41 on the Billboard Hot 100)
  • “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (a one-hit wonder)
  • “She’s Like the Wind” by Patrick Swayze (a one-hit wonder in 1988)
  • “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carman (a multi-hit wonder and the third hit from Dirty Dancing)
  • “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys (too many hits to list)
  • “Hippy Hippy Shake” by The Georgia Satellites (a one-hit wonder for “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”)
  • “Blaze of Glory” by Bon Jovi (multi-hit wonder)
  • “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown (multi-hit wonder)
  • “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel (a multi-hit wonder)

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2 Responses to "80s Movies Songs – 80s Greatest Hits"

  1. Matt Thurston says:

    The theme here seems to be 80s hits from movies, right? Everything here appeared on a major 80s soundtrack. Was “St. Elmo’s Fire” by John Parr a one-hit wonder? What about a few songs from The Lost Boys?

    “For Your Eyes Only” is up there with “Goldfinger” and “Nobody Does it Better” as my top three Bond songs. (Although I have a soft spot for Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill” and A-Ha’s “The Living Daylights.”)

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    There are so many songs you could add to an 1980s movies soundtrack list. John Parr is actually a two-hit wonder: “Man in Motion” St. Elmo’s Fire and “Naughty Naughty” from his solo debut.

    This will take you back to 1982 when “Naughty Naughty” hit #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzHo8dZ5v84

    I loved “Live and Let Die” when I was a kid but today “Goldfinger” remains my favorite.

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