I’m a child of the 80s. I know the music, the movies, the books, the TV shows. Besides John Hughes, the patron saint of 80s teen movies (see my list of the “Top 6 Greatest John Hughes Movie/Music Songs”, the patron saint of movie soundtrack hits is Kenny Loggins. Love him or hate him, you have to respect Loggins’ success during the 1980s.
Here’s the short list of big hits:
- Caddyshack – I’m Alright (#7 Billboard hit in 1980)
- Footloose – Footloose (#1 Billboard hit in 1984)
- Footloose – I’m Free (#60 Billboard hit in 1984)
- Top Gun – Danger Zone (#2 Billboard hit in 1986)
I caught about 15 minutes of Footloose on TV last week and it reminded me of the days when Kenny ruled the airwaves. He wasn’t just a soundtrack guy, however. The man had a total of five top-10 Billboard hits and four top -20 hits between 1978 and 1988. Plus, I’m not ashamed to admit that Kenny Loggins was ALMOST my first concert back in 1980. Unfortunately, Kenny fell off the dark stage as he was making his grand entrance and broke two ribs. True story. I was there and felt totally ripped off.
Kenny Loggins “Footloose” video
Kenny Loggins “Danger Zone” video
Kenny Loggins “I’m Alright” video from Caddyshack
Watch the “I’m Alright” video. It’s classic Kenny wearing an orange jumpsuit in 1980 with his big band.