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Best music-in-movie moments



Cusack2 Take one look at poor Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything. What's running through your head? "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, right?

That's because it's easily one of the greatest music-movie moments of the 80s. Hell, any decade really.

(Trivia note: Director Cameron Crowe hadn't picked a song for that scene by the time it was filmed. So it's actually a Fishbone song playing on the boom box. Not quite as romantic, is it?)

So where would "In Your Eyes" rank on one of our infamous lists?

Tell us: What are your favorite music-in-movie moments of the 1980s? Leave us a comment with your picks and I'll compile them into a Top 20 list.

Here are some of my favorites:

"Melt With You" (Modern English) in "Valley Girl": The perfect tune for the dating montage scene between Randy and Julie.

"Just Once" (James Ingram) in "Last American Virgin": Poor Gary can't catch a break with Karen. And he'll burst into tears every time he hears this song.

"Are You Ready For The Sex Girls" (Gleaming Spires) in "Revenge of the Nerds": Perfectly inappropriate for the Tri-Lamba/Omega Mu mixer.

"Moving in Stereo" (The Cars) in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High": Oddly enough, even though it's the most famous scene in the movie, the song was not included in the original soundtrack.

"Oh Yeah" (Yello) in "Secret of My Success": Not a great movie, and certainly not the movie you normally associate with this song. (Sorry, Ferris fans.) But thanks to some powerful mechanized innuendo on Michael J. Fox's limo (windshield washer fluid, a retractable antennae), I remember this scene more.

"What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) in "Good Morning Vietnam": The only song that stuck with me after seeing this movie (and the only reason I bought the soundtrack).


  • "Fight the Power" (Public Enemy) in "Do The Right Thing."
  • "Old Time Rock N' Roll" (Bob Seger) in "Risky Business."
  • "Maniac" (Michael Sembello) in "Flashdance."
  • "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (Rolling Stones) in "The Big Chill."
  • "Don't Get Me Wrong" (The Pretenders) in "Gung Ho."

Add your favorites!

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:25pm]


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