Best music-movie moments: 11-20
Call me nuts (a little "Van Wilder" reference for fans out there), but I'm going to say having great music soundtracks is what really separates a lot of the true 80s classic films from its peers in the 70s and 90s.
And with this theorem in hand, the Stuck in the 80s staff and you - the readers - set out to compile a list of the greatest music moments from our favorite films. You'll see a lot of obvious choices here -- and a couple you probably forgot all about.
What's it take to make the list? The song has to be almost inseparable from the movie scene it appears in.
Today, we'll cover nos. 11 through 20. And tomorrow, the top 10. As always, fire back with your comments and criticism.
TOP MUSIC MOVIE MOMENTS OF THE 80s: Nos. 11-20
20. Mind Over Matter (E.G. Daily) from Summer School: Once known as "Loryn" from "Valley Girl," Daily recorded several soundtrack songs during the 80s, including this one which plays during the big exam.
19. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (Dream Academy) from Ferris Bueller's Day Off: The instrumental version plays during their visit to the art museum. (Although you can argue The Smith's version in Pretty in Pink is just as good.)
18. "She Loves Me" (Stephen Duffy) from Some Kind of Wonderful: Plays during the epic kissing scene between Keith and Watts -- the best makeout scene of the 80s.
17. "Everybody Wants Some" (Van Halen) from Better Off Dead: Claymation hamburgers and fries come alive and dance for John Cusack during this tune.
16. "Danka Schoen" (Wayne Newton) from Ferris Bueller's Day Off: "I'd like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn't think he's seen anything good today."
15. "What a Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) in Good Morning Vietnam: A serious moment in a very funny movie ... and the only reason many 80s fans bought the soundtrack.
14. "Fight the Power" (Public Enemy) in Do The Right Thing: Hard to remember this Spike Lee film was an 80s flick. Rosie Perez dances to the tune during the opening and Radio Raheem plays it nonstop on his boombox during the movie.
13. "Love is Strange" (Mickey & Sylvia) in Dirty Dancing: Baby and Johnny lip-sync to it during their dance/lapdance/foreplay scene.
11. "Don't You Forget About Me" (Simple Minds) from Breakfast Club: Brian reads the group essay over this signature 80s tune at the movie's end.
Sneak peek at tomorrow's list: "When I was kid your age, I lugged ice up two, three stories of stairs..."