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Best music-movie moments: the Top 10



Loyd The list of the 20 best music moments in 80s movies continues today with the top 10 songs. (Click here to see nos. 11 through 20.)

Remember the main criteria: The song has to be almost inseparable from the movie in which it appears. Unfortunately, "Melt with You" by Modern English is inseparable from a Taco Bell commercial these days. (You corporate heathens! Just because we love your gooey Mexican treats doesn't mean you can rape the 80s music catalog for jingles!)

So without further profanity, I give you..


Risky 10. "Old Time Rock N' Roll" (Bob Seger) in Risky Business: Tom Cruise -- in sunglasses and underwear -- in possibly the most parodied music scene in movie history. And that's why it falls to No. 10 on the list. (You could also take Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight" for this spot.)

9. "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.

8. "Melt With You" (Modern English) in Valley Girl: The perfect tune for the dating montage scene between Randy and Julie. It also plays as they head to the Valley Sheraton at the end.

Dangerfield 7. "Any Way You Want It" (Journey) in Caddyshack: Rodney Dangerfield was a god in this movie. And only God would have a golf bag that played a Journey tune. "So what?!? So let's dance!"

6. "Wild Thing" (X) from Major League: Originally written by Chip Taylor in 1965, it plays while "Wild Thing" Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) comes out of the bullpen.

Realgenius 5. "Everybody Wants to Rule The World" (Tears For Fears) in Real Genius: Professor Hathaway's house explodes with popcorn and Val Kilmer enjoys the last truly great comedy he made. (Until the sequel, we hope.)

4. "You Lost That Loving Feeling"
(Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards) in Top Gun: The sad thing is that this humiliating moment only bought Maverick the chance to buy Kelly McGillis a beer.

Fasttimes 3. "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.

2. "Try a Little Tenderness" (Otis Redding) in Pretty in Pink: Jon Cryer's career took off after he slaps the floor while lip-syncing this in the record story. Yet Andie still picks Blane. There's no justice in this world.

1. "In Your Eyes" (Peter Gabriel) in Say Anything: It cost director Cameron Crowe big money to get the rights to this song for his movie. Money well spent, Mr. Crowe. We may have to live another 100 years to find a scene as touching as when Lloyd Dobler plays the tune on the boombox over his head. He gave her his heart, and she gave him a pen. But Gabriel and Crowe gave us "the song."

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


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