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Best soundtracks of the 80s



The alternative majesty of Pretty in Pink or the testosterone-driven guitar licks of Top Gun? The playfulness of Footloose or the quirkiness of Valley Girl? For this week's Stuck in the 80s podcast, we're paying tribute to the best soundtracks of the 80s in a special two-part episode.

It's no easy task to narrow our favorites down. We have a list of 35 favorites so far. Thirty-five? Believe it. Some simply won't make the final cut because they really only had one decent song (Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, Weird Science, Desperately Seeking Susan). Others are so packed with great tunes (Pretty in Pink, Valley Girl, The Lost Boys, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) that it's difficult not to run out and buy a couple extra CDs, just so you have one at home, one for the car and one for the office.

And then there are a few that none of us wants to admit we own (Xanadu, Urban Cowboy, Fame).

Here's a quick look at my personal top 5:
5. Footloose (1984): Dancing in the Sheets, Let's Hear it for the Boy, Almost Paradise.
4. Vision Quest (1985): Only the Young, Lunatic Fringe, Crazy for You.
3. Pretty in Pink (1986): If You Leave, Shell-Shock, Bring on the Dancing Horses
2. Purple Rain (1984): When Doves Cry, Take Me with U, Computer Blue
1. Valley Girl (1983): Such a great soundtrack, there's two discs for it. Million Miles Away, Love My Way, Angst in my Pants, Monster of Love, and so many more.

Nearly made the cut: Lost Boys, She's Having a Baby, Some Kind of Wonderful.

Drop us a comment and tell us what your favorite 80s soundtrack was and we'll use your comments in today's podcast.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]


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