The Glory of Daniel-San: Top 5 songs from 'The Karate Kid' soundtracks

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As we're all painfully aware, 1984's Karate Kid is set for a remake this year. And while the trailers don't make want us want to sweep the leg of director Harald Zwart, we just get the feeling the new flick won't have the same Miyagi magic of the original.

You know what the first sign will be? The soundtrack. The first three Karate Kid movies -- nope, not counting that Hilary Swank dreck -- had a thick of cheese generously layered over each song. And here at Stuck in the '80s, cheese and cheese-related products are our core business. So without further ado.

TOP 5 SONGS FROM THE KARATE KID TRILOGY:

5. CRUEL SUMMER (Bananarama): From the first movie. A great song, but it conjures memories of the band's original MTV video ... and not so much any particular scene with Daniel-San. Still, I bet producers nearly busted the budget securing the rights to this tune, which was a top 10 hit in 1983 in Great Britain.

4. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART (Little River Band): From Karate Kid, Part III. The Aussie group was a shell of its former chart-busting self by the time they cranked out this tune for the soundtrack.

3. YOUNG HEARTS (Dave Merenda & Commuter): From the first movie. A little electronic ditty by Dave Merenda & Commuter. Merenda later co-wrote the Grammy Award winning song I Will Remember You for Sarah McLachlan.

2. YOU'RE THE BEST (Joe "Bean" Esposito): The first movie. The theme song to the All-Valley Karate Championships was reportedly originally intended for use in Rocky III, but producers opted for Survivor's Eye of the Tiger instead.

1. GLORY OF LOVE (Peter Cetera): From Karate Kid, Park II. Hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 and Adult Contemporary Chart. Nominated for an Oscar and Grammy, though it won neither. It was also the very first hit for Cetera after leaving Chicago.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:55pm]

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