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Top 10 love songs from '80s movies? You be the judge



Officer and a GentlemanHow much time do you spend thinking about love songs in the '80s? Unless it's Valentine's Day week, probably not much. Two years ago, Flavorwire released its Top 10 List of Love Songs from '80s Movies. And there was much moaning. And not the good kind.

There are some obvious picks in there. Some are cringe worthy. Others are probably totally inappropriate. (Cry Little Sister from The Lost Boys?) But what I want us to focus on is this: Which important songs are missing?

Here's the Flavorwire list.


10. “Up Where We Belong” — Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes [An Officer and a Gentleman, 1984]: This was more of my parents' movie than my own. At the age of maybe 16, I'd never heard of Joe Cocker. So while this seems to be an obvious choice, it's the choice of another generation.

9. “Edge of Forever” — Dream Academy [Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986]: I had to Google this sucker to remember it. No, it's not the song from the museum. 

8. “Cry Little Sister” — Gerard McMann [Lost Boys, 1987]: Creepy.

7. “In the Air Tonight” — Phil Collins [Risky Business, 1983]: Oh yes, it was nearly perfect in Risky Business. And keep Risky Business firmly in mind -- and not the urban legend about Collins' writing a song about witnessing a drowning.

6. “If You Leave” — OMD [Pretty in Pink, 1986]: Score. A direct hit.

5. “Power of Love” — Huey Lewis & The News [Back to the Future, 1985]: Hard to think of this power-pop song as a love song.

4. “Don’t You Forget About Me” — Simple Minds [The Breakfast Club, 1985]: More of an anthem than a love song.

3. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” — Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes [Dirty Dancing, 1987]: Okay, gotta give it up for this one. Still nothing I'd dance to at a wedding, but I'm in the minority here.

2. “Take My Breath Away” — Berlin [Top Gun, 1986]: Finally a worthy finalist. Oddly enough, though, I wouldn't even call it one of Berlin's top 5 songs.

1. “In Your Eyes” — Peter Gabriel [Say Anything, 1989]: Lloyd Dobler, you the man.

Let me say right off that I agree with Nos. 1 and 2 for sure. But there are a TON of better songs missing from the list. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Pick the REAL top 10 love songs from '80s movies.


[Last modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:25am]


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