This might be the single worst list of good and bad musician performances in movies
The listing business is fun, but fickle. And it's fundamentally unfair, because at its very heart, it's totally subjective. (I once forgot to put Ferris Bueller in a list of best '80s movies, so I'm guilty too.) So I cut Indiewire.com some break in the latest list of "6 Best and 6 Worst Performances of Musicians in Movies." They tried. But they failed. And mightily so.
Among their winners: David Bowie in 1986's Labyrinth. That was their one good pick. And granted, I'd agree. But where's Cher here (for Mask and Moonstruck)? Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome? Billy Idol in The Doors? Bette Milder in ... well, anything!
Among their losers: Madonna, which is a good pick, but they nail her for 2002's Swept Away? Oh my lord. They could do a top 6 list of just Madonna movies, starting with everything she did in the '80s. And you can probably argue that Prince earns himself a spot in here, at least for Under the Cherry Moon (but definitely not for Purple Rain). And Joan Jett and Susanna Hoffs probably earn dishonorable mention for Light of Day and The Allnighter.