This list is by no means definitive, but all ten of these tunes (and the movies they accompanied) are pretty memorable.
“In Your Eyes”-Peter Gabriel
Say Anything (1989). Scene: Lloyd a/k/a John Cusack wins the heart of his high school crush with his iconic boombox under the window scene.
“Don’t You (Forget About Me)”-Simple Minds
The Breakfast Club (1985). Scene: After being stuck in the world’s most interesting detention ever, this song plays at the end, suggesting that the kids shouldn’t forget about the things they learned about each other.
Footloose (1983). More like a theme song, but Kenny Loggins made bank in the ’80s.
“Weird Science”-Oingo Boingo
Weird Science (1985). Also a theme song, but this movie was amazing with two teenage boys making a hot woman via computer hacking.
Flashdance (1983) Scene: Super hot Jennifer Beals dancing around in legwarmers.
“Eye of the Tiger “-Survivor
Rocky III (1982). Do you feel more like a man after listening to this song? You should. Hair should be sprouting in unmentionable places right now or you’re listening wrong.
“Danger Zone”-Kenny Loggins
Top Gun (1986). Can you handle the danger zone?
“Power of Love”-Huey Lewis
Back To The Future (1985). If you grew up in the ’80s, we bet you skateboarded to school humming this song to yourself.
“I Melt With You”-Modern English
Valley Girl (1983) Is this the only movie Nicolas Cage was hot in and does it have the best soundtrack ever? Yes and yes.
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”-Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Dirty Dancing (1987) Scene: No one puts Baby in a corner. Especially when she can spin in the air like that.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles