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We like 80s songs. We like 80s movies. So we figured out we should compile a list of the best songs from that era and throw in some trivia bits to making it more interesting.

Got any other suggestions? Cool, post them down in the comments!

btw, the list is ordered by years, and not by awesomeness. We’ll leave that for another post…

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor – Rocky III – 1982

Fun fact: Sylvester Stallone originally wanted to use “Another One Bites the Dust” for Rocky III, but Queen refused. He then approached Survivor and got a version of the song with tiger growls, which did not appear on the album version.

Maniac by Michael Sembello – Flashdance – 1983

Fun fact: Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky’s original lyric for “Maniac” was: “He’s a maniac, maniac that’s for sure / He will kill your cat and nail him to the door.”

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) by Phil Collins – Against All Odds – 1984

Fun fact: Against All Odds was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Original. However, although Collins was available to preform at the ceremony, the honor was given to dance and choreographer, Ann Reinking. The result was… well… it could have been better…

The Heat Is On by Glenn Frey – Beverly Hills Cop – 1984

Fun fact: This music video was one of the first to use scenes from the movie it was featured on.

The Neverending Story by Limahl – The Neverending Story – 1984

Fun fact: The song has gained renewed interest after it was featured in the third season of Stranger Things.

Into the Groove by Madonna – Desperately Seeking Susan – 1985

Fun fact: On a Rolling Stone interview, Madonna admitted she felt “retarded” to sing “Into the Groove”, however “everybody seems to like it.”.

We Don’t Need Another Hero by Tina Turner – Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome – 1985

Fun fact: Playing the ruthless Aunty Entity and singing the movie’s hit song? What can be better than that?

She’s Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze – Dirty Dancing – 1987

Fun fact: The song wasn’t written originally for Dirty Dancing. In 1984, Swayze was shooting Grandview with his friend, composer Stacy Widelitz. They offered the song to the producers, who rejected it, and the rest is history.

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