Top 10 Movie Songs - The Sequel
Because sequels make money.
Previously: Top 10 Movie Songs. It includes Coolio, Venn diagrams and that time my friend took a dump in his neighbour’s letterbox.
10. Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’ from 8 Mile (2002)
This song’s actually a bit douchey, but marked the high-water mark for Marshall Mathers before he slowly started to drift towards obscurity. And because its source film was actually pretty classy, it made it OK for rock kids to like rap. White rap.
YouTube comment: “pirates of the caribbean theme song.”
9. Huey Lewis and the News – ‘The Power of Love’ from Back to the Future (1985)
Why? Because Marty McFly, that’s why. Also, we owe Huey given Ray Parker Jr supposedly rolled him for the theme from Ghostbusters.
YouTube comment: “man this reminds me of my dirty days, getting grubby behind those dumpsters with those 19 year old philopenos, good times over there.”
8. Berlin – ‘Take My Breath Away’ from Top Gun (1986)
A friend recently admitted this gave him his first erection. I think that’s all that needs to be said here.
YouTube comment: “I play this in my head while I practice my D.E.N.N.I.S. technique.”
7. Stan Bush – ‘The Touch’ from Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Factoid: ‘The Touch’ was originally written for Sylvester Stallone’s Cobra. Which is hard to believe, given Stan Bush’s sweaty disposition has become synonymous with the original animated Transformers movie. A cock-rockish salute to Optimus Prime, who infamously carked it a third of the way through the film. Sorry, spoiler.
YouTube comment: “After listening to this song I picked up my guitar (I haven't used it for a long time) and I just started playing dudes...”
Also, if you stick your fingers in your ears you tend to sometimes miss things. Like this:
6. Tina Turner – ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Some Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome facts:
- My friend, Tim (whose uncle, incidentally, is a dead ringer for the Predator. Yeah, the Predator) built a Thunderdome in his backyard. He then knocked his brother out with a cricket bat.
- Tina Turner was a basketball senior in high school. This has nothing to do with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Sorry.
- Mel Gibson was drunk for the entire production (he didn’t, however, deem any Jewish crewmembers responsible for any wars).
- Two directors were hired so George Miller could concentrate on the stunts. Hence why Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a bit shit.
- Bette Midler was at one stage up for the part. Here’s a document we sourced from the Academy of Arts & Tina Turner:
Aunty still performs to her adoring fans:
YouTube comment: “One of the biggest fake gay rapper!!!!”
5. Simple Minds – ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ from The Breakfast Club (1985)
Apparently Simple Minds at the height of their fame continually tried not to give a shit about this song. Which is funny, because in 2013, try as they might, nobody gives a shit about them. Greatest Wikipedia quote re: the music vid:
"Takes place on a dancing floor in a dark room with a chandelier, a rocking horse and television sets, displaying scenes from ‘The Breakfast Club’. Jim Kerr, the band's lead singer, dances in many scenes."
Cool story, bro.
YouTube comment: “Why are his pants up to his chin?”
4. Kenny Loggins – ‘Footloose’ from Footloose (1984)
Yeah, the Loggins number from the original film, not the 2011 remake – there’s no Chris Penn in that. You could make a case that no other song on this list evinces its film like Footloose. Listen to it and it’s just Kevin Bacon mincing around, dancing his dad’s ministry into submission. Here’s Chris: