Quintessential 80s soundtrack songs with lyrical nods to the movie?

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  1. onyxrhino

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    So, the 80's were, to me, the apex of the movie soundtrack pop song. I mean, when else could you have respectable artists like Tina Turner earnestly singing about going " beyond Thunderdome"? It was like the perfect mixture of pure commercialism and enthusiastic pop naivete.

    So, I'm trying to compile a list of these. I'm looking for 80's pop anthems from popular movie soundtracks that make their allegiance to the product clear by explicitly referencing the movie (its title or distinct plot elements) in their title or lyrics.

    So, I'm not looking for stuff like "Danger Zone" that, while inextricably linked to a movie, is generic enough, lyrically, to stand apart. Nor, a song like "Pretty in Pink" which lent its name to a movie, but pre-dated and inspired the movie title, rather than vice verse. I'm looking for something like "St. Elmo's Fire" where the singer is belting out lines about the movie without a hint of irony.

    So, this is what I've got so far...

    "Ghostbusters"
    "A View To a Kill"
    "St. Elmo's Fire"
    "Flashdance...What A Feeling"
    "We Don't Need Another Hero"
    "Goonies R Good Enough"
    "Footloose"
    "The Neverending Story"
    "On Our Own"
    "Dream Warriors"

    What am I missing?
     
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    Wouldn't all (or maybe most, I don't imagine Rita Coolidge's tune from Octopussy uses the word) the Bond themes from the 80s technically qualify?

    Definitely

    "The Living Daylights"
    "For Your Eyes Only"
     
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    Purple Rain!
    9 To 5
    Pretty In Pink
    Against All Odds
     
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    Yeah. I didn't realize that the James Bond themes in the 80s were quite so poppy, but yeah, looking back, it's probably enough for its own subgenre within this thread.
     
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    I think the Duran Duran song also looms large because it is a particularly good Bond theme -- and feels like a Duran Duran song that didn't have to shoehorn in "A View to a Kill."
     
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    Yeah, it's a particularly well crafted song, catchier than the others, which seem unsure of how to straddle the line between the brassy gravitas of the old Bond themes and the energetic melodies of 80s pop songcraft. It may be my favorite Duran Duran song.
     
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    Tootsie's Theme?
     
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    "It Might Be You"
     
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    Or Arthur’s theme?
     
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    Rather than being specific to a certain film, I think that one might fit better in a compilation of the most generic lyrics of all time.

    "Time, I've been passing time
    Watching trains go by.
    All of my life."

    Oh man.
     
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    Do those make references to specific elements of the films?
     
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    Haha! You aren't wrong.

    Did you watch the new Goetzman/Hanks CNN documentary series first episode of The Movies on the 1980s?
     
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