This time we will focus on Western songs from the 1980s.
In selecting the songs, we limited ourselves to the following criteria.
Songs that have a strong impression of being included in soundtracks, not in the original albums.
Old songs are excluded (with one exception).
Artists who plan to create a stand-alone ranking are excluded.
This blog is an automatic translation of a Japanese blog into English.
Please understand that it may be difficult to read.
- 1 No.1 Irene Cara「Flashdance… What a Feeling」(Album:Flashdance)
- 2 No.2 Mike Reno & Ann Wilson「Almost Paradise」(Album:Footloose)
- 3 No.3 Fire Inc「Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young」(Album:Streets of Fire)
- 4 No.4 Limahl「The NeverEnding Story」(Album:The NeverEnding Story)
- 5 No.5 Richard Sanderson「Reality」(Album:La Boum)
- 6 No.6 Irene Cara「Fame」(Album:Fame)
- 7 No.7 Rita Coolidge「All Time High」(Album:Octopussy)
- 8 No.8 Berlin「Take My Breath Away」(Album:Top Gun)
- 9 No.9 Robin Zander「In This Country」(Album:Over the Top)
- 10 No.10 Marty McFly With The Starlighters「Johnny B. Goode」(Album:Back to the Future)
No.1 Irene Cara「Flashdance… What a Feeling」(Album:Flashdance)
■Artist Name：Irene Cara
■Song Title：Flashdance… What a Feeling
■Video link：Irene Cara「Flashdance… What a Feeling」
It is the theme song for a movie about a woman’s success story who dreams of success.
The song was composed by Giorgio Moroder.
Apart from this song, he participated in various soundtracks in the 1980s, producing many hit songs.
The movie and this song were a huge hit and the song was played everywhere at the time.
In the video above, there is a wonderful scene where he bikes across a long bridge.
No.2 Mike Reno & Ann Wilson「Almost Paradise」(Album:Footloose)
■Artist Name：Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
■Song Title：Almost Paradise
■Video link：Mike Reno & Ann Wilson「Almost Paradise」
It is one of the most iconic films of the 1980s.
The songs on the soundtrack are also well-known.
Ann Wilson is known as the vocalist of Heart.
However, many people may not know who Mike Reno is.
He is the vocalist of Loverboy, a rock band active in the 1980s.
In this song, you can hear a hot duet between the two.
No.3 Fire Inc「Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young」(Album:Streets of Fire)
■Artist Name：Fire Inc
■Song Title：Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young
■Album Name：Streets of Fire
■Video link：Fire Inc「Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young」
The main character in this film is a female rock singer.
She is abducted by a street gang during a live performance.
Incidentally, this movie was ranked as the No. 1 foreign film selected by readers of the Japanese movie magazine “Kinema Junpo” in 1984.
The music of the 1980s seems to be hot music.
This song is one of those hot songs.
No.4 Limahl「The NeverEnding Story」(Album:The NeverEnding Story)
■Song Title：The NeverEnding Stor
■Album Name：The NeverEnding Story
■Video link：Limahl「The NeverEnding Story」
I have not seen this film. Many people might have done so.
This song may be more famous than the movie.
Like “Flashdance,” this song was also composed by Giorgio Moroder.
If you ask me, it sounds like him.
No.5 Richard Sanderson「Reality」(Album:La Boum)
■Artist Name：Richard Sanderson
■Album Name：La Boum
■Video link：Richard Sanderson「Reality」
The protagonist of the film is Vic, a 13-year-old girl.
She meets a boy named Mathieu at a party.
They are attracted to each other and kiss for the first time in a movie theater.
Sophie Marceau was 13 years old at the time.
This is a masterpiece of a coming-of-age movie about young love.
I saw it as an adult, but I wish I had seen it when I was younger.
No.6 Irene Cara「Fame」(Album:Fame)
■Artist Name：Irene Cara
■Video link：Irene Cara「Fame」
This song was hidden by a man who was a nerd.
The cab driver’s father took it out, put a big speaker on top of the car, and played it loudly.
Then the whole town went wild and started dancing.
I found a video of the scene.
If you want to get a feel for the movie, see below.
Irene Cara – Fame [the original]
No.7 Rita Coolidge「All Time High」(Album:Octopussy)
■Artist Name：Rita Coolidge
■Song Title：All Time High
■Video link：Rita Coolidge「All Time High」
In the 1980s, 007 movies were a big hit.
Of the many great songs, I would recommend this one most highly.
This song did not seem to be a big hit in the world.
However, the song was popular in Japan and is widely known.
This PV uses many scenes from the movie, so please take a look at it.
No.8 Berlin「Take My Breath Away」(Album:Top Gun)
■Song Title：Take My Breath Away
■Album Name：Top Gun
■Video link：Berlin「Take My Breath Away」
It is the theme song of a movie starring Tom Cruise.
The movie is about a hero who aspires to become an elite pilot and his romance with the heroine.
In the 1980s, movies about success stories were popular.
Another feature was the appearance of stronger women than before.
This film contains both characteristics.
Perhaps that is why this movie was such a big hit.
No.9 Robin Zander「In This Country」(Album:Over the Top)
■Artist Name：Robin Zander
■Song Title：In This Country
■Album Name：Over the Top
■Video link：Robin Zander「In This Country」
Sylvester Stallone was an iconic big star of the 1980s.
He starred in blockbuster movies like the “Rocky” series and “Rambo.”
One of the most unforgettable of these films is this one.
One day, a divorced sick wife asked her ex-husband to take care of her child.
But when the son is reunited with his father, he closes his heart to him.
Eventually, the two become friends as they continue their journey together, but then there is a big challenge.
Robin Zander is the vocalist of Cheap Trick.
His powerful songs fit the film very well.
No.10 Marty McFly With The Starlighters「Johnny B. Goode」(Album:Back to the Future)
■Artist Name：Marty McFly With The Starlighters
■Song Title：Johnny B. Goode
■Album Name：Back to the Future
■Video link：Marty McFly With The Starlighters「Johnny B. Goode」
The film is best known for its theme song by Huey Lewis & The News.
We have chosen a different song this time because we have excluded artists that we plan to create a stand-alone ranking.
However, this song is a cover of a Chuck Berry song.
The scene in the movie was impressive, so I introduced it to you.
Marty McFly is Michael J. Fox, who plays the main character.
He joins the band to play as an understudy at a time-traveling party.
It has been a while since I have seen this scene, but Michael J. Fox’s performance is really great.
I want to see this movie again.