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1980s Movie Title Songs


Remember when movies had theme songs? I’m not just talking about music-filled movies that generated hit soundtrack albums—Footloose, Urban Cowboy, Flashdance and the like. ---I’m talking about a time when it wasn’t uncommon for producers to find a popular recording artist, hand them a movie title, and say, “Give me a song that has this title.” Sometimes the songs themselves became hits, and sometimes not, but the movies were actually generating new music in those days. In the 21st century, it’s no wonder that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science has considered dropping the Best Original Song Oscar category for some years.

Join me now on a trip to that decade where your favorite artists were all over movie soundtracks. Can you identify the band or singer who provided the title track?

Level 1

a) Ghostbusters (1984)

b) Weird Science (1985)

c) Against All Odds (1984)

d) 9 to 5 (1980)

Level 2

a) St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

b) Endless Love (1981)

c) The Living Daylights (1987)

d) A View to a Kill (1985)

Level 3

a) Nothing in Common (1986)

b) The NeverEnding Story (1984)

c) Romancing the Stone (1984)

d) The Secret of My Success (1987)


Level 1: a) Ray Parker Jr.; b) Oingo Boingo; c) Phil Collins; d) Dolly Parton

Level 2: a) John Parr; b) Lionel Richie & Diana Ross; c) a-ha; d) Duran Duran

Level 3: a) Thompson Twins; b) Limahl; c) Eddy Grant; d) Night Ranger