As we sit at home looking for movies to stream, I found myself geeking out a bit, looking to watch certain movies again, because yes, they were great movies, but also because the soundtrack had some songs on it that were really great too!

Ok, too geeky? Hang on just a minute:

  • Footloose. Good movie, won't give it a great (sorry Kevin Bacon) but there are many songs from that movie that you might still hear on the radio. Here are just a couple, Let's Hear it For the Boy, Denice Austin, Almost Paradise, Mike Reno, Holding Out For a Hero, Bonnie Tyler and yes, the title song Footloose, Kenny Loggins.
  • Top Gun. Great movie and yes, I am really looking forward to the sequel in December 2020. Here are a few songs from that movie that are great. Yes, another Kenny Loggins song, Danger Zone, Take My Breath Away; Berlin, Heaven in Your Eyes, Loverboy (aka Mike Reno). Also in that movie but not on the original soundtrack, Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding, and You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, the Righteous Brothers.
  • The Bodyguard. Whitney Houston is all over this soundtrack as her voice dominated the movie and the era. "I Will Always Love You, I Have Nothing, I'm Every Woman." Whitney's vocals on those songs is what you can hold synonymous with that movie along with Kevin Costner carrying her out of the show (sigh).
  • Purple Rain. Oh man. This essential is a Prince album with one song after another. Purple Rain, I Would Die 4 U, Let's Go Crazy, When Doves Cry, Darling Nikki. I can remember the songs more than I can remember the movie. This was also the first album that Prince did where The Revolution was credited as his backing band.
  • Dirty Dancing, I could not leave this one out! If you have time while you are social distancing, check out on Netflix, Movies That Made Us, the Dirty Dancing episode. So many songs, including one that Patrick Swayze wrote and recorded a few years before this movie was even a thought in the producers mind. Other great songs on this soundtrack were just classics then, Mikey & Sylvia, Do You Love Me, The Contours, Big Girls Don't Cry, The Shirelles. Then the movie took new songs, like the one from Swayze and Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley, I've Had the Time of My Life, to instant classic status.

What movies do you love even more  because of their music, their soundtracks? Let us know. Also, drop us a line if there is a movie you think that everyone has missed, that you love and you think more people should check out.

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