Posted: September 25, 2015 in 80s Music, 90s Music, Soundtracks
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One of my favourite things about music is how it can define a specific point in time. You hear a song, you remember an event; it’s nostalgia at its best. While we have our own personal soundtracks in life, there are a few film songs that have forever been imprinted on my mind; whenever I hear them, the only thing I can think of is that one scene. Here’s a look at some of my favourites.

Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds; The Breakfast Club

After everything they went through in Saturday detention together; where all walks of life and all castes of the social hierarchy co-existed, they bonded. They shared their truths, dug deep, used each other for therapy. They realized they have more in common than they thought, and will forever be connected. The spoiled rich girl gives her diamond earring stud to the rebel bad boy. The jock makes out with the “alternative” girl. But what looms over their heads is whether or not when reality starts again Monday morning, if they’ll remain friends. That’s the plea in this track. That’s why it stays in your mind.

Kissing You – Des’ree; Romeo + Juliet

Everyone knows this scene. Young Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes catch each other’s eye through a fish tank at an elaborate costume party; they chase each other around the mansion, dying to meet each other, while Des’ree’s vocals follow their growing love. It’s so perfectly placed, so perfectly chosen. (Note: this was the best version I could find, not the exact scene from the film.)

You’re the Best Around – Joe Esposito; Karate Kid 1

Let’s be real, so many fantastic 80s tracks existed throughout all 3 instalments of the Karate Kid (I choose to ignore any sequel/remake that doesn’t star Ralph Macchio). But none as pivotal as this track which played in the background during the life-changing All Valley Karate Championships. Underdog Daniel Larusso outfitted in white , trained by master sensai Mr. Miyagi, is trying to prove himself against the evil John Cleese and his Cobra Kai dojo, outfitted in balck. Girlfriend Ali (aka Elizabeth Shue) cheers him on in the background, and the montage of Daniel picking off his opponents one by one, only builds momentum with this track. It’s impossible to picture this scene without this song, and vice versa.

  1. Shim says:

    omg so true! So many songs…I just need to hear the first notes and I’m immediately taken to a specific point in time! 🙂

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