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John Hughes Playlist Because I Have Too Much Time on My Hands

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I don’t.

Have too much time on my hands, to be clear.

But my John Hughes addiction never sleeps.

Never. Sleeps. 


And yours shouldn’t either which is why I am sharing with you something that I have kept secret for a very long time.

I have an Apple Music playlist dedicated to songs from John Hughes movies.

Did you hear that?

That was the sound of my readers everywhere slamming their laptops.


Okay, I am but I want to drag you along for the ride and if you slam your computer shut, you aren’t able to come.


In all seriousness, there was some great music in his movies. Some would say music that was ahead of its time. Lots of great new wave, oldies and some pop thrown in that when you listen to it now, it takes you back to your teenage years.

For example, when you hear this song what do you think of:



See? You really need a John Hughes playlist in your life.

Three words: hurricanes, nuclear bombs, Equifax.


*not every song will be in these playlists because I really don’t have that much time on my hands. Also, some aren’t available for licensing reasons. Click on the song titles and it takes you to Amazon Music (affiliate link). *


Uncle Buck


ThunderbirdRay Anthony and His Orchestra

Bust a Move Young MC

Java Al Hirt

Wild Thing Tone Loc

Laugh Laugh- The Beau Brummels



Sixteen Candles

Kajagoogoo (Instrumental)

If You Were Here Thompson Twins

Our House Madness

TrueSpandau Ballet

Young Americans-David Bowie

Turning JapaneseThe Vapors

Rebel YellBilly Idol


The Breakfast Club

Don’t You Forget About Me Simple Minds

Fire in the Twilight Wang Chung

We Are Not Alone Karla DeVito

Love Theme Keith Forsey




Ferris Bueller

Love Missile F-1 11Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Danke Schoen Wayne Newton

March of the Swivelheads The English Beat

Oh Yeah Yello

Twist and Shout The Beatles

Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want The Dream Academy


* One of my favorite songs is Beat City by The Flowerpot Men but it isn’t available for download. So enjoy this video instead. 



Pretty in Pink

Thieves Like Us New Order

Try a Little Tenderness Otis Redding

Pretty in Pink The Psychedelic Furs

If You Leave Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD)

Cherish The Association


Weird Science

Weird Science Oingo Boingo

Oh Pretty Woman Van Halen

Tenderness General Public

Eighties Killing Joke



She’s Having a Baby

Crazy Love Bryan Ferry

This Woman’s Work Kate Bush  (one of my favorite songs ever)



National Lampoon’s Vacation

I’m So Excited The Pointer Sisters

Mr. Sandman The Chordettes

Holiday Road Lindsey Buckingham

Blitzkrieg Bop The Ramones

Mr. Blue The Fleetwoods



Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Every Time You Go Away Blue Room (the version I am sharing is from Paul Young)

Mess Around Ray Charles (my favorite scene in the movie)

Red River Rock Silicon Teens

Power to Believe The Dream Academy

Modigliani (Lost in Your Eyes) Book of Love



Home Alone

Somewhere in My Memory John Williams

White Christmas The Drifters

Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee

Please Come Home For Christmas Southside Johnny Lyon



Some Kind of Wonderful (not my favorite movie/soundtrack so here are my favorite two)

Miss Amanda Jones  The March Violets

I Can’t Help Falling in Love Lick the Tins




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18 thoughts on “John Hughes Playlist Because I Have Too Much Time on My Hands”

  1. I know what I’m going to be doing tonight…going through a lot of these songs on your playlist and adding them to my Spotify playlist. And then I’ll probably want to watch movies!


  2. The English Beat?? I remember I had a bunch of their records. Wow you are bringing back some serious memories. And who can forget OMD. Kari you really do have to much time on your hands. Wanna come over and help me paint some furniture? 😉


  3. How can Some Kind Of Wonderful not be your favourite?? MARY. STUART. MASTERSON. falls into a puddle of fangirling hysteria


    1. So she is actually my favorite part of the movie, but the movie itself isn’t my favorite. And Lea Thompson is just icky in this one.
      Have you ever seen Fried Green Tomatoes?? OMG, I LOVE MSM in that one.


      1. Ok you’ve redeemed yourself. Yes I love Fried Green Tomatoes – she’s awesome in that one too ? xx


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