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Have too much time on my hands, to be clear.
But my John Hughes addiction 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.
WAIT! I SWEAR I AM NOT CRAZY!
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). *
Thunderbird–Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
Bust a Move– Young MC
Java– Al Hirt
Wild Thing– Tone Loc
Laugh Laugh- The Beau Brummels
If You Were Here– Thompson Twins
Our House– Madness
True– Spandau Ballet
Young Americans-David Bowie
Turning Japanese– The Vapors
Rebel Yell– Billy 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
Love Missile F-1 11– Sigue 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 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
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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