Inspired by seeing ET in 1982, Neil Diamond, along with songwriters Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach, wrote the song “Heartlight” that appeared on the album of the same name.
As the Three Stooges received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1983, songwriter Peter Quinn scored an unlikely hit with a throwback novelty song The Curly Shuffle with his group, the Jump N The Saddle Band.
Jazz and pop singer Al Jarreau contributed the caramel smooth theme song for 1985’s comedic crime show, Moonlighting, which starred Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd as bickering partners of a private detective agency, solving crimes and getting into all kinds of wacky hi-jinks.
Formed in 1989, The Rembrandts exploded into pop culture history when they performed the theme song for Friends, “I’ll Be There For You”, which became a massive hit as a single in 1997.
For 1981’s critically and commercially beloved Dudley Moore comedy Arthur one of the kings of yacht rock, Christopher Cross, provided the smooth, soft rock theme song for the movie that went on to win Best Original Song at the 1982 Oscars.
Back before the Willenium and even before he was sitting on his throne in Bel-Air, The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff released one of their most classic tracks, “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, the Grammy award winning hit from 1988.
One of the many 80s movies that revolved around breakdancing, 1984’s Body Rock featured future Renegade Lorenzo Lamas and a title song by Maria Vidal, which became an international hit and a cult classic 80’s dance club jam.
Coming in to replace Supertramp, 80’s juggernaut Journey contributed two songs to the soundtrack of 1982’s Tron, one of which was the end credits song “Only Solutions”.
No stranger to spy movie themes thanks to Live and Let Die, Paul McCartney delivered the title track to 1985’s Spies Like Us, which starred Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd.
Ice-T delivered the fantastic title track for the 1988 crime/gang movie Colors, which was directed by Dennis Hopper and starred Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle and Damon Wayans.