Ray Charles helped kick off the iconic 1967 crime thriller In the Heat of the Night with the title song, “In the Heat of the Night”, that was composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.
Far surpassing the 1981 film it was the theme song for, “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross was a gigantic smash hit, becoming the second biggest song of the year and earning Oscar, Golden Globe and multiple Grammy award nominations.
One of her first big singles, “Your Love” from Nicki Minaj arrived in 2010 and the music video for it was inspired by martial arts and Asian culture, with Black Dynamite himself, Michael Jai White, appearing as Nicki’s samurai master.
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.