The Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack was one of the most iconic of the 80s and Jackson Browne’s song “Somebody’s Baby” was the biggest hit of the songs created specifically for the movie, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.
The 1981 cult classic animated anthology Heavy Metal featured tons of music in each of its stories but Eagles guitarist Don Felder contributed the overall theme song, “Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride)”, which was also featured in the “B-17” segment of the movie.
Although not quite as memorable as the music from the first movie, Bob Seger’s “Shakedown” from Beverly Hills Cop II is still a fun song that debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and was nominated for a “Best Original Song” Oscar.
Formed in the late 60s, electronica legends Tangerine Dream have put out over 100 albums since their formation and have composed the scores for numerous films, including Risky Business, Legend, Near Dark, Firestarter, Sorcerer and more.
The second single released from The Simpsons Sing the Blues album, “Deep, Deep Trouble” was co-written by Matt Groening and DJ Jazzy Jeff and features Nancy Cartwright rapping as Bart about a series of events that landed him the title predicament.
Robert Altman’s magnum opus dramedy Nashville has over an hour of musical performances but Keith Carradine’s “I’m Easy” is the one that won Best Original Song at the Oscars while also becoming a radio hit on the Billboard charts.