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.
You may think the song “Pretty in Pink” was inspired by the movie of the same name but it actually came first in 1981, with John Hughes taking inspiration from the title while the band The Psychedelic Furs performed a new version to go with the movie in 1986.
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.
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.
Directed by the late Tobe Hooper, the music video for Billy Idol’s first big US hit, “Dancing With Myself”, finds Billy in some sort of apocalyptic wasteland with zombies swarming an apartment building that has equally horrific things happening within.