Larry Martino

Larry Martino

Larry Martino

A young couple is slow-dancing in their living room, which is decorated with a dozen red, heart-shaped, Mylar balloons for Valentine's Day.

Ah, Valentine’s Day. For many, it is the most romantic day on the calendar. On the other hand, some people dread this day. However, for the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on romance. Furthermore, we’re not just concentrating on romantic songs. But we are celebrating some of the best 80s movie love songs. After all, 96.3 KKLZ specializes in playing “all the hits from the 80s, 90s, and more!”

Romantic Songs Have Been Popular In Stage Plays And Films For Decades

Without a doubt, the film industry loves romance. Even before they figured out how to add sound to moving pictures, most films dealt with love. Of course, once “talkies” were introduced, movie musicals soon followed. Some of the greatest love songs of all time were created specifically for Hollywood films.

Not to mention, before movies became popular, Broadway plays and stage shows introduced many love songs which eventually became “standards.” In fact, the “Great American Songbook”  includes many great love songs “from the 1920s to the 1950s that were created for Broadway theater, musical theater, and Hollywood musical film” per

80s Movie Love Songs And Soundtracks Sold Millions

So, I’m certainly not discounting all the great romantic tunes from the decades preceding the 80s. As a matter of fact, since the rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the mid-1950’s, love songs have been huge hits. However, movie soundtracks before the 80’s include lots of instrumentals. Sure, the soundtrack may include one or two big hits. However, in the 1980’s, the record industry began including multiple hit songs in order to sell more soundtrack albums.

Since movies and love songs go together like peanut butter and jelly, we’re choosing five great 80s movie love songs for Valentine’s Day. Some songs which deserve honorable mention include “Almost Paradise” by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson from the movie Footloose. In addition, “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera from The Karate Kid Part II.

And just to be clear, there are many great 80s love songs that will help set a romantic mood. Additionally, many movies and soundtracks from later years feature them. However, for the purposes of this particular article, we are listing songs created for specific movie soundtracks.

So, scroll down and see if you agree with our choices of the top five 80s movie love songs. Happy Valentine’s Day!


  • 5) "Crazy For You" - Madonna

    This became Madonna’s first ballad to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also her first song to reach the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. “Crazy For You” is from the film Vision Quest, starring Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino. Madonna also made her first appearance on the silver screen in this movie. She did not have to stretch her acting muscles in this film as she played a singer in a local bar.

  • 4) "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

    Although this #1 smash is not a ballad, I would still consider it a love song. Of course, it’s from the movie Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. And no one will ever forget the classic line which sets up this song and dance number for the film’s finale. “No one puts Baby in a corner.” A classic movie line from a classic 80’s movie.

  • 3) "Take My Breath Away" - Berlin

    Here’s the love theme from the action film Top Gun. The film’s producers and musical director first offered the song “Take My Breath Away” to Martha Davis and The Motels. They passed on the song, so Terri Nunn and the new wave group Berlin recorded the song and took it all the way to #1. This song, as well as the Kenny Loggins hit “Danger Zone,” helped propel the movie soundtrack to the top of the charts. It’s also one of the best-selling movie soundtracks of the 1980’s with over 9 million copies sold.

  • 2) "Up Where We Belong" - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

    Here’s the love theme which plays during the final scenes and closing credits of the film An Officer And A Gentleman. Naval Aviator Zack Mayo, portrayed by Richard Gere, heads to the factory where his love interest Paula, played by Debra Winger, is working her shift. Mayo scoops Paul up in his arms and take her away from her dead-end factory job while this song plays. Supposedly, they live happily ever after. There wasn’t a dry eye in the theater.

  • 1) "Endless Love" - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

    This is the love theme from the Franco Zeffirelli film Endless Love. Lionel Richie wrote and produced the song “Endless Love.” He performed it with his Motown labelmate, Diana Ross, and took it to #1 for nine weeks during the summer of 1981. It is the most successful duet of the rock era, spending a grand total of six months on the Billboard Hot 100. This song will definitely get you in the mood to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

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