From a decade known for neon lights, obtuse fashion, and romantic coms, comes fifty of the most beautiful love songs ever written!

#50 "Don't You (Forget About Me)" SIMPLE MINDS 'The Breakfast Club Soundtrack' [1985]

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Don't You (Forget About Me) captures the challenges of having friendships outside of social circles. It is a natural pairing for "The Breakfast Club" which explores the interactions and commonalities of five teenagers from different high school cliques during their life-changing Saturday school detention.

"Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain...
Andrew Clark: ...and an athlete...
Allison Reynolds: ...and a basket case...
Claire Standish: ...a princess...
John Bender: ...and a criminal.
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club."

#49 "I Can Dream About You" DAN HARTMAN 'The Streets Of Fire Soundtrack' [1984]

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I Can Dream About You was performed by The Sorels, a music group created specifically for the film. The music and lyrics were composed by Dan Hartman, a disco artist who was famous during the late 1970's.

Streets of Fire is the action packed neo-noir musical rock 'n roll adventure that begins when Ellen Aim, a beautiful rock music star is kidnapped by bikers while singing in the spotlight wearing a red dress.
Tom Cody, her ex-boyfriend, and a small group go to free her.
According to director Walter Hill, the film's origins came out of a desire to make what he thought was a perfect film when he was a teenager and put in all of the things that he thought were "great then and which I still have great affection for: custom cars, kissing in the rain, neon, trains in the night, high-speed pursuit, rumbles, rock stars, motorcycles, jokes in tough situations, leather jackets and questions of honour".

#48 "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" GEORGE BENSON '20/20' [1985]

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Originally composed by Michael Masser (center) and Gerry Goffin (right), "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" was first recorded in 1984 by legendary jazz singer and guitarist George Benson (left) for his 1985 studio album 20/20.

"If the road ahead is not so easy
Our love will lead the way for us
Like a guiding star
I'll be there for you if you should need me
You don't have to change a thing
I love you just the way you are"

#47 "Always" ATLANTIC STAR 'All In The Name Of Love' [1987]


This single reached number one on both the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the US Billboard Hot 100 charts in June 1987.

"Oh, you're like the sun chasing all of the rain away
When you come around you bring brighter days
You're the perfect one
For me, and you forever will be
And I will love you so for always
Ooh, ooh
I will love you so, for always"

#46 "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" PEABO BRYSON 'Straight from the Heart' [1984]

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Written by Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow, and Mike Masser.

A song about lost love and deep regrets, "If Ever You're in My Arms Again" is sung by thoughtful man, looking back on the past and having regrets about the way he treated his lover. After separating he realizes how badly he took advantage of her and how much she had done for him, and would do anything for a second chance.

#45 "Let's Hear If For The Boy" DENIECE WILLIAMS 'The Footloose Soundtrack' [1984]

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Star of soul, Deniece Williams, begain her career as a gospel singer in her church choir. After being introduced to Stevie Wonder by her cousin, she joined his trio of backup singers, and toured with the band for several years while raising her two sons.

Footloose is a dance/musical love story about a teenager from Chicago and the wild daughter of a small town minister. The movie has inspirational roots in places like Elmore City, Oklahoma, a town known for its strict anti-dance ordinance in effect from 1898-1980.

#44 "Somebody's Baby" JACKSON BROWNE 'The Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack' [1982]

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#43 "Morning Train" SHEENA EASTON 'Take My Time' [1981]


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#42 "Something About You" LEVEL 42 'World Machine' [1985]


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#41 "The Flame" CHEAP TRICK 'Lap Of Luxury' [1988]


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#40 "Nothing;s Gonna Stop Us Now" STARSHIP 'The Mannequin Soundtrack' [1987]

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#39 "Kokomo" THE BEACH BOYS 'Kokomo' [1988]

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#38 "The Promise" WHEN IN ROME 'When in Rome' [1987]


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#37 "Doing It All For My Baby" HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS 'Fore!' [1986]

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#36 "Never Say Goodbye" BON JOVI 'Slippery When Wet' [1986]


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#35 "Love Walks In" VAN HALEN '5150' [1986]


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#34 "Lovesong" THE CURE 'Disintegration' [1989]


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#33 "Islands In the Stream" DOLLY PARTON AND KENNY ROGERS 'Eyes That See in the Dark' [1983]
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Considered the #1 love duet every written by Country Music Television (CMT), "Islands in the Stream" was first recorded by country music superstars Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. It was written by the Bee Gees.
I can't live without you if the love was gone Everything is nothing if you got no one And you did walk in the night Slowly losing sight of the real thing
But that won't happen to us and we got no doubt Too deep in love and we got no way out And the message is clear This could be the year for the real thing
No more will you cry Baby, I will hurt you never We start and end as one In love forever We can ride it together, ah ha Making love with each other, ah ha

#32 "Eternal Flame" THE BANGLES 'Everything' [1988]


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#31 "Down By the Sea" MEN AT WORK 'Business As Usual' [1982]


Down by the sea
I found your hidden treasure
Just you and me
We over-dosed on pleasure

Listen to your heart
Screamin' at the sky
Can't you feel it tremble?
Don't you wonder why?

#30 "Against All Odds" PHIL COLLINS 'Against All Odds: Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' [1984]

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I wish, I could just make you turn around
Turn around and see me cry
There's so much I need to say to you so many reasons why
You're the only one who really knew me at all

#29 "Time after Time" CYNDI LAUPER 'She's So Unusual' [1983]

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If you're lost, you can look and you will find me
Time after time
If you fall, I will catch you, I will be waiting
Time after time

#28 "Endless Love" LIONEL RICHIE AND DIANA ROSS 'Endless Love: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' [1981]

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Two hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun

#27 "Missing You" JOHN WAITE 'No Brakes' [1984]

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Every time I think of you
I always catch my breath
And I'm still standing here
And you're miles away

#26 "Forever Young" ALPHAVILLE 'Alphaville' [1984]


It's so hard to get old without a cause
I don't want to perish like a fading horse
Youth's like diamonds in the sun
And diamonds are forever

#25 "Died In Your Arms" CUTTING CREW 'Broadcast' [1986]

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I just died in your arms tonight
Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must've been some kind of kiss
I should've walked away