Purple Rain, Top Gun, The Breakfast Club. These movies helped define the 1980s, and their soundtracks paced the decade of preps, nerds, ace pilots and the color purple.

Featuring songs by artists such as Prince (“When Doves Cry”), Berlin (“Take My Breath Away”), Simple Minds (“Don’t You [Forget About Me]”, Los Lobos (“La Bamba”), Public Enemy (“Fight the Power”) and MVP Kenny Loggins, who represented on the Top Gun and Footloose albums, these soundtracks became our soundtracks.

If you missed the 1980s the first time around, here’s a primer:

Artists: Alan Menken, Berlin, Bill Medley, Billy Squier, Blondie, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Deniece Williams, Eric Carmen, Glenn Frey, Go-Go's, Irene Cara, Jackson Browne, Jennifer Warnes, Kenny Loggins, los lobos, Modern English, Oingo Boingo, Prince, Public Enemy

Related Artists: Brad Kane, Jodi Benson, Paige O'Hara, Ewan McGregor, Judy Kuhn, Samuel E. Wright, Pat Carroll, Donna Murphy, Josh Gad, Angela Lansbury

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