John Hughes’ defined a generation. Not only did his movies provide us a realistic cast of characters that to this day are closer to us than some of the friends that we actually knew in real life…but they provided the soundtrack to our lives. How many of you think of Ferris Bueller anytime you hear Danke Schoen or Twist and Shout? How many of you say “Big Ben…Parliment” anytime you hear Lindsey Buckingham’s Holiday Road? How many women dreamed to have a moment when their boyfriend was waiting for them outside of church while the Thompson Twins played in the background? And how many people ran down their school hallway singing the The Airborne Ranger Fight song…thinking it was a U2 song?
Even though Spielberg is considered the ultimate 80s director…I think Hughes may have been the most influential.
The 11 Best John Hughes Music Moments:
1. Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton/Twist and Shout – The Beatles (Ferris Bueller dancing on the float in the middle of the parade – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
2. Don’t You Forget About Me – Simple Minds (John Bender walking across the football field – Breakfast Club)
3. If You Were Here – Thompson Twins (Jake Ryan waiting by his car outside the church – Sixteen Candles)
4. Pretty in Pink – Psychadelic Furs (Theme Song – Pretty in Pink)
5. Oh Yea – Yello (Ferris Bueller checking out the Ferrari – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
6. She Loves Me – Stephen Hague (Watts and Keith kiss in the garage – Some Kind of Wonderful)
7. This Woman’s Work – Kate Bush (Hospital Scene – She’s Having A Baby)
8. If You Leave – OMD (Prom Scene – Pretty in Pink)
9. Holiday Road – Lindsey Buckinham (anytime the Griswalds were being chased for screwing up America or Europe – Vacation & European Vacation)
10. Weird Science – Oingo Boingo (Theme Song – Weird Science)
11. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (You look good wearing my future – Some Kind of Wonderul)
Honorable Mention –
March of the Swivelheads – The English Beat (Ferris Bueller runs home – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)