Young Love Unrequited, The Soundtrack

This is the last gift sponsored by Sandisk slotRadio, so I thought we might actually talk about music. Since John Hughes passed, I’ve been thinking about how much more I enjoy movies when a director is passionate about the soundtrack.

My favorite Hughes scenes are about the music that’s playing in his characters’ lives. Remember Duckie lip-syncing to “Try a little Tenderness?”

Or Ferris Bueller’s “Danke Schoen” cum “Twist and Shout” on the parade float:

And of course, The Breakfast Club dance scene:

Then there are the Hughes songs that knock you flat and replay footage of your bedroom ceiling, circa 1985.

“Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds

“If You Were Here” by the Thompson Twins

“If You Leave” by OMD

So this present celebrates the music Mr. Hughes brought into our lives. If you win, I’ll send you everything you need for a nostalgic movie night.

The Ringwald holy trinity:

The Breakfast Club

Sixteen Candles

Pretty in Pink

An absurdly large box of Watermelon Flavored Pop Rocks, (Purchased after I ate the packages I bought for you at the corner store. Taste the Explosion!):


And, of course, a Sandisk slotRadio:

It comes with a bunch of songs already, but also gives you the option of picking your own music. Before you load your workout mix, I’d like you to check into these:

The Ultimate John Hughes Playlist
John Hughes Movie Soundtrack Hits

Leave a comment below, bonus points if you tell me about your favorite music-related movie scene. Be sure to include your email address in the field provided (so I can reach you if you win) by August 14 at 5 p.m. PST. Just one comment, please — I have to delete duplicates for fairness. will decide who wins. I’ll contact the lucky via email, and I’ll also tell you who won here.

Danke schoen to Sandisk for making this gift project a go. It’s been fun.

531 thoughts on “Young Love Unrequited, The Soundtrack

  1. I smile for the Bohemian Rhapsody opening scene in Wayne’s World 🙂 And everything about “The Last Waltz”, a movie documenting The Band’s last show. Especially Van Morrison’s kicks!

    Love the Hughes movies of course…


  2. i’m really surprise that Empire Records was mention so early on in the comments! i always think it’s less known then apparently it is. my favorite music scene comes from it too but it’s the one where everyone starts moshing around to AC/DC If you want blood. perfect!


  3. It’s not a John Hughes film but my all time favorite teen angst movie music song is:
    ‘I’ll stop the world and melt with you’ by, Modern English from the movie Valley Girl and featured in another dozen or so teen angst movies… But you gotta love Nic Cage sleeping on your lawn to prove his love for you… Mmmmm dreamy… Well, at least he was back in 1983.
    btw: IMDB says they’re making Valley Girl into a musical…. Hmmmmmm?


  4. Maybe not a movie moment but John Hughes helped me find the love of my life. We went to a costume party seperately I was dressed as Duckie and she was dressed as Andie. Not that it was love at first sight, but it was the first time she ever noticed who I was. Thanks John!


  5. This is more recent, but I have been enjoying the music from Mamma Mia. That is a fantastic trilogy of movies. Molly Ringwald (and the others) did teen anguish so well.


  6. Not to go all melancholy, but I always tear up at the end of Philadelphia when we see old movies of Tom Hanks’ character as a child – the song (don’t know the name/artist) they play during that scene KILLS me every…single…time!


  7. I spent HOURS as a kid practicing the Molly dance from The Breakfast Club.

    And Allison looked SO much better before Claire got to her with the makeup bag. Seriously. I wanted to be Allison, up until the moment she kissed the jock. Ick.


  8. It’s been mentioned already, but my favorite movie song from oh so long ago is Dirty Dancing, the end when Baby gets to dance.


  9. I love all the classic movie moments in this post. A more recent one I love is the ending montage in Love Actually with God Only Knows (Beach Boys). It was perfect for the movie. The director mentioned that another choice was The Loving (XTC) – another great song.


  10. There are so many but this was the first one to pop into my head, from “My Best Friend’s Wedding” when the boys start singing John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” on the tennis court.


  11. My mother LOVES musicals and especially movies with music and dancing. As a consequence, I spent most of my childhood running in and out of my bedroom as mom would let watch only certain parts of Dirty Dancing. Heh, I bet I was 25 before I actually watched it all the way through and realized what the storyline was really about.


  12. I have many, many, MANY musical moments in movies that are memorable to me, but two of my favorites are the “Say Anything” boombox moment…In Your Eyes. I love Peter Gabriel’s gravely voice.

    The second is from Pretty Woman: Richard Gere in the limo, heading the airport and It Must Have Been Love is playing. He changes his mind and goes after the girl.


  13. I have to admit my favorite movie/music scene is in My Best Friends Wedding (a movie that bugs me otherwise, actually) when everyone sings “I’ll Say a Little Prayer”. That’s my dirty secret.


  14. Thinking of “older” movies and musical scenes that stay with you….I love the scene in Stealing Beauty when the young Liv Tyler character dances to Billie Holiday on the record player at dusk at a lovely Italian villa party. Mmmm.


  15. In keeping with the 80s, I have to go for the final dance scene in Dirty Dancing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched that movie/scene.


  16. I feel like I’m completely blanking on some other amazing music film scenes but … Definitely “Empire Records” – but I’d also have to add in “Singles,” which is a very under-appreciated movie from Cameron Crowe – featuring a fabulous 90’s era soundtrack.


  17. My favorite music related scene is the opening sequence of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, where Norah is rocking out to Devendra Banhart as classes end for the day. The whole story and movie revolves around music, and that song is so catchy that you find yourself hooked. Even if the book is 10x better than the movie, the movie has a great soundtrack.


  18. It’s not a great movie, but Can’t Hardly Wait came out the summer before my senior year of high school, and the soundtrack was positively crammed with fun pop songs. My boyfriend and I saw it in the theater and promptly went out and bought the soundtrack, which was on permanent rotation in his car that summer.


  19. I’m a huge eighties movie junkie and I love this amazing eighties movie mashup (prominently featuring many John Hughes movies) set to one of my favorite Phoenix songs. Watching it now reminds me how much I loved–and still love–all those movies and what an amazing man he was to have made them.


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