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80’s Movie Soundtracks Rock!

Music has a strong influence on our mood and can change the way we feel. That is most likely the reason why movie producers play a background song during an important part of their movie. Songs during movies are played to ramp up the movie experience and set the tone of the movie. The 80s not only had great clothes, hair, and music, but the movies were also awesome. A lot of classics that are still popular today were released during the 80s and their soundtracks include some of the best radio hits from that time. Here is a list of movies that have great soundtracks.

Top Gun, directed by Tony Scott, was released in 1986 and was a hit for movie fans. The movie starred actors Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer, and Kelly McGillis. It is a naval movie about love, pilot training, crisis, and determination. The soundtrack for it is as amazing as the stars that acted in it and even held the number one spot on the Billboard charts. Two of the most popular songs from the movie are “Take My Breath Away,” and “Danger Zone.”

Another soundtrack that is worthy of being on this list is from Flashdance. It was released in 1983 and directed by Adrian Lyne. Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri were the stars of this film. It is a romance about a dancer that was a steel mill worker during the day. Irena Cara wrote the award winning song “Flashdance…What a Feeling” for this specifically. The soundtrack also includes another great hit called “Maniac.”

Who could forget the movie directed by Martin Brest that was released in 1984 called Beverly Hills Cop. Eddie Murphy was a hit and became a star. This soundtrack was so great it even won a Grammy Award. It includes songs such as “Axel F” performed by Harold Faltermeyer, “New Attitude” by the legendary Patti Labelle, and “The Heat is On” by Glenn Frey.

Another 80s Tom Cruise hit was Cocktail, directed by Roger Donaldson. It is about an ambitious bartender who is striving to be a professional in the business world. This soundtrack includes hits from the Beach Boys, Ry Crooder, Little Richard, and Starship among many other great artists. Songs you will hear in this film are “Tutti Frutti,” “Wild Again,” “All Shook Up,” and “Kokomo” just to name a few.

Movie soundtracks make a great movie even better with the right song list. Having the right song playing during a sad, happy, intense, or scary part of the movie will enhance the experience the director wants you to feel at that time. A lot of soundtracks even win awards, and especially when songs are composed specifically for a film. I hope this list of 80s songs will bring back some of your own memories and movie favorites from the 80s.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

SoundScan and why it Matters

What makes a song a top hit? Is it the instruments, singers, sound, tempo, or rhythm? Or is it more mathematically calculated? A top hit is given a rating from SoundScan that is shown to us courtesy of the Billboard top hits list. Songs listed under the category top hits are usually our favorite and most catchy tunes. The more a song is played, the more we like it, and are more inclined to buy the band or solo artist’s CD or download the song onto our home computers.

Mike Shallet and Mike Fine are the creators of the Nielsen SoundScan. It is a calculated method of information that tracks and records the number of sales of CDs and other music products. To be listed as a top hit, the band or artist needs to sell a lot of CDs or music videos/products and stay consistent with sales. The higher the sales, the higher up on the list they will be. You can find the list of top sales on the Billboard music charts which are released weekly. Billboard uses SoundScan information to produce their list.

Consumers control the outcome of the Nielsen SoundScan because the tracking is recorded by music products sold in retail stores and online. SoundScan works just like the Nielsen television ratings. A group or association doesn’t control what shows are ranked as a number one hit. The more viewers that are tuned into a show make that particular show the hit that it is. The same is for CDs. It is a number recorded of total products sold.

SoundScan has a big influence on how Billboard ranks the artists on their list. SoundScan tracks the total number of CDs sold, and then Billboard uses that number in addition to radio and download time to determine who will be ranked number one.

Artists’ CDs are also rated by their production company. For example, it is a huge honor for a CD to be considered platinum. A platinum rating means that a song, from a CD, has sold one million copies. A platinum CD is based on a sales number. Nielsen SoundScan tracks the number sold. Again, these numbers are reflected on the consumer and what CDs we are purchasing or downloading.

Without an artist’s fan base, their success would go unnoticed. Consumers are what drive the hits we see on the Billboard top lists. Bands make it to the top because we buy their music and support their careers.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Radio Hits from the 80s

The 80s had everything; big hair, colorful clothes, iconic artists, and last but not least great music. The decade was filled with unforgettable music hits from big hair bands, metal bands, R&B, hip hop, and pop artists. The music artists from the 80s made a lasting impression and still inspire radio hits twenty years later. Who could forget the sounds of Madonna, Blondie, The Commodores, Billy Joel, or Kool and the Gang? Billboard magazine produced a top 40 chart list from the 80s that can be found online at eighty-eightynine’s website which is where I comprised my list of memorable 80s radio hits.

Blondie, founded by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, is the perfect band to represent both the style and sounds of the 80s. They had a unique fashion sense and their song, Call Me, made the list of top hits in 1980. They heavily influenced the new wave punk scene and dressed in the most fashionable clothes. Blondie’s cool hair styles made a fashion statement all on their own. Their music was mixed with sounds of reggae, disco and pop. In 1981, Dolly Parton released a song that that continues to be sung today in commercials, movies, and even our own homes, 9 to 5. She wrote the song for the film Nine to Five in which she also played a small role. The song became somewhat of a theme song for working people in the 80s. It most likely made the list of top hits because it won a Grammy award. Dolly Parton is one of the most successful female artists in the world. Another radio hit that didn’t fizzle out in 1982 was, Eye of the Tiger. The song is found in a lot of movie soundtracks and is most notably recognized for being played in the movie Rocky III with Sylvester Stallone. He requested the band Survivor to produce the song specifically for the movie.

In the mid 1980s, Madonna could always be found on the top 40 chart lists. She came out with hits such as; Borderline, Like a Virgin, and Crazy for You. These hits all helped to fuel her long lasting career and she still records hits today. Her edgy and daring personality and personal style made her an iconic figure. The end of the decade was popular for the band Milli Vanilli and they produced hits Girl You Know Its True, Girl I’m Gonna Miss You, Blame It on the Rain and, Baby Don’t Forget My Number. They were one of the most popular acts and their songs were played frequently on radio stations. The songs were award winning, until it was revealed that the singers’ vocals weren’t their own. Their music still topped the late 80s music charts.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

 
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  • About the Author:
    Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.

    For more information please visit 977music.com.
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