Epic ’80s Movies Montages and the Songs That Made Them so Great

The ’80s was a booming decade for the film industry. Movies of the era had a certain look and feel to them thanks to the equipment used, the kind of stories told, and the unforgettable music. While there are many elements that make a film a true “80s movie,” few are as memorable as the iconic montage scene. Usually overdramatized and backed by an upbeat song of the times, these classic scenes were once seen as inspirational and now comical in hindsight.

Take a trip back to the heyday of Reeboks and shoulder pads and see the best montage scenes of the decade and the songs that made them so great.

Footloose (1984)“Let’s Hear It for the Boy”

Footloose
Paramount Pictures

Released in 1984, Footloose is a comedy-drama that follows Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), a big city kid from Chicago who moves to a small town with his mother. There, he learns that dancing and most music, two of Ren’s favorite things, have been banned under the leadership of the local minister.

In the film, Ren teaches his rhythmless friend Willard Hewit (Chris Penn) how to dance, resulting in a montage perfectly matched with Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” Released the same year, the song rose to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after being featured in the film and is forever associated with it.

Footloose has more than one memorable montage.