This list was inspired by the overlooked ‘Don’t You Forget About Me,’ and today I’m featuring another iconic track from another iconic John Hughes film.
If you think the Academy had something against John Hughes, you’re probably right. Not one of the man’s films was ever nominated for an Oscar. These films were beloved upon release and are even more beloved now, but apparently they weren’t “Academy material.”
‘If You Leave’ – Pretty in Pink
In 1986’s Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald might have ended up with the wrong guy (go Duckie!) but it happened to the right song. OMD’s ‘If You Leave’ is a perfect 80s concoction.
But it didn’t make the cut over these five songs: ‘Glory of Love’ from The Karate Kid Part II; ‘Life in a Looking Glass’ from That’s Life; ‘Take My Breath Away’ from Top Gun; ‘Mean Green Mother From Outer Space’ from Little Shop of Horrors; and ‘Somewhere Out There’ from An American Tail.
And the winner was… ‘Take My Breath Away.’
Not a bad choice, from another of the year’s biggest soundtracks. I probably would have gone with ‘Somewhere Out There.’
And move over, Mr. Miyagi, to make room for today’s SOTD.