Senior Year, 1987: Life in a John Hughes Movie
by Rachel Devitt | May 31, 2012
Didn't everything seem so much... angstier in the '80s? Or at least in John Hughes' version of the '80s? In the beloved writer-director's classic films, the romantic drama ran hot and heavy, the pathos was deep and dark, the social boundaries (rich vs. poor, cool vs. not) seemed insurmountable, and Molly Ringwald's hair was like a fiery flame that licked at your very soul. And oh yeah: The new wave and synth pop and '80s dance and rock classics flowed like ill-gotten beer at a prom. For many children of the decade, the soundtracks to Hughes' movies were just as iconic and significant as the films themselves, stuffed to the brim with super, super-cool artists like Thompson Twins, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark and Wang Chung. Relive it all -- the dances, the ditch days, the senior years, the unrequited love -- with our Senior Year 1987 soundtrack, featuring hits from 16 Candles to Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off to Some Kind of Wonderful.