What's your favorite John Hughes music moment?

The filmography of the late John Hughes is peppered with memorable music moments. Matthew Broderick miming along to the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Jon Cryer goofing around to “Try a Little Tenderness” in Pretty In Pink. Judd Nelson raising a defiant, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”-accompanied, fist at the end of The Breakfast Club. Jim Belushi performing “You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You” in Curly Sue.

Okay, so maybe the last one isn’t quite as memorable as the others. Regardless! What’s your favorite John Hughes music moment? How much did the late director’s work influence your own musical taste? And isn’t it about time for a Yello revival? Oh… yeah…

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  • Chels

    For me, it will always be ‘If you were here’ by the Thompson Twins in Sixteen Candles when Sam comes out of the church and jake ryan is leaning against his car waiting for her. I get all choked up every time!

    • Tiffany


    • Jill

      Absolutely!!! That is the moment every girl who grew up in the 80’s wished for

  • Babs

    Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” from “She’s Having A Baby.” Very moving.

  • llm

    Where is Kate Bush’s “Woman’s Work” from SHE’S HAVING A BABY”

    Or the instrumental version in The Smith’s “Please Please Please” from the Ferris Bueller scene in the art gallery.

    Those two moments are worth a lifetime of memories and the first two things I thought about when he died.

    You don’t get any better than these…

    • Shauntel

      I finally found the song from the museum scene in Ferris Bueller’s day off. The name of the group is Dream Academy and I downloaded it from Limewire.

  • Simon

    Prom scene in Pretty in Pink – OMD’s If you leave – favourite song in a John Hughes’ movie!

  • pai

    Loved the music in Some Kind of Wonderful and how it was woven into the plot. Don’t know how much of that was John’s doing, but probably at least “Miss Amanda Jones,” since the character was named that.

    But Don’t You (Forget About Me) was … unforgettable.

  • Meredith

    I always loved that scene in Home Alone when Kevin is lip synching “White Christmas” with his hairbrush. It’s a Christmas tradition at my house.

  • Preston

    I still think it’s Don’t You Forget about Me by Simple Minds in the movie The Breakfast Club. In two ways, it was a win-win for both director John Hughes and the band Simple Minds with the movie’s box office success in late 1984 and the song being a No. 1 hit in 1985. Simple Minds had even more success on their own with more hits on later albums. Hughes made the quintessential ’80s movie with the innocense and teen angst with his hit comedy and drama movies.

  • Shorty

    I love the “White Christmas” lip-synching scene in Home Alone, but my favorite is when Kevin tricks the burglars by making mannequins dance to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
    National Lampoon’s vacation had some good music in it. “Holiday Road” over the opening credits and “Little Boy Sweet” in Christie Brinkley’s scenes.

  • Bumbledbee

    “Don’t You Forget about Me” is perfections. However, somebody mentioned “If You Leave” at the end of Pretty in Pink, and that’s pretty close. I am going with “Don’t You Forget about Me” only because it was a better movie, in my humble and personal opinion.

  • jlynn

    It is hard to decide, I loved all of them.

  • sean

    I’m going with the Hughes Mollyringwald triology starting with Breakfast Club “Don’t you forget about me” as the best, next was psychedlic fur’s pretty in pink in well, Pretty in Pink, and the song at the end of 16 Candles, I can’t remember the name, but it was good.
    Honorable mention, Matthew Broderick singing “Twist & Shout” in Ferris Bueler.

  • Meg

    I will always adore Duckie’s dance in “Pretty in Pink”. That takes the cake–although the others mentioned are very good and timelessly memorable, too.

  • Jenna Fawn

    Try a Little Tenderness is the best music moment for me. However, I did buy an 80’s music compilation album because and only because of Don’t You Forget About Me. Hey Michael Slezak, while I’m thinking about it, would it not be awesome to have a John Hughes soundtrack Idol Night. Just sayin.

  • Mac

    Plastic tubes and pots and pans
    Bits and pieces and
    Magic from the hand
    We’re makin…

    Wierd Science!

    • Razorbladez2112

      i have to agree with you, gotta love oingo boingo, especially considering the raging success of danny elfman after they split.

  • Jenn

    “If You Leave” and “Pretty in Pink”from Pretty in Pink and This Womans Work from She’s Having a Baby.

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