The best songs from teen movies

Whether you’re old enough to remember them or not, the classic teen movies of the 1980s are worth checking out – if only for the fashion and, of course, the music!

Led by US director John Hughes, they launched a genre that has proved enduring ever since. Arguably the original and best was The Breakfast Club soundtracked with the classic Simple Minds anthem Don’t You Forget About Me. Although the band we’re about to venture beyond their sell-by date, this remains a great song and sets the scene for what is a masterful coming-of-age flick.

Brat packers Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall led the cast and proved to be a blueprint for what followed.

(Re) Discover the best sounds that brought these movies alive with the Guardian’s take on the best songs from teen movies below. Which are your favourites?

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