John Hughes, Maestro : Monitor Mix Before there was the Garden State soundtrack or Sofia Coppola's music savvy and coolness — and well before Juno — there was a John Hughes film and all the glorious music therein. For anyone who was a kid or a teenager in the '80s and '90s, it wa...
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John Hughes, Maestro

As you no doubt know by now, director John Hughes has died.

Before there was the Garden State soundtrack or Sofia Coppola's music savvy and coolness -- and well before Juno -- there was a John Hughes film and all the glorious music therein. For anyone who was a kid or a teenager in the '80s and '90s, it was John Hughes who first married the loves and lives of teens -- of misfits, cool boys, awkward girls, nerds and distant, distracted parents -- with songs that made the characters' lives, and by proxy our lives, vivid. A Hughes soundtrack was perhaps not as epic as a Valley Girl or Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack, but there was always the song, the one that became indistinguishable from the film itself.

Here, then, are some of my favorite bands and songs from John Hughes movies:

Please share your favorite musical moments from John Hughes' films. Also, what bands did you discover from a Hughes film?