As I already begin to book my fall travel home, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. And nobody satisfies that nostalgia itch like John Hughes. If you don’t know Hughes, he’s the guy who wrote and/or directed some of the most important teen movies of the 80s (and he’s the guy the rest of us writers look to before we even consider writing a minute of dialogue involving any sort of teenage angst.) He understood teens and he respected them very much. You certainly recall his classics: Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This, of course, is a short list. He continued to make films right up until his death in 2009.
His great films came with great soundtracks. Hughes not only understood teens at the time, but he understood (and loved) the music of the generation. So, in honor of Hughes, I present a playlist of songs on soundtracks for movies written and/or directed by John Hughes. Take a minute to recall your best moment of teenage rebellion, then throw your fist in the air, and hit play!