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Don’t You (Forget About Me)

The Breakfast Club is a celebrated classic, one that recounts a gloomy Saturday in detention shared by “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.” These are the exact words the brain himself writes and leaves behind once their fateful Saturday detention comes to a close. In this cherished movie, it’s easy to pay attention to the lip twitches, the screams, and the smirks of the youthful characters in each scene. However, the music that fills the empty library and the desolate hallways goes largely unnoticed. Subtly ricocheting off the lit faces of Bender and Claire are some 80s tunes worth taking a look at. If you’re on the search for new music to mix into a collection, check out The Breakfast Club movie soundtrack.

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds takes center stage. The song plays during the opening and closing credits with all the twangy keyboards and synthesizers imperative to 80s music, becoming a sort of de facto theme song to the characters’ lives. Highlighting a simple dilemma that remains timeless, the lyrics revolve around the fear of someone passing us by—of being ignored when we want to be noticed and appreciated most, whether by parents, teachers, or crushes. However, you don’t have to be a teenager to turn up this song—people across the age stratum are afraid of being taken for granted just when they want to be noticed or singled out the most. And the simple instrumental combinations are also extremely catchy.

“We Are Not Alone” by Karla DeVito, “Didn’t I Tell You” by Joyce Kennedy and “Waiting” by E.G. Daily are all ballads featuring large-hearted female vocals preaching to youthful, stationary souls. They follow Simple Minds closely with the repetitive snare drums and synthesized background accompaniment. DeVito and Daily’s voices tote along an essence of teen angst and rebellion that bubbles up from deep within. They deliver lyrics about waiting and I-told-you-so moments that make you want to stand up and fist-pump. Kennedy’s voice packs a vibrato worthy of a gospel choir. Though these songs hail from another era, you’ll be up and dancing before you know it, just as Claire scoots her leather boots, dancing to DeVito in the movie.

The rest of the soundtrack is comprised of a few instrumental arrangements of keyboards, synthesizers, drums and little else except the raw, spirited mood they conjure up, followed by and an upbeat “Waiting in the Twilight” by Wang Chung and a sexy mood-catcher “Heart too Hot to Hold” that deserves mood lighting and a scented candle, sung by Jesse Johnson and Stephanie Spruill.

The soundtrack is a collection of brave, irresistible and spirited songs that serve to remind us of more than just the tireless, wandering youths for which they set the stage. They bring to life our own inner rebels—the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal surfaces within each of us. The soundtrack is timeless, regardless of it’s place in boxes under our parents’ beds or the stacks of old CDs collecting dust on shelves in thrift stores next to VHS workout videos.


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