He had several others, but Footloose is the crowning achievement for Kenny Loggins— the undisputed, undefeated King of movie soundtrack hits.  How you feel about the song, released in 1984 probably varies but one thing’s assured —Loggins’ Footloose is one of the most distinguishable dance songs of the 80s, if not all-time.

Deal with it, haters.

Footloose was one of the biggest movies of the decade, and it’s difficult to even deliberate another 80s flick having a finer soundtrack.  The Footloose soundtrack had nine singles and six were Top 40 hits, including three in the Top 10: This Loggins gem, Almost Paradise (Mike Reno and Nancy Wilson) and Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Denice Williams).  That’s two-thirds of a movie soundtrack hitting the Billboard charts. Insane. 

By the way, this wasn’t the even the Loggins’ only gem from the album.  He also sang I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man); number 30 on this MoranAlytics countdown and one of those “other” three singles off the album to hit the Top 40.

Loggins also appeared at No. 93 with Danger Zone (Top Gun soundtrack) and at No. 67 with Meet Me Halfway (Over The Top soundtrack) on this countdown. Like I said—THEEEEEEE undisputed King of the movie soundtrack hit.

I’ll be the first to admit the album, including this single isn’t built on thought-chewing substance, but instead is unapologetically puffy and enjoyable.  Not always but every now and then that’s actually better than tunes soiled in never-ending contemplation.  

At the very least, it’s much more fun. Such as the case with this timeless Loggins offering.  I mean, fuck everything else—just “kick off your Sunday shoes”….. and dance to this, baby.

Chart Success:  Footloose flew all the way to number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for three consecutive weeks before being knocked off by Phil Collin’s Against All Odds.  In total stayed on the chart for 23 weeks and finished that magical music year of 1984 ranked fourth on the year-end Billboard Hot 100.

Great Lyrics:  I don’t know about you, but for me nothing sounds more dangerous than Kenny Loggins threatening to tear up the town.   

“Been working so hard
I’m punching my card
Eight hours for what?
Oh, tell me what I got
I’ve got this feeling
That time’s just holding me down
I’ll hit the ceiling
Or else I’ll tear up this town”

Fun Facts:  From Songfacts.com: “Kevin Bacon revealed to Conan O’Brien that he bribes DJ’s at weddings with cash so they won’t play the song. I go to the disc jockey and hand him $20 and say, ‘Please don’t play that song,’ he told the talk show host. “Because, first off, a wedding is really not about me. It’s about the bride and groom.”

68. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel 

56. Michael Sembello – Maniac

55. Styx – Too Much Time On My Hands

54. Heart – Alone 

53. Olivia Newton John – Physical 

52. Loverboy – When It’s Over

51. The Time – Jungle Love

50 Michael Jackson – Thriller 

49. Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing 

 48. Huey Lewis & The News – Do You Believe In Love

47. Madonna – Crazy For You

46. Hall & Oates – Maneater

45. Toto – Rosanna 

44. New Edition – Mr. Telephone Man

43. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA

42. Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

41. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

40. Tiffany – Could’ve Been

39. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark

38. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon

37. Christopher Cross – Sailing 

36. Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat

35. The Jets – Make It Real

34. Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is

33. Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield

32. USA For Africa- We Are The World

31. Van Halen – Jump

30. Kenny Loggins – I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man)

29. Dexys Midnite Runners – Come On Eileen

28.  J. Geils Band – Centerfold

27. Hall & Oates – Private Eyes

26. Madonna – Like A Virgin

25. New Edition – Cool It Now

24. Men At Work – Who Can It Be Now

23. Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time

22. Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

21. Don Henley – Dirty Laundry 

20. Scorpions – Still Loving You

19. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

18. Billy Vera – At This Moment

17. Phil Collins/Philip Bailey – Easy Lover

16. Tommy Tutone – 867-5309/Jenny

15. Prince – Purple Rain

14. Wham – Careless Whisper

13. Prince – Let’s Go Crazy 

12. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me

11. Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl 

10. Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger