The song was specifically written for the movie 'Cocktail' and earned a 1988 Grammy Nomination, but lost to Phil Collins' 'Two Hearts' (featured in the film 'Buster'). Although it was recorded in the late '80s, the song has the style of a '60s hit, a decade filled with Beach Boys hits.
Lewis wrote the song specifically for the Back to the Future series, earning him an Academy Award nomination. The song appears multiple times in the films -- notably when the main character Marty McFly is skateboarding to work as well as when McFly's band performs the tune during a battle of the bands competition (judged by Lewis himself).
Appearing in the movie of the same name, the ballad is telling an ex-lover that reconciliation is "against all odds." The song was originally titled 'How Can You Just Sit There?' and was featured on recording sessions for Collins' 1981 debut solo album 'Face Value,' which was written about his first wife.
This '80s movie song is featured in the final scene of the film 'Dirty Dancing,' where the lovers perform a dance in front of the entire camp. The song won the Academy Award, Golden Globe and a Grammy.
Ray Parker, Jr. came up with the idea for this movie song while watching late night advertisements. Although he originally thought there would be no way to include lyrics, he wrote the song as a jingle advertisement promoting the Ghostbusters' services. The song was also part of a copyright infringement claim for sounding too much like Huey Lewis and the News' 'I Want a New Drug.' The dispute was settled out of court.
The '80s movie song -- which explores the film's theme of people being strangers and then becoming intimate friends -- was first offered to Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol, who both declined. Simple Minds then agreed, although the band is generally dismissive of the song. It has since been featured in various films and television shows that dealt with teenage relationships, such as 'American Pie' and 'One Tree Hill.'
The song was used for 'Rocky III' at the request of Sylvester Stallone. The band originally wanted to call the song 'Survival' because they felt 'Eye of the Tiger' was too cheesy. The song has been extensively featured in sporting events for University of Memphis and Clemson University, and was even parodied by "Weird-Al" Yankovic entitled 'Theme from Rocky XII (The Rye of the Kaiser).'