Valley Girl is a refreshing musical that will take you to nostalgia from your high school life. The story revolves around Julie telling her teen daughter the story of her high school love. But Julie’s run about being a princess, hence, just a village girl falling in love with the biggest hits of the ’80s. Modern English’s “Melt With You” — the unofficial theme of the original movie is the heart of the film.
The new film will give you a taste of Glee-like plot of a popular girl falling for a guy yet forbidden for some reasons. Valley Girl’s writer Amy Talkington told Refinery29 that the movie’s songs had “to be in the DNA of the script and the story. We worked really really hard to find songs that could tell our story and define our characters and create the tone that we needed.”
“Moulin Rouge was sort of the inspiration for that,” the film’s director Rachel Lee Goldenberg added. “They re-produced and re-genred the songs to make sense in the story.
“We worked really hard to not have it feel gimmicky, like we’re just throwing ’80s songs in just to have them in,” Goldenberg said. “The story and the emotions and the heart of the film is what was paramount, so we worked backwards to try and make it as close as possible — so that every single lyric could be aligned with dialogue in the movie.”
Everybody is anticipating the official Valley Girl soundtrack that features acapella performance of The Cure and mash-ups of Madonna and Hall & Oates that greatly blends with other tracks. On the flip side, we will give you the highlights the original tracks that will make you like 80’s music more. Back when “life was like a pop song,” as Silverstone’s Julie rhapsodically tells her daughter. “And we knew all the words.” And now we will share it to you too.
The movie’s big groovy and classical number where the teen Julie was introduced in the mal l(Jessica Rothe) is a cover of this 1981 pop classic.
Cyndi Lauper “Girls Just Want To Have Fun“
The tongue-in-cheek back and forth between the Valley girls about a woman’s place makes for a fun cover of this 1983 hit.
The Cars “Magic”
The high school montage set to this 1984 new wave hit is our introduction to Julie’s boyfriend Mickey (Logan Paul).
Joan Jett “Bad Reputation”
The anthem of the Hollywood weirdos, kickstarted by Jack (Mae Whitman), is this punk adjacent song from 1980.
Toni Basil “Mickey”
This 1981 pom-pom sing-along is a fitting choice for a tennis pep rally dedicated to the school’s one tennis player named Mickey.
Colin Hay “Be Good Johnny”
The 2003 track plays at Mickey’s pool party. Hay, the lead singer of Men At Work, also showed up in the original movie.
Kim Wilde “Kids In America”
Julie’s come to Jesus moment happens with help from this 1981 rocker, which starts off melancholy before getting co-opted by her friends who just want to party.
Roxy Music “More Than This”
Roxy Music’s 1982 original gets the cover treatment by Børns for the moment in which Julie and Randy see each other across the room and have their very own Romeo + Juliet moment.
Words “Missing Person”
The pool party’s soundtrack is totally tubular thanks to this 1982 rocker.
Flock of Seagulls “I Ran (So Far Away)”
This 1982 new wave classic gets punches throwing.
Run-DMC “It’s Like That”
These sucker MC’s take over Mickey’s party with their 1984 hit while Randy prefers to do it in a Ronald Reagan mask.
The Cars “You Might Think”
Randy’s punk rock serenade happens to this not so foolish 1984 song.
The Plimsouls “A Million Miles Away”
The 1983 track appeared in the original movie, but here it becomes the perfect song to mosh thanks to the L.A. rock duo Deap Vally,
Madonna “Crazy For You”
Randy put his own punk rock spin on the Material Girl’s 1985 love song.
Depeche Mode “Just Can’t Get Enough”
The aerobics class mashup begins with Julie using this 1981 love song to talk about her new obsession with Randy.
Madonna “Material Girl”
As Julie’s friends try to entice her back to her rich ex, it’s this cheeky capitalistic anthem from 1984 that they let do the talking.
Hall & Oates “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”
As the mashup continues, Julie lets her friends know where she stands with help from this 1981 pop song.
This synth-pop song plays as Mickey finds another girl to be obsessed with: Julie’s bestie Karen (Chloe Bennett).
Soft Cell “Tainted Love”
A valley girl with a Hollywood boy? Well, it’s the definition of what this slinky 1981 song is talking about.
Deap Vally “A Space Age Love Song”
Deap Vally covers this 1981 cosmic crooner from Flock of Seagulls that helps Julie learn to mosh.
Deap Vally “Obsessed With You”
We’re obsessed with these rockers from the San Fernando Valley — singer/guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer/singer Julie Edwards — and their cover of this X-Ray Spex punk song from 1978.
A-ha “Take On Me”
Julie and Randy’s carousel duet to the 1985 synth-pop song helps her go punk. Peep that little safety pin in her ear. So hardcore.
Modern English “I Melt With You”
Appropriately, the 1985 theme song of the OG Valley Girl from Modern English is the song Randy writes for Julie. Safe to say, it’s a hit.
Adam Ant “Goody Two Shoes”
The first song we hear at Stacey’s roller skating party is this 1982 goody goody.
Men Without Hats “The Safety Dance”
This 1982 track feels rather comical for the rather unsafe roller skating dance competition.
Duran Duran “Rio”
Mickey and Randy’s fight is soundtracked by this 1982 track.
The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry”
Randy’s acapella lament to this goth pop song from 1979 becomes an apology duet once his bestie Jack joins in.
American Authors “Heaven”
Julie’s prom queen dance and kiss off to the prom king happens to the American Authors’ take on the 1984 new wave hit from the Psychedelic Furs.
Queen & David Bowie “Under Pressure”
Valley Girl’s biggest musical number has everyone singing along to this 1981 power duet.
American Authors “Dance Hall Days”
American Authors, who play the Valley Girl prom, cover this 1983 new wave song from Wang Chung.
American Authors “Dancing With Myself”
American Authors get everyone dancing with their cover of this 1981 rocker from Billy Idol — including Stacey and her MIT bae.