We decided to catch up on some old classic movies this past week (well, classic to me).
We watched Ace Ventura (still funny after all these years), Chinatown (Jack Nicholson is great), and Urban Cowboy.
What a roll John Travolta was on in the late 70s, early 80s. First, there was Saturday Night Fever, which got the whole country hooked on disco music. Then there was Grease, which made everyone long for the 50s. And Travolta wrapped it up in 1980 with Urban Cowboy, which got everyone into country music and wanting to go to Gilley’s.
Has any actor had that much impact on such a wide range of pop culture?
I loved each of those three Travolta movies, and have seen each one numerous times. But when I saw that Urban Cowboy was on Netflix this month, I knew it was time to watch it again. At this point, I know the story by heart, and many of the lines. So this time I was able to focus more on the music, and realize how many great songs are in the movie.
Here’s the complete list of songs and artists, followed by videos of a couple of my favorite tracks:
- “Hello Texas” – Jimmy Buffett
- “All Night Long” – Joe Walsh
- “Times Like These” – Dan Fogelberg
- “Nine Tonight” – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
- “Stand By Me” – Mickey Gilley
- “Cherokee Fiddle” – Johnny Lee
- “Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray
- “Lyin’ Eyes” – Eagles
- “Lookin’ for Love” – Johnny Lee
- “Don’t it Make Ya Wanna Dance” – Bonnie Raitt
- “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – Charlie Daniels Band
- “Here Comes the Hurt Again” – Mickey Gilley
- “Orange Blossom Special” / “Hoedown” – Gilley’s “Urban Cowboy” Band
- “Love the World Away” – Kenny Rogers
- “Falling in Love for the Night” – Charlie Daniels Band
- “Darlin'” – Bonnie Raitt
- “Look What You’ve Done to Me” – Boz Scaggs
- “Hearts Against the Wind” – Linda Ronstadt with J. D. Souther
It’s hard to narrow down such a list to just two or three songs, but I’ll do my best.
And one song that was in the movie but is not on the official soundtrack album:
OK, so I failed. I couldn’t stop at two or three songs. And I could keep going.
It’s no surprise that I enjoyed the movie so much with music like this.
Plus it’s got John Travolta and Debra Winger, what more could you ask for…
If you’ve never seen it, here’s the trailer:
*image from Rolling Stone