The 30 Best Movie Songs of the Last 40 Years – Part II

20 Jul

20. Endless Love, by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross, from Endless Love (1981)

This enduring classic penned by Richie and recorded with fellow (at the time) Motown performer Ross, is considered by many as the greatest duet ever written. It’s been covered numerous times since – Richie had another crack with Shania Twain, and the Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross version peaked at number 2 in the US, UK and Australia. But nothing can compare to the original, which spent a huge nine weeks in the number 1 position in the US, meaning it could almost justifiably be called Endless Number One. It even brought a jaded Irish-American ice-rink cleaner to tears.

Stats: Number 1 in the US and Australia, number 7 in the UK; Academy Award nomination; Golden Globe nomination.

Penalty Points: The movie, from all accounts, sucked. It was nominated for six Razzies.

Bonus Points: Two legit stars; that scene in Happy Gilmore.

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