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Charted: February 18, 1984


Rating: 4.440 (average of 5 ratings)


Genre: pop


Quotable: “a light, entertaining listen. Sometimes, that can be better than something substantial” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


Album Tracks:

  1. Footloose (KENNY LOGGINS)
  2. Let’s Hear It for the Boy (DENIECE WILLIAMS)
  3. Almost Paradise (ANN WILSON/ MIKE RENO)
  4. Holding Out for a Hero (BONNIE TYLER)
  5. Dancing in the Sheets (SHALAMAR)
  6. I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man) (KENNY LOGGINS)
  7. Somebody’s Eyes (KARLA BONOFF)
  8. The Girl Gets Around (SAMMY HAGAR)
  9. Never (MOVING PICTURES)


Sales:

sales in U.S. only 9 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 18 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 10
peak on U.K. album chart 7


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Footloose (1/28/84) #1 US, #6 UK, #2 AR, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million
  • Dancing in the Sheets (2/25/84) #17 US, #18 RB, #41 UK
  • Holding Out for a Hero (2/25/84) #34 US, #2 UK
  • Let’s Hear It for the Boy (4/7/84) #1 US, #1 RB, #2 UK, #3 AC, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million
  • I’m Free (5/5/84) #22 US, #42 AR
  • Almost Paradise (5/12/84) #7 US, #1 AC, airplay: 2 million
  • Somebody’s Eyes (8/4/84) #16 AC


Notes: An expanded edition of the soundtrack added Quiet Riot’s “Bang Your Head (Metal Health),” John Cougar’s “Hurts So Good,” and Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” all of which were hits prior to the soundtrack. The expanded version also includes another version of “Dancing in the Sheets.”


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums


Footloose Soundtrack
Various Artists
Review:
Footloose was a throwback to ‘50s rock & roll movies, with a silly plot about a town where it was illegal to dance. It was a major hit, as was its soundtrack…It’s easy to see why – the album delivers its mainstream pop, anthemic rock, and light dance-pop with style and an abundance of hooks” (Erlewine). Seven of the nine tracks charted, six reaching the US Top 40. Two of those, including “Kenny Loggins’ bouncy title song” and “Deniece Williams’ frothy, charming Let’s Hear It for the Boy” were #1 pop hits and another song, “the excellent power ballad Almost Paradise (a duet between Loverboy’s Mike Reno and Heart’s Ann Wilson)” was a top ten hit.

“The sound and production of Footloose has dated badly – there is a reliance on synthesizers and drum machines that instantly announces that the record was made in 1984 – but that isn’t necessarily a weakness. Not only does it function as a time capsule of a certain moment in pop music history, but many of the songs are catchy enough to transcend their production. There’s nothing of substance on the Footloose soundtrack, but it’s a light, entertaining listen. Sometimes, that can be better than something substantial” (Erlewine).


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Last updated December 25, 2008.