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23. 'The Power of Love' (from 'Back to the Future')
Songwriters: Chris Hayes & Johnny Colla (music), Huey Lewis (lyrics)
Who it lost to: "Say You, Say Me" (from "White Nights"
Why it's still great today: Even in the mid-'80s, Huey Lewis & The News' ascent to the top of the pop charts seemed strange, as they were essentially the world's most kick-ass bar band. (Bobcat Goldthwait — himself a strange '80s artifact — summed up the confusion nicely, noting that when you looked at Lewis, "You don't go, 'Hey, is that America's number one rock star?' You go, 'Hey, is that a friend of my dad?'") But there was no mistaking the band's power and popularity, which arguably hit its apex when the irresistible "Power of Love" was attached to the beginning of "Back to the Future," a merger of quintessentially '80s song and film so appropriate that Lewis himself was called in for an amusing cameo as the man who rejects Marty McFly's band for the high school talent show because, "I'm afraid you're just too darn loud."
- Alan Sepinwall