‘Valley Girl’: The Best ‘80s Songs In the 2020 Remake

1983’s Valley Girl was an authentic ’80s movie just by being modern day. The 2020 remake is a period piece flashback to the ’80s. Plus, it’s also a musical featuring the cast singing classic ’80s songs. 

Valley Girl Julie and Randy
Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse | Orion Pictures

Here are some of the best Valley Girl renditions of our favorite ’80s songs. The film is now available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital. 

‘We Got the Beat’ is the ‘Valley Girl’ intro

When Valley Girl flashes back to the ’80s, the film introduces Julie (Jessica Rothe) and all her valley friends. They all sing The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” and perform major choreography at the mall. They go from department stores to the escalator and fountain singing.

‘Bad Reputation’ is the Hollywood Punk introduction

Jack (Mae Whitman) introduces the Hollywood punks with Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation.” Rany (Josh Whitehouse) joins in as they rock the Hollywood hills. 

‘Valley Girl’ puts a new twist on Cyndi Lauper 

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” begins as a beach party song. Loryn (Ashleigh Murray) leads the song which involves choreography with volleyball players, and a bit of Egyptian walking. Then the whole pier joins in.

Valley Girl Blu-ray
Valley Girl Blu-ray | Warner Home Video

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This is the song that shows Valley Girl is going to put a different twist on ‘80s music. Rothe sings the final chorus as a heartfelt ballad. 

‘Valley Girl’ also slows down ‘Kids In America’

Rothe begins a slowed down version of Kim Wilde’s “Kids In America” at a costume party. It quickly ramps up to the rock n’ roll version with the whole cast singing along. 

‘You Might Think’ is Randy’s invitation to the valley girl

Whitehouse sings a punk cover of The Cars’ as Randy leads Julie out of the party and shows her Hollywood. A reluctant Stacey (Jessie Ennis) comes along and gets a few lyrics too. Whitehouse also performs a punk version of Madonna’s “Crazy For You” on stage with his band. 

Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse | Orion Pictures

The aerobics medley

Julie and Karen (Chloe Bennet) argue over Julie and Randy’s relationship during an aerobics class. Their argument consists of a medley of “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Material Girl,” “I Can’t Go For That” and “Tainted Love.” It’s a clever, energetic way to express their conflict and cover a lot of ‘80s music. 

The A-Ha montage

A-Ha’s “Take On Me” becomes a duet between Whitehouse and Rothe during a montage showing Randy and Julie happily dating. Their relationship is reflected in the literal harmony of their voices. 

Another ‘Valley Girl’ duet 

Whitehouse and Whitman sing The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” as a duet as they climb the fire escape to the rooftop. Their voices and passion make it the turning point of Valley Girl

The whole cast of ‘Valley Girl’ is ‘Under Pressure’

Queen and David Bowie’s collaboration “Under Pressure” becomes a full ensemble song. The entire cast sings it during a montage as they get ready for prom. It’s explosive.

Valley Girl band
L-R: Josh Whitehouse, Mario Revolori and Mae Whitman | Orion Pictures

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The original ‘Valley Girl’ classic

Modern English’s “I Melt with You” was a big hit off the 1983 Valley Girl soundtrack. So it becomes the song Randy sings to win Julie back at Prom. The version with Whitman on backing vocals for Whitehouse is great. Then the power goes out so Rothe and Whitehouse sing it a capella.