Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" in Boogie Nights

Film Released: 1997

Freebasing cocaine doesn't look that fun at first, but put on "Jessie's Girl" in the background and it's a different story. That's the magic of this climatic moment in Paul Thomas Anderson's masterpiece. There's a long shot of Mark Wahlberg's Dirk Diggler staring off into blank space during this scene, and while it's clear that he's disillusioned by how he's transitioned from porn superstardom to a world of drugs and guns, he holds a slight smirk that's hard to miss. That can likely be attributed to the sounds of Rick Springfield filling the room.

When the situation escalates and people start getting shot, the overbearing presence of the '80s hit makes it surreal. Then Nena's "99 Luftballoons" comes on, driving home the point about the ubiquity of the decade's best pop hits, no matter what business you were dwelling in.

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