Just remembered Deep Blue Day is on this, I love that tune
Dead obvious choice, I know
from the best club scene ever (Blade)
Have seen it but don’t remember it tbh but The Big Chill is always one that gets mentioned for this I think
John Hughes movies are little snapshots of mainstream alternative 80s music
Orbital got used in a lot of films around that time (which is a bit mad in retrospect) but nothing will beat that opening scene of Hackers flying over New York or wherever it is.
Also going to pitch a tent for the first soundtrack to knock my block off. The hair metal heavy soundtrack to Transformers the Movie.
Holy cow, the transition into the bridge where the whole screen is flashing and everything goes gallopy-riff-and-solo-crazy is actually properly uncomfortable (and awesome, but uncomfortable)
Any of those late 90s films which were peak soundtrack tie-in
Or anything that had Six Underground by the Sneaker Pimps, or anything by Morcheeba, on the soundtrack