If you haven't seen the movie, that's okay. Just looking at the titles of some of the songs included on the soundtrack is sure to elicit a snicker out of you. You can just imagine where songs like "Virgin Man" (Robinson), "Just Got Lucky" (JoBoxers), "Score" (Workman), and "I Got Ants in My Pants" (Brown) fit into the movie. Although, if you're forty years old (or so) today, a lot of these songs may just remind you of your first time. "Heat of the Moment" (Asia) is one of those songs that really defined the early eighties with its synthesizers and harmonious vocals melodies. "I Ran" (Seagulls) is another one of those songs that you'll never shake from that era.
I'm sure that at a lot of proms and weddings circa 1985 people were slow dancing (and possibly getting lucky) to "Never Surrender" (Hart). Thanks to a Starburst commercial, "Hello" (Richie) seems to be making a comeback. For all the parody it gets, it's a great ballad. If you only get this soundtrack for just one song, get it for "Theme From Greatest American Hero (Believe It Or Not)" (Scarbury). There's just something about the cheesy, over-the-top, `I'm on top of the world' anthem that stays with you for years (though you're afraid to admit it).
You can live without the cast recordings of "Aquarius" and "The First Time". As with most soundtracks, you really need to see the movie first.
The 40 Year Old Virgin Soundtrack scores (couldn't resist) with a diverse sampling of music that will recall your younger and more awkward years.