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Slaveholders were not footloose; they had all to lose if they should carry their blacks into Kansas and should nevertheless fail to make it a slave-state.
The soundtrack features lots of songs by lots of people, including one guy that would have no career if not for film soundtracks, Kenny Loggins. 9 Million copies of Footloose were danced to.
The Footloose soundtrack got a small conservative town back on its feet and on the dance floor, and it did the same thing for millions of music fans in the 80s.
Olivia Newton-John's video for Physical and movies like Footloose helped propel 80s legwarmers to even more popularity, but the fad largely died down by the mid-80s.
The soundtrack to Footloose was a mixture of new tracks created for the film, R&B and dance tracks and metal music from the era.