There’s so much talk about the multiverse these days, think about this: what if Starship had actually agreed to sing “Danger Zone” for “Top Gun”?
Instead, after Starship — purveyors of tracks such as ‘We Built This City’ and ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ — turned it down, the iconic track went last-minute to Kenny Loggins, who was working already on his own number. for the 1986 film, “Playing with the Boys”.
The “Top Gun: Maverick” sequel (in theaters May 27) features Lady Gaga’s powerful new ballad “Hold My Hand,” plus Loggins’ original version of “Danger Zone,” one of Giorgio’s four songs. Moroder and Tom Whitlock on the “Top Gun” soundtrack. The first movie came at a time when a blockbuster movie could spawn several instant hits, and this record in particular had some notable highs and solid deep cuts.
In honor of the new “Top Gun,” we feel that need for speed and categorize every song from the 1986 soundtrack:
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10. Marietta, “Destination Unknown”
Highly melodramatic and aggressively mediocre, it’s not hard to see why it got stuck towards the end of the album. The song just kind of meanders around without any real highlights, which is probably fitting given the title.
9. Miami Sound Machine, ‘Hot Summer Nights’
Seeing Gloria Estefan’s band on an ’80s soundtrack would usually be an exciting proposition, but “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” isn’t. A really catchy chorus helps lift an otherwise average track.
8. Loverboy, “Heaven in Your Eyes”
Those who love pure 80s cheese – like that gooey stuff that comes out of an aerosol can – will find it with this very serious rock ballad. Not terrible, not great either, but just right for when you want to hold a lighter.
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7. Larry Greene, “Through the Fire”
It’s pretty much “Danger Zone Lite”: While it has the same charging vibe and Fortune’s lead singer does what he can, the song doesn’t quite reach the same heights as the Logins number.
6. Cheap Tip, ‘Mighty Wings’
It’s a very different release for the band known for “I Want You to Want Me” and “The Flame.” Co-written by “Top Gun” composer Harold Faltermeyer, the synth-rocker manages to present some of the signature Cheap Trick sound, even with lyrics about fighter jets.
5. Teena Marie, “Drive Me”
Maybe Mary accidentally received the song from Miami Sound Machine? Backed with a brassy touch by a funky trumpet section, the R&B and soul singer excels on a fast-tempo number that provides a funky counterpart to the album’s heavy dose of 80s rock.
4. Kenny Loggins, “Playing With The Boys”
Simply put, it’s the perfect track to accompany a group of tanned, muscular guys playing beach volleyball. Loggins strays the rock bombshell a bit and just has fun with the retro Reagan era.
3. Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens, “Top Gun Anthem”
Although some prefer Faltermeyer’s quintessential synth-pop theme “Axel F” (from “Beverly Hills Cop”), we’ll take this instrumental gem – featuring Stevens’ memorable melody line on guitar – every time.
2. Kenny Loggins, “Danger Zone”
Who hasn’t automatically thought of this when seeing Tom Cruise sitting in a fighter plane? Loggins’ impassioned vocals combine with an unapologetically 80s sonic tapestry for one of the most heartbreaking movie tunes of all time.
1. Berlin, “Breathtaking”
Winner of an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, it’s more than a great cinematic number. We’re talking an all-time powerful ballad – not to mention a staple of weddings and school dances ever since – thanks to Terri Nunn’s gorgeous desire amid an ethereal orchestral atmosphere.
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