Top Gun (soundtrack)

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Top Gun
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Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedMay 13, 1986
Genre
Length38:38
Label Columbia
Producer
Singles from Top Gun
  1. "Danger Zone"
    Released: May 13, 1986
  2. "Take My Breath Away"
    Released: June 15, 1986
  3. "Heaven In Your Eyes"
    Released: August 2, 1986
  4. "Mighty Wings"
    Released: June 1986
  5. "Playing with the Boys"
    Released: 1986
  6. "Top Gun Anthem"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Top Gun is the soundtrack from the film of the same name, released in 1986 by Columbia Records. In 1999, it was reissued in a Special Expanded Edition with additional songs. In 2006, it was reissued again in a Deluxe Edition with yet more songs. The album reached number one in the US charts for five nonconsecutive weeks in the summer and autumn of 1986. It was the best selling soundtrack of 1986 and one of the best selling of all time. [2] [3] According to Allmusic.com, the album "remains a quintessential artifact of the mid-'80s" and the album's hits "still define the bombastic, melodramatic sound that dominated the pop charts of the era." [3]

Contents

The song "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, [4] and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. [5]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."Danger Zone" Kenny Loggins 3:36
2."Mighty Wings" Cheap Trick 3:51
3."Playing with the Boys"Kenny Loggins3:59
4."Lead Me On"
  • Moroder
  • Whitlock
Teena Marie 3:47
5."Take My Breath Away"
  • Moroder
  • Whitlock
Berlin 4:11
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."Hot Summer Nights"
  • Michael Jay
  • Alan Roy Scott
  • Roy Freeland
Miami Sound Machine 3:38
2."Heaven in Your Eyes" Loverboy 4:04
3."Through the Fire"
  • Moroder
  • Whitlock
Larry Greene3:46
4."Destination Unknown" Marietta 3:48
5."Top Gun Anthem"Faltermeyer4:12
1999 special edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
11."(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding 2:42
12."Memories"Harold FaltermeyerHarold Faltermeyer2:57
13."Great Balls of Fire (Original Version)" Jerry Lee Lewis 1:57
14."You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" The Righteous Brothers 3:44
15."Playing with the Boys" (dance mix)
  • Loggins
  • P. Wolf
  • I. Wolf
Kenny Loggins6:41
2006 deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
16."Can't Fight This Feeling" Kevin Cronin REO Speedwagon 4:54
17."Broken Wings" Mr. Mister 4:24
18."The Final Countdown" Joey Tempest Europe 3:58
19."Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Starship 4:25
20."The Power of Love" Jennifer Rush 4:27

Notes

Omissions

Toto were originally intended to perform the track "Danger Zone" but legal conflicts between the film's producers and the band's lawyers prevented this. Bryan Adams was approached to allow his song "Only The Strong Survive" on the soundtrack and perform the track "Danger Zone". But Adams refused any involvement, feeling that the film glorified war and he did not want any of his work linked to it. REO Speedwagon were also approached to perform "Danger Zone," but the group declined due to not being allowed to contribute any of their own compositions to the soundtrack. Corey Hart was also approached to perform "Danger Zone," but he declined, preferring to write and perform his own compositions. Hart, however, would later record a song he did not write, "Hold On," for the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II . Eventually, the film producers agreed that "Danger Zone" would be recorded and performed by Kenny Loggins. [6]

Members of Toto also wrote and intended to perform a track called "Only You" that would have been used as the love theme instead of "Take My Breath Away," but the legal conflicts prevented any use of "Only You." [6] The Motels were originally considered for "Take My Breath Away." A demo version exists on their compilation, Anthologyland .

Judas Priest were also approached to allow their song "Reckless" on the soundtrack, but declined, both because they thought the film would flop and because it would have meant leaving the song off their 1986 album Turbo . [7]

ABC members Martin Fry and Mark White were invited to see the director's rough cut version of Top Gun in 1986. “They were looking to offer a few British bands soundtrack opportunities. Mark and I weren’t impressed with the film and chose not to contribute any music to it.”

The Cars song "Stranger Eyes" (from their 1984 album Heartbeat City ) was featured in an early teaser trailer, though it was absent from the final cut of the film.

Bobby Blotzer of Ratt proposed using the song "Reach for the Sky", an outtake from Ratt's 1984 album Out of the Cellar . Though the rest of the band seriously considered the idea, they declined under the beliefs their long-time fans would not like the song and would accuse the group of selling out. [8] Though the song title "Reach For The Sky" would become the title of a 1988 album, the track itself was never officially released. Ratt would, however, later contribute "Body Talk" from Dancing Undercover to the soundtrack for The Golden Child .

Charts and certifications

Sales and certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [27] 5× Platinum500,000^
France (SNEP) [28] 2× Platinum481,400 [29]
Germany (BVMI) [30] Platinum500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong) [31] Platinum20,000*
Japan (RIAJ) [32]
1989 release
2× Platinum400,000^
Netherlands (NVPI) [33] Gold50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [34] Gold7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI) [35] 2× Platinum600,000^
United States (RIAA) [36] 9× Platinum9,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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