The Top Gun soundtrack has one of the cheesiest, and greatest, selection of songs for any blockbuster ever made - here's every song found on the soundtrack. Top Gun is arguably the film that turned Tom Cruise into a movie star, and he was backed by a great cast that included Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer (Batman Forever). Directors like John Carpenter and David Cronenberg turned down the chance to direct until Tony Scott signed on. While the film received mostly negative reviews upon release, audiences flocked to it for the central love story, the action sequences and Scott's flair for visuals.
Top Gun has remained a classic for being a cheesy good time and has inspired numerous parodies over the years, such as Charlie Sheen's Hot Shots! Despite the success of the film, it's taken over 30 years for a sequel to come together. After years trapped in development hell Top Gun: Maverick will finally land in cinemas June 2020, with Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) directing. Cruise's regular collaborator Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) also co-wrote the screenplay for Maverick.
There are a lot of iconic things about Top Gun, from the catchphrases to the aviator shades, but the movie's soundtrack is another element that made it a giant hit. The soundtrack is filled with catchy power ballads, with Giorgio "Father of Disco" Moroder composing the music for some of the album's biggest tracks. The Top Gun soundtrack song list is as follows:
1. Danger Zone (Kenny Loggins)
2. Mighty Wings (Cheap Trick)
3. Playing with the Boys (Kenny Loggins)
4. Lead Me On (Teena Marie)
5. Take My Breath Away (Berlin)
6. Hot Summer Nights (Miami Sound Machine)
7. Heaven in Your Eyes (Loverboy)
8. Through the Fire (Larry Greene)
9. Destination Unknown (Marietta)
10. Top Gun Anthem" (Harold Faltermeyer/Steve Stevens)
Top Gun soon became the best selling soundtrack of 1986, with "Take My Breath Away" and "Danger Zone" becoming chart-topping hits. "Take My Breath Away" would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song and is still regarded as a classic love song. "Danger Zone" would quickly become the song everyone associated with Top Gun, however, though Kenny Loggins wasn't the first choice to sing it. Toto and REO Speedwagon were approached first before Loggins recorded it.
Bryan Adams was also invited to be part of the Top Gun soundtrack but would turn it down because he felt the movie glorified war. Later re-releases of the soundtrack would expand on the original song list; the 1999 Special Expanded Edition added tracks like "Great Balls Of Fire" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" while the 2006 Deluxe Edition included bonus songs like Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings" and "The Power Of Love."
The Top Gun soundtrack is like a time machine back to the 1980s, and while not every song is a classic, the album is still a lot of fun. The soundtrack for Top Gun: Maverick will have a hard time topping it, though "Danger Zone" will at least be coming back.