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The Top Gun Soundtrack is exactly what is says it is, the soundtrack to the movie Top Gun and was released in 1986 by Columbia Records reaching #1 on the The Billboard 200. The original release only had 10 tracks but a reissue in 1999 added 5 extra tracks some of which do feature in the film but aren't the cast recordings.
For some reason the makers chose not to include the track "Radar Radio" by Giorgio Moroder which features in the movie. There is other backing music which was written by Harold Faltermeyer (who is better known as the creator of the song "Axel F") that also does not feature on this album or the re-release which makes me think they will eventually release a more definative soundtrack containing all the missing tunes as well as the incidental music. In order to do a full accurate review of the album and the correct running order in the movie I have both rewatched the move and listened to the whole album.
So whats on the Top Gun Soundtrack then?
1. "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins - 3:36
This track was offered to Bryan Adams & Toto before being given to Loggins to record, his version went on to record a best chart position of #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was co-written by Giorgio Moroder and the track plays over the scene of F-14's being launched off a carrier at the start of the movie as well as playing over the 1st scene at Miramar.
I always feel Loggins voice has a slight femine quality to in in his delivery of this song, he just sounds a lot like a girl in the semi falsetto style he sings it in. Its got a kick ass guitar line & and an amazing drum line too though. Shortly after this track is used is the 1st piece of missing backing music used behind the engaging the MIGs scene.
2. "Mighty Wings" by Cheap Trick - 3:51
This track was co-written by Harold Faltermayer and an instrumental version of it plays over the scene of the first training session at Miramar, the full version plays over some of the end credits. The arpeggio sequence over the drum track really suits the combat sequence its played over.
I always feel some of the synth lines feel a little like warning alarms which heightened the tension created by the tune. Its a shame the instrumental version hasn't been released as it'd make quite a good track to exercise to. Despite being released as a single by Cheap Trick there is no recorded chart position for it.
3. "Playing With the Boys" by Kenny Loggins - 3:59
The track was also written by Loggins and it plays over the scene of Maverick & Goose playing beach volleyball against Iceman & Slider, its a great upbeat rocking track that always reminds me of summer with my friends in the 80's hanging out & tossing an American football around.
The synth pan pipes are quite fun & cool making a great a contrast the very strong drum & guitar lines as well as the vigorous delivery of the lyrics by Loggins. Despite being a very upbeat song it only reached #60 in the US charts as a single.
4. "Lead Me On" by Teena Marie - 3:47
I really love the brass & synth lines that mix with a great slap bass riff, Teena Marie just wails out those lyrics like a woman who really has been led on & is really sick of it and the track plays over the scene after the end of the 1st day at Miramar in the Officers Club bar. The track was never released as a single.
5. "Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun)" by Berlin - 4:11
Yet another of the tracks co-written by Morodor, it won him an Academy Award for Best Original Song as well as a Golden Globe. An instrumental version of the track plays over the scene of Maverick travelling to his date with Charlie, the "humming" version plays over the scene of Maverick leaving Charlies home as well as several other scenes.
Personally I've never cared for this song, I find it too soppy. Teri Nunn gives a great delivery of the vocals but it was around too long & got too annoying as it went to #1 in 4 different countries (Netherlands, UK, US & Ireland) as well as attaining Gold record status in 4 countries (France, UK, Canada & the US).
6. "Hot Summer Nights" by Miami Sound Machine - 3:38
Probably one of the lesser known tunes as the track plays over the scene of Maverick talking to Charlie in the Officers Club bar right after singing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin" to her as well as the scene in the Ladies Room. It is only just about audible because of Gloria Estefans voice, its quite a rocky little tune & atypical of Miami Sound Machines normal latino influenced style - I do like the little brass riffs though. It was never released as a single.
7. "Heaven in Your Eyes" by Loverboy - 4:04
Another of the lesser known tunes, its a bit of a "hair" power ballad and the track plays (very briefly & extremely quietly) over the scene of Goose waiting to meet his wife & son with Maverick. It reminds me a lot of stuff by Boston or Chicago from the same time period. The single reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 US charts.
8. "Through the Fire" by Larry Greene - 3:46
Having watched the entire movie from start to finish I cant identify a single scene where this track is played in any form. Which is a massive shame as its very cool indeed, especially the sirenlike intro that sound like the warning of an air attack. Its another rocking tune, powerful but also understated in sections. That guitar solo in the break is amazing too.
9. "Destination Unknown" by Marietta - 3:48
This is a mostly sequenced synth track, very typically 80's electronica with a good Tina Turner style delivery by Marietta and the track plays over the scene of of the post graduation party. The lyrics are rather cool too, very much about being a lone wolf which suits the section of the movie it sits behind with Maverick having just lost Goose.
10. "Top Gun Anthem" by Harold Faltermeyer & Steve Stevens - 4:12
Unlikely anything we previously knew Harold Faltermeyer for this is quite an orchestrated piece but it also has a trully brilliant guitar line played by Steve Stevens. The track plays over the start of the movie, over the "greeting" of the 2nd MIG & numerous other sequences in the movie.
It won Faltermayer & Stevens a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Faltermayer would recycle the track or parts thereof to use as incidental music across the entire film soundtrack. It certainly is a great uplifting and extremely motivating piece of music, probably my favourite thing on the whole soundtrack. If you get the chance watch the official video for this tune, Stevens has some seriously MASSIVE hair on him in it!
1999 Special Edition bonus tracks
11. "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding - 2:42
This track plays over a scene of Maverick at Charlies house talking about his parents. Theres not much you can say about this song that hasnt already been said, Otis sounds great, the tune is lovely and simple.
12. "Memories" by Harold Faltermeyer - 2:57
A bit of acoustic guitar & some synth which plays over the scene of the scene of Goose comforting Maverick after Viper castigates them & over the scene of Maverick apologising to Goose for getting them "killed" in the showers, it also plays over the scene of Gooses death.
The low mixed electric guitar really reminds me of bits of Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, this is another tune that gets recycled & reused over many different scenes in slight variations on this original version. The tune certainly is filled with sadness & pathos, it can get a bit depressing listening to too much.
13. "Great Balls of Fire" (Original Version) by Jerry Lee Lewis - 1:57
A version of this track is played in the cafe scene with Goose & his wife with Goose playing the track on a piano singing with his son, the proper version plays over the scene that immediately follows with Maverick & Charlie riding on his motorcycle. Gooses version is just a bit of harmless fun, Lewis' version reached #1 in the UK charts in 1957
14. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers - 3:44
A version of this track is sung by Maverick in the Officers bar to Charlie. Sadly Tom Cruise is tone deaf and his rendition is awful. The actual song plays on the jukebox in the cafe after Maverick returns to Mirimar & also over the end credits of the cast pictures. The original was #1 in 1965.
15. "Playing with the Boys" (12" Version) by Kenny Loggins - 6:41
A rather industrial sounding extended version of the Loggins tune, its certainly not as good as the original as it messed about with too much for my liking
Correct running order according to the movie:- Top Gun Anthem, Danger Zone, Top Gun Anthem, Danger Zone, Lead Me On, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin, Hot Summer Nights, Mighty Wings, Top Gun Anthem, Memories, Playing With the Boys, Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun), (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay, Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun), Heaven in Your Eyes, Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun), Memories, Great Balls of Fire, Danger Zone, Memories, Top Gun Anthem, Memories, Destination Unknown, Top Gun Anthem, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin.
As you can see several tracks are replayed several times in the duration of the film. Radar Radio does appear in the movie (in scene after the battle back at Mirimar in the cafe playing on the jukebox in the background) very briefly but was left off the soundtrack for reasons I cant find.
Summing up:- So is The Top Gun Soundtrack any good? Hell yes would be my resounding response, there are admittedly a couple of weaks tracks but I guess they cant all be kick ass rocking tunes now can they? Is it good value? Damn right it is! If you don't own, go & buy it and rock to memories of the 80's.
(this review also appears on Ciao!)
The "Top Gun Movie" would certainly be in my top ten lists, of "best Movies" I have ever watched. From first seeing the "Top Gun" movie back in the late eighties, I really was very impressed with the soundtrack from it and purchased it a few years later to keep in my car. I think it is an excellent driving album (infact the best ever) and I really love listening to it, when I am out and about driving in my car, by myself. This original soundtrack from the "Top Gun Movie", only has ten of the songs from the movie on it, but a special addition is available with fifteen on it.
The Top Gun album was released in 1986 by Columbia Records. It was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. The original version lasts for 56:51 minutes. A 2006 re-issue adds in, five additional tracks, but they really have nothing to do with the movie at all. The Top Gun album reached number one in the billboard album charts and stayed there for three weeks in 1986.
The Top Gun soundtrack is a mixture of music and theme tunes, from love songs to fast, crazy, rock music. All the songs choosen, really fit into this movie well and really remind you, of all the different scenes from the movie and bring back good memories to me. The choice of songs, chosen for the movie Top Gun was excellent and fitted each of their choosen scenes well. They are all famous tunes from this era, and all of them, really have great lyrics and background music to them.
This really is one of the best soundtracks ever made in my opinion. It really has a feel good factor to it. I have never grown tired of this soundtrack and is a must have album for everyone, who grew up knowing and loving this brilliant movie. I really am glad a soundtrack was released to follow this movie, as for me the soundtrack played a huge part in the movie overall, (well besides jet fighters and gorgeous hunks.)
The cover to the "Top Gun" album features Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, the two main stars of the Movie, who both ended up top pilots in the Movie, and of course they fall in love. They are dressed in their flying gear and both of them look really sexy and tough on the cover. The ten tracks from the movie, are all written on the front cover in clear white lettering, as well as on the inlay inside the case, and are all clearly marked with all their details of singers and release dates. The Soundtracks Cover, also has the heading "Top Gun" designed in the style of a jet fighters wings. It is cleverly designed and has clear white lettering with a little red detail for the wings, all set onto a sky themed background. Overall a really good and well designed album cover, I personally like.
(1). "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins - 3:36
(2). "Mighty Wings" by Cheap Trick - 3:51
(3). "Playing With the Boys" by Kenny Loggins - 3:59
(4). "Lead Me On" by Teena Marie - 3:47
(5). "Take My Breath Away (Love theme from "Top Gun")" by Berlin - 4:11
(6). "Hot Summer Nights" by Miami Sound Machine - 3:38
(7). "Heaven in Your Eyes" by Loverboy - 4:04
(8). "Through the Fire" by Larry Greene - 3:46
(9). "Destination Unknown" by Marietta - 3:48
(10)"Top Gun Anthem" by Harold Faltermeyer & Steve Stevens - 4:12
~~A Little About Each Track~~
1. Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins: This has to be one of my top songs from the "Top Gun movie. It is a fast driving rock/pop song that "gets you in the need for speed" 'a saying from the movie'. This track last for 3:36 minutes and you never want it to finish. It is a great, catchy, likable tune, that I really love, with lots of guitars, keyboards and drum music going in the background. The lyrics are really suitable to the scene in the movie.
2. Heaven In Your Eyes - Loverboy : This is a really lovely, love song about hurting deep inside. It is a soft rock, sounding tune, that really fits into the movie well. This track lasts for 4:04 minutes.
3. Mighty Wings - Cheap Trick : This is another fast driving song that reminds you off the fighter planes in the movie. It is a rock/pop song that has lovely worded lyrics in it. The song was written by Harold Faltermeyer and Mark Spiro. This track lasts for 3:51 minutes. This song really has you singing and bopping away to it, but watch your speed if driving to this tune, as it gets me moving.
4. Take My Breath Away - Berlin: This is a beautiful love song performed by an excellent pop group. It really is a very romantic song and was in a love scene in the movie. It has beautiful lyrics to it, that tell a lovely romantic story. The background tune is really catchy also. It is written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock. The song reached number one in the Billboard Hot 100 on September 13, 1986 and became number 1 in the UK for four weeks in 1986. This track lasts for 4:11 minutes. It really suits the love scene in this movie very well and to me, everytime I hear this song, I can see this great movie scene in my head.
5. Top Gun Anthem - Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens. This is an excellent theme tune. There is no words to this, just excellent music. It was played briefly throughout the movie, before being fully played, at the end of it. This anthem lasts for 4:12 minutes and really makes this movie. It has a mixture of guitar and keyboard music through it, starts of slowly and gets faster and louder. An excellent movie, theme tune overall.
6. Hot Summer Nights - Miami Sound Machine: Another excellent song from the movie. This track is very fast flowing and a great, dance along to tune. The lyrics to it are good also and it tells a story of Summer. It fits into the Movies scene really well. This song lasts for 3:38 minutes.
7. Playing With The Boys - Kenny Loggins: Another great eighties sounding tune by Kenny Loggins. This is a great rock/pop tune with great worded lyrics to it. This track lasts 3:59 minutes. It is a fast beat track that has me bopping along to it and the tune is a catchy one, that will have you singing along also.
8. Lead On Me - Teena Marie: A great dance tune that fits the movie well. Its a very unusual and likable tune. This song lasts for 3:47 minutes. This is a really catchy dance tune and nicely sang by Teena Marie, which again helps make this Top Gun Movie.
9. Destination unkown - Marietta: A great rock/pop song that I personally love. It is fast moving with meaningful lyrics and fits well into the movie. It lasts for 3:48 minutes and has great guitar and keyboard sounds, played perfectly.
10. Through The Fire - Larry Greene: This is a great, fast, rock/pop song. It is well sang and the music is excellent throughout it. This track really suits the Top Gun movies scene alot. This track lasts for 3:46 minutes, has lovely lyrics to it, is a very catchy tune and has a very eighties style to it all.
Overall this "Top Gun" album is an excellent Soundtrack and I really would highly recommend it to everyone. It is a great mix of different 'lost hits' of this decade. It also is a great "driving the car" album, due to a lot of fast songs associated with the fighter planes in the movie, that really makes you think your car is one also. It really will bring back memories of long ago. I certainly have never grown tired of playing this soundtrack. I still listen to it while I am driving along, nearly every day. This certainly is one of the best soundtracks ever made and I am sure many others will agree with me. I really love it. Every single song, choosen for the Top Gun Movie, really fitted each of it's scenes perfectly and when ever you hear this soundtrack, it recaps on the movie so much. This Soundtrack really should be in everyones CD collection in my opinion, as it is outstanding. Overall, ten top tracks that help to make the "Top Gun Movie" really stand out.
(Also published by me on Ciao.com under the same name hildas.)
After watching the film too many times to count and humming the powerful songs within it in my room, walking down the stairs, in the garden, in the bath and probably even in my sleep I decided it was about time that I bought the soundtrack.
The film is in my opinion made fantastic because of its immense soundtrack, the mix of powerful ballads and memorable tunes makes it an integral part of the film. For this reason I believed that the soundtrack would easily stand up on its own but was I right to think so?
In short yes... the CD is full of all the songs you expect to find there as well as a few you probably didn't. The sound quality is fantastic and because of the popularity of many of the songs included is a perfect addition to any collection.
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
11. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
12. Memories - Harold Faltermeyer
13. Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
14. You've lost that Lovin' Feeling - The Righteous Brothers
15. Playing with the Boys (Dance Mix) - Kenny Loggins
Now I can't say I dislike any of the songs on the album but I certainly do have my favourites and it is these I have dissected a little below.
POSITION 1 - Playing with the Boys (Track 3)
As you can see this is my favourite song on the entire album. It is strong and powerful and always brings forward pleasant memories of the films volleyball scene, which can never be a bad thing. The song also has a strong steady beat, a catchy tune and fantastic lyrics that always have me singing along. The only annoying thing about this song, well the annoying thing about it for everyone else in my house, is that I find myself constantly humming the tune. This song for me therefore is always going to be my favourite and to make sure I never forget it my Air Cadet Squadron seem to have adopted it as there song too.
POSITION 2 - Danger Zone (Track 1)
Danger is a strong powerful rock like ballad with some strong drumbeats to match. It is also the perfect driving anthem and is something I always sing too. The lyrics are once again classic and I'm sure most people know them without really realising it. The song is basically one about a love for an aircraft but I suppose they could be interpreted other ways. I'm not too sure what else to say really because the song is simply brilliant it is a solid classic and because of its repeat play in the film really does stick in your head.
POSITION 3 - Destination Unknown (Track 9)
This song is more subtle than most on the album and for this reason features highly in my opinion. The opinion few bars of the music are slow and steady but the song picks up pace as it progresses making it a brilliant tune. The lyrics are brilliant to sing along to as well and when you listen to them really done seem to tell you something about the film.
POSITION 4 - Top Gun Anthem
Now this just had to be in there didn't it. I'm sure everyone who's ever seen the film knows this instrumental piece. It is quite 'jazzy' with fantastic guitar solos and a steady pace. More than anything I think I like it for its simplicity as the same tune is repeated a lot but to tremendous effect. A classic song.
I won't bore you by dissecting every other tune on the album but what I will say is that the album itself is one full of strong links that are great to listen to at home or on the move. Most of the songs will make you remember moments in the film, if you have seen it, but even if they do not they will certainly be songs you will remember and songs you will love.
This compliation cd has some of the best tunes ever. It includes classics like take my breath away, to the pacy Top gun theme tune written for the film itself. This music really does get your heart pumping, it is great for listening to when doing anything physcial (eg. working out, sports etc). You can imagine listening to some of these tunes if you were actually flying at mach 2, in a Mig 29. I love it, you have to have it - it is an absoloute classic and I could not rate it any higher.
Buy this soundtrack now - it gets the adrenalin pumping just like the film - Advantages: Great tunes, Adrenalin pumping - Disadvantages: Absoloutlely none
This album brings to life all of the memories of speed, power, determination and pure adrenaline that the film Top Gun portrays. The film follows the life of American Navy pilot Pete Mitchell, who is brilliantly played by Tom Cruise. In the film there are supersonic dog-fights, drama, death, romance and real macho speed scenes. The music plays a tremendous part in the film by accompanying some terrific filming and adding real atmosphere throughout the whole movie. To fully appreciate this album you do need to have watched the film although the music does stand up on it’s own merit as it is so powerful and well performed. Most of the tracks are performed by artists who you may have never heard of, with the exception of Berlin and Miami Sound Machine who have both had a number of other hit singles. Danger Zone. (performed by Kenny Loggins). This is one of the real classics tracks from the film and accompanies shots of speeding motor cycles, and F15 fighter aircraft in air-to-air conflicts. There is such a feeling of speed and power to this track that you can’t help but feel that you should be listening to this in an open topped sports car at high speed on the open road. This is a great track to start this album off with. Mighty Wings. (performed by Cheap Trick). Another very powerful track that keeps the volume turned up full as you imagine the fighter pilots speeding through a clear blue sky. Playing With The Boys. (performed by Kenny Loggins). This is an OK track but not really one of my favourites. It is a bit more vocal than the first two very powerful tracks, but I suppose the contrast is welcome. Lead Me On. (performed by Teena Marie). There is a romantic story line in the film between Pete Mitchell and Charlotte Blackwood (played by Kelly McGillis) and this is one of the tunes during one of their scenes. It is a good rock and roll number. Take My Breath Away. (pe
rformed by Berlin). This powerful love theme from the film became a big hit single in it’s own right and of course is now well known for a television car commercial. This track is so well written and performed it always deserves a second play when listening to this album. It really does stir up emotions and has some very excellent lyrics. Hot Summer Nights. (performed by Miami Sound Machine). This a fast, very pleasant track, but although I have watched the film many times I can never remember hearing this track in the movie. Oh well, perhaps that is the sign of a good sound track when the music has set the scene, but not been over intrusive. Heaven In Your Eyes. (performed by Loverboy). This is one of the romantic songs from the film and is sung really well and with a terrific amount of passion and feeling. Unfortunately there does seem to be a feel of the Eurovision Song Contest about this song, but it really is not that bad. Through The Fire. (performed by Larry Greene). This definitely is a ‘lads’ song with all the adrenaline flowing, with such lines as ‘Live your life as if each second was the final one’. Another powerful production with a full orchestral backing. Destination Unknown. (performed by Marietta). I must admit that I have never heard of Marietta, but I really do like the sound of her voice on this fast, passionate song, about the destiny of life. The song is sung strongly with great feeling and is very good to listen to. Top Gun Anthem. (performed by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens). The film starts with this track as the sun rises over an American aircraft carrier somewhere on the high seas, preparing for the launch of F15 fighter aircraft. It is a great scene setting piece of orchestral music that creates just the right atmosphere at the start of the film and makes a great final track to this album. I suppose the only disappointment fro
m this album is that it does not feature the Righteous Brothers song “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” that Tom Cruise sung to Kelly McGillis in the film, and is now such a great Karaoke favourite. Overall this is a very powerful album that really captures the mode of the movie, but is also an album that can be listened to even if you have not seen the film, as all the music is so good. My favourite tracks are definitely ‘Danger Zone’ and ‘Take My Breath Away’ although there are no tracks that I dislike. This is a great collection for playing in the car, although it does make you feel the need for speed!
Back in the days when film soundtracks weren't an excuse for record companies and artists to get over-exposure came the rather excellent soundtrack to a rather appallingly predictable and schmaltzy movie. Of course, with Tom 'two expressions' Cruise in the starring role it was bound to be a success. The fact that the storyline was about as predictable as Westlife getting to number 1 was irrelevant as girls wet their pants in their millions. The music certainly made up for it with its mixture of smooth ballads and inoffensive AOR. Kenny Loggins, a man who no-one over here has ever heard of since, gets to display his rather piercing voice on two tracks and they're pretty rocking too! Old AOR stalwarts Cheap Trick and Loverboy get a bit of well deserved publicity although it probably didn't boost their recrod sales. Of course, Take My Breath Away was the big hit and gave Berlin some publicity and it alerted me to their excellent Count Three and Pray album which I would definitely recommend. There's not really much you could take offence at here and it makes for a great CD to drive to or to have on in the background. It's not exactly something you would sit and purposely listen to. One word of warning - don't buy the inferior standard UK version as the US version now boasts a dump load of extra tracks and has been digitally remastered giving the sound an extra boost.
Top Gun is one of my all-time favourite films, and this has to rank as one of my favourite soundtracks too. It fits the mood of the film perfectly, with some great tracks, the most notable being Take My Breath Away, from the decidedly one-hit wonders Berlin (whatever happened to them?!). The tracks on the album betray the age of the movie, with a distinct 80's feel to it. Dangerzone (by Kenny Loggins) is ideal for the scenes at the start of the film. The instrumental Top Gun Anthem is a great track, a real atmospheric number, used at various points throughout the film. Surprisingly, the classic Righteous Brothers track "You've lost that lovin' feeling" fails to appear on the soundtrack, which is a shame, considering it appears over the closing credits of the film, and is sung karaoke-style in a memorable scene in the movie. You should be able to pick up this soundtrack pretty cheaply these days, and I for one would definitely recommend it. Maybe it might not appeal as much to people who aren't that keen on 80's style rock music though.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Danger zone - Kenny Loggins
2 Heaven in your eyes - Loverboy
3 Mighty wings - Cheap Trick
4 Take my breath away - Berlin
5 Top Gun anthem - Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens
6 Hot summer nights - Miami Sound Machine
7 Playing with the boys - Kenny Loggins
8 Lead on me - Teena Marie
9 Destination unkown - Marietta
10 Through the fire - Larry Greene