Take My Breath Away

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"Take My Breath Away"
Berlin - Take My Breath Away.png
Single by Berlin
from the album Top Gun and Count Three & Pray
B-side"Radar Radio"
ReleasedJune 15, 1986 (1986-06-15)
Recorded1986
GenreSynth-pop[1]
Length4:13
LabelColumbia
Composer(s)Giorgio Moroder
Lyricist(s)Tom Whitlock[2]
Producer(s)Giorgio Moroder
Berlin singles chronology
"Dancing in Berlin"
(1984)
"Take My Breath Away"
(1986)
"Like Flames"
(1987)

"Take My Breath Away" is a song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the 1986 film Top Gun, performed by American new wave band Berlin.[2] It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song,[2] as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.

Background[edit]

Giorgio Moroder was asked by Jerry Bruckheimer, the co-producer for Top Gun, to write a song for the film. He first wrote "Danger Zone" which was recorded by Kenny Loggins. Happy with the result, Bruckheimer then requested a slower song for a romantic scene. Once Moroder had written the musical backing to what would become "Take My Breath Away", he recorded a demo which featured a distinctive bass sound on a synthesiser that would later be used on the actual recording. Moroder gave the demo to lyricist Tom Whitlock. The two first became acquainted when Whitlock, a mechanic, fixed the brakes on Moroder's Ferrari, and informed him that he was also a lyricist.[3] Whitlock wrote the lyrics while driving home from the studio, and then spent a few hours at home polishing them. A demo of the song, sung by a background singer, impressed director Tony Scott and producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, who decided to film new romantic scenes between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis to feature the song.[4]

The song was first offered to The Motels, who much later released their original demo, which is fairly similar to Berlin's released version, on their compilation album Anthologyland (2001).[5] Columbia Records suggested some of their signed artists, but eventually Moroder thought of the band Berlin, whose song "No More Words" he had produced. Whitlock made a few changes to the lyrics before Terri Nunn recorded the vocals.[4] Moroder has said that of all the songs he has produced in his career, he is most proud of this song.[6]

Releases and performances[edit]

"Take My Breath Away" was the second single from the Top Gun soundtrack album, following Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone", and was released in 1986 as a split single alongside the song "Radar Radio", performed by Moroder featuring Joe Pizzulo.

The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium.[2]

"Take My Breath Away" is available on both the original Top Gun soundtrack album and the expanded edition. The song was also featured on Berlin's fourth studio album, Count Three & Pray and, as the band's biggest hit, on several of the band's compilation albums: Best of Berlin 1979–1988, Master Series, Greatest Hits Remixed (which includes a "Mission UK Remix" version), Live: Sacred & Profane, and Metro Greatest Hits. "Take My Breath Away" was one of the few songs not written by Berlin's John Crawford that they had performed on any album up to that point.

"Take My Breath Away" was re-released in the United Kingdom in October 1990 to coincide with the first television showing of Top Gun (by ITV, on the evening of October 6, 1990), as well as Peugeot's new television advertising campaign for the 405 model range. The re-release reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.[7]

In 2017, ShortList's Dave Fawbert listed the song as containing "one of the greatest key changes in music history".[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video features scenes from the film Top Gun intermingled with Berlin's singer Terri Nunn performing the song in blue coveralls, walking between parts of planes in a windy aircraft boneyard (part of the Mojave Air & Space Port) at night. Bandmates John Crawford and Rob Brill are shown relaxing in the yard and then following Nunn.[9] The video can be seen occasionally on VH1 Europe's Top 10 Movie Soundtracks program. It was later included on the 2004 Top Gun collector's edition DVD.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7-inch single
A. "Take My Breath Away" – 4:13
B. "Radar Radio" (performed by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizzulo) – 3:40
  • UK 12-inch single
A. "Take My Breath Away" – 4:13
B1. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (performed by The Righteous Brothers)
B2. "Radar Radio" (performed by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizzulo) – 3:40
  • UK 7-inch single (1990)
A. "Take My Breath Away" – 4:11
AA. "Danger Zone" (performed by Kenny Loggins) – 3:35
  • UK CD single (1990)
  1. "Take My Breath Away" – 4:11
  2. "Danger Zone" (performed by Kenny Loggins) – 3:35
  3. "Hot Summer Nights" (performed by Miami Sound Machine) – 3:34
  4. "Top Gun Anthem" (performed by Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens) – 4:02
  • UK cassette single (1990)
A1. "Take My Breath Away" – 4:11
A2. "Danger Zone" (performed by Kenny Loggins) – 3:35
B1. "Take My Breath Away" – 4:11
B2. "Danger Zone" (performed by Kenny Loggins) – 3:35

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[46] Gold 500,000*
Portugal (AFP)[47] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Gold 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[49] Gold 500,000^

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

Jessica Simpson cover version[edit]

"Take My Breath Away"
Jessicasimpson single takemybreathaway.jpg
Single by Jessica Simpson
from the album In This Skin
ReleasedMarch 7, 2004[50]
Recorded2004
Genre
Length3:15
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Billy Mann
Jessica Simpson singles chronology
"With You"
(2003)
"Take My Breath Away"
(2004)
"Angels"
(2004)
Audio sample
Music video
"Take My Breath Away" on Youtube.com

American singer Jessica Simpson covered "Take My Breath Away" and released it as the third single from the album In This Skin in 2004. Her version was produced by Billy Mann. Simpson chose to cover this song because she thought that it was the theme song of her relationship with her then-husband, Nick Lachey.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Take My Breath Away" reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the top 10 on the Top 40 Tracks and Top 40 Mainstream charts. It also became another number-one single for Simpson on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. On November 7, 2005, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Track listings[edit]

  • Original 2-track release
  1. "Take My Breath Away"
  2. "Fly"
  • Australian CD single
  1. "Take My Breath Away"
  2. "With You" (acoustic version)
  3. "Take My Breath Away" (Eddie Baez Late Night Club Mix)
  4. "Take My Breath Away" (Passengerz Hourglass Mix)
  5. "Take My Breath Away" (music video)
  • Brazilian promotional CD single
  1. "Take My Breath Away"
  2. "Take My Breath Away" (Eddie Baez Late Night Club Mix)
  3. "Take My Breath Away" (Eddie Baez Late Night Dub Mix)
  4. "Take My Breath Away" (Passengerz Hourglass Mix)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Love Song "Take My Breath Away" Nominated[51]
2005 People's Choice Awards Favorite Remake "Take My Breath Away" Nominated[52]
Groovevolt Music and Fashion Awards Best Song Performance – Female "Take My Breath Away" Nominated[53]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[70] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[71] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

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