Top Gun (soundtrack)

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Top Gun (soundtrack)
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Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released May 13, 1986 (1986-05-13)
Length 56:51
Label Columbia
Singles from Top Gun (soundtrack)
  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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

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 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,. the album "remains a quintessential artifact of the mid-'80s" and the albums hits "still define the bombastic, melodramatic sound that dominated the pop charts of the era."[3]

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[edit]

The original version released in 1986 included 10 tracks. Tracks 11 to 15 are available on a Special Expanded Edition released in 1999. Tracks 16 to 20 are available on a Deluxe Edition released in 2006. Tracks 16-20 do not appear in the film, nor are they related to it in any way. The song "Through the Fire" can only barely be heard playing on the radio in the locker room scene that takes place after the first hop.

  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" 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
1999 Special Edition bonus tracks
  1. "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding – 2:42
  2. "Memories" by Harold Faltermeyer – 2:57
  3. "Great Balls of Fire" (Original Version) by Jerry Lee Lewis – 1:57
  4. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers – 3:44
  5. "Playing with the Boys" (Dance Mix) by Kenny Loggins – 6:41
2006 Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
  1. "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon
  2. "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister
  3. "The Final Countdown" by Europe
  4. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship
  5. "The Power of Love" by Jennifer Rush


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. 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]

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]

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]

The Motels were originally considered for "Take My Breath Away." A demo version exists on their compilation, Anthologyland.

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.

Other songs not included on any release of the soundtrack include the cast recordings of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "Great Balls of Fire", as well as the instrumental version of "Take My Breath Away" and Giorgio Moroder's "Radar Radio."

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Denisoff, R. Serge; Romanowski, William D. (2011-12-31). Risky Business: Rock in Film. Transaction Publishers. ISBN 9781412833370. 
  3. ^ a b "Top Gun [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-05-19. 
  4. ^ "The 59th Academy Awards | 1987". | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Winners & Nominees 1987". Retrieved 2018-03-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Official TOTO Website - Encyclopedia". 2007-04-29. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  7. ^ Top Gun Soundtrack
  8. ^ Blotzer, Bobby (2010), Tales of a RATT: Things You Shouldn't Know, Blotzer Brothers Publishing, ISBN 9780615364018.
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Top Gun - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Music Canada. 
  10. ^ "French album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Top Gun - OST" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK and click OK
  11. ^ "Les Albums Double Platine :" (in French). Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (O.S.T. - Various; 'Top Gun')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  13. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1988". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  14. ^ "Japanese album certifications – オリジナル・サウンドトラック – トップガン" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 1998年12月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. December 1998 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 471: 9. February 10, 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 28, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Top Gun - OST". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Top Gun - OST in the search field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Top Gun". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Winner in You by Patti LaBelle
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 26 - August 15, 1986
September 20–26, 1986
October 11–16, 1986
Succeeded by
True Blue by Madonna