Top Gun’s Infamous ‘Danger Zone’ Singer Recalls Seeing a Movie for the First Time and Why the Shirtless Volleyball Scene Was Super Important


There are a number of memorable songs that we still play today that we associate with very specific films from the 1980s. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds for The breakfast club“Maniac” by Michael Sembello lightning danceand Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love” for Back to the future are just a few examples. Most notable among this group is Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” for Superior gun – which makes a remarkable return in the new sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. With the film Tom Cruise already a successLoggins recently recalled his experience finding his way onto the soundtrack of the 1986 blockbuster.

The 74-year-old singer recently shared that the relationship between “Danger Zone” and Superior gun didn’t just see the filmmakers go straight to the artist and have them write the song. Remembering how he first got involved in Superior gunsaid Kenny Loggins Vulture that he and his co-producer, Peter Wolf, were invited to a screening of the Jerry Bruckheimer film with the opportunity to write for the soundtrack, but when they arrived over 20 other songwriters were at the screening along with them. Says Loggins,

So we watched it, and we could tell when the opening scenes came through – the aircraft carrier scenes – everyone was salivating, “Oh my God.” This is where most of these people will write. But when the volleyball scene came up, Peter and I were like, ‘Yeah, that one. No one will write for this scene. Let’s make it happen. I knew the main thing was to be present on the album, to have a strong cut somewhere where they wouldn’t have a lot of choice.

Kenny Loggins and Peter Wolf may have been intimidated by all the competition and decided to write for the famous shirtless volleyball scene (who Top Gun: Maverick has its own version of) instead of going straight to the throat for big aerial sequences. They arrived with “Playing With the Boys”, which indeed plays during the scene. After that, Giorgio Moroder, who supervised the film’s soundtrack, wrote “Danger Zone”. All they needed was a singer to sing the film’s future iconic song.

Apparently, artists like Toto, Bryan Adams, Mickey Thomas, and Jefferson Starship were being considered to sing “Danger Zone.” Loggins said he doesn’t know to this day why he was the singer who was ultimately chosen. According to Loggins, he added his own elements to the track, including a different melody for the bridge, changing some chord progressions and also adding lyrics. While performing, he remembers being inspired by Tina Turner when he arrived at the choir. Check out the classic music video for “Danger Zone” below:

For Top Gun: MaverickTom Cruise was very aware of the importance of the music of Superior gunand he was ‘concerned’ that the sequel wouldn’t be able to top tshoundtrack hat. However, when he heard Lady Gaga’s song “Hold My Hand”, which has a double meaning in the movie, his fears dissipated. The Gaga song replaces “Take My Breath Away” for good reason, according to director Joseph Kosinski.

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