With the aid of his longtime musical collaborator Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart has been responsible for composing more than a few classic singles over the course of the past few decades, but when he’s not working within the confines of the Eurythmics (or, heck, even sometimes when he is), Stewart keeps busy co-writing songs with other artists.
The soundtrack to the 1986 Tom Cruise action film Top Gun was an unqualified hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in late July that year, and staying on top for three weeks. Its biggest hits are instantly recognizable even today – Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” and “Playing with the Boys” and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” remind moviegoers of specific scenes in the film. Even “Top Gun Anthem,” Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens’ instrumental theme, conjures images of fighter jets silhouetted against an enormous sunrise.
When you hear Kenny Loggins’ No. 1 hit “Danger Zone,” what comes immediately to mind? Probably Tom Cruise, or Navy fighter jets, or pilots with names like Iceman, Jester and Maverick. In other words, you think of Top Gun, the 1986 action flick that made a movie star of Cruise and a pop star of Loggins.