Every Song In Top Gun: Maverick | Screen Rant

The release of Top Gun: Maverick also brings a new soundtrack full of perfect songs to go along with Tom Cruise’s amazing aerial stunts. Prominently featuring an original pop ballad from Lady Gaga, the Top Gun sequel takes its music to new heights while also evoking memories of songs from the first film. In bringing the character of Maverick to the 21st century, the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack is a limited but fun mixture of new songs and popular oldies.

The music in the original Top Gun included songs from contemporary artists of the '80s; the most memorable of the now-classic '80s songs are Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” and Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” which are played multiple times during the original film. The latter won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, a feat that Gaga may replicate with her theme for Top Gun 2 at the next Oscars ceremony. But much like Top Gun: Maverick, the original film also depended on older songs to create memorable scenes such as Maverick serenading Charlie by singing “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers.

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Most of the sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, is overlaid by an incredible score composed by Harold Faltermeyer (who also composed the score for the first film including the iconic "Top Gun Anthem") with help from Hans Zimmer and Lady Gaga. But the few pop songs contributed to the film are important in setting the mood for Maverick's continued story of learning to let go of the past. Here are the songs used in Top Gun: Maverick and where they play in the film.

"Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins - Probably the best song in Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick, it is played in a very similar context to how it was used in the original movie, although it is only played one time in the new film compared to the multiple times in the original. It plays as Maverick returns to the TOPGUN school, during a montage of Navy fighter jets landing on an aircraft carrier.

"Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis - This classic is played and sung in the movie by Miles Teller in the role of Bradley "Rooster" Bradshaw while in a bar early in the film, surrounded by his fellow pilots; this version is also included on the official soundtrack for Top Gun: Maverick. The use of the song is very obviously a reference to a memorable scene from Top Gun in which Rooster's father and Maverick's wingman, "Goose" Bradshaw, plays the same song in a restaurant during a double date.

"I Ain't Worried" by OneRepublic - This fun song plays during a beach football game put on by Maverick where his TOPGUN students play against one another, a scene reminiscent of the infamous volleyball scene from the original movie.

"Hold My Hand" by Lady Gaga - Little parts of this Gaga song are included in the score throughout Top Gun: Maverick but it isn't used in full force until after Maverick has successfully completed the mission for which he was training the students and returns safely to Penny, his love interest in Top Gun 2 played by Jennifer Connelly. The soaring anthem rounds out the movie's soundtrack and sends Maverick's story out on a high note.

Next: How Much Did Top Gun: Maverick Cost To Make (& What Box Office It Needs)

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