Back in 1986, Berlin helped the original Top Gun movie reach dazzling heights with the hit song Take My Breath Away, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1987 and became a mega-hit in its own right.


Now, 36 years later than its predecessor, Top Gun: Maverick has landed in cinemas and is off to a flying start at the box office.

And once again, music plays a major role in the movie.

Lady Gaga has provided the main theme for the film in the form of brand new song Hold My Hand, which was released in May 2022 ahead of the movie's debut.

Gaga shared on Instagram back in April 2022 that she had spent a lot of time “perfecting” it, calling the theme tune a “love letter to the world during and after a very hard time”.

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Talking to CinemaBlend about Lady Gaga’s contributions to the news film through her track, Cruise revealed she alleviated his concerns that the movie's soundtrack wouldn't live up to the original.

"It became the heartbeat of the film, what she did," he explained. "And I called her and said, ‘I don’t think you understand, emotionally…’ I was so concerned, until I heard that piece."

He added: "And I knew that that piece, what it does, how it married (to) our story emotionally. So that was a moment. That was a real moment for all of us."

And that track isn't Gaga's only involvement in the film – the pop superstar has also composed the score alongside Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, and Harold Faltermeyer.

The soundtrack also includes a combination of other new tracks such as OneRepublic's I Ain't Worried and familiar recordings from the previous film like Kenny Loggins' Danger Zone, in addition to a live version of the classic Jerry Lee Lewis hit Great Balls of Fire performed by cast member Miles Teller.

Speaking about the soundtrack – which will be released simultaneously with the film on Friday 27th May – producer Jerry Bruckheimer said: "This album continues the musical legacy that the original Top Gun ignited back in 1986.

"We are so thrilled to have Lady Gaga and OneRepublic lend their artistry towards putting a modern spin on the already iconic and beloved soundtrack."

You can check out the full tracklist for the soundtrack below:

Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack

Tom Cruise saluting with tears in his eyes as as Pete Mitchell in Top Gun Maverick
Tom Cruise as Pete Mitchell in Top Gun Maverick YouTube/Paramount Pictures

Main Titles (You’ve Been Called Back to Top Gun)

Danger Zone performed by Kenny Loggins


Great Balls of Fire (Live) performed by Miles Teller

You’re Where You Belong / Give ‘Em Hell

I Ain’t Worried by OneRepublic

Dagger One is Hit / Time to Let Go

Tally Two / What’s the Plan / F-14

The Man, the Legend / Touchdown

Penny Returns – Interlude

Hold My Hand performed by Lady Gaga

Top Gun Anthem

Top Gun (1986) soundtrack

American actors Tom Cruise, as Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, and Kelly McGillis, as Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood, in a promotional portrait for 'Top Gun', directed by Tony Scott, 1986.
Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis in Top Gun Photo by Paramount Pictures/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Top Gun Anthem - Harold Faltermeyer, Steve Stevens

Playing with the Boys - Kenny Loggins

Mighty Wings - Cheap Trick

Heaven in Your Eyes - Loverboy

Through the Fire - Larry Greene

Destination Unknown - Marietta Waters

Take My Breath Away - Berlin

Hot Summer Nights - Miami Sound Machine

Memories - Harold Faltermeyer

Playing with the Boys - Kenny Loggins

Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins

Top Gun: Maverick is released in cinemas on 27th May 2022 –pre-order the soundtrack here, or listen to the original Top Gun soundtrack on TIDAL.


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