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"Danger Zone" is a song, with music composed by Giorgio Moroder and lyrics written by Tom Whitlock, which American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins recorded and released in 1986. The song was one of the hit singles from the soundtrack to the 1986 American motion picture Top Gun, the best selling soundtrack of 1986 and one of the best selling of all time.[1][2] According to Allmusic.com, 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."[2]

"Danger Zone"
Loggins - Danger Zone single cover.png
Single by Kenny Loggins
from the album Top Gun (soundtrack)
B-side "I'm Gonna Do It Right"
Released May 13, 1986
Format 7" single
Recorded January 1986
Genre Hard rock, dance-rock
Length 3:36
Label Columbia Records
Songwriter(s) Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder
Kenny Loggins singles chronology
"I'll Be There"
(1985)
"Danger Zone"
(1986)
"Playing with the Boys"
(1986)
"I'll Be There"
(1985)
"Danger Zone"
(1986)
"Playing with the Boys"
(1986)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Film producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, along with music supervisor Michael Dilbeck, had over 300 songs to employ on Top Gun. Testing compositions against the dailies of the opening scenes at the aircraft carrier, nothing satisfied them and Bruckheimer asked soundtrack producer Giorgio Moroder to write something. With the help of songwriter Tom Whitlock, he composed "Danger Zone", and had Joe Pizzulo record a demo. With the approval of the producers, soundtrack distributor Columbia Records requested Moroder to have "Danger Zone" performed by an artist signed by the label.[3]

The band Toto was originally intended to perform the track, but legal conflicts between the producers of Top Gun and the band's lawyers prevented this.[4]

Bryan Adams was approached to allow his song "Only the Strong Survive" on the soundtrack and perform "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.[5]

Eventually, the film producers agreed that "Danger Zone" would be recorded and performed by Kenny Loggins.[4] Whitlock went to Loggins' Encino home, and once shown the lyrics the singer added his own improvisations.[3]

The song appeared in the game Grand Theft Auto V in the fictional radio station Los Santos Rock Radio, with Kenny Loggins as the station’s DJ. The song's title and lyrics were used as a recurring joke in the animated series Archer; in the fifth season episode "Baby Shower", Loggins guest-starred as himself, performing a country version of the song as a duet with the character of Cherlene.

OverviewEdit

Dann Huff, lead singer and guitarist of the 1980s hard rock group Giant, played guitar on the song. The bass line is performed on a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer, with the drums being provided by a LinnDrum drum machine, both instruments extensively used in 1980s pop music. A tenor saxophone is added near the end of the song.

The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the week of July 26, 1986.

Music videoEdit

A music video was released in May 1986 to promote the single. The video was directed by Tony Scott and featured footage of Loggins singing, as well as clips from the film Top Gun, which Scott also directed.

According to the MuchMusic network's program Pop-Up Video, the U.S. Navy described this video as "the most effective recruiting poster ever produced".

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1986-1987) Peak
position
Canada (RPM) 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 6
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 45
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Album Rock Tracks 7

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1986) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 42

Sales certificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[9] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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