Last year, Tom Cruise fans were thrilled to discover that Kenny Loggins’ favorite theme song, Danger Zone, from the original 1986 film, had made its way to Top Gun: Maverick. In the 1980s, the musician did not know the star and finally met him in 2016 when they both appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. It was here that he had to ask the actor if the much-loved song would return for the sequel.
Speaking previously with Vulture, Loggins said: “That night, I said, ‘I know you’re going to do the new one. Is Danger Zone part of the new Top Gun? To his delight, Cruise replied, “It wouldn’t be Top Gun without Danger Zone,” and the musician added, “He stuck with it.”
Fans will know that it wasn’t the only song of his that was included in the original film, as he wrote Playing with the Boys with Peter Wolf for the iconic beach volleyball scene. And as it turns out, there was a very specific reason the pair wrote a track for that sequence.
Loggins said: “So we saw it, and we could tell when the opening scenes came on, the scenes on the aircraft carrier, that everyone was salivating: ‘Oh, my God. This is where most of these people are going to write for’. But when the volleyball scene came around, Peter and I were like, ‘Yeah, that one. No one is going to write for that scene. Let’s make that happen. I knew the main thing was to be involved in the album, to get a strong cut somewhere where they didn’t have a lot of options.”
The 75-year-old also shared how much he loved the critically acclaimed Top Gun: Maverick, which has grossed more than $1.488 billion worldwide.
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Prior to the release of Top Gun: Maverick last summer, Loggins said: “I think it’s going to be a huge success. It’s amazing that more than 30 years have passed since the first one. It feels like 10 or 12 years ago, and then doing interviews at the premiere, they say it’s 36 years. I was not aware of how much time has passed. For it to still hold up as such an iconic film and continue to be important, it’s incredibly lucky.”
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