The Friday release of Top Gun: Maverick got us thinking about background music for pilots and others who like to listen to a few tunes while cruising – what a great opportunity to create a special music playlist.
Of course our STEERING WHEEL Top Gun the playlist includes music from the original Superior gun soundtrack of the film as well as songs from the new film. For fun, we’ve also added music referencing the franchise’s actors, characters, planes, and situations.
While the 1986 soundtrack featured Berlin and Kenny Loggins, the sequel updates the tone with 21st century superstars.
“This album continues the musical legacy that the original Superior gun ignited in 1986,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer said in a press release. “We are thrilled to have Lady Gaga and OneRepublic lend their artistry to put a modern spin on the already iconic and beloved soundtrack.”
In the new film, Tom Cruise reprises his original role as US Navy fighter pilot Pete Mitchell – call sign Maverick. Decades after attending the elite Navy jet fighter training school nicknamed “TOPGUN”, Maverick finds himself training a detachment of “TOPGUN” graduates for a specialized mission.
Maverick also meets Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (call sign Rooster), played by Miles Teller. Rooster is the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Interception (RIO) Officer, Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka Goose.
Much like the original, which featured characters with call signs like Iceman, Jester, Viper, and Hollywood, the new film features characters dubbed Phoenix, Cyclone, Warlock, Payback, Fanboy, and Coyote. Our playlist reflects some of these characters – and yes, there is actually a song called Kelly McGillis.