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DANGER ZONE (song)

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Danger Zone (song) – 1986

“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 appeared on the soundtrack to the 1986 American motion picture Top Gun.

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.

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.

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.

Eventually, the film producers agreed that “Danger Zone” would be recorded and performed by Kenny Loggins. Whitlock went to Loggins’ Encino home, and once shown the lyrics the singer added his own improvisations.