18 Popular Songs You Forgot Were Originally Written for Movies

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“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins, Top Gun

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Kenny Loggins had the market cornered on great movie songs in the 1980s. He’s the only man with two entries on this list. With “Danger Zone,” the song he wrote for Top Gun, Loggins perfectly captured the masculine energy at the center of that film.

“Danger Zone” is an exciting song, but it also feels a little bit edgy. It’s a song meant to be played as pilots prepare for flight. “Danger Zone” is a perfect pop concoction and a great movie song. You can listen to it without the context of Top Gun, or as part of the larger experience of watching the movie. Either way, it’s terrific.

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