Before we blew through the popcorn just in time for Tom Cruise’s aviator shades shielded frame to appear on our screens, Miles Teller decided to shake his thang at Cannes Film Festival. It’s this little annual festival taking place in France where upcoming movies get their directorial debut. This year, our Top Gun: Maverick, himself, got a tribute along with an Honorary Palme d’Or award. But back to Miles! All snazzy-ed up in a white suit, he rhythmically shook his right fist before an easy flowing shimmy to ‘Danger Zone,’ a Kenny Loggins classic that found its way out of the ‘80s wormhole and onto the sequel’s soundtrack.
With the addition of a Lady Gaga ballad and OneRepublic deciding to count stars once again through a missionary sky, the Top Gun: Maverick 12-track album is the perfect mood continuer after the movie! However, we can’t help but ask what sort of tunes Tom, Miles, and Glen Powell listened to both in their free time and while doing their stunts (because, yes, now they can all take us flying!).
Rooster’s Wake up Anthem
He may have recently borrowed his feather red-tinge to Taylor Swift’s ‘I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version)’ music video, but Miles’s music background predates all of the way back to high school where he picked up drumsticks for both the church choir and his band, the Mutes. Of course, being the circle of life, in 2014’s Whiplash he portrayed a student with the wish of becoming a drummer. Bowling for Soup, Bon Jovi, and Roger Miller are just some of the artists on his playlist, including The Temptations’ ‘My Girl,’ which sits as a vocal memory featuring Keith Urban. He told NME,
I love that era: Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stax Records – the African-American experience of coming through slavery and the civil rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s… All those guys singing songs about a brighter future. I love all that soul. And gospel. It’s inspiring.
H_NGM_N’s Musical Playbook
Sure, Glen Powell’s portrayal of Top Gun: Maverick‘s cocky bad guy is fierce enough for us to throw an eye roll every time he enters the screen, but if the Naval Aviator’s music taste also mirrors his, then there’s possibly a soft spot somewhere there. Besides the mellow harmonies of Willie Nelson helping aid a flying sesh and Drizzy for an ab workout, Glen steers towards musicals! In fact, he grew up tap dancing. Now, when passing him the TV remote, he’s likely to turn on Singin’ in the Rain and La La Land, which Nina Dobrev can attest to. He told Glamour,
It’s a family rule to be the first people on the dance floor. My family will dance on the table at Christmas and Thanksgiving, and if the person I like is trying to behave and doesn’t dance with my family, they’re not going to fit in. It doesn’t matter what genre of music—if it gets you fueled up and makes you want to move, own it.
Maverick’s Earworm Nostalgia
If you Google ‘Tom Cruise Rockstar,’ then you’ll actually come across a 2012 flick named Rock of Ages where he plays Stacee Jaxx, who’s a fully-fledged rockstar with tats. When it comes to attending a gig, however, he’s been spotted in a few crowds! Coldplay, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Guns n’ Roses, and even in a totally different musical lane with an orchestral performance led by Brian Tyler. Tom also proclaims himself as a Little Monster, having attended Lady Gaga’s Vegas residency, and gives her thanks on The Late Late Show with James Corden for helping compose Top Gun: Maverick’s score!
The 12-track Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack is as follows:
- ‘Main Titles (You’ve Been Called Back to Top Gun)’
- ‘Danger Zone’ by Kenny Loggins
- ‘Great Balls of Fire (Live)’ by Miles Teller
- ‘You’re Where You Belong / Give ‘Em Hell’
- ‘I Ain’t Worried’ by OneRepublic
- ‘Dagger One is Hit’ / ‘Time to Let Go’
- ‘Tally Two’ / ‘What’s the Plan’ / ‘F-14’
- ‘The Man, the Legend’ / ‘Touchdown’
- ‘Penny Returns’ – Interlude
- ‘Hold My Hand’ by Lady Gaga
- ‘Top Gun Anthem’
Music From The Motion Picture Top Gun: Maverick is available at all digital retailers, including Target, where the soundtrack comes with an exclusive cover and poster. Top Gun: Maverick is also in cinemas now as your booked seats are ready to travel you back into Fighter Weapons School’s nostalgic field. If you enjoyed the film as much as we did, let us know by tweeting us @thehoneypop!