The Music of 'Top Gun' Quiz

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The Music of 'Top Gun' Quiz
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"Top Gun" has a powerhouse soundtrack, as all classic '80s movies should. How high can you score on this quiz about the music of "Top Gun"?
Which "Top Gun" song won the 1986 Academy Award for best original song?
"Danger Zone"
"Take My Breath Away"
"Take My Breath Away" took the original song honor.
"Top Gun Anthem"

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How many other Oscars did "Top Gun" win?
none
"Top Gun" was also nominated for editing, sound and sound effects editing but didn't win any of them.
one
two

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What was the biggest hit on the "Top Gun" soundtrack?
"Take My Breath Away"
"Take My Breath Away" was a No. 1 hit in September 1986.
"Danger Zone"
"Heaven in Your Eyes"

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Where did "Danger Zone" peak on the charts?
No. 2
"Danger Zone" made it to No. 2.
No. 4
No. 6

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Giorgio Moroder, who wrote the music to "Take My Breath Away" and "Danger Zone," also wrote this major '80s soundtrack hit.
"The Power of Love"
"Flashdance … What a Feeling"
Moroder composed "Flashdance … What A Feeling," a huge hit that was performed by Irene Cara.
"Footloose"

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Moroder is also known for his collaborations with this singer in the late '70s.
Donna Summer
Moroder produced a bunch of Donna Summer hits, including "Love to Love You" and "Bad Girls."
Andy Gibb
Debbie Harry

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"Danger Zone" is performed by this "King of the Movie Soundtrack."
Kenny Loggins
Movie producers in the '80s were knocking down Kenny Loggins' door.
Huey Lewis
George Michael

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Match the Kenny Loggins hit to the movie: "I'm Alright."
"Fletch"
"Airplane"
"Caddyshack"
"I'm Alright" was the theme to the 1980 comedy hit "Caddyshack."

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Match the Kenny Loggins hit to the movie: "Meet Me Halfway."
"Over the Top"
Fans of the 1986 Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Over the Top" will remember Loggins' dramatic theme.
"St. Elmo's Fire"
"First Blood"

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Loggins also sang the title track to this essential '80s movie.
"Footloose"
"Footloose" was a massive hit for Loggins in 1984.
"The Goonies"
"The Lost Boys"

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Why did Toto turn down the offer to perform "Danger Zone"?
Their singer had laryngitis.
They had other commitments.
They had legal conflicts.
Legal issues prevented Toto from doing "Danger Zone."

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Why did Bryan Adams turn down the offer to perform "Danger Zone"?
He didn't like the song.
He had a personal problem with Tom Cruise.
He was a pacifist.
Bryan Adams felt that "Top Gun" glorified the military, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

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Why did REO Speedwagon turn down the offer to perform "Danger Zone"?
They wanted to write their own song.
REO Speedwagon wanted one of their own compositions to be on the soundtrack as part of a deal to perform "Danger Zone," but no dice.
They didn't like the song.
They thought the movie was terrible.

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What song plays over the scene where Maverick, Iceman, Goose and the guys play beach volleyball?
"Danger Zone"
"Playing With the Boys"
The volleyball scene is accompanied by, appropriately enough, "Playing With The Boys."
"Top Gun Anthem"

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Who sings "Playing With the Boys"?
Robert Palmer
Corey Hart
Kenny Loggins
It's Kenny Loggins once again.

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"Take My Breath Away" was originally offered to this group, one of whose hits was the 1983 song "Only the Lonely."
Roxette
the Motels
The Motels declined to take on what would have been the biggest hit of their career.
Soft Cell

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What was Berlin's biggest hit before "Take My Breath Away"?
"Let the Music Play"
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
"No More Words"
"No More Words" made it to No. 23 in 1984.

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Who covered "Take My Breath Away" in 2003?
Jessica Simpson
"Take My Breath Away" is on Jessica Simpson's 2003 album "In This Skin."
Christina Aguilera
Britney Spears

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What song does Maverick sing to Charlie when he spots her in a bar early in the movie?
"Love Me Tender"
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
A seemingly impromptu performance of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is Maverick's go-to pickup move.
"Unchained Melody"

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What does Charlie say to Maverick when he's done singing?
"Well, that was a fine how-do-you-do."
"You're the worst singer I ever heard."
"Sit down."
Charlie tells Maverick to sit down next to her, but she ends up embarrassing him.

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What is Goose's signature song?
"Great Balls of Fire"
"Great Balls of Fire" is both Goose's signature song and his catchphrase.
"Jailhouse Rock"
"Honky Tonk Women"

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Why does Maverick sing "Great Balls of Fire" with Goose at the bar?
He wants to get away from Goose's wife.
Goose's wife, Carol, starts regaling Charlie with tales of Maverick's womanizing ways. So Maverick walks over to the piano to sing with Goose.
Charlie dares him to.
It's his favorite song, too.

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What does Carol yell to Goose as he's singing and playing the piano?
"Those words are the key to my heart."
"Take me to bed, or lose me forever."
"Hey, Goose, you big stud," shouts Carol, "take me to bed, or lose me forever."
"What does a girl need to do grab a man around here?"

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The "Top Gun Anthem" was composed by Harold Faltermeyer, who also wrote the theme song for …
"Blade Runner"
"Beverly Hills Cop"
"Axel F," Faltermeyer's theme to "Beverly Hills Cop," topped the charts in 1985.
"Rocky"

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What song is playing when Maverick has dinner at Charlie's house?
"The Tracks of My Tears"
"These Arms of Mine"
"Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"
Maverick and Charlie have dinner on her porch as Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" plays in the background.

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What does Maverick tell Charlie about the song?
His mom always listened to it.
Maverick says that after his dad died, his mom played the song nonstop.
It's his favorite song.
He can't stand the song.

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What band performs power ballad "Heaven in Your Eyes"?
Loverboy
Loverboy's "Heaven in Your Eyes" is on the soundtrack but not prominently played in the movie.
Journey
Europe

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What band performs rocker "Mighty Wings"?
Foreigner
Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick's "Mighty Wings" plays over some flight sequences.
Warrant

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What song does Charlie play on the bar jukebox in the final scene of the movie?
"Great Balls of Fire"
"Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"
"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
Just when Maverick thinks he's lost Charlie forever, she surprises him at the bar by playing "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'."

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What song plays over the closing credits of "Top Gun"?
"Mighty Wings"
As "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" fades out, we get "Mighty Wings" over the credits.
"Through the Fire"
"Top Gun Anthem"

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