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This was featured in the action scenes of the 1986 movie Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer. After the movie came out, the US Navy had a slew of applicants for it's flying program.
This was written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock, who also wrote "Take My Breath Away" for the movie. A year later, they wrote "Meet Me Halfway," which Loggins recorded for the arm wrestling movie Over The Top.
Loggins was a movie soundtrack mainstay in the '80s, and had a #1 hit with the theme song to the movie Footloose two years earlier. Asked in 2007 about performing these soundtrack songs in concerts, Loggins said of "Danger Zone," "It's a good rock 'n' roll song, but I don't think it holds up that well."
Nissan used this in commercials. The spots were a parody of Top Gun, with birds trying to poop on the cars.
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