The soundtrack to Top Gun includes such classics as "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin and "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins. It's a tall order to match that legendary 1986 soundtrack, but Lady Gaga's got it covered.
"Hold My Hand," Gaga’s theme song for Top Gun: Maverick, was released earlier this week. On Friday, May 6, fans got the music video, which was directed by none other than Joseph Kosinski himself, the director of Top Gun: Maverick. It's no wonder that the music video looks like another scene from the movie.
Gaga -- a three-time Oscar nominee, and winner for Best Original Song in 2019 for "Shallow" from A Star Is Born -- knows a thing or two about how the right music can elevate a scene and make it unforgettable. She co-wrote "Hold My Hand" with BloodPop, with additional production from Benjamin Rice (both of whom collaborated with her on her 2020 Chromatica album).
"When I wrote this song for Top Gun: Maverick, I didn’t even realize the multiple layers it spanned across the film’s heart, my own psyche, and the nature of the world we’ve been living in," Gaga wrote on Instagram. "I’ve been working on it for years, perfecting it, trying to make it ours. I wanted to make music into a song where we share our deep need to both be understood and try to understand each other -- a longing to be close when we feel so far away and an ability to celebrate life’s heroes."
"I’m so grateful to Tom [Cruise] and Hans [Zimmer] and Joe for this opportunity -- and it’s been a beautiful experience working with them," she continued. "Me, BloodPop, Ben Rice and everyone else who worked on it with us are so excited to share it with you. This song is a love letter to the world during and after a very hard time. I’ve wanted you to hear it for so long. And I’m so excited to give it to you on May 3. 'Hold My Hand.'"
Top Gun: Maverick, set to be released May 27, sees Cruise back as Navy aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell -- one of the most memorable roles of his career. After years of dodging advancement in rank, Maverick now finds himself training a detachment of graduates for a special assignment, forced to confront the ghosts of his past and his deepest fears.
Val Kilmer also returns as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky in the film, while Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman and Ed Harris join the cast.
Top Gun was nominated for four Oscars in 1987 (Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Original Song for "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin -- which ultimately won the Oscar).