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Berlin - Take My Breath Away (1986)

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“Take My Breath Away” is a song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the 1986 film Top Gun, performed ...

“Take My Breath Away” is a song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the 1986 film Top Gun, performed by American new wave band Berlin. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.

“Take My Breath Away” was the second single from the Top Gun soundtrack album, following Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, and was released in 1986 as a split single alongside the song “Radar Radio”, performed by Moroder featuring Joe Pizzulo.

The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium.

“Take My Breath Away” is available on both the original Top Gun soundtrack album and the expanded edition. The song was also featured on Berlin’s fourth studio album, Count Three & Pray, and on several of the band’s compilation albums: Best of Berlin 1979–1988, Master Series, Greatest Hits Remixed (which includes a “Mission UK Remix” version), Live: Sacred & Profane, and Metro Greatest Hits. “Take My Breath Away” was one of the only songs not written by Berlin’s John Crawford that they had performed on any album up to that point.

“Take My Breath Away” was re-released in the United Kingdom in October 1990 to coincide with the first television showing of Top Gun (by ITV, on the evening of October 6, 1990), as well as Peugeot’s new television advertising campaign for the 405 model range. The re-release reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video features scenes from the film Top Gun intermingled with Berlin’s singer Terri Nunn performing the song in blue coveralls, walking between parts of planes in a windy aircraft boneyard (part of the Mojave Air & Space Port) at night. Bandmates John Crawford and Rob Brill are shown relaxing in the yard and then following Nunn. The video can be seen occasionally on VH1 Europe’s Top 10 Movie Soundtracks program. It was later included on the 2004 Top Gun collector’s edition DVD.

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