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Cheap Trick - Mighty Wings (1986)

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“Mighty Wings” is a song by American rock band Cheap Trick, released in 1986 as the third single from the ...

“Mighty Wings” is a song by American rock band Cheap Trick, released in 1986 as the third single from the soundtrack of the film Top Gun. It was written by Harold Faltermeyer and Mark Spiro, and produced by Faltermeyer.

Despite the commercial success of the Top Gun soundtrack, and unlike the four other singles culled from the album, “Mighty Wings” failed to make an appearance in the Billboard chart. It was the third of five singles to be released from the soundtrack, following “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins and “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin.

In the film Top Gun, the music (without vocals) is played in the first training session at Miramar, while the full version with vocals is played during the ending credits.

Shortly prior to the song’s release, guitarist Rick Nielsen said in an interview with MTV’s Alan Hunter: “We just finished a song in the studio last night with Harold Faltermeyer, recording a song for his movie called “Top Gun” which has Tom Cruise in it, and so the song we did was called “Mighty Wings”. We didn’t write it but we did it, and it sounds pretty cool. That’s coming out this summer.”

“Mighty Wings” was originally due to be released as the second single from Top Gun. However, it was announced in Billboard that it had been pushed back in favour of “Take My Breath Away”. “Mighty Wings” was released by Columbia in late June and issued on 7″ vinyl in the US, Canada, Japan and South Africa. The B-side, “Dog Fight #3”, is an instrumental written and performed by Faltermeyer.

Upon release, Billboard listed the song as a pop pick and stated: “Feverish fast-pulse rock from Top Gun; inclusion in the smash soundtrack should push the band towards its strongest chart bid in years.” In his 2017 book Still Competition: The Listener’s Guide to Cheap Trick, Robert Lawson described the song as “a piece of soulless, synth-driven corporate rock”.

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