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Sammy Hagar - Winner Takes It All (1987)

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"Winner Takes It All" is a 1987 rock song by Sammy Hagar, written by record producer Giorgio Moroder and Thomas Whitlock. ...

"Winner Takes It All" is a 1987 rock song by Sammy Hagar, written by record producer Giorgio Moroder and Thomas Whitlock. Originally was included in the soundtrack of the Sylvester Stallone movie Over the Top, being the first track and second single from the album. It was released as a single through CBS Records. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart and No. 54 on their Hot 100 chart. It appears in Hagar's 2004 compilation album The Essential Red Collection.

Music video

The song's music video was made via Geffen Records – then Hagar's record label – although its director was not officially accredited. It shows Sammy Hagar performs the song with his guitar, as well as a mix of some of the most vibrant scenes of the film.

The music video opens with Hagar running barefoot to the camera and playing guitar. As he sings the song, clips from the film play throughout. In the end, Hagar arm wrestles with Sylvester Stallone's character, Lincoln Hawk, and Hagar wins.

He said that Stallone gave him his black cap at the end of the shoot of the music video, both signed it, and the cap went to charity, fetching around $10,000.

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