Monday, July 15, 2019

"Playing with the Boys" by Kenny Loggins

Song#:  2830
Date:  08/16/1986
Debut:  96
Peak:  60
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Pop, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  The soundtrack to the film Top Gun had already spawned three hits including one by Loggins, the #2 "Danger Zone." The soundtrack album's label, Columbia, decided to keep the singles going and chose to release this track, which was the second one on the LP by Loggins. This time around, the results were not as good. The song made a low debut and then couldn't get near the top half of the chart. The soundtrack album got knocked out of the #1 spot after three weeks the same week this single debuted. The LP would return to #1 twice more - once in September and once in October, even though singles from it were exhausted. Over time, the album would sell over nine million copies.

ReduxReview:  It probably wasn't a bad idea to go with this Loggins track. After all, he'd kind of become Mr. Movie Hits and his track record was pretty good for them. However, this one just wasn't as strong as his other efforts. It was a good song that went well with the film (in a scene where guys are playing volleyball), but as a single it wasn't in the same league as "Danger Zone" or his other movie hits. Still, it was a valiant attempt to eke out another hit from the soundtrack.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Four songs from the Top Gun soundtrack charted, but five were actually released. Initially, the track "Mighty Wings" by Cheap Trick was supposed to be the follow up to the first single "Danger Zone." But then Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" ended up getting released instead. Of course, that went on to be a huge #1 hit. It was then the label issued out "Mighty Wings." However, the tune just couldn't break through anywhere and it was never able to chart. Luckily, the news was different for the next single, Loverboy's "Heaven in Your Eyes" (#12). This Kenny Loggins track would follow and that would wrap up the singles from the album.


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