Retro of the day: Berlin

Take My Breath Away” is a love song from the film Top Gun (1986). The song, performed by the band Berlin, was written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock.[1] It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song,[1] as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.

Take My Breath Away” was the first single from the Top Gun soundtrack album and was released in 1986 as a split single alongside the song “Radar Radio”:

  1. “Take My Breath Away (Love Theme from Top Gun)” (performed by Berlin)
  2. Radar Radio” (performed by Giorgio Moroder featuring Joe Pizzulo, written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock)

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

Charts and sales

Peak positions

 

Chart (1986)

Peak
position

Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6]

4

Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7]

1

Canada (RPM)[8]

2

Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[9]

1

Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10]

15

France (SNEP)[11]

2

Germany (Official German Charts)[12]

3

Ireland (IRMA)[13]

1

Italy (FIMI)[14]

5

Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15]

1

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16]

4

Norway (VG-lista)[17]

4

Spain (AFYVE)[18]

2

Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19]

2

Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20]

2

United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[21]

1

U.S. Billboard Hot 100[22]

1

U.S. Billboard
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[22]

3

Chart (1988)

Peak
position

UK Singles Chart[23]

52

Chart (1990)

Peak
position

Irish Singles Chart[13]

7

UK Singles Chart[24]

3

 

Year-end charts

Chart (1986) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100

27

Certifications

Country

Certification

Date

Sales certified

Canada[25]

Gold

October 31, 1986

50,000

France[26]

Gold

1987

500,000

UK[27]

Silver

November 1, 1986

200,000

U.S.[28]

Gold

May 5, 1992

500,000


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