Top Gun

At the Movies

Historians may disagree, but I’ve long hypothesized that man invented music a way of wooing women.

While serenades may not always work, there’s a reason that singing to a crush, a date, or a lover remains a classic element of courtship that spans cultures and generations. The reason is embodied in Top Gun’s most iconic scene, when Tom Cruise and friends put the moves on via their rendition of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” The a cappella performance is simultaneously crude, unpolished, charming, and fun—all the essential elements of a true-to-life serenade.