Steve Stevens dishes on the recording of the iconic Top Gun Anthem

Steve Stevens performs with Billy Idol at the Poplar Creek Music Theater in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on June 1, 1984
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Top Gun: Maverick has been burning up the box office of late, and is already one of 2022's most successful films, less than a month after its release. 

Last week, it was revealed that session ace and PRS endorsee Lexii Lynn Frazier was the player behind the film's goosebump-inducing electric guitar highlights. It was Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, however, who lent his six-string talents to the soundtrack of the original Top Gun film, which was released way back in 1986.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.