The Days of Thunder film soundtrack was released in 1990 to accompany the release of the film Days of Thunder. The movie, which starred Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Robert Duvall, was a commercial success but met mixed critics’ reviews. In this article, we’ll be ranking all the songs from the Days of Thunder soundtrack. The film’s soundtrack was released on June 27, 1990, and featured many well-known artists, including Bruce Hornsby, Bob Seger, Steve Winwood, and more.
11. Gimme Some Lovin by Terry Reid (1990)
Gimme Some Lovin is the 11th track on the Days of Thunder soundtrack. The song was written by Terry Reid and was initially released in 1967. This 1990 version is performed by Steve Winwood and features horns, keyboards, and a more upbeat tempo than the original. While the original Gimme Some Lovin is a classic, we prefer this updated version. It’s a fun, catchy song that gets you moving and is the perfect addition to any road trip playlist.
10. Long Live the Night by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (1990)
This hard-rocking track by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts is the perfect anthem for anyone who loves to live life in the fast lane. It’s an excellent choice for anyone who wants to feel like living life on the edge. The song is also featured in the film’s opening credits.
9. Thunderbox by Apollo Smile (1990)
Apollo Smile’s Thunderbox is the ninth track on the Days of Thunder soundtrack. The song was written by Apollo Smile and produced by Mike Clink. The song is a hard rock song with a heavy metal influence. The song’s lyrics are about a race car driver living life in the fast lane and enjoying every minute. The song is uptempo and has a feeling of excitement and energy. The song was released as a single in 1990 and peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was also included on Apollo Smile’s debut album, Untitled. Thunderbox is an excellent song for anyone who loves hard rock or metal music. The song is also a great representation of a race car driver’s fast-paced and exciting lifestyle.
8. Show Me, Heaven, by Maria McKee (1990)
Show Me, Heaven was initially released as a single by Maria McKee in 1990. It was included on the Days of Thunder soundtrack and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was written by McKee and her then-husband, Paddy McCarthy. The song is about the feeling of being in love and wanting to be with that person forever.
7. You Gotta Love Someone by Elton John (1990)
The seventh-best song on the Days of Thunder soundtrack is “You Gotta Love Someone” by Elton John. This ballad was released as a single in 1990 and reached number one on the Adult Contemporary charts in the United States. The song is a duet between Elton John and Kiki Dee. “You Gotta Love Someone” is a beautiful and romantic song that perfectly captures the movie’s spirit. It’s an excellent choice for any couple looking for a song to help them express their love for each other.
6. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Guns N’ Roses (1990)
This song is taken from the film “Days of Thunder.” It was released as a single in 1990 and reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was written by Bob Dylan and originally released by him in 1973. Guns N’ Roses recorded their version of the song with different lyrics specifically for the film. The song is sung by Axl Rose and has a more rock sound than the original Dylan version. This is one of the most popular songs from the “Days of Thunder” soundtrack and is still played on classic rock radio stations today. It is an excellent example of how a movie soundtrack can introduce new audiences to an existing song and make it even more popular.
5. Trail of Broken Hearts by Cher (1990)
Trail of Broken Hearts was released as a single from the Days of Thunder soundtrack in 1990. The song was performed by Cher and peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lyrically, the song is about a love that has ended and the heartbreak that follows. The song features a classic country sound with some pop influences.
4. Hearts in Trouble by Chicago (1990)
This song was released as a single in 1990 and peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It is the only song on the Days of Thunder soundtrack that was not initially written for the film. Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. They have released 24 studio albums, selling over 100 million records worldwide. Hearts in Trouble is a song about two lovers struggling in their relationship. The lyrics talk about how the couple is fighting and how they need to find their way back to each other. The song is upbeat and has a positive message about finding your way back to the one you love.
3. Break Through the Barrier by Tina Turner (1990)
From the high-octane opening credits to the final race, “Break Through the Barrier” is an adrenaline rush of a song that perfectly captures the excitement of Days of Thunder. Tina Turner’s powerhouse vocals are matched by the film’s fast-paced visuals, making for an unforgettable combination. The song also perfectly sets up the film’s central conflict, as Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) strives to break through the barriers that stand in his way.
2. Deal for Life by John Waite (1990)
Deal for Life is the second track on the Days of Thunder soundtrack. It was written and performed by John Waite. The song peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990. The song is included in the movie during the scene where Cole Trickle (played by Tom Cruise) is offered a deal by Tim Daland (played by Randy Quaid) to drive for his NASCAR team. The song’s lyrics reflect Cole’s decision to accept the offer and commit to a life of racing.
1. The Last Note of Freedom David Coverdale (1990)
This song, sung by Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale, is the perfect way to start our ranking of the best songs from the Days of Thunder soundtrack. It sets the tone for the film perfectly with its driving guitars and raspy vocals. The song is about a man struggling to find his place in the world and is fighting for his freedom. It’s an anthem for anyone who has ever felt lost or stuck in their Life.