Song of the Day #5,311: ‘I Ain’t Worried’ – OneRepublic

The #37 song on Billboard’s 2023 Hot 100 chart would definitely rank higher in my household. That has nothing to do with OneRepublic or the song itself, and everything to do with a shirtless Miles Teller dancing in slow motion while playing beach football. This is the gif that finally cemented for me the fact that my daughters aren’t gay.

Yes, ‘I Ain’t Worried’ is the song that soundtracked the bonding scene in Top Gun: Maverick, giving that film its equivalent of the first movie’s shirtless volleyball match.

This scene won’t make my list of favorite music moments in 2023 movies, so I’m glad I have a chance to give it its due here.

[Verse 1]
I don’t know what you’ve been told
But time is running out, no need to take it slow
I’m stepping to you toe-to-toe
I should be scared, honey, maybe so

[Chorus]
But I ain’t worried ’bout it right now (Right now)
Keeping dreams alive, 1999, heroes
I ain’t worried ’bout it right now (Right now)
Swimmin’ in the floods, dancing on the clouds below

[Post-Chorus]
I ain’t worried ’bout it
I ain’t worried ’bout it (Hey)

[Verse 2]
I don’t know what you’ve been told
But time is running out so spend it like it’s gold
I’m living like I’m nine-zeros
Got no regrets even when I am broke (Yeah)
I’m at my best when I got something I’m wanting to steal
Way too busy for them problems and problems to feel (Yeah, yeah)
No stressing, just obsessing with sealing the deal
I’ll take it in and let it go

[Chorus]
But I ain’t worried ’bout it right now (Right now)
Keeping dreams alive, 1999, heroes
I ain’t worried ’bout it right now (Right now)
Swimmin’ in the floods, dancing on the clouds below

[Post-Chorus]
I ain’t worried ’bout it
I ain’t worried ’bout it (Hey)

[Bridge]
Ooh, I ain’t worried
Ooh, oh, no, no

[Chorus]
I ain’t worried ’bout it right now (Right now)
Keeping dreams alive, 1999, heroes
I ain’t worried ’bout it right now (Right now)
Swimmin’ in the floods, dancing on the clouds below

[Post-Chorus]
I ain’t worried ’bout it (Ooh, hey)
I ain’t worried ’bout it (Ooh, hey)

[Outro]
I ain’t worried ’bout it

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #5,311: ‘I Ain’t Worried’ – OneRepublic

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Lol! I didn’t know you could insert a GIF as the thumb pic on your SOTD. Needless to say, this scene did not make a memorable impression on me, but I can see why it would for your girls.

  2. Amy says:

    Can’t believe I didn’t think about what Screen X would do for this scene when I was contemplating a 3rd viewing in that surround screen format. Love how the filmmakers paid homage to the original film while continually improving on the source material. This scene is a great example, though the original did have a fabulous soundtrack. 🙂

  3. Maddie says:

    Hahah I think Miles Teller in this scene might transcend sexuality 😂

    Excited to see which music movie moments top this one for you – it was a definite highlight this year. Also shout out to One Direction who consistently churn out bop after bop.

  4. Peg says:

    LOL I think I’ll watch The Offer again

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