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Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve success until they reworked their sound into bombastic yet melodic pop-metal. In their first incarnation, the Swedish band was called Force. The band -- featuring core members Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar), Tony Reno (drums), and John Leven (bass) -- won a national talent contest in the early '80s, which led to a record contract. After changing their name to Europe and releasing two albums in Sweden (Europe and Wings of Tomorrow), the band landed an international deal with Epic Records. By this time, Reno had left the group and been replaced by Ian Haugland. Keyboardist Mic Michaeli had also joined the lineup. In 1986, Europe released The Final Countdown. On the album, Michaeli's keyboards take a prominent role (they provide the main riff in the hit title track), which nicely complemented the band's smoother pop melodies. The change in style proved successful, as the record became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and U.K.; both "The Final Countdown" and "Carrie" became Top Ten singles as well. Norum left the band by the end of the year and was replaced by Kee Marcello. Released in 1988, Out of This World continued the formula of the previous record. It was also a success, although its numbers didn't match those of The Final Countdown. Three years later, Europe released their fifth studio album, Prisoners in Paradise, which featured the hit title track as well as the midtempo ballad "I'll Cry for You," before calling it quits the following year. The band, including Norum, reunited for a New Year's Eve performance in Stockholm in 1999, resulting in the announcement of an official reunion three years later. The band subsequently recorded and released their sixth album, Start from the Dark (2004), then followed it with Secret Society (2006) and Last Look at Eden (2009), the latter of which debuted at number one on the Swedish album chart. Bag of Bones (2012) had a blues-rock feel, while War of Kings (2015) was a heavy, doomy, faintly psychedelic affair strongly inspired by their childhood heroes Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   The Final Countdown
  3.   Carrie
  4.   Rock the Night
  5.   Seven Doors Hotel
  6.   Cherokee
  7.   Open Your Heart
  8.   Walk the Earth
  9.   Light It Up
  10.   A Long Time Comin'
  11.   Dreamer
  12.   Flames
  13.   Human After All
  14.   Ninja
  15.   In the Future to Come
  16.   Election Day
  17.   Vasastan
  18.   Angels (With Broken Hearts)
  19.   Rainbow Bridge
  20.   Days of Rock n Roll
  21.   California 405
  22.   Nothin' to Ya
  23.   Praise You
  24.   The Second Day
  25.   Hole in My Pocket
  26.   War of Kings
  27.   Suicide
  28.   Since I've Been Lovin' You
  29.   Love to Love
  30.   Always the Pretenders
  31.   Forever Traveling
  32.   Brave and Beautiful Soul
  33.   Devil Sings the Blues
  34.   The Getaway Plan
  35.   Love Is Not the Enemy
  36.   Let the Good Times Rock (At Ahoy Stadium, Rotterdam 1989
  37.   The Final Countdown 2000
  38.   Music Madness
  39.   Girl From Lebanon
  40.   Got Your Mind in the Gutter
  41.   Homeland
  42.   Seventh Sign
  43.   Talk to Me
  44.   Little Bit of Lovin'
  45.   Halfway to Heaven
  46.   All or Nothing
  47.   Dance the Night Away
  48.   Wings of Tomorrow
  49.   Aphasia
  50.   Treated Bad Again
  51.   Memories
  52.   Paradize Bay
  53.   Boyazont
  54.   Tomorrow
  55.   Tower's Callin'
  56.   Sign of the Times
  57.   More Than Meets the Eye
  58.   Let the Good Times Rock
  59.   Danger on the Track
  60.   On the Loose
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