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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 By this time, Reno had left the group and been replaced by Ian Haugland.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.   Cherokee
  6.   Let the Children Play
  7.   The Getaway Plan
  8.   Time Has Come
  9.   Seventh Sign
  10.   The Final Countdown 2000
  11.   More Than Meets the Eye
  12.   Flames
  13.   Always the Pretenders
  14.   Halfway to Heaven
  15.   Since I've Been Lovin' You
  16.   In the Future to Come
  17.   Vasastan
  18.   Light It Up
  19.   Rainbow Bridge
  20.   Children of the Mind
  21.   Days of Rock 'N' Roll
  22.   Nothin' to Ya
  23.   Praise You
  24.   The Second Day
  25.   Hole in My Pocket
  26.   War of Kings
  27.   Firebox
  28.   The Beast
  29.   Last Look at Eden
  30.   Suicide
  31.   Forever Traveling
  32.   Devil Sings the Blues
  33.   Love Is Not the Enemy
  34.   A Long Time Comin'
  35.   Girl From Lebanon
  36.   Talk to Me
  37.   Little Bit of Lovin'
  38.   All or Nothing
  39.   Dance the Night Away
  40.   Wings of Tomorrow
  41.   Aphasia
  42.   Treated Bad Again
  43.   Memories
  44.   Paradize Bay
  45.   Children of This Time
  46.   Farewell
  47.   Tomorrow
  48.   Tower's Callin'
  49.   Sign of the Times
  50.   Let the Good Times Rock
  51.   Ninja
  52.   Danger on the Track
  53.   On the Loose
  54.   Heart of Stone
  55.   Yesterday's News
  56.   Seven Doors Hotel
  57.   Stormwind
  58.   Open Your Heart
  59.   Scream of Anger
  60.   Dreamer
  61.   On Broken Wings
  62.   Superstitious
  63.   Ready or Not
  64.   Prisoners in Paradise
  65.   I'll Cry for You
  66.   Sweet Love Child
  67.   Angels (With Broken Hearts)
  68.   Love to Love
  69.   Wish You Were Here
  70.   Secret Society
  71.   Human After All
  72.   Brave and Beautiful Soul
  73.   Break Free
  74.   Music Madness
  75.   'Til My Heart Beats Down Your Door
  76.   Got Your Mind in the Gutter
  77.   Homeland
  78.   Bad Blood
  79.   Lyin' Eyes
  80.   Words of Wisdom
  81.   Boyazont
  82.   Lights and Shadows
  83.   Just the Beginning
  84.   Coast to Coast
  85.   Let the Good Times Rock (At Ahoy Stadium, Rotterdam 1989
  86.   A Mother's Son
  87.   Wasted Time
  88.   Never Say Die
  89.   Wish I Could Believe
  90.   Time Has Come (At Solnahallen, Stockholm 1986)
  91.   The King Will Return
  92.   Love Chaser
  93.   California 405