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 By this time, Reno had left the group and been replaced by Ian Haugland.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