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 By this time, Reno had left the group and been replaced by Ian Haugland.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