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 By this time, Reno had left the group and been replaced by Ian Haugland.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