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Survivor's brand of melodic, hard, album-oriented rock netted the group several hits during the 1980s, including two smash themes from Rocky films, but never quite matched the success or consistency of contemporaries like Foreigner. Survivor was founded in 1978 by guitarist/keyboardist Jim Peterik (formerly the lead singer of the Ides of March) with guitarist Frankie Sullivan; the two recruited lead singer Dave Bickler and recorded a self-titled debut album as a trio with studio musicians Dennis Johnson on bass and Gary Smith on drums. Their places were taken by permanent members Stephen Ellis and Marc Droubay, respectively. The group's big break came in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone commissioned the band to write the theme to Rocky III; the result, "Eye of the Tiger," was an instant hit with its bombastic opening riff and anthemic chorus. It spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and pushed the accompanying album of the same name over the one million sales mark. Bickler quit in 1983 due to medical reasons and was replaced by former Cobra singer Jimi Jamison. The shakeup gave the band a kick-start, and they had two Top Ten hits in 1985 with "High on You" and "The Search Is Over." The band's theme from Rocky IV, "Burning Heart," provided their second biggest hit in 1986, but their fortunes slid downhill from there; by the end of the year, Jamison, Peterik, and Sullivan were the only remaining members, and Survivor finally disbanded in 1989. Bickler, Sullivan, Ellis, and Droubay returned to the studio as Survivor in 1997, and Jamison returned to the lineup as well in 2000. Aside from touring, Survivor released the studio album Reach in 2006, but Jamison left the band soon after. He was replaced by Robin McAuley, who spent several years with the band. By 2011, however, Jamison was a member of the band again -- alongside Sullivan, Droubay, Billy Ozzello, and Walter Tolentino -- and two years after that, Bickler was back in the fold as well. Although the band visited the studio and recorded several times during the 2010s, nothing appeared before the sudden death of Jamison from a heart attack in August 2014. ~ Steve Huey
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    1-Hit Wonders
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    Classic Hits
    2 songs

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    Movie Tracks
    2 songs

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    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Eye of the Tiger
  3.   Burning Heart
  4.   The Search Is Over
  5.   I Can't Hold Back
  6.   High on You
  7.   Is This Love
  8.   Eye of the Tiger - 2006 Master
  9.   Didn't Know It Was Love
  10.   Popular Girl
  11.   Hungry Years
  12.   Man Against the World
  13.   First Night
  14.   The Moment of Truth
  15.   Whole Town's Talkin'
  16.   Summer Nights
  17.   Everlasting
  18.   Ever Since the World Began
  19.   Feels Like Love
  20.   Santa Ana Winds
  21.   Rockin' into the Night
  22.   Take You on a Saturday
  23.   I See You in Everyone
  24.   It's the Singer Not the Song
  25.   Poor Man's Son
  26.   Can't Let You Go
  27.   Backstreet Love Affair
  28.   When Seconds Count
  29.   American Heartbeat
  30.   I'm Not That Man Anymore
  31.   Too Hot to Sleep
  32.   She's a Star
  33.   20/20
  34.   Love Has Got Me
  35.   Caught in the Game
  36.   Heart's a Lonely Hunter
  37.   Love Is on My Side
  38.   Broken Promises
  39.   You Know Who You Are
  40.   Oceans
  41.   Rebel Son
  42.   Keep It Right Here
  43.   Across the Miles
  44.   Tell Me I'm the One
  45.   Rhythm of the City
  46.   Desperate Dreams
  47.   Whatever It Takes
  48.   Freelance
  49.   Youngblood
  50.   As Soon as Love Finds Me
  51.   Let It Be Now
  52.   Somewhere in America
  53.   Half-Life
  54.   Ready For the Real Thing
  55.   Jackie Don't Go
  56.   It Doesn't Have to Be This Way
  57.   Christmas Is Here
  58.   Runaway Lights
  59.   Chevy Nights
  60.   How Much Love
  61.   Silver Girl
  62.   Children of the Night
  63.   The One That Really Matters
  64.   Can't Give It Up
  65.   Here Comes Desire
  66.   Nothing Can Shake Me (From Your Love)
  67.   Can't Getcha Offa My Mind
  68.   Slander
  69.   What Do You Really Think?
  70.   Burning Bridges
  71.   Hesitation Dance
  72.   In Good Faith
  73.   Light of a Thousand Smiles
  74.   I Never Stopped Loving You
  75.   Rebel Girl

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