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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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    2 songs

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

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