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

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