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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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    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    6 songs

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    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

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    Movie Tracks
    2 songs

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    Classic Hits
    2 songs

    Shuffle Hits

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

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