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

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