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

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