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

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