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

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