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

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