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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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    Awesome '80s
    6 songs

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    1-Hit Wonders
    1 song

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    Movie Tracks
    2 songs

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    Classic Hits
    2 songs

    Shuffle Hits

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

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