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

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