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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

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    1 song

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

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