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Europe

Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve any success until they reworked their sound into bombastic yet melodic pop-metal. In their first incarnation, the Swedish band was called Force. The band -- featuring core members Joey Tempest (vocals), John Norum (guitar), Tony Reno (drums), and John Leven (bass) -- won a national talent contest in the early '80s, which led to a record contract. After changing their name to Europe and releasing two albums in Sweden (Europe and Wings of Tomorrow), the band landed an international deal with Epic Records. By this time, Reno had left the group and was replaced by Ian Haugland. Keyboardist Mic Michaeli had also joined the lineup.

In 1986, Europe released The Final Countdown. On the album, Michaeli's keyboards took a prominent role (they provide the main riff in the hit title track), which nicely complemented the band's smoother pop melodies. The change in style proved successful, as the record became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and U.K.; both "The Final Countdown" and "Carrie" became Top Ten singles as well. Norum left left the band by the end of the year and was replaced by Kee Marcello. Released in 1988, Out of This World continued the formula of the previous record. It also was a success, although its numbers didn't match those of The Final Countdown. Three years later, Europe released their fifth studio album, Prisoners in Paradise, which featured the hit title track, as well as the midtempo ballad "I'll Cry for You," before calling it quits the following year. The band, including Norum, reunited for a New Year's Eve performance in Stockholm in 1999, resulting in the announcement of an official reunion three years later. The band subsequently recorded and released their sixth album, Start from the Dark (2004), then followed it with Secret Society (2006) and Last Look at Eden (2009), the latter of which debuted at number one on the Swedish album chart. Bag of Bones (2012) had a blues-rock feel, while War of Kings (2015) was a heavy, doomy, faintly psychedelic affair strongly inspired by their childhood heroes Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Missing the 1st (Europe) album and 2nd (Wings of Tomorrow) album.
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rocker1995ac
Amazing song
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animalhouse1 6 0
Take this song to my grave
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Best song in the world lol
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astettner03
Final countdownn does
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astettner03
Goes wth we are the champions and we will rock you
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Final countdown
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I love the song the final countdown by Europe
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The Final Countdown what what best song ever.Chickab o w o w
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imported00
Eye of the tiger
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bcdiver70
Another amazing product of Sweden!
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Awesome group
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I love Europe
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The most annoying song i ever loved!
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10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.. SSHHHI.BOOOM M M ! ! !.. we have lit off.
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The final countdown to what????
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Holy s**t this is f****ing better than today's crap rap and other s**t
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This is real music! today's trash doesn't even count.
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Victory song
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mabrennan0
S**t...garba g e . europe is a joke.
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mabrennan0
crap....God awful crap. euope is a joke.
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Hilarious video but that was the 80's
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j.polivka5
Best song the final countdown
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They should have more likes
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Best 80s music
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carmen.socce r g i r l
I love you Europe
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cb15724
Ahhhh, the 80's.
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Epic music
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gilda.chavez 8 2
Good
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I love the final count down
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Final countdown
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reneetr2
!!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! O M G ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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reneetr2
awesome!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! p r
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The final count down is out of this world COOL.
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Wasn't born in the 80s but really wish I was cause modern music really really sucks
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My brother loves this song
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No matter what's said Europe fit right into the hairband era, Joey Tempest could sing a bad a** tune, Final count down will NEVER be forgotten.
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LOL this band was still making new music as of 2009 and they actually hit number one in their own country? Sheesh.... so much for the Swedes having any taste in music.
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im literally going to listen to this song 5 minutes from when the earth is going to end
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Venus isn't light years away....so maybe they should change it to with so many light seconds to go
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kareldelacru z n a p o l e s
Son los mejores
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(5) all engines brought on line (4) thrusters primed ignited (3) the roar starts to shake every fiber of your being as gravity slowly resist (2) speed starts to increase explenensall y (1) the force of gravities denial screams to compete with the ships unwavering climb to be free (0) and we escape into space blasting a place in the face of history.. go. go. GO!!! WE HAVE LIFT OFF!!!
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This is one the bestest badass songs ever
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the last of a few gases spew in haze as unphantomed engines slowly start their scream and we look out port holes just to gage our fall from this worlds grace sighting out beyond stars never dwelling on past scars out there some where my life awaits as this one closes being our fate perhaps a new beginning lies out in deep space replacing the end we now face the roar of thrusters carry us fourth and blast the earths crown and in its increasing sound we know this is the final count down..4.3.2. 1
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I love Europe,it was my first album ever!! Still amazing
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Cool @andresdiaz1 3 9
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I heard its the final countdown it was inspiration to my ears
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Twisted sister is the bomb
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Where the fuk is wings of tomorrow album? That album rocks balls
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