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Europe

Originally a progressive rock group, Europe didn't achieve 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 By this time, Reno had left the group and been replaced by Ian Haugland.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 take 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 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 was also 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
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Track List: Prisoners In Paradise

1. All Or Nothing

2. Halfway To Heaven

3. I'll Cry For You

4. Little Bit Of Lovin'

5. Talk To Me

6. Seventh Sign

7. Prisoners In Paradise

8. Bad Blood

9. Homeland

10. Got Your Mind In The Gutter

11. 'til My Heart Beats Down Your Door

12. Girl From Lebanon

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Track List: Out Of This World

1. Superstitious

2. Let The Good Times Rock

3. Open Your Heart

4. More Than Meets The Eye

5. Coast To Coast

6. Ready Or Not

7. Sign Of The Times

8. Just The Beginning

9. Never Say Die

10. Lights And Shadows

11. Tower's Callin'

12. Tomorrow

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Track List: The Final Countdown

1. The Final Countdown

2. Rock The Night

3. Carrie

4. Danger On The Track

5. Ninja

6. Cherokee

7. Time Has Come

8. Heart Of Stone

9. On The Loose

10. Love Chaser

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Track List: Live At Sweden Rock - 30th Anniversary Show

4. Scream of Anger

5. Superstitious

6. No Stone Unturned

7. New Love in Town

8. In the Future to Come

9. Paradize Bay

10. Girl from Lebanon

11. Prisoners in Paradise

12. Always the Pretenders

14. Open Your Heart

15. Love Is Not the Enemy

16. Sign of the Times

17. Start from the Dark

18. Wings of Tomorrow

19. Carrie

21. Seven Doors Hotel

23. The Beast

24. Let the Good Times Rock

26. Rock the Night

27. Last Look At Eden

28. The Final Countdown

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Track List: Secret Society

1. Secret Society

2. Always the Pretenders

3. The Getaway Plan

4. Wish I Could Believe

5. Let the Children Play

6. Human After All

7. Love Is Not the Enemy

8. A Mother's Son

9. Forever Traveling

10. Brave and Beautiful Soul

11. Devil Sings the Blues

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Track List: War Of Kings (Deluxe Version)

1. War Of Kings

2. Hole In My Pocket

3. Second Day

4. Praise You

5. Nothin' To Ya

6. California 405

7. Days Of Rock N Roll

8. Children Of The Mind

9. Rainbow Bridge

10. Angels (With Broken Hearts)

11. Light Me Up

12. Vasastan (Instrumental)

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final countdown rocks
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The most underrated band of the 80s
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oooo 80s =)
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kpcwallace
Today they went from sounding like Bon Jovi to Iron Maiden
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collinfahey
Best song
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kpcwallace
Love it!!! Why are they underrated!
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kpcwallace
My favorite band...ever
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lol I remember the geico commercial *puts buurito in microwave* europe starts singing the.final.co u n t d o w n ps mrs dabney from goodluck charlie.is in the commercial
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky cause it actually works
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alabastervil l i s 0 fu.k u u are fu.king nasty
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THANK YOU GIECO AND THE 80's
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This is a great band.
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alabastervil l i s 0
ha ha ha the joke is on you all, the final countdown is actually a song about an astronaut who is in the bathrm taking a massive peanut filled crap and he keeps looking at his watch and worries about being late so he needs to make one more final push but he knows the nuts are gona scrape his anus so he prepares for the plunge and starts the final countdown to roid history.
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♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥Bes t song ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
The Final Countdown wooooooo
O yeah heeeeee
Yeeeeee Haw'rawa Man.❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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i love you Europe keep keep rocking brothers its the final countdown great job joey
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aspentown
I'm at home doing my Valentin's
Should I send one to them?
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brookwilkers o n
Its the final countdown!!!
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Where's the concert
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Excellent band!!
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Most underrated bands of the 80s!
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seeing them in concert on Saturday night. Getting pumped up.
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Listen to it...... Like it....... Love it....... take it!
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THE best of all rock songs i don't care what anyone says..luv it man!!
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have loved these guys since the 80s
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Excellent band!!
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Good .song
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Final countdown is sooooo!!!!!
Awesome
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erikbalisi
Let's go Geico commercial!
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This hair metal band not only looks a hell of a lot better than any other in 2015 but they sound bombasticall y great. I saw them Indianapolis now Vegas and Atlanta in 2016. You have got to see them!
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Sex is awesome
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F**kin awesome
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Go like Europe everyone! It only has 5215 likes and we can raise that number
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Høørª¥!!
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lizabunch
Sick!!!!!!!! !
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vanel38
Horbal
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Europe was my teenage years favorite band!! I remember being totally in love with Joey Tempest lol. Each of theirs songs brings a lot of wonderful memories. Love them all.
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I just bought this album
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Europe is fantastic
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best ever
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Love Cherokee!!!☺
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Love Cherokee !!.☺��������
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Cool
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ROCK ON BROS!!!
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Old School... and still kickin it! Kinda like me lol
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Awesome
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Kiss
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Oh Yea Great Song!!! FOLLOW FOR A FOLLOW
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