” Eye Of The Tiger ” is by Survivor, the American rock group. The song was taken from the group’s third album by the same name.
The song, released as a single in 1982, is famous for being the theme tune to the hit movie, Rocky III, which starred Sylvester Stallone, the American actor.
Sylvester Stallone originally intended for the Queen song ” Another One Bites The Dust ” as the theme tune. However, permission was denied by Queen, and so there was a need for an alternative. Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik from the Chicago based group, Survivor, were approached by Sylvester to write for the film.
Sylvester sent the group a cassette of the film and some direction, wanting to appeal to rock music fans, he asked for ” something with a strong beat. ”
There is a difference in the version that was used for the film and the one used on the album. The film version was the demo and also contained tiger growls along with the original group’s lead singer Dave Bickler.
” Eye Of The Tiger ” gained a significant amount of radio play and went on to top the charts worldwide in 1982. A massive success in the United States, it reached Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 and held on to the top for six weeks.
In 1982, the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) certified the song Platinum in August of that year with sales of over 2 million copies.
By February 2015, ” Eye Of The Tiger ” had sales of 4.1 million digital downloads in the US alone and was voted the 63rd greatest hard rock song by VH1.
The sales of both vinyl as the early release, along with sales of the new digital format, the total sales are in the region of 9 million copies.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 2, Canada (CHUM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Denmark (IFPI) 8, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (IFOP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 13,
Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 3, Japan (Oricon International Chart) 1, Japan (Oricon Singles Chart) 10, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2,
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 6, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 4, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Poland (LP3) 24, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 1,
Spain (AFYVE) 5, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 5, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 6
Official Website: Survivorband.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/survivortheband
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Survivor
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