” The Final Countdown ” is by Europe, the Swedish group. Taken as the first single from the group’s third album that shared the same name. The group consisted of Joey Tempest on lead vocals, John Norum ( Guitars ), John Levén ( Bass Guitar ), Mic Michaeli ( Keyboards ) and Ian Haugland ( Drums ).
The song was written by Joey Tempest ( Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson ) and based on a keyboard riff he’d written in 1981 or 1982 on a keyboard he borrowed from Mic Michaeli.
Several years later John Levén heard the riff and suggested Joey write a song using it. Taking inspiration from the late David Bowie’s ” Space Oddity ” song, Joey wrote and recorded a demo which he played for the other members of the group.
The other members had mixed feelings about the song, with John Norum commenting later ” When I first heard the synth intro to The Final Countdown, my reaction was No, this is nuts. We just can’t use this. Thank God they didn’t listen to me “.
Joey stood his ground and convinced the other members it was the right song for them despite not being the type of song a rock group would typically do, they put their initial concerns to one side and went ahead.
The song was to be a huge commercial success for the group. Released in 1986, ” The Final Countdown ” was to be the most successful song from the album.
The song Entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and climbed to number ten, a week later it entered the Album Rock Tracks Chart and rose to reach number eighteen.
Canada proved to be another auspicious time for the group with the song entering the Canadian Singles Chart, where it reached number five, making it Europe’s highest position for any song in that country.
Along with the United States and Canada, ” The Final Countdown ” entered the UK Singles Charts and climbed to reach a peak of three, it moved up again to take the Number One spot for two weeks and was to be the only song from the album to reach the Top Ten in the United Kingdom.
From the early riff and inspiration from David Bowie’s song, Europe went on to enjoy Number Ones in twenty-five countries including France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden and Italy.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 8
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 2, Austria ( Austria Top 40 ) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 5, Europe (Pan-European Charts) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 12, Norway (VG-lista) 4, Poland (LP3) 1, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Europetheband.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/europetheband
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Europe
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