Here is one of the less obscure favorites from my youth, which even reached #8 on the US charts in 1986. Having never been a fan of the “harder” rock genre, the entire attraction of this song to me is in the opening sequence. It has always sounded… stirring, I guess.
I can recall one other song by Europe, but otherwise it was a one-hit wonder to me.
Somewhere in my archives, I have a 45-rpm record of this song that I played quite heavily for a couple of months my senior year of high school… for whatever that’s worth. 🙂
My strongest exhibit of artistic expression with this is one of Becky’s old figure skating routines, for which I engineered an audio track of intros and riffs from the Final Countdown…
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