Europe

Biography

In 1986 you would have been hard pressed to go anywhere on the Planet Earth and not hear Europe's perfect storm of high-flying vocals and bargain basement synth lines heralding the coming apocalypse. "The Final Countdown" made it to No. 1 in no less than 26 countries that year. Today you may be hard pressed to identify a guitar anywhere in the song, but no matter. Outside the U.S. (where they disappeared from the charts almost immediately) Europe went onto a long and lucrative career releasing albums and remaining on the international charts into the '00s. They broke up for a time in the '90s but were of course tapped to reunite and play a show for New Year's Eve in 1999 in Stockholm, a no doubt indescribable moment of synchronicity for all in attendance. Beginning in 2003, the band resumed recording and touring.

Featured on Rhapsody

You're just minutes away from millions of songs.
Sign up now.
30-day free trial. Credit card required. Cancel anytime.