Eye of the Tiger

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This article is about the song by Survivor. For other uses, see Eye of the Tiger (disambiguation).
"Eye of the Tiger"
Single by Survivor
from the album Rocky III Original Soundtrack and Eye of the Tiger
B-side "Take You on a Saturday"
Released May 29, 1982
Format 7" single
Recorded 1982
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 4:04
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Frankie Sullivan
Certification see below
Survivor singles chronology
  • "Summer Nights"
  • (1982)
  • "Eye of the Tiger"
  • (1982)
  • "American Heartbeat"
  • (1982)
Music sample

"Eye of the Tiger" is a song by American rock band Survivor. It was released in the spring of 1982 as a single from their third album Eye of the Tiger. It was written at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".[2] The song was to be the theme song for the movie Rocky III, in which Stallone was playing the main role. The movie version of the song is different from the album version because it was the demo version, and it also features tiger growls.

It gained tremendous MTV and radio airplay and topped charts worldwide during 1982. In the United States, it held number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks and was the No. 2 single of 1982, behind Olivia Newton-John's "Physical". It is memorable for its guitar riff and anthemic chorus.

This song is also the title song to the movie of the same name.[3]

It was certified platinum in August 1982 by the RIAA, signifying sales of 2 million vinyl copies. The song had sold over 3.8 million in digital downloads in the United States alone by February 2014.[4] It was voted VH1's 63rd greatest hard rock song.[1] Combined sales of original vinyl release and digital downloads total over 9 million copies, making "Eye of the Tiger" one of the best-selling singles of all time.[4][5][6]

Background[edit]

In an interview with Songfacts, co-writer Jim Peterik, who shared writing credit with Frankie Sullivan, explained the song's title.

At first, we wondered if calling it 'Eye of the Tiger' was too obvious. The initial draft of the song, we started with 'It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight, rising up to the spirit of our rival, and the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and it all comes down to survival.' We were going to call the song 'Survival'. In the rhyme scheme, you can tell we had set up 'rival' to rhyme with 'survival'. At the end of the day, we said, 'Are we nuts?' That hook is so strong, and 'rival' doesn't have to be a perfect rhyme with the word 'tiger'. We made the right choice and went with 'Eye of the Tiger'.[7]

Charts and sales[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Going to a Go-Go" by The Rolling Stones
Canadian CHUM number-one single
July 24, 1982 – August 21, 1982 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Jack & Diane" by John Cougar Mellencamp
Preceded by
"Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" by David Bowie
Norwegian number-one single
33/1982 (1 week)
35/1982 – 41/1982 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" by David Bowie
"You're in the Army Now" by Bolland
Preceded by
"Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band
Australian number-one single
September 20, 1982 – October 25, 1982 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
Canadian RPM number-one single
July 31, 1982 – September 4, 1982 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago
Preceded by
"Casablanca" by Bertie Higgins
Japanese Oricon International Chart number-one single
August 30, 1982 – October 25, 1982 (9 weeks)
Preceded by
"Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
September 5, 1982 – September 19, 1982 (3 weeks)
UK Singles Chart number-one single
September 4, 1982 – September 25, 1982 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
Preceded by
"Don't You Want Me" by The Human League
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 24, 1982 – August 28, 1982 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Abracadabra" by the Steve Miller Band
Preceded by
"Hurts So Good" by John Cougar Mellencamp
US Cash Box number-one single
July 31, 1982 – August 21, 1982 (4 weeks)
Preceded by
"Caught Up in You" by .38 Special
US Billboard Top Tracks number-one single
July 3, 1982 – July 31, 1982 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Think I'm in Love" by Eddie Money
Preceded by
"Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk" by Dr. Hook
South African number-one single
August 21, 1982 – October 2, 1982 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Da Da Da" by Trio
Preceded by
"Counting the Beat" by The Swingers
1981
Australian best-selling single of the year
1982
Succeeded by
"Australiana" by Austen Tayshus
1983
Preceded by
"Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
1981
US Cash Box best-selling single of the year
1982
Succeeded by
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" by Irene Cara
1983

Cover versions[edit]

Parodies[edit]

References[edit]

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