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 . It was written at the request of actor Eye of the Tiger Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen's " Another One Bites the Dust". The song was to be the theme song for the movie [2 ] , in which Stallone was playing the main role. The movie version of the song is different from the album version because it features tiger growls. Rocky III
It gained tremendous
MTV and radio airplay and topped charts worldwide during 1982. In the United States, it held #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks and was the #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 million in digital downloads in the United States alone by March 2012.
It was voted VH1's 63rd greatest hard rock song. [4 ] Combined sales of original vinyl release and digital downloads total over 9 million copies, making "Eye of the Tiger" one of the [5 ] best-selling singles of all time. [6 ] [7 ] [8 ]
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'.
Charts and sales [ edit ]
The song was listed in fourth place on the 1980s 'End of The Decade' (1980–1989)
. Billboard charts
Chart positions [ edit ]
End-of-decade charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
Chart successions [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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63 Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"
^ "Interview: Guitarist Jim Peterik Talks 'Tiger' and the New Pride of Lions Album, 'Immortal. Guitar World. 2012-10-19 '" . Retrieved 2014-03-29.
^ "Eye of the Tiger (1986) - IMDb". 2013-08-13 . Retrieved 2012-08-13.
^ "Week Ending March 18, 2012. Songs: Your ’80s Party Mix-Tape". Yahoo! Music. 2012-03-21 . Retrieved 2012-03-29.
^ "spreadit.org music" . Retrieved February 7, 2009.
^ Denisoff, R. Surge and William D. Romanowski (1991). . Transaction Publishers Risky business: rock in film . Retrieved 2013-04-26.
Grein, Paul (2013-04-17). "Week Ending April 14, 2013. Songs: PSY Gallops Back". Yahoo! Music . Retrieved 2013-04-26.
Ami Sedghi (2012-11-04). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". The Guardian . Retrieved 2013-04-26.
^ "Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor Songfacts". Songfacts.com . Retrieved 2014-03-29.
^ "Australian n°1 Hits - 80's". Worldcharts.co.uk . Retrieved 9 June 2013.
^ a b " Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
^ " Ultratop.be – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
^ "Eye of the tiger in Canadian Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada . Retrieved 31 May 2013.
^ "Billboard - Google Livres". Books.google.fr. 1982-10-16 . Retrieved 2014-03-29.
^ Nyman, Jake (2005). (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. p. 18. Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
^ " Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger". Charts.de. Media Control.
^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie . Retrieved 2014-03-29.
^ "Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single: 1982". Hitparadeitalia.it . Retrieved 2014-03-29.
^ " Nederlandse Top 40 – Survivor search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
^ " Dutchcharts.nl – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
^ " Charts.org.nz – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger". Top 40 Singles.
^ " Norwegiancharts.com – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger". VG-lista.
^ John Samson. "Eye of the tiger in South African Chart" . Retrieved 31 May 2013.
^ a b " Swedishcharts.com – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger". Singles Top 60.
^ a b c d " Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
^ a b c "Survivor". Official Charts Company . Retrieved 31 May 2013.
^ Artist Biography by Steve Huey. "Survivor | Awards". AllMusic . Retrieved 2014-03-29.
^ a b c "Eye Of the Tiger awards on Allmusic". AllMusic . Retrieved 31 May 2013.
^ a b " Lescharts.com – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger" (in French). Les classement single.
^ "Canadian single certifications – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger". Music Canada . Retrieved 13 March 2012.
^ "French single certifications – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique . Retrieved 13 March 2012.
^ "Les Singles en Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr . Retrieved March 13, 2012.
^ "Italian single certifications – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry . Retrieved 2 January 2012. Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione . Select Week -- and Year ---- . Enter Survivor in the field Artista . Click Avvia la ricerca
^ "List of best-selling international singles in Japan". Homepage1/nifty.com. 2002 . Retrieved 2014-03-29.
^ "British single certifications – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger". British Phonographic Industry . Retrieved 2 January 2012. Enter Eye of the Tiger in the field Search . Select Title in the field Search by . Select single in the field By Format . Click Go
^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". The Guardian . Retrieved 4 November 2012.
^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - March 29, 2014". RIAA . Retrieved 2014-03-29.
^ Paul Grein (February 19, 2014). "Chart Watch: 'Dark Horse' Holds Off 'Happy. '" Yahoo!Music (Yahoo) . Retrieved February 21, 2014.
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