Carrie (song)

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Single by Europe
from the album The Final Countdown
B-side "Love Chaser"
Released January 1987
Format CD single
7" single
12" single
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:30 (Album Version)
3:09 (Edited Version)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Joey Tempest, Mic Michaeli
Producer(s) Kevin Elson
Europe singles chronology
"Rock the Night"

"Carrie" is a 1987 hit single and power ballad released by the Swedish hard rock band Europe. It was the third single released internationally from the album The Final Countdown, and it is their highest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart—peaking at #3 (#1 on the Radio and Records chart) during the fall of 1987. The track on the B-side of the 7" single was "Love Chaser".

The song was co-written by vocalist Joey Tempest and keyboardist Mic Michaeli in 1985. An early version of the song that consisted of just keyboards and vocals, was played on a tour in Sweden the same year. The demo version was similar, but the final version that was included on the album The Final Countdown included the whole band playing.

On Europe tours following the band's reunion in 2003, an acoustic version of "Carrie" has been played, with Tempest performing the song on an acoustic guitar. In recent years, however, the band has switched back to the arrangement of the album version. A performance of the acoustic version can be found on the Live from the Dark DVD and a performance of the album version can be found on the Live at Shepherd's Bush, London DVD.


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 15
Canada RPM Top 100 Singles[2] 9
Dutch Top 40[3] 14
French Singles Chart[4] 11
German Singles Chart[5] 22
Irish Singles Chart[6] 10
Italian Singles Chart[7] 11
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 10
UK Singles Chart[9] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 3
US Album Rock Tracks (Billboard)[10] 35


  1. ^ "Austrian Chart". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Chart". RPM. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 15, 1987". Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  4. ^ "French Album Chart". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  5. ^ "German Album Chart". charts-surfer. Retrieved 2008-06-24. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Italian Singles Chart". hitparadeitalia. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Swiss Album Chart". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  9. ^ "UK Album Chart". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  10. ^ a b "US Album Chart". Billboard 200. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 

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