Rocky IV (soundtrack)

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Rocky IV
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedNovember 27, 1985
2006 (remaster)
2010 (Intrada)
GenreRock, pop rock, hard rock
LabelScotti Bros.
Volcano (2006 remaster)
Intrada (2010)
Rocky soundtrack chronology
Rocky III
Rocky IV
Rocky V
Singles from Rocky IV
  1. "Burning Heart"
    Released: November 1, 1985
  2. "Living in America"
    Released: December 1985
  3. "Heart's on Fire"
    Released: March 1986
  4. "No Easy Way Out"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Rocky IV is the original motion picture soundtrack to the movie of the same name. It was originally released in 1985 on the Scotti Brothers label. In 2010 Intrada Records released the original score by Vince DiCola, which was not available before.

The soundtrack was hugely successful on the strength of two top-five singles, Survivor's "Burning Heart" (which Sylvester Stallone personally commissioned for the film and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100)[2] and James Brown's "Living in America", as well as Robert Tepper's lone top-40 hit, "No Easy Way Out". It reached the top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart[3] and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[4]

It is the only score to a Rocky film not composed by Bill Conti, but does feature some music he composed for the first film.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Burning Heart" - Survivor
  2. "Heart's on Fire" - John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
  3. "Double or Nothing" - Kenny Loggins and Gladys Knight
  4. "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor
  5. "War" - Vince DiCola
  6. "Living in America" - James Brown
  7. "No Easy Way Out" - Robert Tepper
  8. "One Way Street" - Go West
  9. "The Sweetest Victory" - Touch
  10. "Training Montage" - Vince DiCola

Re-releases and covers[edit]

The 2006 reissue, remastered by BMG, featured the bonus track "Man Against the World" by Survivor, a song written for but cut from the movie.[5] This release also used a different mix of the song "The Sweetest Victory".

In 2010, Intrada Records released the previously unavailable Vince DiCola tracks.

The Vince DiCola instrumental "Farewell" was the B-Side of the A-Side single of "Living in America" in the United States and United Kingdom and is featured on some foreign pressings of the soundtrack.

The Finnish symphonic metal band Northern Kings covered "Training Montage" on their 2008 album Rethroned.

The Welsh metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine covered "No Easy Way Out" as a bonus track on their 2008 second studio album Scream Aim Fire. The Canadian power metal/progressive metal band Borealis also covered "No Easy Way Out" in 2015, after the release of their AFM Records album Purgatory.

The Vince DiCola track "War" would gain frequent use during National Football League telecasts during the 1980s and early 1990s. CBS Sports would often use the track in segments of their introductions discussing the San Francisco 49ers, while NBC would often feature the track in a similar manner for the play-by-play man to set up the action. The track is also used in the last sequence of video game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It is famously used by the NBA's San Antonio Spurs late in close home games at the AT&T Center

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985-1986) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 2
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[9] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 1
US Billboard 200[12] 10


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Burning Heart By Survivor Songfacts".
  3. ^ The Billboard 200 Chart Listing For The Week Of Feb 22 1986
  4. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Searchable Database
  5. ^ "".
  6. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  7. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  9. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  10. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  11. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  12. ^ Rocky 4 (Soundtrack) - Original Soundtrack. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Accessed on August 9, 2013.