Rocky IV (soundtrack)

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Rocky IV: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedNovember 27, 1985
GenreAOR, pop rock
LabelScotti Bros.
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: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the original motion picture soundtrack to the movie of the same name. It was released on November 27, 1985 on the Scotti Brothers label.

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 US 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]

Side one
1."Burning Heart"Jim Peterik, Frankie SullivanSurvivor3:51
2."Heart's on Fire"John Cafferty4:14
3."Double or Nothing"Paul Williams, Steve DorffKenny Loggins & Gladys Knight3:25
4."Eye of the Tiger"Peterik, SullivanSurvivor3:46
5."War"DiCola, Bill ContiVince DiCola5:53
Side two
1."Living in America"Charlie Midnight, Dan HartmanJames Brown4:40
2."No Easy Way Out"TepperRobert Tepper4:32
3."One Way Street"Peter Cox, Richard DrummieGo West4:37
4."The Sweetest Victory"Jake Hooker, Duane HitchingsTouch4:26
5."Training Montage"DiColaVince DiCola3:37

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 original score by Vince DiCola, which had been previously unavailable save two cues on the soundtrack. Both cues, "War" and "Training Montage," were remixed for the soundtrack album. The album mix of "War" includes a brief snippet of Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now." The Intrada album features the film mixes.

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

The hard rock band Eve To Adam released a cover of Robert Tepper's "No Easy Way Out" in their 2018 album named "Ithaca" and in 2019 completed a music video for their version of it.[6][circular reference][7][8]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985-1986) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[9] 2
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[10] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 2
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[12] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 1
US Billboard 200[15] 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. ^ Eve to Adam#Discography
  7. ^
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  9. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  10. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  11. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  12. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  13. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  14. ^ " – Soundtrack – Rocky IV". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
  15. ^ Rocky 4 (Soundtrack) - Original Soundtrack. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Accessed on August 9, 2013.