Europe (Swedish melodic heavy metal band - The Final Countdown)

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Not to be confused with another band of the same name (The one that made popular the song "Six, Two, Eight"). and Not to be conscious with Europe or Europa

Europe is a Swedish hard rock/heavy metal band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno. Since its formation, Europe has released ten studio albums, three live albums, three compilations and nineteen videos.

A pioneering force in glam metal/blues metal, Europe rose to international fame in the 1980s with its third album, 1986's The Final Countdown, which became a substantial commercial success, sold over three million copies in the United States, and is considered a masterpiece of the aforementioned genres. Europe was one of the most successful rock acts of the 1980s and sold over 20 million albums worldwide. The band has achieved two top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (The Final Countdown and Out of This World) and two top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart ("The Final Countdown" and "Carrie").

Europe went on hiatus in 1992, reunited temporarily for a one-off performance in Stockholm on New Year's Eve 1999 and announced an official reunion in 2003. Since then the band has released five albums, Start from the Dark (2004), Secret Society (2006), Last Look at Eden (2009), Bag of Bones (2012) and War of Kings (2015). The band's current line-up, which comprises Tempest, Norum, bassist John Levén, keyboardist Mic Michaeli and drummer Ian Haugland, is the same line-up that recorded The Final Countdown.

The band is mainly influenced by Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, UFO and Michael Schenker Group.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Europe 2 6
1984 Wings of Tomorrow 3 3
1986 The Final Countdown 4 10
1988 Out of This World 2 5
1991 Prisoners in Paradise 4 7
2004 Start From the Dark 3.5 3
2006 Secret Society 3 2
2009 Last Look at Eden 4 3
2012 Bag of Bones 3 2
2015 War of Kings 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Stormwind 1
1993 1982 - 1992 3
1997 Definitive Collection 2
1998 Super Hits 2
1999 Simply the Best 1
2003 1982 - 2000 1
2004 Rock the Night: The Very Best of Europe 3 1
2005 All or Nothing 1
2005 Collections 1
2007 Hit Collection 1
2009 Greatest Hits (Steel Box Collection) 1
2009 The Final Countdown: The Best of Europe 2
2009 The Collection 1
The Very Best 1983-1991 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Almost Unplugged 5 1
2011 Live Look at Eden 1
2013 Live at Sweden Rock - 30th Anniversary Show 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1986 The Final Countdown 2
1988 Superstitious 1
1991 I'll Cry for You 2
1992 Halfway to Heaven 1
1999 The Final Countdown 2000 1
2004 Got to Have Faith 1
2006 Always the Pretenders 1
2015 War of Kings 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2009 Last Look at Eden 1

Other + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2011 Europe Live! At Shepherd's Bush, London 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Best Ballads 1

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