Eye of the Tiger

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"Eye of the Tiger"
Single by Survivor
from the album Rocky III Original Soundtrack and Eye of the Tiger
B-side"Take You on a Saturday"
ReleasedMay 29, 1982
Format7"
Recorded1982
GenreHard rock[1]
Length4:06 (Album version)
3:45 (Single version)
3:23 (Original movie version)
LabelEMI, Scotti Brothers
Writer(s)Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik
Producer(s)Frankie Sullivan
Certification2× Platinum (RIAA)
Survivor singles chronology
"Summer Nights"
(1982)
"Eye of the Tiger"
(1982)
"American Heartbeat"
(1982)
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"Eye of the Tiger"
Single by Survivor
from the album Rocky III Original Soundtrack and Eye of the Tiger
B-side"Take You on a Saturday"
ReleasedMay 29, 1982
Format7"
Recorded1982
GenreHard rock[1]
Length4:06 (Album version)
3:45 (Single version)
3:23 (Original movie version)
LabelEMI, Scotti Brothers
Writer(s)Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik
Producer(s)Frankie Sullivan
Certification2× Platinum (RIAA)
Survivor singles chronology
"Summer Nights"
(1982)
"Eye of the Tiger"
(1982)
"American Heartbeat"
(1982)
Music sample
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"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 Eye of the Tiger. It was written at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".[2] The song was to be the theme song for the movie Rocky III, 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.

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.[4] It was voted VH1's 63rd greatest hard rock song.[5] Combined sales of original vinyl release and digital downloads total over 9 million copies, making "Eye of the Tiger" one of the 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'.[9]

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]

Chart (1982)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[10]1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11]2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12]3
Canadian RPM Top Singles[13]1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14]8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15]1
Germany (Media Control AG)[16]13
Ireland (IRMA)[17]1
Italy (FIMI)[18]3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19]2
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[20]69
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21]4
Norway (VG-lista)[22]1
South African Chart[23]1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24]5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25]6
UK (The Official Charts Company)[26]1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[27]1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary[28]27
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[28]59
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[28]1
Chart (2007)Peak
position
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25]80
UK (The Official Charts Company)[26]47
Chart (2008)Peak
position
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25]83
Chart (2009)Peak
position
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[25]77
Chart (2010)Peak
position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[24]50
Chart (2011)Peak
position
France (SNEP)[29]62
Chart (2012)Peak
position
France (SNEP)[29]162
Chart (2013)Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11]74
UK (The Official Charts Company)[26]65

End-of-decade charts[edit]

End of decade (1980–1989)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 1004

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[30]2× Platinum200,000^
France (SNEP)[31]Gold873,000[32]
Italy (FIMI)[33]Platinum30,000*
Japan (RIAJ)244,000[34]
United Kingdom (BPI)[35]Gold1,410,000[36]
United States (RIAA)[37]2× Platinum (physical)
Platinum (digital)
Gold (MT)
2,000,000 (physical)
3,840,000 (digital)[38]
500,000 (ringtones)
Total available sales:8,909,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Caught Up in You" by 38 Special
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
July 3, 1982 – July 31, 1982
Succeeded by
"Think I'm in Love" by Eddie Money
Preceded by
"Don't You Want Me" by The Human League
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 24, 1982 – August 28, 1982
Succeeded by
"Abracadabra" by Steve Miller Band
Preceded by
"Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners
UK Singles Chart number one single
4 September 1982 – 25 September 1982
Succeeded by
"Pass the Dutchie" by Musical Youth
Preceded by
"Abracadabra" by Steve Miller Band
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
September 20, 1982 - October 25, 1982
Succeeded by
"Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Winistorfer. "VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs list only slightly less annoying than their hip-hop list". Prefix. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
    63 Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"
  2. ^ http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-guitarist-jim-peterik-talks-tiger-and-new-pride-lions-album-immortal
  3. ^ "Eye of the Tiger (1986) - IMDb". 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Week Ending March 18, 2012. Songs: Your ’80s Party Mix-Tape". Yahoo! Music. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  5. ^ "spreadit.org music". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ Denisoff, R. Surge and William D. Romanowski (1991). Risky business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  7. ^ Grein, Paul (2013-04-17). "Week Ending April 14, 2013. Songs: PSY Gallops Back". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  8. ^ Ami Sedghi (2012-11-04). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
  9. ^ Jim Peterik interview with Songfacts
  10. ^ "Australian n°1 Hits - 80's". Worldcharts.co.uk. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Eye of the tiger in Canadian Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  14. ^ http://books.google.fr/books?id=miQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT116&dq=%22eye+of+the+tiger%22+%22denmark%22&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=EHGjUsG3OYjFtQa184HwCQ&ved=0CEIQ6wEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22eye%20of%20the%20tiger%22%20%22denmark%22&f=false
  15. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. p. 18. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  16. ^ "Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger". Charts.de. Media Control.
  17. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  18. ^ Top Italian singles of 1982
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Survivor search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  21. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger". Top 40 Singles.
  22. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger". VG-lista.
  23. ^ John Samson. "Eye of the tiger in South African Chart". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger". Singles Top 60.
  25. ^ a b c d "Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  27. ^ Allmusic peaks
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  29. ^ a b "Lescharts.com – Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger" (in French). Les classement single.
  30. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger". Music Canada. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  31. ^ "French single certifications – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  32. ^ "Les Singles en Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  33. ^ "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
  34. ^ "List of best-selling international singles in Japan". JP&KIYO. 2002. 
  35. ^ "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
  36. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  37. ^ "Gold and Platinum Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  38. ^ Paul Grein (February 19, 2014). "Chart Watch: 'Dark Horse' Holds Off 'Happy'". Yahoo!Music (Yahoo). Retrieved February 21, 2014. 

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