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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

 
SONG & HIT DETAILS
 
Artist Name: EUROPE
 
Top Position (Australia): 33
 
Song Author: Joey Tempest
 
 
Year Recorded: 1986
 
SONG PROFILE
 
The Final Countdown

Released February 14, 1986 - Recorded 1985.

"The Final Countdown" is a melodic heavy metal song by the Swedish rock band Europe written by Joey Tempest.

It was the first single released from the band's third studio album, The Final Countdown, in 1986. It is the band's most recognizable and popular song.

The song reached No. 1 in 25 countries,[1] including the United Kingdom.

In the United States the song peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 18 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The single was certified Gold in the United Kingdom in 1986.

The song's lyrics were inspired by David Bowie's song "Space Oddity".

Personnel:
Joey Tempest − vocals
John Norum − guitars
John Levén − bass guitar
Mic Michaeli − keyboards
Ian Haugland − drums