Europe – The Final Countdown

“The Final Countdown” is a song by the Swedish rock band Europe, released in February 1986 (October in the UK) as the lead single from their third studio album of the same name. It was witten by lead singer Joey Tempest, it was based on a keyboard riff he made in the early 1980s. The song became Europe’s most recognizable and successful track and is considered one of the anthems of 1980s rock music. Upon its release, “The Final Countdown” achieved international acclaim and commercial success. The song reached the top of the charts in over 25 countries and became Europe’s most successful single to date.


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“The Final Countdown” is a powerful and iconic rock anthem with a captivating keyboard-driven intro and a soaring guitar solo. The song’s infectious melody and memorable chorus, featuring the lyrics “It’s the final countdown,”  have made it a staple at sporting events, concerts, and popular culture references. The track’s lyrics are open to interpretation but are often associated with themes of anticipation, hope, and embracing the moment. The song’s title and chorus have become synonymous with countdowns and significant events.

The music video for “The Final Countdown”was directed by directed by Nick Morris. It contains footage from two concerts the band did in Sweden in May 1986.

“The Final Countdown” remains Europe’s signature song and a classic in the realm of 1980s rock music. It continues to be celebrated and enjoyed by fans of the band and rock enthusiasts alike. Europe’s legacy extends beyond “The Final Countdown,” and they have continued to release music and tour throughout the years. The band’s distinctive blend of hard rock and melodic elements has earned them a dedicated fan base and recognition as one of the iconic rock bands of the 1980s. However, “The Final Countdown” stands as their crowning achievement and a timeless anthem in the rock music canon.

Europe – The Final Countdown – Lyrics