“Live Is Life” is a song by the Austrian pop-rock band Opus. First it was released in 1984 with “Again and Again” on the B-side as the first single from their live album of the same name. It was also included on the U.S. version of their fourth studio album, “Up and Down”. The song is known for its energetic and catchy melody, and it became one of the band’s signature hits. “Live Is Life” achieved commercial success, topping music charts in several countries and becoming an anthem of the 1980s. Its catchy melody and positive message resonated with audiences, making it a beloved track that continues to be associated with a sense of celebration and enjoyment of life.
The song was created during a concert in Oberwart, on 2 September 1984, while the group celebrated its eleventh anniversary. It was recorded in a live version with the audience singing along in the verses. “Live Is Life” is characterized by its upbeat and anthemic sound, featuring a memorable keyboard riff, rhythmic guitar, and the enthusiastic vocals of Herwig Rüdisser. The song’s production captures a sense of celebration and joy. The repetitive and sing-along nature of the chorus adds to the song’s lively and infectious quality. The music video for “Live Is Life” features the band performing the song in a stadium filled with enthusiastic fans, creating a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.