The Final Countdown
It opens with one of the most recognizable keyboard riffs in the history of music (and no, we’re not exaggerating.) It includes some of the most ludicrous lyrics in the history of music. (Nope, still not exaggerating.) And somewhere along the way, it became the unofficial anthem of the 80s. (Seriously, name another song that screams ‘80s’ quite like it.)
It’s the Swedish rock band Europe’s biggest-ever hit… the synth-hair-glam-metal smash “The Final Countdown”.
Released in the spring of 1987, it never quite hit #1 in the US, but it did just about everywhere else.
Telling the poignant story of a young couple’s departure for Venus, the nearest we can figure is that it’s a love song to planet Earth:
With so many light years to go,
and things to be found (to be found),
I’m sure that we’ll all miss her so…
Odd lyrics, yes, but somehow the song caught on—proof that anything can become a hit with a killer riff.
Since its release, “The Final Countdown” has gone on to become… well, huge. It’s still a staple in sports arenas throughout the world, and it’s regularly used on TV shows and in movies whenever a little 80s-invoking is required. Arrested Development fans, of course, recognize it as Gob’s theme song from his “magic shows”.
It’s the ultimate tune from the ultimate decade. And it’s straight-up awesome.
We ♥ The Final Countdown.
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