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The Final Countdown
Europe
The Final Countdown
The Final Countdown
RaitingFF
Family Friendly
Information
Released 1986
Genre Metal
Language English
Source Lego Rock Band
also Nintendo DS setlist
Available November 3, 2009
Playable in
Rock Band
Rock Band 2
Rock Band 3
Rock Band Blitz
Lego Rock Band
Difficulty
Band 3FcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlce
Basic Pro
Guitar redReddevilReddevilReddevilReddevilReddevil NoNo Part
Bass 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce NoNo Part
Drums 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce
Keys 0UFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 0UFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Vocals 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 2FcircleFcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Details
Male singer
Guitar Solo
Vocal Cowbell
3-part Harmonies



The Final Countdown is a song by Europe

The main keyboard riff in the song was composed by lead singer Joey Tempest 5 years earlier. Mic Michaeli had lent him the keyboard.

On VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders, Joey Tempest said: "It was quite a surprise that the song 'The Final Countdown' became such a big hit because it was written for the band, it was written for our concert, it was written to be the opening song in our concert. It was almost 6 minutes long, it was never intended to be a short Pop hit or anything, it was very much a surprise and its been used for all kinds of events, anything from Formula 1 to boxing. It's been used for a lot, sort of like an anthem. I know there's been some cover versions of it as well and I know when the Berlin Wall (fell), at the same time that all thing happened I know a lot of other people from that area saw the song as an anthem. I get a lot of letters about that. So its been interpreted in many ways."

Tempest: "We were putting out our third album and we wanted a really 'grand' opening for the show. So, I had that riff tucked away in a drawer since my college years and I took it out, found a tempo for it, wrote lyrics and it turned out to be a great opening for that album and for the show as well." (courtesy: www.rockeyez.com)

The song is used as the introduction theme at the UK soccer team Blackburn Rovers and its the theme song for the NBA team Detroit Pistons.

This was #1 in 26 countries including Germany and over 8 million singles were sold worldwide.

This was voted #1 on VH1's 40 Most Awesomely Bad Metal Songs. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)

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VideoEdit

The Final Countdown - Europe Expert Full Band Rock Band 206:28

The Final Countdown - Europe Expert Full Band Rock Band 2

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