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The Final Countdown is the third studio album by the Swedish rock band Europe. Released on 26 May through Epic Records , the album was a huge commercial success selling over 15 million copies worldwide, peaking at number 8 on the U. Billboard chart and reaching high positions in charts worldwide. Due to the national success of On the Loose and "Rock the Night", Europe went on a new tour around Sweden in , with new songs "Danger on the Track", " Love Chaser " and the power ballad " Carrie " included in the setlist and ready to be recorded for the album. The song " The Final Countdown " was based on an old keyboard riff that Tempest had composed as early as —82,  on a Korg Polysix keyboard he had borrowed from Michaeli. During the recording sessions, vocalist Joey Tempest came down with a bad allergic reaction to bread products, which delayed the recording for a while, and forced Joey to make changes to his diet, so he could complete his work on the album. The album was mixed in March at Fantasy Studios. The Final Countdown was the band's breakout album and granted Europe international recognition.
Written by Joey Tempest , it was based on a keyboard riff he made in the early s, with lyrics inspired by David Bowie 's " Space Oddity ". Originally made to just be a concert opener, it is the first single and title track from the band's third studio album. The song reached number one in 25 countries,  including the United Kingdom, and was certified gold in that country in A music video by Nick Morris was made to promote the single that features footage from the band's two concerts at the Solnahallen in Solna , as well as extra footage of the sound checks at those concerts. The song was based on a keyboard riff which Joey Tempest had written, as early as or ,  on a Korg Polysix keyboard which he had borrowed from keyboardist Mic Michaeli. But in the end I fought hard to make sure it got used. The song's lyrics were inspired by David Bowie 's song " Space Oddity ". It's always a nice feeling. Sometimes you hear it on the streets or someone has it on their mobile phone or something… it's a nice feeling!
Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox single. Written by Joey Tempest , it was the first single from the band's third studio album, also named The Final Countdown. The song reached No.