The hair, the synth, the clothes, the coolness. Europe singing The Final Countdown, 1986

  1. I once saw them in concert and they opened with The Final Countdown, played two songs I had never heard of or remember anything about, then closed with The Final Countdown again. 10/10

  2. Was the second time a different type of version of it or the exact same way of playing it? Also, were they an opening act? Don’t blame them if they’re getting paid and people are happy haha.

  3. Let me tell you, if I suddenly gained the ability to belt out 80's power ballads, I would immediately begin dressing and acting like just like that. And no one would be able to shut me up.

  4. The guitarrist was sick of these playback tv-shows (and the direction of the music) and left the band after this record..

  5. Ha, this was right around the time when I was moving on from this kind of stuff to harder stuff like Anthrax, Metallica and Flotsam & Jetsam. It's fun to look back and laugh at it now, but I've got to give them credit- these guys are still getting checks in the mail for this song. Probably put their kids through college with this song, and will probably be able to retire on this song alone.

  6. From what I’ve heard during one of their interviews. The Geico commercial with the burrito made them more money than when it was aired originally. The band got a big financial boost from a new generation

  7. It’s probably just the lights, but when that guitarist opens his mouth to sing at 0:24, I like to think he had a blue raspberry lollipop or something right before recording the video and it turned his tongue blue.

  8. Wow. So much negativity around these comments. Yes they are lip synching in the video, they still played the song at some point. Yes it's ridiculous, that's the point. Can't you just if not enjoy at least let others enjoy? Strong "stop having fun guys" vibes

  9. I was a kid in the 80s and I thought this was the coolest thing then. This really got imprinted in my mind as sexy/hot/cool when I was an impressionable pre-teen, so while I now see their faces and don't find them attractive per se, as a whole, I still get some sort of cheerleader effect 🥵

  10. Fun fact: The average 80s band member spent more time doing their hair each morning than most guys in the 2020s spend on their entire morning routine.

  11. I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack, I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water activated gel cleanser. Then a honey almond body scrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel scrub. Then apply an herb mint facial mask, which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.

  12. I was a chaperone on a Rotary Exchange trip in 2011 and we rode on a bus a lot. Inevitably, The Final Countdown would come up on someone’s playlist. Every damn kid knew that song and yelled it out proudly.

  13. They were pretty much a cringe worthy parody of a hair band back then. Nobody took them seriously. It doesn’t help that the lyrics make less sense than an ABBA song.

  14. I was there and it wasn’t cool then, either. Europe was a joke among people who listened to that kind of music. It blows my mind how popular this song has become in the years since.

  15. I was a teenager in the 80s… And loved most of the hairband stuff.. but this effing song I hate it!

  16. This must have been some kind of TV show performance that was obviously very poorly lip synced. Still, a very nostalgic song for me.

  17. It’s just the proper way to do it, if you have someone sing live and record it, it’ll just be like seeing a live concert, people won’t have to buy the tickets to see them live, also it has to match up with the song on the record, it’s more about the images and video telling a story about the song. Kinda like adding context.

  18. So many bad comments here. I love this song! I’m an 80s child, and loved the hair metal bands. This song was always played at our school discos at the end, and everyone went and danced! It’s also on my road-trip Spotify list, and it’s a sing out loud song every time.

  19. Such bad lip synching. You'd think he would actually sing it at the camera so it looked more realistic..

  20. Just a terrible fucking song and band. I had the misfortune to see them once, they played this song first and again last in a 30 minute set.

  21. I was in the communist Poland back then, and even there they were big. Funny tho, I've not noticed they were so ugly. Perhaps it was due to the old russian tv set...

  22. The video is not epic enough for the song. Don't get me wrong it's a great time capsule but I've always wanted to see epic short films in the vein of Love Death + Robots or Primal (doesn't need to be animated) with classic songs, especially ones that never had a music video. Could that connect to whole new audience like Stranger Things did for Running Up That Hill and Master of Puppets? I just think a song like Final Countdown deserves an epic sci-fi treatment. We reboot movies and TV shows, lets reboot music videos.

  23. There's not a whole lot of lyrics to the song if you look at it.. a couple verses and repeats everything else.

  24. i once had an incredible dream where i was finally about to meet god and this song was playing in the background

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