Europe released two album on the Swedish label Hot Records before getting a deal with Epic in 1985. The signing was a fortuitous one for the label, as the band was on the cutting edge of the hair metal trend, with a slick, keyboard-driven sound and an MTV-friendly look. "The Final Countdown" was the first single Epic released, and it broke the band worldwide, going to #1 in the UK and #8 in America.
It took a while to break the band: they started their Final Countdown
tour in Sweden in 1986, and when their video for this song was filmed in May, an Epic executive from New York was on hand, ready to bring the excitement to a larger audience. The tour continued into Japan and Germany, and in November, the song was released in America. It peaked at #8 in March 1987, and in April the band started their tour of the States, with "Rock The Night" released as the follow-up single. Their third single, "Carrie
," ended up being their biggest hit in the States, reaching #3 in October. Despite the success of "Carrie," the band is often considered a one-hit wonder in America for "The Final Countdown," which proved far more enduring.