Never Surrender

Album: Boy in the Box (1985)
Charted: 3


  • In a 2012 Songfacts interview with Corey Hart, he told us the inspiration for this song: "My mother influenced me with this ethic of never quitting on yourself or your dreams no matter how challenging or daunting. I also greatly admired Sir Winston Churchill, reading many biographies on his life. He used this expression 'Never Surrender' during the dark days of the Nazi attacks on Great Britain as a motivating inspiration for his countrymen."
  • Although his most enduring song is "Sunglasses At Night," this was Hart's biggest hit, and in Canada it went to #1 and won the Juno award for Single of the Year. Hart wrote most of his songs, including this one.
  • This wasn't the first song with the title "Never Surrender" - Triumph's song hit #23 in the US two years earlier. Like Corey Hart, Triumph is from Canada.
  • This isn't known as a make-out song, but it plays in the first scene of the 2019 Stranger Things season 3 premiere, "Suzie, Do You Copy?" in a scene where the teenagers Mike and Eleven are snogging as it plays. Mike tries to turn Eleven on to Corey Hart, but she's not buying it.

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1985 {August 11} "Never Surrender" by Corey Hart peaked at #3 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Top 100* chart...
    And one month earlier on July 6th, 1985, "Never Surrender" peaked at #1 {for 4 weeks} on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    Between 1984 and 1990 the Montreal, Quebec, Canada native had ten records on Top 100 chart, two made the Top 10, the above "Never Surrender" was his biggest hit...
    Besides "Never Surrender", his other Top 10 record was "Sunglasses At Night", it peaked at #7 {for 1 week} in August of 1984...
    Plus he had two Top 20 records, "It Ain't Enough" {#17 in 1984} and "I Am By Your Side" {#18 in 1986}...
    Corey Mitchell Hart celebrated his 58th birthday three months ago on May 31st, 2020...
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the Billboard's Top 10 for August 11th, 1985:
    At #1. "Shout" by Tears For Fears
    #2. "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis & The News
    #3. the above "Never Surrender"
    #4. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" by Sting
    #5. 'Freeway of Love" by Aretha Franklin
    #6. "Every Time You Go Away" by Paul Young
    #7. "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" by John Parr
    #8. "Who's Holding Donna Now" by DeBarge
    #9. "Summer of ’69" by Bryan Adams
    #10. "We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner
  • Darren from Atlanta, Ga Song of my Life! Love this song/video. Totally one of those 80s summer songs that made you depressed when school started up again just around the corner.
  • Chelsea from Phoenix , AzAmazing song!
  • Aidan from Boiling Springs, PaCorey worked for PHEAA in Harrisburg, PA for very short amount of time.

    My father-in-law worked there from the late 70's, up until his retirement in 2004, and he told me Corey Hart was an employee at one time. True Story!
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