Carrie

Album: The Final Countdown (1986)
Charted: 22 3

Songfacts®:

  • Europe vocalist Joey Tempest and keyboardist Mic Michaeli wrote this power ballad in 1985. A early version that included only keyboards and vocals was played on a tour in Sweden the same year, but the final version features the band playing as a whole. >>
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    Guy - New York, NY
  • We always wondered if there was a real Carrie, and in 2015 lead singer Joey Tempest told us there wasn't. "We were young then, the normal breaking up and finding a new girlfriend," he said in describing the inspiration. "It was more of a general thing, actually."
  • The song was the third of Europe's four Top 40 entries on the US Hot 100. It was their most successful song across the Atlantic, peaking at #3. However, Europe are far better known in most territories for "The Final Countdown," which topped the charts in 25 countries.
  • The video was directed by Nick Morris, who got the gig after doing the band's wildly successful clip for "The Final Countdown." He directed all of the band's early videos.

Comments: 1

  • George from Vancouver, CanadaAn excellent song. Only found out today that Europe did it. So Final Countdown is not a one-hit-wonder, as some are saying. . .
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