How Rocky 3 Made "Eye Of The Tiger" A Classic

By Kellar Ellsworth
Stallone needed a banger for Rocky 3 and hired Survivor. cheatsheet

When it comes to all-time songs from movies, Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” from Rocky 3 undoubtedly deserves consideration for the number 1 spot. Not only did “Eye Of The Tiger” receive Grammy and Oscar nominations but it also took the country by storm, earning Billboard’s #1 spot in 1982. From restaurant jukeboxes to gyms across the country, the pump-up song had everyone from boxers to toddlers getting fired up over “Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet, just a man and his will to survive!”

Both Sylvester Stallone and the boys of Survivor helped create an anthem that showed up in everything from sitcoms to coffee commercials. Here’s the backstory of the inspirational “Eye Of The Tiger.”