Friday Wedding Music Rewind | “Eye Of The Tiger” By Survivor

Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger"-A Popular Garter Toss Song At Kansas City Wedding Receptions

This week’s “Friday Wedding Music Rewind” takes us back to May, 1982, and to the release of Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor; a popular garter toss song at wedding receptions in Kansas City.

Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” was originally featured in Sylvester Stallone’s movie “Rocky III.” As a refresher, that’s the “Rocky” movie where Stallone’s character, Rocky Balboa, get’s beat up in the boxing ring by Mr. T’s character, “Clubber” Lang, at the beginning of the film. The song was used as the background for Rocky’s training to come back at the end of the film and in typical Hollywood form, to meet a cocky Lang in a re-match that leaves “Clubber” beaten, bloodied and humiliated.

What may come as something of surprise is to learn that Stallone actually asked Survivor to write “Eye Of The Tiger” for “Rocky III” because Queen wouldn’t give him permission to use “Another Once Bites The Dust” (Another popular garter toss song!) Survivor clearly got the best of the deal when Eye Of The Tiger” became a smash hit single, topping the Billboard Hot 100 during the week ending July 24, 1982. It remained in the #1 spot for an additional 5 weeks and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. And, according to Wikipedia, “Combined sales of original vinyl release and digital downloads total over 9 million copies, making “Eye of the Tiger” one of the best-selling singles of all time.”

Some 31 years later, DJ Intelligence, a website that tracks music requests played by wedding DJs around the world, lists “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor as #15 on the 2012, Top 50 Most Requested Garter Toss Songs.

Relive the best parts of “Rocky III,” the fight sequences, to the soundtrack of “Eye Of the Tiger” by Survivor in the video below and scroll down a bit further to read the macho inducing lyrics. With it’s hard driving beat it could be the perfect song choice to give your single guy guests the guts to get the glory of catching the garter at your wedding reception.

 

Top 50 Garter Toss Song For Your
Kansas City Wedding Reception:
Eye Of The Tiger” By Survivor (Lyrics):

Risin’ up back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance now I’m back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive
So many times, it happens too fast
You trade your passion for glory
Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

(Chorus)
It’s the Eye of the Tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all
With the Eye of the Tiger

Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin’ tough, stayin’ hungry
They stack the odds till’ we take to the street
For we kill with the skill to survive

(Repeat Chorus)

Risin’ up straight to the top
Had the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I’m not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

It’s the Eye of the Tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watching us all
With the Eye of the Tiger.

The Eye of the Tiger
The Eye of the Tiger
The Eye of the Tiger
The Eye of the Tiger

What was or is the garter toss song you’ve chosen for your wedding reception? Leave your pick in the comments!

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