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‘Carrie’ by Europe – Classic Hit or Miss

“Carrie” is a 1987 hit single and power ballad released by the Swedish hard rock band Europe. It was the third single released internationally from the album The Final Countdown, and it is their highest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — peaking at #3 during the fall of 1987. The track on the B-side of the 7″ single was “Love Chaser”.

The song was co-written by vocalist Joey Tempest and keyboardist Mic Michaeli in 1985. An early version of the song that consisted of just keyboards and vocals, was played on a tour in Sweden the same year. The demo version was similar, but the final version that was included on the album The Final Countdown included the whole band playing.

On Europe tours following the band’s reunion in 2003, an acoustic version of “Carrie” has been played, with Tempest performing the song on an acoustic guitar. In recent years, however, the band has switched back to the arrangement of the album version. A performance of the acoustic version can be found on the Live from the Dark DVD and a performance of the album version can be found on the Live at Shepherd’s Bush, London DVD.

#3 back in 1987, how about today?

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