First Hit #1: July 24, 1982
The Rocky movies love their montages, and they have a surprisingly good record of finding the perfect song. Survivor’s contribution to the series, the very perfect Eye of the Tiger, is exactly what a boxing movie’s training montage needs. Vague inspirational lyrics, a killer guitar riff, a lead singer in a silly beret, all keys to making the template for all big montage songs. It’s kind of obvious how it’s all put together, it’s clear that the song is designed very specifically to get a certain mood and aggressive atmosphere. But it works, and it is actually a song that makes one want to get out, work out, and make a challenge for a title fight or something similar. Sure, I’m writing this in December, with a ton of snow on the ground and cold temperatures, so that need to be excellent quickly dissipates and I decide it’s more important to sit on my warm couch, but the song was a hit in July, so it’s not like it couldn’t have had the intended effect. It’s a fist pumping bit of power pop, and that makes it ideal for a movie about fist using boxers.