Triumph!: A Podcast
Need to train for the comeback fight of your life? Trying to recuperate from a debilitating accident? Want some added motivation for getting out of bed and into the shower in the morning? Well look no further than Triumph!: A podcast, our seventh, which we hope you’ll find as inspiring as the Frank Stallone lyrics contained within. As with all of our podcasts, you can download the songs ala carte until they expire, or subscribe to get the latest versions whenever we post ‘em (which admittedly isn’t as frequent as we’d like). Now get ready to get inspired.
Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”
The quintessential inspirational rock track spent six weeks at number 1 and solidified Survivor’s footing as the 80’s most inspiring band. The song was penned at the request of Sylvester Stallone, who included the track on the soundtrack to “Rocky III.”
Joe “Bean” Esposito – “You’re The Best”
Second only to the “Rocky” franchise, “The Karate Kid” films were also a hotbed of triumphant guitar rock. Take this montage track from no-hit wonder Joe Esposito as evidence.
Frank Stallone – “Far From Over”
We’re not sure what’s more notable from Frank Stallone’s career, this track from brother Sly’s film “Staying Alive” or the fact that he once boxed Geraldo Rivera (and his mustache) on the Howard Stern Show… and won.
Vince DiCola – “Training Montage”
If this track from the soundtrack to “Rocky IV” doesn’t get you pumped up enough to defeat Ivan Drago nothing will.
Kenny Loggins – “I’m Free (Heaven Helps The Man)”
Soundtrack genius Kenny Loggins (and his beard) had a hit with this 1984 track from the Kevin Bacon dance-a-thon “Footloose.”
Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’”
Only like one of the greatest songs ever.
Survivor – “Burning Heart”
The band’s second highest charting single (it reached #2) was also from a “Rocky” flick.
Irene Cara – “Flashdance… What A Feeling”
Irene Cara co-wrote and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for this 1983 hit, beating out another track from the soundtrack, Michael Sembello’s “Maniac.”
Nick Ingman/Richard Hill/David Snell – “The Will to Win”
From a British music library that provides music for inspirational speaking. Triumph!
Queen – “We Are The Champions”
Only like one of the the greatest triumphant songs ever.
Tommy Faragher – “We Dance So Close To The Fire”
Aside from a string of hardly-memorable hits for a string of hardly-memorable pop performers, this songwriter earned a Grammy nod of his own for this track from the “Staying Alive” soundtrack.
Bill Conti – “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”
“Yo Adrian, I did it!”
Dirk Diggler – “The Touch”
Originally written by Stan Bush for the animated “Transformers: The Movie” in 1986, the song doubles as Dirk Diggler’s 1980s excursion into music in “Boogie Nights.” As such, this version features the vocal stylings of Marky Mark, though the Funky Bunch wisely decided to stay away.