In 1985 Opus released "Live Is Life," which topped the charts in many countries; it was a #1 hit in Canada for seven weeks n late 1985 and early 1986. A live recording of the song made the Top 40 in the US in 1985. It reached #6 in the UK Singles Chart on August 3, 1985, and stayed in the charts for 15 weeks. The track is popular as a sing-along song for crowds at sports events in Europe.
Cover versions of this song have also been performed by Starkoo, Laibach, the Hungarian band Tormentor, the Estonian band Kuldne Trio ("Laip on Laip") and Dolapdere Big Gang. Additionally, as a guest, DJ Ötzi released a version with the Hermes House Band in 2002, which reached #50 in the UK chart.
Another standout track from Opus was the power ballad "Flyin' High," a live version of which appeared both on the Live is Life album, and on their successful US release, Up and Down. At a concert in the mid 1980s, fellow Austrian rock star Falco joined Opus on stage for a rendition of "Flyin' High."
Opus remains active, "Live is Life" remaining its pinnacle release to date. The band also has had success with other songs in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
"Live is Life" has been selected by the New York Islanders players as the team's official goal song for the 2010-2011 season.
"Live is Life" also appeared in the Current TV series "Deadliest Roads", in the episode titled "Siberia".