I love me a good power ballad, and “The Search Is Over” was easily one of my favs of the 80s era.

More on the song in a minute, but first let’s talk about Survivor.  People rarely mention them discussing great rock and roll groups of the 80s, and that’s a shame.  Survivor was a great American rock band that pounded out a string of underrated hits.  They got their big break in 1982 when cutting the theme track for Rocky III, “Eye of the Tiger” (Spoiler alert—you’ll be seeing that on these pages later).

The success of that hit made their 1985 “Vital Signs” album much anticipated.  From it came two charting hits I thoroughly enjoyed, “High on You” and “I Can’t Hold Back”.  However, the signature track, as far as I’m concerned anyway was “The Search Is Over”.

Song co-writer (and former Survivor guitarist) Jim Peterik has said in interviews tit was written for a friend who had a girl right in front of him but didn’t realize she was the love of his life—never thinking they’d be more than just friends.

Apparently he was wrong.

Meh—that sounds a tad deep for me. I simply loved belting out the lyrics. I know that’s not offering much insight, but back then and til this day it’s one of my favorite songs to sing (while in the shower…alone…with no one listening ).

Here’s another thing I’ll give credit to this song for—it’s one of the very few that for me anyway that didn’t need to be supported by a memorable video.  Most songs from the 80s I love, at least in part is because of a great accompanying video.  Yet with “The Search Is Over” I honestly never saw the entirety of this video until uploading it to this post.

As an aside, my wife will surely be disappointed to find this ranked so low.  It’s easily in her top ten, if not top five.  To that I say—-tough shit. Maybe she should launch her own countdown. To her credit however, this song would be collecting dust on my playlist if not for her. Unlike me she actually can sing.

Chart Success:  It peaked at number-four on the Billboard Top 100 in July of 1985 and remained on the charts for a total of 14 weeks. It finished the year 48th on the Billboard Top 100.

Great Lyrics:  I can’t sing worth shit, but if I did I’d totally bang out my favorite part of this song on stage.

“Broken hearts lie victims of the game
Then good luck it finally stuck like lightning from the blue
Every highway leading me back to you
Now at last I hold you, now all is said and done
The search has come full circle, our destinies are one
So if you ever loved me show me that you give a damn
You’ll know for certain the man I really am”

Fun Fact: Peterik is an accomplished song writer.  Besides stuff with Survivor he penned two huge 80s hits for the band 38 special: “Hang On Loosely” and “Caught Up In You”.    


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99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting

98. Steve Perry – Oh Sherry

97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

95. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

91. Night Ranger – Sister Christian 

90. Asia – Heat of the Moment

89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing 

88. Madonna – Borderline 

87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat

86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You

85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane

84. Madonna – Like A Prayer

83. Devo – Whip It 

82. The Outfield – Your Love

81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You

80. Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams 

79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life

78. Toni Basil – Mickey 

77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All

76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say

75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)

74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It

73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie 

72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take