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Search and Destroy (Thirty Seconds to Mars song)

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"Search and Destroy"
30 Seconds to Mars - "Search and Destroy".jpg
Promotional single by Thirty Seconds to Mars from the album This Is War
Released October 25, 2010 (2010-10-25)
Recorded 2008–2009
The International Centre for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Rock
Length 5:38 (album version)
4:46 (radio edit)
Label Virgin, EMI
Writer(s) Jared Leto
Producer(s) Flood, 30 Seconds to Mars
This Is War track listing

"Search and Destroy" is a song recorded by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, for their third studio album This Is War. It appears as the ninth track on the album. Written by lead vocalist Jared Leto,[1] the song was released as a promotional single to UK radio on October 25, 2010.[2][3] The track was produced by Flood and 30 Seconds to Mars, and was originally not going to be on the album because the song was so hard to mix.

Background and recording

The song includes a heavy contribution from the band's fans, captured singing a chorus created from layers of the band's Summit recordings.

While doing an exclusive track by track album preview, Jared told MusicRadar:

Live performances

"Search and Destroy" was a regular on setlists during the Into the Wild and Closer to the Edge tours, after This Is War had released. When played live, guitars and bass are tuned to Eb standard (low to high: Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-Eb).

Track listing

All songs written by Jared Leto.

UK promotional single[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Search and Destroy" 5:39
European promotional single[5]
No. Title Length
1. "Search and Destroy" 4:46


Credits adapted from This Is War liner notes.[1]


Chart (2009–10) Peak
Polish Singles Chart[6] 77
Polish Rock Chart[6] 8
UK Singles Chart[7] 94

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[8] October 25, 2010 Contemporary hit radio Virgin Records, EMI


  1. ^ a b This Is War (Liner notes). Thirty Seconds to Mars. Virgin Records. 2009. 9651112. 
  2. ^ "Sep 20th Rwdmag". rwdmag. 2010-09-20. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  3. ^ Karan, Tim (2009-10-06). "30 Seconds to Mars premiere "Kings and Queens"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  4. ^ Bosso, Joe (2009-12-02). "30 Seconds To Mars: Exclusive Track-by-track Album Preview – Search and Destroy". MusicRadar. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  5. ^ a b "Search & Destroy". Discography. 30 Seconds to Mars Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ "Chart Stats – 30 Seconds To Mars – Kings And Queens". The Official Charts Company. Chartstats. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  8. ^ Alexander (2010-09-20). "Thirty Seconds To Mars New Single Announce Search & Destroy and UK Tour Dates". RWDmag. Retrieved 2010-09-20.