The Search Is Over

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"The Search Is Over"
Single by Survivor
from the album Vital Signs
B-side "It's the Singer, Not the Song"
Released 1985
Format 7"
Recorded 1984
Genre Rock
Length 4:14
Label Scotti Brothers
Writer(s) Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik
Producer(s) Ron Nevison
Survivor singles chronology
"High on You"
"The Search Is Over"
"First Night"

"The Search Is Over" is a 1985 song by the American rock band Survivor. It charted on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #4 during the week of July 13, 1985,[1] and remained on the chart for fourteen weeks in total. It was the band's third single and second top-ten hit from their 1984 album Vital Signs. The song also spent four weeks atop the adult contemporary chart, Survivor's only chart-topper on this tally.[2] Former keyboardist/guitarist for the band and co-songwriter Jim Peterik told Songfacts: "It wasn't about my life as much as a friend of mine who had a girlfriend - really a play pal throughout their growing up years - and never thought it could be anything more than that. It was looking him straight in the face that this was the girl of his destiny, and he looked everywhere to find that dream girl only to come back to the sandbox."[3]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1986, singer Gene Miller sang the song's first cover for the Keanu Reeves television film Young Again.
  • In 2005, singer Collin Raye covered the song for his album Twenty Years and Change.
  • In 2008, Rachelle Ann Go covered the song for her album Rachelle Ann Rocks Live.
  • In 2009, original co-writer Jim Peterik recorded the song as a solo for his album Lifeforce.
  • In 2009, Scott MacIntyre performed the song on American Idol, and recorded a studio version which was released on iTunes.
  • In 2009, the song was included in the Broadway jukebox musical, Rock of Ages, as a duet between the characters Drew and Sherrie.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ "Interview with Jim Peterik about "The Search is Over"". Retrieved 2009-04-09.