Thursday, January 18, 2018

"The Search Is Over" by Survivor

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2289
Date:  04/20/1985
Debut:  70
Peak:  4
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  It took three years, but Survivor finally grabbed their second Top 10 hit with "High on You" (#8) the second single from their album Vital Signs. It was a significant win for the band and their luck continued through to this next single, which bested the previous one by getting to #4.  The ballad was also highly successful at AC spending four weeks at #1. It would be their first and only chart topper at AC. The two hits helped the album reach #16 and become their second platinum seller.

ReduxReview:  The sap practically oozes through the speakers on this one, but dang if it ain't tasty. This song was written for mass consumption and it certainly did its job for the band. Music snobs still make fun of this song and consider it commercial dreck. Even back in the day some folks would roll their eyes when this started playing, yet by the end they were singing it into beer bottles and swaying back-n-forth. When it comes down to it, the ballad is just a well-written tune that was strong enough to attract a large audience. I was certainly a fan and still am. If there is some good rock 'n' roll cheese that you like, there is no harm in gnawing on a couple of slices.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song was later covered by country star Collin Raye. Raye had a streak of hits throughout the 90s. Along the way he amassed twenty-one Top 10 Country hits including four #1's. These singles along with five platinum albums made him one of the biggest country stars of the 90s. His final Top 10 came in 2000. While his chart career cooled after that, he continued to record and for his 2005 album Twenty Years and Change, Raye covered this Survivor hit. It was not issued as a single.


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