“Never Ending Story” is the title song from the English version of the 1984 fantasy film The NeverEnding Story based on the 1979 novel The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. The song was composed by Giorgio Moroder with lyrics by English pop musician Keith Forsey, and performed by former Kajagoogoo lead singer Limahl. As a reference to the film and its title, the song has no distinctive beginning, nor an end.
“Never Ending Story” was recorded in January 1984, and released on 25 July 1984 with “Ivory Tower” on the B-side. The single hit number one spot on the singles chart in Spain, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. It also topped Japanese Oricon International Singles Chart. In the United States, it peaked at #6 on Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks. There were two versions of the song released: in English and in French (“L’Histoire Sans Fin”). The English version featured vocals by American singer Beth Anderson.
The music video for “Never Ending Story” is also noteworthy, featuring scenes from the film as well as footage of Limahl singing the song in a mystical, otherworldly setting. The video’s imaginative visuals and use of special effects helped to make it a staple of the 1980s music video era.
The song’s lyrics are inspired by the film’s storyline, which follows a young boy named Bastian as he enters a magical world through a book called “The NeverEnding Story”. The song’s catchy chorus, which repeats the phrase “never ending story”, is instantly memorable and helped to make the song a pop culture phenomenon.
Musically, “Never Ending Story” is a synth-pop gem that showcases Limahl’s distinctive falsetto vocals and Moroder’s talent for crafting memorable melodies. The song’s infectious hooks and catchy chorus have made it a beloved classic of the 1980s pop era. Overall, “Never Ending Story” is a classic pop song that captures the whimsical and fantastical spirit of the film it was written for. Its catchy melody, memorable chorus, and imaginative lyrics have helped it endure as a beloved and iconic song of the 1980s.