Journey

Don't Stop Believin'

Composed by Jonathan Cain / Neal Schon / Steve Perry

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Not only does "Don't Stop Believing" contain one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock, but it also lets Steve Perry show off his expansive vocal range, creeping from near serenity to arena rock extravagance in under four minutes. As the second single from the famed Escape album, "Don't Stop Believing" reached the number nine spot in November of 1981. It was the second of three Top Ten songs from Escape, with "Who's Crying Now" hitting number four as the debut single, while "Open Arms" spent six straight weeks at number two. "Don't Stop Believing" becomes overpowered by Perry's stern yet romantic vocals, but equally enticing is the cutting guitar work from Neal Schon, offsetting the smoothness of the vocals and the keys. "Don't Stop Believing" was more than just an escalating guitar rock song, since it represented Escape's sense of adolescent adventurism the best, turning it into an anthem for the young who wanted to feel free and unrestricted. Many of Escape's other tracks failed to match the thrust or the overpowering enthusiasm that "Don't Stop Believing" exhibited in both its lyrics and its music, with "Open Arms" flaunting its perfectly structured ballad formula and "Who's Crying Now" bolstering a more laid-back rock tempo. "Only the Young" from the Vision Quest soundtrack tried to emulate the same message four years later, but the soul of "Don't Stop Believing" couldn't be matched.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Escape 1981 BMG / Sony Music
Journey's Greatest Hits 1988 Sony Music Distribution 4:10
Soft Metal: It Ain't Heavy... 1988
Various Artists
Stylus Records
Soft Rock: 16 Rock Classics 1989
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Time3 [Time Cubed] 1992 Columbia 4:10
Rock, Vol. 1 [Sounds Direct] 1994
Various Artists
Sounds Direct
Heart of America: 19 Soft Rock Ballads 1995
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Gold and Platinum, Vol. 4: 1980-1984 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:13
Greatest Hits Live 1998 Columbia 4:10
The Collection: Escape/Frontiers/Infinity 1998 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:18
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:10
Electric [Insight] 2000
Various Artists
Insight (3)
The Journey Continues 2001 Sony Music Distribution 4:12
The Essential Journey 2001 Sony Music
Rock Monsters 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Rock Classics: The Heavyweights 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 4:10
Greatest Hits DVD 1978-1997: Videos and Live Performances 2003 Legacy / Sony Legacy 4:10
NHL Rivals 2004: Xbox 2003
Video Game Soundtrack
33rd Street Records / Bayside Record Dist. 4:08
On the Road 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
80's Navi 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Columbia
Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour [DVD] 2006 Columbia / Sony Legacy
Live in Houston 1981: Escape Tour 2006 BMG / Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music Entertainment 4:07
Dock Rock Presents: Classic Rock Weekend 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:12
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony/CBS
R35: Rock & Pops Super Hits 2006
Various Artists
WEA 4:09
Discover Journey 2007 Legacy 4:09
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:09
Escape/Frontiers 2008 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:19
American Heartbeat: A Pulsating 80's Rock Collection 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:11
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 4:09
Revelation 2008 King Records / Nomota 4:55
The Essential Journey [Limited Edition 3.0] 2008 Columbia/Legacy 4:10
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 4:09
Dad Rocks! 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:09
Don't Stop Believin': The Best of Journey 2009 Camden / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 4:10
101 Running Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:09
The Best Year of My Life: 1982 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
Forever Friends: A Song for You 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:09
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 4:09
Live in Manila 2010 Eagle Rock 7:07
Now That's What I Call Music! 75 [UK] 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 4:09
American Anthems [Sony] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:12
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Rock: Dad 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:10
No Image 2010
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:10
Match of the Day: World Cup Edition 2010 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:08
Ministry of Sound: Guilty Pleasures 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:11
I Love Papa 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 4:11
Pure... 80s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:09
Made in America: 20 Classic All-American Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:10
Ultimate Guide to Rock Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Haynes / Sony Music 4:10
Pure... Drive 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:10
Greatest Hits/Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2011 Columbia / Legacy Recordings / Sony Legacy 4:10
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:08
Original Album Classics: 5 Albums 2012 Sony Legacy 4:18
No Image 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:08
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:09
No Image 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:09
The Power of Love [Sony 2013] 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:01
30 Stars of the '80s [US] 2013
Various Artists
SME 4:08
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Classic Anthems: Rock 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:09
Eddie Stobart Trucking Songs 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music
Pure... Rock Ballads 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:08
Playlist: Journey Greatest Hits 2014 Sony BMG
Now! That's What I Call Feel Good 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal 4:10
30 Stars: Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:10
The Frontiers Tour 2014 Left Field Media 3:51
The 80s, Pt. 2 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:09
100 Hits: 80s Classics Karaoke 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits
30 Stars: 80s 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:08
Now That's What I Call Classic Rock [2015] 2015
Various Artists
Now!
No Image 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:07
The Nation's Favourite Running Songs 2016
Various Artists
Sony Music
100 Hits: Rock Jukebox 2016
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon / Edsel
American Road Trip 2017
Various Artists
UMOD
101 80's Anthems
Various Artists
EMI 4:09
80's Songs
Various Artists
Crimson
80s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 4:07
No Image
Various Artists
Eva 4:06
Air Guitar Anthems [UMOD]
Various Artists
UMOD
Dad Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 4:10
Don't Stop Believin [Single] Legacy 4:09
Made in America: All American Classics
Various Artists
Sony Music
Now That's What I Call 20th Century
Various Artists
Now! 4:09
Now That's What I Call 21st Century
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal 4:12
Now That's What I Call Drive
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:08
Now That's What I Call Power Ballads [2]
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:11
No Image
Various Artists
Now! 4:07
No Image
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music 4:09
Now That's What I Call a Million
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:06
Now! That's What I Call Running 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal 4:08
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music
Pure... Rock
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:08
Pure...Voices
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:09
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:10
The Best Rock Anthems ...Ever!
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:09
The X Factor Songbook
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:10
Ultimate Office Party!
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:08
Ultimate... 80s
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:09
Wheel in the Sky Phantom Import Distribution
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