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.