Journey

Open Arms

Composed by Jonathan Cain / Steve Perry

Song Review by

Escape gave Journey the success and recognition they had been after since the early '70s. With the addition of Steve Perry in 1978, the band started playing the kind of music radio was looking for at the time: soft rock ballads and guitar power pop. Although four singles made their way onto the charts from the album, with three of them cracking the Top Ten, none fared as well as the sincere-sounding "Open Arms," which put Perry's voice on a pedestal for all to hear. It wasn't solely his voice that gave "Open Arms" it's well-deserved number two spot (which it held for six straight weeks). The accompanying piano riffs that floated and then wisped away the song's delicate lyrics had a lot to do with the song's prosperity as well. It was Jonathan Cain's melody that won over Steve Perry, rejected earlier by John Waite of the Babys, Cain's old group. The arrival of some sweeping guitar riffs near the middle of the song gives it that rock & roll element which contrasts perfectly with the softness of the keyboards. "Open Arms" broke down the flood gates and paved the way for a new style of song, the power ballad, which radio inherited for the remainder of the decade.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Escape 1981 BMG / Sony Music
Heavy Metal 1981
Original Soundtrack
Elektra / Asylum 3:20
Billboard Top Hits: 1982 1982
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
No Image 1984 Music
Rock of the '80s 1987
Various Artists
Columbia
Journey's Greatest Hits 1988 Legacy
Time3 [Time Cubed] 1992 Columbia 3:19
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
When You Love a Woman/Message of Love 1996 Columbia 3:18
Greatest Hits Live 1998 Columbia 3:14
The Collection: Escape/Frontiers/Infinity 1998 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:23
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:20
Millennium of Pop 2000
Various Artists
Import 3:18
The Journey Continues 2001 Sony Music Distribution 3:20
The Essential Journey 2001 Sony Music
No Image 2003 Sony Music Distribution 3:20
Greatest Hits DVD 1978-1997: Videos and Live Performances 2003 Legacy / Sony Legacy 3:19
Melodies: The Best of Ballads 2004
Various Artists
WEA
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Cry Max 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Ballad Paradise 2005
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Best Hit 80's 2005
Various Artists
WEA
Even More Than a Feeling 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:17
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony/CBS
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 3:15
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:19
Dock Rock, Vol. 5: After Dark 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:20
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:20
World's Best Dad [2007] 2007
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 3:20
Escape/Frontiers 2008 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:22
American Heartbeat: A Pulsating 80's Rock Collection 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:19
World's Best Dad Gift Set 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:20
Revelation 2008 King Records / Nomota 3:22
The Essential Journey [Limited Edition 3.0] 2008 Columbia/Legacy 3:19
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:19
Essential Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:18
Don't Stop Believin': The Best of Journey 2009 Camden / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 3:19
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 3:18
Live in Manila 2010 Eagle Rock 6:56
Essential: Girls Night In 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:19
American Anthems [Sony] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:18
Essential: Love 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:19
Now That's What I Call the 80's Hits 2011
Various Artists
Capitol / Emd 3:18
Pure... America 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:18
Greatest Hits/Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2011 Columbia / Legacy Recordings / Sony Legacy 3:19
Mix 80's, 90's y Más 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:19
Original Album Classics: 5 Albums 2012 Sony Legacy 3:22
Pure... Rock Ballads 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:16
Playlist: Journey Greatest Hits 2014 Sony BMG
The Frontiers Tour 2014 Rock Classics
The '80s Love Album 2017
Various Artists
Crimson
100 Hits: Pop Essentials
Various Artists
DMG TV
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:17
American Heartbreak
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:20
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Eddie Stobart Trucking Songs: Trucking All over the World
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:18
Forever Friends: Especially for You
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:19
Haynes Driving Anthems
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:19
No. 2's
Various Artists
CBS Records
Now That's What I Call Power Ballads: Hits
Various Artists
Legacy Recordings / Sony Music 3:16
Now That's What I Call the 80s Hits [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists
Now Joint Venture 3:19
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Wheel in the Sky Phantom Import Distribution
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