Journey

Don't Stop Believin'

Composed by Jonathan Cain / Steve Perry / Neal Schon

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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 Columbia 4:10
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Body Workout 1983 Legacy / Columbia 2:24
Journey's Greatest Hits 1988 Columbia 4:10
Time3 [Time Cubed] 1992 Columbia 4:10
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
The Collection: Escape/Frontiers/Infinity 1998 Sony Music Distribution 4:10
Rock: Train Kept a Rollin' 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:10
The Journey Continues 2001 Sony Music Distribution 4:12
The Essential Journey 2001 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:10
NHL Rivals 2004: Xbox 2003
Video Game Soundtrack
33rd Street Records / Bayside Record Dist. 4:08
Dock Rock Presents: Classic Rock Weekend 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:12
Revelation 2008 Nomota 4:55
Now That's What I Call Music! 75 [UK] 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 4:09
Haynes Ultimate Guide to Rock: Dad 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:10
Classic Rock Roadtrip 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:10
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
Pure... Drive 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:10
Now! That's What I Call Feel Good 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal 4:10
80s U.S. Playlist
Various Artists
Crimson 4:07
Dad Songs
Various Artists
Crimson / Sony Music 4:10
No Image
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music 4:06
Now! That's What I Call Running 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal 4:08