Journey

Open Arms

Composed by Jonathan Cain / Stephen 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 Columbia 3:18
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
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 0:00
Journey's Greatest Hits 1988 Columbia 3:19
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
Kuschelrock, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:19
The Collection: Escape/Frontiers/Infinity 1998 Sony Music Distribution 3:18
Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:20
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 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:19
No Image 2003 Sony Music Distribution 3:20
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:20
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: The Flame 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
Revelation 2008 Nomota 3:22
Mix 80's, 90's y Más 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:19
Now That's What I Call the 80s Hits [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists
Now Joint Venture 3:19