Don’t Stop Believin’

Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a 2 week break from blogging because I won’t really have access to a computer.  I will be doing lots of reading though and hopefully coming up with some great stuff to blog about upon my return.  Lets take advantage of this time to evaluate the blog.  Has it been helpful to you?  Is there anything you would like to see blogged about that I have not yet?  Please send me your thoughts.

OK, now onto the Friday song.  Today is one of my absolute favorites.  It has an amazing opening piano line that everyone instantly knows and I don’t think I have ever actually ever met someone who hates this song.  It can turn a normal group of people it to loud screaming along the lyrics, crazy people in like 5 seconds.

Don’t Stop Believin’” is a popular song by the American rock band Journey, originally released as a single from their 1981 album Escape, which became a #9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release.  It re-entered the UK Singles Chart in 2009 as a result of increased prominence of digital downloads and use in numerous television shows, reaching a new peak of #6.  Along with Frontiers, which was a top ten hit on the UK Albums Chart in 1983, it is the band’s only significant chart success in that country.

Allmusic has described “Don’t Stop Believin'” as “an anthem for the young who wanted to feel free and unrestricted”, featuring “one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock.”  It is the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history.

The song reached number eight on Billboards Mainstream Rock chart, and number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song was released in the United Kingdom in December 1981 and peaked only at number 62.  However, the song, never re-released in the UK, retained a cult following and re-entered the UK Singles Chart in February 2009 at number 94, due to digital downloads.  On December 22, 2009, it reached number 9 in the Christmas chart, and remained in the top 10 well into 2010, hitting a peak of number 6.  It has now achieved 63 weeks on the official UK Top 75, making it the 9th longest runner of all time, and 89 weeks on the Top 100.

It topped downloads in the iTunes Music Store amongst songs not released in the 21st century, and was also the 72nd most downloaded song of 2008, and 84th most downloaded song of 2009 in the store, over 27 years after its release.  On 31 August 2009 the song had topped the 3 million mark in paid downloads.  As of August 2011, the song has sold 4,715,000 digital units in the US, and it was placed just outside of the top twenty best selling digital songs of all time.

The song is one of the most popular rock tracks in Ireland and continues to remain in the top ten most downloaded songs.

A string acoustic version of the song was used during the Robbie’s wedding in the 1998 film The Wedding Singer.

On June 6, 2005, Family Guy featured this in the episode “Don’t Make Me Over“.

In 2007, the song gained press coverage for its use in the final scene of HBO‘s The Sopranos from the series finaleMade in America“. Steve Perry was initially hesitant in allowing the song to be used in The Sopranos but later agreed.  The Sopranos ending was later parodied by The Daily Show, ESPN, WCBS-FM (when flipped from Jack FM back to Oldies), Celebrity Apprentice, a campaign video for Hillary Clinton and for the final episode of Tony Martin‘s Get This radio show.

It also has been used in Scrubs, quoted as J.D.’s (Zach Braff) favourite tune.

Alvin and the Chipmunks covered this song for their 2008 album Undeniable.

Also was a huge hit to many younger children through its use in Disney’s Tron: Legacy bringing it back to popularity even through its digital release.

The song was released as downloadable content for the music video game series Rock Band on March 31, 2009.  Unlike the album version which slowly fades to quiet, the Rock Band version ends with “Don’t Stop”, which is the same way it ended in the final episode of The Sopranos and in the pilot episode of Glee as well as how Journey ends the song live.

A cover of the song was made for the Fox musical-comedy, Glee, which debuted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  It sold 177,000 downloads in its first week and charted higher than Journey’s version, which peaked at number nine.  Meanwhile in Australia it has reached number 5 and was certified platinum, while its peak position in the United Kingdom was number 2.

The song is also the closing number for the Broadway show Rock of Ages.

In the 2008 film Bedtime Stories, the song is played in one of the bedtime stories, when Sir Fix-a-Lot gets a chance to prove he is worthy.  Everyone starts dancing to the song while gumballs rain from the ceiling.  The song also has an appearance in the 2010 film The Losers.  Jensen alias Chris Evans starts singing the song when breaking into an office building.

Part of the song can be heard in the 2010 film adaptation of Hanna-Barbara’s Yogi Bear, during Mayor’s Brown’s press conference.

The song became a rallying cry for the Chicago White Sox in their successful run to the 2005 playoffs, when catcher A. J. Pierzynski and teammates heard the song being sung in a bar in Baltimore.  The song was played at critical points during the stretch run of the pennant race, a season which culminated in the team’s first World Series championship in over 80 years.  The White Sox invited Journey lead singer Steve Perry to the team’s celebration rally, where he sang the song along with several members of the team.  In 2008, in a tight battle for first place with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers began to play “Don’t Stop Believin'” in the middle of the 8th inning at all of their home games.  Subsequently, the song was played at Dodger home games throughout the 2009 season, much to the chagrin of Steve Perry, a self-proclaimed San Francisco Giants fan (the band itself formed in San Francisco).  Perhaps most notably in sports, the song has for years been commonly played at Detroit Red Wings hockey games; at Red Wings home games (especially during the last minutes of playoff victories), the recording is turned down during the line “born and raised in south Detroit”, which the crowd then sings loudly. It is also used at numerous Detroit sporting events.

The song also became the unofficial anthem for the Giants’ 2010 postseason, especially after local musician Ashkon created a parody version of the song following their winning the 2010 National League West Division.  The song was used during the end montage following the Fox network’s coverage of the 2010 World Series, which was won by the Giants.  Steve Perry appeared in the Giants’ subsequent victory parade, and the song was played at the start of the Giants’ victory rally.

Don’t Stop Believin’
by Journey

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feeling
Streetlight people
Oh-oh-woah

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on
Streetlight people
Oh-oh-Woah

[Instrumental Interlude]

Just a small town girl
Livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train
Goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train
Goin’ anywhere

A singer in a smokey room
A smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching
In the night
Streetlights, people
Livin’ just to find emotion
Hidin’, somewhere in the night

Workin’ hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin’ anything to roll the dice
Just one more time
Some will win
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching
In the night
Streetlights, people
Livin’ just to find emotion
Hidin’, somewhere in the night

[Instrumental Interlude]

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to the feelin’
Streetlights, people
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on
Streetlights, people

About wmarsau

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