Don’t Stop Believin’

Today we are going to feature one of my all-time favorite songs, Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.  Laugh all you want, but I love Journey.  The beginning rif of this song is one of the most recognizable of all time.  I have included a live version from Houston in 1981.  They were at their absolute peak in the early 80’s.  No one can sing it like Steve Perry can.

Martina McBride does an amazing cover version of the song as her encore of her performance at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.  I love everything about it except the OU jersey.

If you want to try to learn this memorable opening rif on piano, check it out here.  It is not as hard as you think.

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.  In the United Kingdom, the song was not a Top 40 hit on its original release; however, it did reach #4 on a 2008 re-release, having gained increased popularity through its use on American television.

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.”   As of November 2011, 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 topped the 3 million mark in paid downloads, and has sold 4,771,000 digital units in the US by October 2011. It was placed just outside of the top twenty best selling digital songs of all time on September 2010.

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

The song appeared on the soundtrack of 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.

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

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.  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.  The song also has an appearance in the 2010 film The Losers, where Jensen (played by Chris Evans) starts singing the song when breaking into an office building.

This song was heard in the dance scene in Shrek the Halls.  This song was also heard in the film Yogi Bear when Mayor Brown is running for governor.  This song was also heard in the 2003 American biographical crime film Monster (2003 film), in the scene at the roller-skating rink.

 

Don’t Stop Believin’

by Journey

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

(Chorus)
Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlights people, living just to find emotion
Hiding, somewhere in the night.

Working 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

(Chorus)

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

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on
Streetlight people

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

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