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Don’t Stop Believin’ in Journey

Most people these days became familiar with Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ because of Glee, but the truth is that the song is already a popular rock anthem decades before the show, being credited as one of the high points of Journey’s career, and was frequently used on various TV shows and films because of the iconic opening keyboard riff.

Don’t Stop Believin’ is also part of the first Journey album with Steve Perry as the lead vocalist, with Perry’s powerful and smooth tenor giving the song a distinct quality that was never matched or replicated by succeeding Journey vocalists until 2007, when the newest vocalist Arnel Pineda was able to provide a rendition that is as good as – if not better than – Perry’s without the aping the original.

Described as “the perfect rock song” due to its trademark guitar and piano riffs, as well as the archetypal story about a small-town boy who chooses to move to the big city in pursuit of his dreams, the song managed to climb its way to the eighth spot of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart, and the 9th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The original, non-Glee version of Don’t Stop Believin’ is still one of the most popular rock songs in the iTunes Music Store, ranking 72nd in the list of most downloaded songs of 2008.

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