Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ was first released as a single in 1981. It went up to Number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Featuring one of the best opening keyboard riffs in Rock, it has been described as “the perfect Rock song.” Written by Neal Schon, Steve Perry, and Jonathan Cain, ‘Don’t Stop Beleivin’’ has been a rallying cry for a number of sports teams and covered by numerous artists including Joe McElderry and metal band Steel Panther, even ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks’ recorded their own version.
It was also the song that rang in your ears as David Chase drove you nuts with that bloody ambiguous ending in ‘The Sopranos.’ They say nothing lasts forever, but the power ballad has refused to die. The song has had so many phases that even its comebacks have had comebacks. It was inspired by failure. The band started off as a Jazz-Rock outfit with little success. Each time keyboardist Jonathan Cain called home lamenting about his lack of success as a musician, his father would tell him: “Don’t stop believing or you [are] done, dude.” Cheesy it may be, the song resonates with all the moments when giving up seems like the easier option.
It will definitely convince you to keep following your dreams, to keep on “believing” no matter what. It started as just another Journey song, then it was forgotten, then it moved on to be an ironic reference to how cheesy 80’s music was, then it had a genuine comeback, and those comebacks had comebacks, and now, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ is just there, like the air you breath, paper cuts, gravity, and crazy people, forever. It’s not a lyrical masterpiece, but inspiring just the same. And it has been doing that for over three decades.
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