Journey are one of the few bands who can genuinely claim to be universally loved across all walks of life, be it the love of a hopeless romantic or a grandmother, your postman or a serial killer wanted in 22 states, a feat unattainable even by greats like The Beatles or - sorry, not sorry - Jesus himself. "Don't Stop Believin'" then is their magnum opus, a song so unbearably perfect it shouldn't be possible, somehow able to encapsulate the hopes & dreams of youthful romance across the generations, striking a chord within the hearts of each listener which instantly satisfies them to the deepest degree; Whether it's the superb sonic fidelity, the uplifting nature of the chord progressions, or the fact that there's a tangible storyline in the lyrics that listeners can feel a sense of relatability to, "Don't Stop Believin'" is a masterclass in songwriting potential & a bar that has yet to be surpassed in the years since its conception.
This particular version of the classic hit - set at a live performance in Houston, Texas - is noteworthy for two main reasons; On one hand, it showcases the joyous showmanship exhibited by every member of the band, themselves ecstatic to be sharing this experience with every member of the audience, while the other hand highlights (singer's) impeccably crisp vocal tenacity - No singer should be able to mirror their studio performances so well it seems unnatural, his voice effortlessly letting loose arrows of pure sonic excellence with every note. This is a man who loves what he does & wants you to as well, a quality of character that further exemplifies the power "Don't Stop Believin'" has to literally affect the listener's mood, as he channels a positivity that feels inviting & warm; Were NASA to develop another Golden Record to be shot out into space, likely upon a highly-advanced ion-fusion probe destined for life outside the Oort Cloud, humanity's best hope for a decent first impression on intelligent life would be to include this track at the beginning & end of that record.
"Don't Stop Believin'" is a song by American rock band Journey, originally released as the second single from their seventh album Escape (1981). It became a number 9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release after entering the chart at position 56 on 31st October 1981. In the United Kingdom, the song was not a Top 40 hit on its original release; however, it reached number 6 in 2009.