Story Behind the Song: ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ ‘
Jonathan Cain’s words “Don’t Stop Believin'” have served him well throughout his life. Singer-songwriter Jonathan Cain tells the story behind the song.
“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey is one of the most popular rock songs of all time. Released in 1981, it wasn’t Journey’s biggest hit at the time, but it has since become their signature hit. Cain: “It’s the most contagious song ever written.” Perry said, “Man, those chords are great.” He just had an engineer’s (mindset). This was an improv by all.
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This week’s guest is a Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSSAI) songwriter.
What made Don’t Stop Believin popular again?
Because of its appearance on last weekend’s X Factor, Don’t Stop Believin’ reentered the public consciousness in 2007, when it was used to soundtrack the final scene of the final episode of The Sopranos, a scene that was parodied over and over on American television and the internet.
Why is Don’t Stop Believing popular?
That show, in particular, had a significant impact on music sales; in the 2015 final season, they resurrected “Don’t Stop Believin’,” bringing back the original cast to sing it once more, and that blitz of placements, not the song’s longevity on classic rock radio station playlists, is why the song is so popular now.
How many #1 hits did Journey?
They’ve had nineteen Top 40 singles in the United States (second most without a Billboard Hot 100 number one single behind Electric Light Orchestra with 20), six of which reached the Top 10 in the US chart and two of which went to No. 1 on other Billboard charts, as well as a No. 6 hit on the UK Singles Chart with “Don’t Stop.”
How much did Journey make from don’t stop believing?
According to Broadcast Music Inc., Journey has earned more than $462,000 from iTunes sales of “Don’t Stop Believin’.” That’s not including the money earned from the song being played more than 5 million times on TV and radio.
Who wrote dont stop?
If that’s the case, I’m guessing they’ll soon glow out of it.” They didn’t: “Don’t Stop Believin'” is the most downloaded song of the twentieth century, according to Nielsen Music, and it has nearly 700 million Spotify streams at the time of writing.
How many times do they sing don’t stop believing in glee?
On the show, this song has been covered six times.
Why did Journey write don’t stop believing?
Don’t Stop Believin’ began as a chorus idea I wrote down and worked out at home, inspired by something my father would say to me during my struggles in the music industry in Los Angeles, where I was without a record deal and had basically taken a break from music at the time.
What movies has don’t stop believing been in?
The song is featured in the Journey documentary Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, as well as the films View From The Top, The Comebacks, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and The Losers, among others.
What was journey’s first name?
Journey was founded in early 1973 by lead guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, rhythm guitarist George Tickner, and drummer Prairie Prince, who were later joined by keyboardist and vocalist Gregg Rolie in the summer before performing live for the first time on New Year’s Eve 1973.
Did Steve Perry wrote Don’t Stop Believin?
The gamble paid off right away, as the lead single “Wheel in the Sky” hit Number 57 on the Hot 100. Here’s a video of them performing their first hit song on The Midnight Special in February 1978, which was the first time many Americans saw the group perform with Perry.