Top '80s Songs of American Arena Rock Band Journey

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Over the course of only four '80s albums, former progressive rock band turned rock balladeers Journey churned out an impressive array of hit singles and prime album tracks. Almost all are worthy of praise, but it's also notable that a handful of these tunes have not only withstood the test of time but stand up well to focused scrutiny. The best of the best of Journey may be up for debate, but the fact that the band still matters as a key arena rock prototype has by now become a matter of certainty. Here are eight reasons why presented in chronological order of release.

"Any Way You Want It"

Despite the occasional but too-frequent use of this tune in annoying TV advertising, this full-tilt rocker from 1980's Departure most definitely stands as one of Journey's finest moments as a band. After all, it serves as definitive proof that the quartet had the capacity to rock with some serious authority. I don't know why people tend to forget that Neal Schon was not only a guitar prodigy but also possesses one of the most distinctively scorching guitar styles in rock. This is one of the few Journey classics on which Steve Perry's vocals take a bit of a backseat; it's all about Schon's killer riff and his commanding solos. And what's more rock than that?

"Don't Stop Believin'"

A few years back I went through a fairly prolonged "I hate Journey, they're so lame" phase, the kind that could be put to an end only through well-placed logic. I have a friend of mine to thank for that; when she offered me a viable explication of the "streetlight people" lyric from this 1981 standout, I lost a key assumed reason to criticize this rock masterpiece. A graceful combination of muscular guitars and haunting melody, this song just works down to its core, in a way as magically mysterious as the Internet or a car engine to those of us not inclined to understand the workings of such things. So just sit back and enjoy the majesty.

"Stone in Love"

Again, anyone inclined to dismiss Journey as a cream puff band overly fond of ballads and sorely lacking rock and roll cred should give another listen to this underrated classic from 1981's Escape. In terms of rock guitar riffage, this tune earns major points for its explosive intro, but beyond that, it showcases the general tightness of Journey's core quintet of members during the band's peak period. I mean, if even Ross Valory's bass playing shines during the irresistible chorus of this nearly perfect mainstream rock song, Journey must have pretty well known what it was doing.

"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"

This song is essential in a total package sort of way, from the unmistakable, energizing synth opening all the way across the spectrum to its impossibly cheesy music video chock full of '80s missteps . Whatever the angle, "Separate Ways" is valuable, central '80s music listening. After all, what makes Journey's best music so constant is the consistent quality of band components, from Perry's vocal showcase to Schon's aggressive, solid guitar work to - of course - the efficient and skilled songwriting necessary to produce this song's utterly transcendent bridge and chorus. A glorious '80s moment.

"After the Fall"

Perhaps the most underappreciated vital track from Journey's peak '80s period, this tune doubles effectively as a power ballad and mid-tempo rocker. The band happened to be a master of that format during this era, but here the lines are blurred wonderfully between lighter-worthy romantic balladry and a melodic guitar-hero sing-along. Steve Augeri, Jeff Scott Soto and Arnel Pineda notwithstanding, no one ever has sounded or probably ever will sound quite like Steve Perry at his powerfully emotive best, and this distinctiveness always will be the fuel that drives Journey's greatness.


Of Journey's two blockbuster slow-dance power ballads, I've always preferred this one for its proper appropriation of Schon's nimble lead guitar work into the winning formula. That's not to say "Open Arms" doesn't have its charms, but it's certainly one of the few occasions in which the band did not use all its positive attributes for maximum impact. "Faithfully," on the other hand, authentically tackles a subject - the impact of excessive time apart on romantic relationships - with equal amounts of universality and specificity. This soft rock classic is perhaps the epitome of Journey's wide-ranging appeal.

"Girl Can't Help It"

Despite the odd move of ditching drummer Steve Smith and bassist Valory for the 1986 album Raised on Radio, the music on the last release from Journey's most successful phase maintained the band's successful formula of guitar, keyboards, and, of course, Steve Perry. This song didn't disappoint longtime fans even if they were tired of waiting for a follow-up to 1983's Frontiers, and the reasons it struck such a chord are, again, solid song structure and familiar if not groundbreaking lyrical treatment of the inherent pitfalls of romance. It's not Perry's fault his voice soars in such an irresistible way; the boy just can't help it.

"I'll Be Alright Without You"

The good thing about Journey going on hiatus following the Raised on Radio tour is that the best music on that disc measured up quite favorably with the band's highest-quality earlier material. That's actually a pretty rare occurrence when bands are wise enough to exit before inevitable decline sets in. This fine mid-tempo track arguably stands as one of the band's most impressive achievements of the '80s, blessed as it is with a compelling keyboard groove, some of Schon's tastiest lead guitar work of his long career, and another forehead-vein-protruding but the thoroughly engrossing vocal performance from Mr. Perry.

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The 10 best Journey songs

Let's face it, AOR just wouldn't have been the same without them – here are Journey's ten best tracks

Journey walking through a park

For many, Journey are the band who define AOR better than anyone else. Their catalogue glitters with unforgettable anthems, which not only contain massive choruses, but also the sort of musicianship you might expect from a band who began life as jazz rock instrumentalists before embracing the melodic rock style for which they’re renowned. We've gone through the band's back catalogue and hand-picked their 10 finest moments.

10. Girl Can’t Help It (1986)

After taking a break from the band to work on his solo album Street Talk , vocalist Steve Perry was persuaded to return to the fold for 1986's Raised On Radio album. While the production shows a clear-cut influence of the times, Perry’s vocals shine as brightly as ever, while Jonathan Cain’s smooth keyboards complement Neal Schon ’s edgy guitar stride.

9. Faithfully (1983)

This is the way Journey explained the problems of trying to carry on a relationship while out on the road touring. One of the stand-out tracks from 1983's Frontiers , Faithfully has a soft lilt that exposes an emptiness. However, this is augmented by the lush rhythm and the way that Steve Perry croons his way through without ever wallowing in over emotional hyperbole. A power ballad in the best Journey tradition.

8. Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’ (1979)

Anyone who thinks that Journey aren’t capable of anything other than slushy ballads really should check out Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’ from 1979's Evolution album. It has a funk groove, and while the tempo is very much of the balladic kind, Neal Schon stabs through with some electrifying moments. What’s more, Steve Perry’s vocals soar impressively to ensure maximum dramatic impact. One of the highlights on Evolution .

7. Lights (1978)

The opening song from 1978's Infinity record – the album that introduced Steve Perry to the world, and also put the band’s new-found melodic style on display for the very first time. It’s easy to tell why American radio fell in love with Journey at this point in time. The music is filled with commercial astuteness, the harmonies are sublime and the whole timbre of Lights is evocative and stylish. This oozes the sort of class that would become the norm for Journey in the coming years.

6. Who’s Cryin’ Now (1981)

Who’s Cryin’ Now begins with an unvarnished piano piece from Jonathan Cain, on which Steve Perry builds his rich tone. And Ross Vallory provides some tasteful bass lines, to underline the whole feel of the song. This is the type of track that accentuates Perry’s love for great soul singers, while it also showcases the way in which Journey stood apart from all the huge selling AOR masters, and why Escape is regarded as the classic Journey album.

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5. Stone In Love (1981)

The fact this song opens up with shards of Neal Schon's guitar riffing proves that Journey were always prepared to give full weight to the heavier side of their talent. And Steve Perry also comes across with a lot more power than you might expect. This is a song where Journey never forget about the melody, but also give free rein to a rocky vibe. It also accentuates that Escape was always far more than just a collection of power ballads.

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4. Any Way You Want It (1980)

It may seem odd, but this song was actually inspired by Thin Lizzy , with whom Journey had toured a couple of years before recording the Departure album in 1980. But when you dig down and analyse the way in which the vocals are constructed, and the interchange between the instruments, then the influence becomes a lot clearer. There’s a gliding feel to the guitar parts that does feel like it is Thin Lizzy influenced, and Steve Perry adopts a storytelling style that is close to the Phil Lynott approach – and the whole feel suits Journey superbly.

3. Wheel In The Sky (1978)

Wheel In The Sky was co-written by Robert Fleischman, the band’s original choice of vocalist when they moved into a more commercial direction. However, when Fleischman didn’t work out and was replaced by Steve Perry, the song was thankfully retained. It starts with a flashing guitar groove, through which Perry cuts with a vibrant performance. In some ways, this is a basic live performance from the band, bringing a heavier dynamic to bear, but this fitted right into the whole feel of Infinity , and showed Journey could pound with the best.

2. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (1983)

After the enormous success of the Escape album, how did the band choose to open up their next album Frontiers ? With a powerhouse rocker than fitted right into an era where AOR was beginning to become a little less reliant on studio technology and celebrated talent. Of course, the rich production is evident here, but what makes the song work superbly is that way Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry and Neal Schon intertwine. There’s a buoyancy in Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) that tells of a band who are really playing off of each other’s strengths. The result is undeniably passionate.

1. Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981)

Is there anyone on the planet who does not know this song? It has got to be one of the most exposed tracks over the past two decades or so. And, because it’s so well known, it’s very easy to lose sight of just why this is so popular. Because Don’t Stop Believin’ is a peerless example of musical genius. Everything about it is simply perfect – the musicality, the vocals, the simple structure, the insistent melody… hell, this is not just Journey’s best song, it’s one of the truly landmark moments of the 80s.

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The Best Journey Songs Of All Time

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What is Journey's biggest hit? Here are the best Journey songs of all time, ranked by fans everywhere. Journey are indisputably known as one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the Earth, with former lead singer Steve Perry even crowned "the voice" by many industry moguls. Established in San Francisco, CA, in 1973, Journey has sold out countless concert tours worldwide throughout their five decade career. The arena rock band's legendary music and unparalleled performance style ultimately led to their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2017. Some of Journey's top songs include "Don't Stop Believin'" ( Escape , 1981), "Any Way You Want It" ( Departure , 1980), "Lights" ( Infinity , 1978), "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" ( Frontiers , 1983), and "Wheel In The Sky" ( Infinity , 1978).

From their new and latest music to their older popular songs, this Journey playlist features all of their greatest hits, according to the fans. Do your favorite Journey songs crack the top 10? Vote up the best songs by Journey, and don't forget to show their underrated tracks love as well.


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And being apart ain't easy on this love affair Two strangers learn to fall in love again I get the joy of rediscovering you Oh girl, you stand by me I'm forever yours, faithfully

Don't Stop Believin'

Don't Stop Believin'

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

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Someday, love will find you Break those chains that bind you One night will remind you How we touched and went our separate ways

If he ever hurts you True love won't desert you You know I still love you Though we touched and went our separate ways

Stone in Love

Stone in Love

In the heat with a blue jean girl Burning love comes once in a lifetime She found me singing by the rail road tracks Took me home, we danced by the moonlight

Those summer nights are calling Stone in love Can't help myself, I'm falling

Feeling That Way

Feeling That Way

Opened my eyes to a new kind of way All the good times that you saved Are you feeling You feeling that way too Or am I just Am I just a fool


When the lights go down in the City And the sun shines on the bay Ooh, I wanna be there in my City, oh Oh, oh, oh

Send Her My Love

Send Her My Love

Callin' out your name I'm dreamin' Reflections of a face I'm seein' It's her voice That keeps on haunting me

Send her, send her my love Roses never fade Memories remain

Wheel in the Sky

Wheel in the Sky

Winter is here again, oh lord Haven't been home in a year or more I hope she holds on a little longer Sent a letter on a long summer day Made of silver, not of clay I've been runnin' down this dusty road

Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin' I don't know where I'll be tomorrow

Still They Ride

Still They Ride

Spinning 'round, in a spell It's hard to leave this carousel 'Round and 'round And 'round and 'round

Still they ride, on wheels of fire They rule the night Still they ride, the strong will survive Chasing thunder

Any Way You Want It

Any Way You Want It

She said, any way you want it That's the way you need it Any way you want it

I was alone I never knew What good love could do Ooh, then we touched Then we sang About the lovin' things

Who's Crying Now

Who's Crying Now

One love, feeds the fire One heart, burns desire I wonder who's crying now? Two hearts, born to run Who'll be the lonely one? I wonder who's crying now?

Girl Can't Help It

Girl Can't Help It

If he could hold her, so close in his arms again If she could show him The letter her heart forgot to send why They're livin' dreams on their own Ooh they'll never stop running

The girl can't help it, she needs more He hasn't found what he's lookin' for They're still standing in the rain He can't help it, and she's just that way

Only the Young

Only the Young

Shadows of a golden age A generation waits for dawn Brave carry on Bold and the strong

Only the young can say They're free to fly away Sharing the same desire Burnin' like wildfire

Ask The Lonely

Ask The Lonely

You've got some fascination With you high expectations This love is your obsession Your heart, your past possession Let down your defenses Won't be up to the one who cares

Just The Same Way

Just The Same Way

Take a chance now the timing's right. You're free to leave the key to my life. Stay with me. Won't you stay the night, In the mornin' feelin' fine, yeah.

That's the same way you love me. 

Be Good To Yourself

Be Good To Yourself

Runnin' out of self-control Gettin' close to an overload Up against a no win situation Shoulder to shoulder, push and shove I'm hangin' up my boxin' gloves I'm ready for a long vacation

Be good to yourself when, nobody else will Oh be good to yourself You're walkin' a high-wire, caught in a crossfire

Touchin', Lovin', Squeezin'

Touchin', Lovin', Squeezin'

It won't be long, yes, till you're alone When your lover, oh, he hasn't come home 'Cause he's lovin' who he's touchin', he's squeezin' another

He's tearin' you apart Ooh, every day, every day

I'll Be Alright Without You

I'll Be Alright Without You

I'll be alright without you Oh love's an empty face, I can't replace (You don't need it) People wonderin' why we broke apart The great pretender here I go again These things I do (It's all because of you) I'll keep holdin' but I'll try (Try not to think of you)

Mother, Father

Mother, Father

Through bitter tears And wounded years, those ties Of blood were strong So much to say, those yesterdays So now don't you turn away.

Hey, mother, father, sister Hey, come back, tryin', believein' Hey, mother, father, dreamer

When You Love A Woman

When You Love A Woman

When you love a woman You see your world inside her eyes When you love a woman (Well) You know she's standing by your side A joy that lasts forever There's a band of gold that shines Waiting somewhere, oh, yeah

The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love)

The Party's Over (Hopelessly In Love)

So I will tell you this, Our love is in a fix. Just what more can I do. When I'm hopelessly in love with you?


I see your face at the movies I hear your voice on the radio You're making love on the silver screen I want you more than you will ever know Temptation...Infatuation

Suzanne, don't walk away

After The Fall

After The Fall

But a head strong stubborn man Only works it out the best he can Valentines he never sent There's not enough time he's a working man

Can't stop falling Heartaches calling Finds you after the fall

Why Can't This Night Go On Forever

Why Can't This Night Go On Forever

Lost in twilight, the memories Precious moments, you and me We've been old friends, all through the years Picture postcards, sharing tears

What's in our hearts, there's never time, to say Need you tonight, lover don't fade away I've seen your city lights As I walk away Why can't this night...go on forever

After All These Years

After All These Years

A faded wedding photograph You and me in our first dance Our eyes are closed We're lost in one sweet embrace Since those days the world has changed But our love remains the same God knows we've had our share of saving grace

Where Were You

Where Were You

I didn't know what the hell was goin' on, Someday you're gonna break. So don't try to get yourself straight, You're just a little too late.

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In the ’80s, Journey was high on the list of bands loved by fans and reviled by critics. But today, they’re still heard and embraced – sometimes by the kind of people who sneered the first time around. (Witness the in-concert cover of “Lights” by fellow Bay Area stalwarts Green Day.) With frontman Steve Perry applying lessons learned from Sam Cooke, Journey’s Greatest Hits often sounds like a primer in pop idealism. “Lights” is a mellow smile about the joys of city life, “Any Way You Want It” a tip of the hat to Everygirl. And though “Don’t Stop Believin’” places itself on a scale with the songs that open Olympic games, it’s really all about that one small-town escapee on “the midnight train to anywhere”.

November 29, 1988 16 Songs, 1 hour, 5 minutes ℗ This compilation (P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment

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Complete List Of Journey Albums And Songs

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This Complete List Of Journey Albums And Songs presents the full discography of Journey studio albums. The band Journey was first formed in 1973.  The group Journey hails from the area of San Francisco, California. This complete Journey discography also includes every single Journey live album. All these spectacular Journey albums have been presented below in chronological order. We have also included all original release dates with each Journey album as well as all original Journey album covers. Every Journey album listed below showcases the entire album tracklisting.


Released: April 1, 1975

Journey’s self-titled debut album was released in April 1975 and was the band’s first outing into the musical world. At the time, Journey was yet to adopt the arena rock sound that they would later become famous for. Instead, the album exhibited strong influences of jazz fusion and progressive rock, with extensive instrumental solos and complex musical arrangements.

Notable tracks include “Of a Lifetime” and “Mystery Mountain,” which offered a glimpse into the technical proficiency and artistic aspirations of the band. Though the album didn’t achieve significant commercial success, it laid the groundwork for what the band could accomplish. The album featured Neal Schon on guitars, Ross Valory on bass, Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals, Aynsley Dunbar on drums, and George Tickner on rhythm guitar. It was produced by Roy Halee and recorded at CBS Studios in San Francisco in late 1974. .

CD Track Listings:

  • “Of a Lifetime” – 6:48
  • “In the Morning Day” – 4:23
  • “Kohoutek” – 6:40
  • “To Play Some Music” – 3:16
  • “Topaz” – 6:09
  • “In My Lonely Feeling / Conversations” – 4:56
  • “Mystery Mountain” – 4:25

Look into the Future

Released: January 1976

Released just a year after their debut, “Look into the Future” was Journey’s second studio album. The band continued in a similar vein, leaning heavily towards progressive rock with intricate instrumental arrangements. The title track and “On a Saturday Nite” are often cited as highlights. However, the album failed to bring substantial commercial success, although it was a step forward in terms of songwriting and complexity. Neal Schon on guitars, Ross Valory on bass, and Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals returned for this album, with Aynsley Dunbar continuing to provide the drum work. The album was produced by Glen Kolotkin and was recorded at CBS Studios in San Francisco during late 1975.

  • “Look into the Future” – 8:08
  • “On a Saturday Nite” – 4:02
  • “It’s All Too Much” – 4:03
  • “Anyway” – 4:12
  • “She Makes Me (Feel Alright)” – 2:43
  • “You’re on Your Own” – 5:54
  • “Look into the Future” – 8:13

Released: February 1977

“Next,” Journey’s third studio album, represents the end of an era for the band in terms of their experimentation with progressive rock and jazz fusion. Songs like “Spaceman” and “Hustler” continue to echo their earlier styles but also hint at the more commercial sound the band would later adopt. While not commercially successful upon its release, it gained some retrospective recognition for marking a transitional phase for the band. As with the previous albums, the lineup featured Neal Schon on guitars, Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals, Ross Valory on bass, and Aynsley Dunbar on drums. Produced by Glen Kolotkin and recorded at His Master’s Wheels Studio in San Francisco in late 1976, “Next” was the last Journey album to feature solely Gregg Rolie on lead vocals.

  • “Spaceman” – 4:01
  • “People” – 5:19
  • “I Would Find You” – 5:20
  • “Here We Are” – 4:16
  • “Hustler” – 3:14
  • “Next” – 5:26
  • “Nickel & Dime” – 4:13
  • “Karma” – 5:12

Released: January 20, 1978

“Infinity” marked a major turning point in Journey’s career, introducing vocalist Steve Perry and adopting a more mainstream, radio-friendly sound. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker and recorded at His Master’s Wheels Studio and Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles in late 1977, the album was a commercial success. It featured hits like “Lights” and “Wheel in the Sky,” which have since become staples of classic rock radio. The album peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 3x Platinum in the United States. “Infinity” was the last album to feature Aynsley Dunbar before he was replaced by Steve Smith. Alongside Dunbar, the album featured Neal Schon on guitars, Ross Valory on bass, Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals, and the newly added Steve Perry on vocals.

  • “Lights” – 3:09
  • “Feeling That Way” – 3:26
  • “Anytime” – 3:28
  • “Lă Do Dā” – 2:55
  • “Patiently” – 3:09
  • “Wheel in the Sky” – 4:12
  • “Somethin’ to Hide” – 3:26
  • “Winds of March” – 5:04
  • “Can Do” – 2:39
  • “Opened the Door” – 4:34

Released: April 5, 1979

“Evolution” was Journey’s fifth studio album, and it marked the band’s continued move toward a mainstream rock sound. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles. Featuring singles like “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” and “Just the Same Way,” the album helped to further cement the band’s commercial viability. “Evolution” peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 3x Platinum in the United States. The lineup for this album remained the same as “Infinity,” with Neal Schon on guitars, Ross Valory on bass, Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals, Steve Smith on drums, and Steve Perry on vocals.

  • “Majestic” – 1:16
  • “Too Late” – 2:58
  • “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” – 3:54
  • “City of the Angels” – 3:12
  • “When You’re Alone (It Ain’t Easy)” – 3:10
  • “Sweet and Simple” – 4:12
  • “Lovin’ You Is Easy” – 3:38
  • “Just the Same Way” – 3:18
  • “Do You Recall” – 3:13
  • “Daydream” – 4:41
  • “Lady Luck” – 3:35

Released: March 23, 1980

“Departure,” Journey’s sixth studio album, featured a harder rock sound compared to its predecessors. Recorded at The Automatt Studios in San Francisco and produced by Geoff Workman and Kevin Elson, “Departure” spawned hits like “Any Way You Want It” and “Walks Like a Lady.” The album reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 3x Platinum. This was the last studio album to feature Gregg Rolie, who was replaced by Jonathan Cain.

  • “Any Way You Want It” – 3:22
  • “Walks Like a Lady” – 3:16
  • “Someday Soon” – 3:32
  • “People and Places” – 5:04
  • “Precious Time” – 4:48
  • “Where Were You” – 3:01
  • “I’m Cryin'” – 2:53
  • “Line of Fire” – 3:18
  • “Departure” – 0:38
  • “Good Morning Girl” – 1:44
  • “Stay Awhile” – 2:48
  • “Homemade Love” – 2:56

Dream, After Dream

Released: December 10, 1980

“Dream, After Dream,” an often-overlooked album in the Journey discography, served as a soundtrack for the Japanese film of the same name. The music showcased a more orchestrated and experimental side of the band. It was the last Journey album to involve Gregg Rolie and was not as commercially successful as their previous works. It was recorded in Osaka, Japan and was produced by Kevin Elson.

  • “Destiny” – 5:32
  • “Snow Theme” – 5:15
  • “Sand Castles” – 4:50
  • “A Few Coins” – 0:54
  • “Moon Theme” – 1:41
  • “When the Love Has Gone” – 5:03
  • “Festival Dance” – 0:59
  • “The Rape” – 1:23
  • “Little Girl” – 5:51

Released: July 31, 1981

“Escape” was a landmark album for Journey, featuring some of the band’s most iconic songs like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Who’s Crying Now,” and “Open Arms.” Produced by Mike Stone and Kevin Elson, and recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California, “Escape” was a massive commercial success. It was the first Journey album to feature Jonathan Cain, who replaced Gregg Rolie on keyboards. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 9x Platinum in the United States.

  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” – 4:11
  • “Stone in Love” – 4:25
  • “ Who’s Crying Now” – 5:00
  • “Keep On Runnin'” – 3:39
  • “Still They Ride” – 3:49
  • “Escape” – 5:16
  • “Lay It Down” – 4:13
  • “Dead or Alive” – 3:20
  • “Mother, Father” – 5:28
  • “Open Arms” – 3:18

Released: February 22, 1983

“Frontiers,” Journey’s eighth studio album, continued the band’s commercial success from “Escape.” This is the most underrated Journey album. The sound of this record is incredible. Produced by Mike Stone and Kevin Elson, this album was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. It featured hits like “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Faithfully,” and “Send Her My Love.” “Frontiers” reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 6x Platinum in the United States.

  • “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” – 5:26
  • “Send Her My Love” – 3:55
  • “Chain Reaction” – 4:20
  • “After the Fall” – 5:01
  • “Faithfully” – 4:24
  • “Edge of the Blade” – 4:30
  • “Troubled Child” – 4:29
  • “Back Talk” – 3:18
  • “Frontiers” – 4:04
  • “Rubicon” – 4:19

Raised on Radio

Released: May 27, 1986

Breaking a three-year silence, Journey returned with “Raised on Radio,” an album that reflected the changing musical landscape of the late ’80s. Produced by Steve Perry and recorded at Fantasy Studios, it had a more streamlined, pop-oriented sound. Despite significant line-up changes, the album was commercially successful, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart and going 2x Platinum.

  • “Girl Can’t Help It” – 3:50
  • “Positive Touch” – 4:17
  • “Suzanne” – 3:38
  • “Be Good to Yourself” – 3:51
  • “Once You Love Somebody” – 4:40
  • “Happy to Give” – 3:50
  • “Raised on Radio” – 3:49
  • “I’ll Be Alright Without You” – 4:50
  • “It Could Have Been You” – 3:36
  • “The Eyes of a Woman” – 4:33
  • “Why Can’t This Night Go on Forever” – 3:41

Trial by Fire

Released: October 22, 1996

Journey’s “Trial by Fire” was a reunion album featuring the band’s classic lineup. Produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded at Wildhorse Studios in Novato, California, the album was well-received by fans. Although it couldn’t replicate the massive success of the band’s ’80s heyday, it still peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and went Platinum.

  • “Message of Love” – 5:34
  • “One More” – 5:28
  • “When You Love a Woman” – 4:07
  • “If He Should Break Your Heart” – 4:23
  • “Forever in Blue” – 4:34
  • “Castles Burning” – 6:00
  • “Don’t Be Down on Me Baby” – 4:01
  • “Still She Cries” – 5:04
  • “Colors of the Spirit” – 5:35
  • “When I Think of You” – 4:20
  • “Easy to Fall” – 5:16
  • “Can’t Tame the Lion” – 4:32
  • “It’s Just the Rain” – 5:03
  • “Trial by Fire” – 4:27
  • “Baby I’m a Leavin’ You” – 2:48

Released: April 3, 2001

Marking a new era for the band, “Arrival” was the first Journey album to feature Steve Augeri on lead vocals, replacing Steve Perry. Produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City, it failed to achieve the commercial success of previous albums but was appreciated by the band’s dedicated fan base. Of course, there were many who were not happy that Steve Perry was no longer a part of the band, and the low album sales was further proof of the fans who were upset over the loss of Perry

  • “Higher Place” – 5:11
  • “All the Way” – 3:35
  • “Signs of Life” – 4:54
  • “All the Things” – 4:21
  • “Loved by You” – 4:02
  • “Livin’ to Do” – 6:19
  • “World Gone Wild” – 6:00
  • “I Got a Reason” – 4:00
  • “With Your Love” – 4:25
  • “Lifetime of Dreams” – 5:28
  • “Live and Breathe” – 5:17
  • “Nothin’ Comes Close” – 5:41
  • “To Be Alive Again” – 4:20
  • “Kiss Me Softly” – 4:46
  • “I Was Made of You” – 4:29


Released: August 29, 2005

Journey returned in 2005 with “Generations,” which was the first album to feature drummer Deen Castronovo on lead vocals for several tracks, alternating with Steve Augeri. Produced by Kevin Shirley, the album was recorded at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California. The album includes a variety of styles, blending traditional Journey elements with more modern influences. Musicians featured on “Generations” included Steve Augeri on lead vocals, Neal Schon on guitars and vocals, Jonathan Cain on keyboards and vocals, Ross Valory on bass and vocals, and Deen Castronovo on drums, percussion, and vocals.

  • “Faith in the Heartland” – 6:02
  • “The Place in Your Heart” – 4:24
  • “A Better Life” – 5:45
  • “Every Generation” – 5:52
  • “Butterfly (She Flies Alone)” – 5:55
  • “Believe” – 5:45
  • “Knowing That You Love Me” – 4:12
  • “Out of Harms Way” – 5:16
  • “In Self-Defense” – 5:32
  • “Better Together” – 5:14
  • “Gone Crazy” – 4:25
  • “Beyond the Clouds” – 7:52

Released: June 3, 2008

Journey’s “Revelation” marked a pivotal point in the band’s long and storied career, primarily because it was their second album with Arnel Pineda on lead vocals. Produced by Kevin Shirley, “Revelation” was recorded at The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California, and Avatar Studios in New York.

The album is a triple-disc set. The first disc features 11 new songs, while the second contains 11 re-recorded classics featuring Pineda’s vocals, allowing both old and new fans to experience Journey’s classics in a new light. The third disc is a DVD of a live concert.

The album captures Journey’s classic rock sound, while also infusing new energy. Hits like “Never Walk Away” and “After All These Years” became fan favorites and enjoyed radio airplay. The album went on to receive platinum certification and peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Musicians on “Revelation” include Arnel Pineda on lead vocals, Neal Schon on guitars and vocals, Jonathan Cain on keyboards and vocals, Ross Valory on bass and vocals, and Deen Castronovo on drums, percussion, and vocals.

CD 1 Track Listings:

  • “Never Walk Away” – 4:19
  • “Like a Sunshower” – 4:29
  • “Change for the Better” – 5:52
  • “Wildest Dream” – 5:02
  • “Faith in the Heartland” – 6:18
  • “After All These Years” – 4:10
  • “Where Did I Lose Your Love” – 5:02
  • “What I Needed” – 5:28
  • “What It Takes to Win” – 5:23
  • “Turn Down the World Tonight” – 4:56
  • “The Journey (Revelation)” – 3:17

CD 2 Track Listings (Re-recorded classics):

  • “Only the Young” – 4:14
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” – 4:55
  • “Wheel in the Sky” – 5:01
  • “Faithfully” – 4:47
  • “Any Way You Want It” – 3:25
  • “Who’s Crying Now” – 5:44
  • “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” – 5:27
  • “Lights” – 3:16
  • “Open Arms” – 3:22
  • “Be Good to Yourself” – 4:29
  • “Stone in Love” – 4:26

DVD Track Listing (Live in Concert):

  • “Intro Medley: The Journey (Revelation)/Majestic”
  • “Never Walk Away”
  • “Only the Young”
  • “Ask the Lonely”
  • “Stone in Love”
  • “Keep On Runnin'”
  • “After All These Years”
  • “Change for the Better”
  • “Wheel in the Sky”
  • “Lights”
  • “Still They Ride”
  • “Open Arms”
  • “Mother, Father”
  • “Wildest Dream”
  • “When You Love a Woman”
  • “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”
  • “What I Needed”
  • “Edge of the Blade”
  • “Where Did I Lose Your Love”
  • “Escape”
  • “Faithfully”
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’”

Released: May 24, 2011

“Eclipse” is the 14th studio album by Journey. Also featuring Arnel Pineda on vocals, the album aimed for a heavier sound than its predecessor. Produced by Kevin Shirley, it was recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Despite receiving positive reviews for its musical direction, it did not achieve high commercial success.

  • “City of Hope” – 6:01
  • “Edge of the Moment” – 5:27
  • “Chain of Love” – 6:10
  • “Tantra” – 6:27
  • “Anything Is Possible” – 5:21
  • “Resonate” – 5:10
  • “She’s a Mystery” – 6:41
  • “Human Feel” – 6:43
  • “Ritual” – 4:57
  • “To Whom It May Concern” – 5:15
  • “Someone” – 4:34
  • “Venus” – 3:30

Released: July 8, 2022

Freedom features the return of bassist Randy Jackson.

1. Together We Run 2. Don’t Give Up On Us 3. Still Believe In Love 4. You Got The Best Of Me 5. Live To Love Again 6. The Way We Used To Be 7. Come Away With Me 8. After Glow 9. Let It Rain 10. Holdin On 11. All Day And All Night 12. Don’t Go 13. United We Stand 14. Life Rolls On 15. Beautiful As You Are


Released 1981

Captured is Journey’s first live album, released on January 30, 1981. This album marked the end of the band’s successful run in the late ’70s into the ’80s with Steve Perry. The album charted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum, which attests to its commercial success.

The album features Steve Perry on lead vocals, Neal Schon on guitar, Ross Valory on bass, Jonathan Cain on keyboards, and Steve Smith on drums. The record was produced by Kevin Elson and Steve Perry. Captured was released on the Columbia Records label. The album was recorded during various shows in 1980 but primarily on the “Departure” tour.

  • “Where Were You” – 3:22
  • “Just the Same Way” – 3:37
  • “Line of Fire” – 3:26
  • “Lights” – 3:30
  • “Too Late” – 3:44
  • “Dixie Highway” – 6:51
  • “Feeling That Way” – 3:14
  • “Anytime” – 4:27
  • “Do You Recall” – 3:26
  • “Walks Like a Lady” – 7:05
  • “La Do Da” – 7:02
  • “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” – 5:16
  • “Wheel in the Sky” – 5:03
  • “Any Way You Want It” – 3:39
  • “The Party’s Over (Hopelessly in Love)” – 3:42

Greatest Hits Live

Released 1998

Greatest Hits Live is not an official studio album by Journey, but a compilation of live performances released on October 13, 1998. It’s a compilation of recordings taken from various concerts, primarily during the period when Steve Perry was the lead vocalist.

This collection features Steve Perry on vocals, Neal Schon on guitar, Jonathan Cain on keyboards, Ross Valory on bass, and Steve Smith on drums. It was released on the Columbia Records label.

  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” – 4:19
  • “Lights” – 3:20
  • “Open Arms” – 3:21
  • “Mother, Father” – 5:27
  • “La Do Da” – 7:03
  • “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” – 5:09
  • “Who’s Crying Now” – 5:46
  • “Ask the Lonely” – 3:23
  • “Girl Can’t Help It” – 4:29

Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour

Released 2005

“Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour” is a live DVD/CD package by the American rock band Journey, released on November 15, 2005. The concert was recorded and filmed at The Summit in Houston, Texas on November 6, 1981, during the band’s tour for their then-newly released “Escape” album, which had been released in July of that year. The album peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart for music videos and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

The lineup for this live recording included Steve Perry on lead vocals, Neal Schon on lead guitar, Jonathan Cain on keyboards, Ross Valory on bass, and Steve Smith on drums. The album was produced by Steve Perry and Neal Schon.

  • “Escape” – 5:17
  • “Line of Fire” – 3:07
  • “Lights” – 3:17
  • “Stay Awhile” – 2:26
  • “Open Arms” – 3:09
  • “Mother, Father” – 5:22
  • “Jonathan Cain Solo” – 1:53
  • “Who’s Crying Now” – 5:41
  • “Where Were You” – 3:18
  • “Steve Smith Solo” – 3:54
  • “Dead or Alive” – 3:30
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” – 4:09
  • “Stone in Love” – 5:00
  • “Keep On Runnin'” – 4:01
  • “Neal Schon Solo” – 2:21
  • “Wheel in the Sky” – 5:56
  • “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” – 5:14
  • “Anyway You Want It” – 3:39

Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan

Released 2019

“Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan” was released on April 3, 2019, and captures Journey’s performance at the Budokan in Tokyo on February 7, 2017. This special live performance was a unique set where Journey played their “Escape” and “Frontiers” albums back-to-back in their entirety.

The lineup for this recording featured Arnel Pineda on lead vocals, Neal Schon on lead guitar, Ross Valory on bass, Jonathan Cain on keyboards, and Steve Smith on drums. The album was produced by Journey and was released through Eagle Vision.

  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” – 4:15
  • “Who’s Crying Now” – 5:01
  • “Troubled Child” – 4:04
  • “Frontiers” – 4:10

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Journey managed to release one of the most talked-about clips in MTV history during their brief time making videos. As you'll see below in our ranking of every Journey music video, however, there were plenty of other high and low points beyond the ubiquitous "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)."

Because of their relatively small video catalog, we've expanded the rankings to include closely related clips from Steve Perry , Bad English (which included three members of Journey's current lineup ), Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon . That serves to provide a broader overview of their career arc from the '70s through the '20s without drifting too far afield thematically.

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Taken together with a multi-platinum discography, the Top 35 Videos by Journey complete a winding narrative from obscure jam band to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame . Additional commentary for the entries is excerpted from the new Amazon best-selling Journey biography, Journey: Worlds Apart . No. 35. Journey, "After the Fall" From: Frontiers (1983)

By the time Journey returned for 1986's Raised on Radio , they had sworn off scripted videos . This clip makes the case for that decision, reeling off a sort of greatest hits of bad choices. A set resembling an empty builder-grade apartment was lit through the blinds. There's awkward lip-syncing, awkward dancing, even awkward standing – and, sigh, band members actually falling. Even Journey looks bored, at one point reaching for a caffeine boost of coffee while singing the chorus.

No. 34. Journey, "City of Hope" From: Eclipse (2011)

Smart use of video from Arnel Pineda's homeland for one of this album's better songs, but it's all undercut by a series of remarkably cheap-looking band shots.

No. 33. Journey, "Chain Reaction" From: Frontiers (1983)

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No. 32. Gregg Rolie, "Young Love" From: Gregg Rolie (1985)

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No. 31. Schon and Hammer, "No More Lies" From: Here to Stay (1982)

Neal Schon sings some stuff to a woman, then he and Jan Hammer get trapped in a twine box? Hey, it was the '80s.

No. 30. Bad English, "Love is a 4 Letter Word" From: Bad English (1989)

A rudimentary lip-sync video is enlivened by an actual crowd at an actual show in Atlanta.

No. 29. Neal Schon, "What You Want" From: So U (2014)

For some reason, the deeply talented Deen Castronovo shared singing duties on So U with Marco Mendoza and leader Neal Schon, as Schon continued an occasional flirtation with vocals that went back to Journey's Next in 1977. History tells us, however, that Columbia Records demanded that Journey hire a new singer for the LP which followed.

No. 28. Journey, "Wheel in the Sky" From: Infinity (1978)

An otherwise nondescript performance video is paired with the single. Best part: Neal Schon's seriously kick-ass kimono.

No. 27. Bad English, "Straight to Your Heart" From: Backlash (1991)

Arguably Bad English's best single arrived on their well-named second album: The whole AOR sound that its members from Journey and the Babys had created was about to be subsumed by the tidal wave of grunge.

No. 26. Journey, "Send Her My Love" From: Frontiers (1983)

As with "Wheel in the Sky," a performance video is paired with the single – only this time with some utterly enraptured gazes from the audience.

No. 25. Journey, "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever" From: Raised on Radio (1986)

"Why Can't This Night Go On Forever" featured an appropriately wistful clip-file video from a band that was grinding to another sudden halt .

No. 24. Journey, "Lights" From: Infinity (1978)

Unlikely controversy surrounded this clip, and not because of the dizzying visual effects during the choruses. "I went to some Billboard conference, and [founding manager] Herbie Herbert was there," Journey video producer Paul Flattery told me. "He came up to me and he was blasting me for the Journey video. His big complaint involved Aynsley Dunbar, the drummer. His stomach stuck out in one of the shots. They were lined up, in kind of a profile thing. It was like, 'He complains to me about this every day.'"

No. 23. Neal Schon, "The Calling" From: The Calling (2012)

You get a sense that Schon maybe loves motorcycles? What actually made this session so great: Steve Smith. Initial work on a few tracks eventually became an album-length collaboration, then The Calling – Schon's best solo album to date – precipitated a completely unexpected return to Journey.

No. 22. Journey, "Any Way You Want It" From: Departure (1980)

An otherwise nondescript performance video is bookended with jukebox scenes that neatly presuppose the placement of "Don't Stop Believin'" in the finale of The Sopranos .

No. 21. Steve Perry, "Missing You" From: For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)

Typical of its time, this clip from Perry's long-awaited sophomore solo LP is more texture than actual context.

No. 20. Bad English, "Forget Me Not" From: Bad English (1989)

This band included three former members of the Babys, the doomed opening act that provided a tour-long audition for future cornerstone Jonathan Cain . Bad English would suffer a similar fate, hinted at (once again) by the way John Waite and Neal Schon push each other around in this clip for their failed debut single.

No. 19. Journey, "Just the Same Way" From: Evolution (1979)

OK, not much happens. But there was a cool juxtaposition of light and darkness when Rolie shared vocals early in Perry's tenure. Unfortunately, it was an all-too-brief moment in time. Media attention was soon focused squarely on the newcomer, and Rolie exited in 1980. "I don't think Perry really liked me singing. 'I'm the singer,'" Rolie told me. "Well, OK. But my answer to that is, you know, the Beatles did great with four singers. Four, right? Not one." In the end, Rolie felt "there was a design to all of that: 'You've got to have a frontman now,' and it was so they've got something to write about, and focus on. Now hopefully the frontman in any band is going to rally behind the guys behind them that helped them be the frontman. Bands are bands and they've got to live like that — and that's hard to do, especially when the press gets involved."

No. 18. Gregg Rolie, "The Hands of Time" From: Gringo (1987)

You may assume that Rolie couldn't pull off the sleek plasticine sound of the '80s, since his departure coincided with Journey's shift in that direction. "The Hands of Time" proves otherwise.

No. 17. Bad English, "Price of Love" From: Bad English (1989)

They whiffed on a rocker, then hit with a Diane Warren power ballad. So guess what their next single sounded like? A somehow forgotten No. 5 hit.

No. 16. Neal Schon, "Love Finds a Way" From: So U (2014)

Schon's best solo single agan showcases Castronovo and Mendoza, both of whom participated in offshoot bands and the main Journey lineup. Castronovo's ability to pull off Perry-type vocals while manning the drums is a remarkable thing to watch. A friend of Rolie's son memorably walked up to Castronovo after a performance and "and he goes, 'I'm convinced that you're only half human' — because he can do that," Rolie told me, with a laugh. "I couldn’t believe that he was singing the way he was singing and playing these complex things. It's amazing to me. He thinks 'What? Can't everybody do that?' 'No, no, not at all!'"

No. 15. Journey, "When You Love a Woman" From: Trial By Fire (1996)

A suitably staid clip for a very staid song.

No. 14. Journey, "I'll Be Alright Without You" From: Raised on Radio (1986)

Points given for the new accapella ending. Points taken away for Randy Jackson's polka-dotted bass.

No. 13. Steve Perry, "No More Cryin'" From: Traces (2018)

Notable for the unwelcome absence of organist Booker T. Jones. The Stax legend connected Traces with Perry's love of R&B, while girding it all with mirthful soul. Keyboardist Dallas Kruse mimes the part.

No. 12. Bad English, "When I See You Smile" From: Bad English (1989)

In which three past or future members of Journey are shown up by John Waite's gloriously hair-sprayed visage.

No. 11. Journey, "Feeling That Way" From: Infinity (1978)

Love the Budweiser on Gregg Rolie's keyboard. The only disappointment was learning that he wasn't simply boozing it up. The beer company was a Journey tour sponsor.

No. 10. Steve Perry, "Most of All" From: Traces (2018)

Notable for its welcome showcase of Thom Flowers, who turns in a delicately involving guitar solo after helping shepherd Perry's long-awaited comeback as co-producer of Traces . "Most of All," an emotional goodbye to Perry's late girlfriend Kellie Nash, was one of its triumphs.

No. 9. Gregg Rolie, "What About Love" From: Sonic Ranch (2019)

Rolie was inspired by Ringo Starr 's message of peace and love as a member of the longest-tenured lineup of the All-Starr Band, and "What About Love" is the result. Rolie then enlisted his son Sean Rolie to help with a music video. Its jittery blend of candid backstage footage, performance clips from the Journey Through Time offshoot band, and open-road imagery served as a canny update of Rolie's image for a new era.

No. 8. Steve Perry, "You Better Wait" From: For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)

It's cool that he carried the patented tuxedo-jacket look into his solo career, but a run-down shack out in the desert clearly wasn't the most hospitable setting. Perry loses the shirt.

No. 7. Steve Perry, "Foolish Heart" From: Street Talk (1984)

Deceptively difficult to film, this concept came courtesy of Journey video producer Paul Flattery's director of photography. But slowly zooming in and out on Steve Perry from the balcony of this intimate theater proved to be outrageously expensive. "You didn't have a crane that could have the camera actually in the balcony and below the parapet, and then come up and go all the way down," Flattery told me. "So, the solution was to build a fake balcony, which you could then strike as soon as the camera was clear of it. Then you could get everything and everybody out of the way by the time you got down to the stage and the camera turned around. For something that looks so simple, that was a lot of hard work."

No. 6. Journey, "The Way We Used to Be" From: Freedom (2022)

They made the best of pandemic-era restrictions with a fizzy animated video that finds Neal Schon suddenly transforming into Journey's familiar scarab .

No. 5. Steve Perry, "We're Still Here" From: Traces (2018)

Perry's first scripted video since 1994's "Missing You" recalls the pitched nostalgia of Journey's "Still They Ride" – but from a much different perspective. "I think I was the first person to ask him about 'We're Still Here,' and I was taking that as, like, existential," former Rolling Stone editor David Wild told me. "Instead, it was him remembering how he went down to record some- thing in Hollywood at one of the studios and all these young people and rock 'n' roll freaks were out, sort of crawling around — 'streetlight people,' as he once coined it. He was praising and con- necting with them. There's still youth and still energy on the streets."

No. 4. Steve Perry, "Strung Out" From: Street Talk (1984)

Perry began sessions for this first solo album by tearing through an early version of "Strung Out." It was largely indistinguishable from the average Journey song in both construction and approach. Things got more interesting with the video, as Journey video producer Paul Flattery oversaw a prequel for Perry's "Oh Sherrie" promo clip. "We were trying to make pieces of art as opposed to pieces of commerce," Flattery told me. The obvious goal was to "build on the success of 'Oh Sherrie,' which was a huge, huge hit — and so we wanted to ride the coattails of that. I don't know if anybody had ever done a sequel, let alone a prequel. What happened was, it gave MTV an incentive to play both together as a kind of a suite. So they would say, here's the new Steve Perry thing — and then of course, it would lead into his biggest hit, which wasn't a bad thing to do."

No. 3. Journey, "Faithfully" From: Frontiers (1983)

A road video for song written on the road about life on the road, and the terrible strain that can put on a relationship. The funny scene with Steve Smith belies this song's underlying message: Author Cain and singer Perry were both struggling against heartbreak. The track itself came together spontaneously, before Perry asked to be alone in the studio to record his vocal. The finished take was unlike any Perry ever tried. He credited that, in part, to the fact that Cain had written "Faithfully" in his own key. "From the opening lines, he's just absolutely dripping with emotion," founding MTV VJ Martha Quinn told me. "Every time you put the needle down, you can just feel it." Perry completed the song by conjuring an ending dance between his “whoa whoa whoa” and Neal Schon's guitar out of thin air.

No. 2. Journey, "Separate Ways" From: Frontiers (1983)

The set up, featuring Journey members playing air instruments while a model marches around, has been mercilessly mocked . But "Separate Ways" was simply a product of its time – and hardly the worst example of '80s-era video excess. "It goes back to that optimism and sense of fun that people will return to, time and time again," Quinn said. "Rock aficionados may have said, 'Oh, that was cornball.' Well, ask people that are still doing send-ups today, down to every last camera angle." At the same time, the video inadvertently set the stage for future solo success. Perry brought then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford to the set, and she reportedly became jealous. "You're going to have a slut in your video?" Jonathan Cain remembered Swafford asking Perry. That left Perry to openly wonder if he'd have to write a song for Swafford to smooth things over. " And so he did ," Cain said with a laugh.

No. 1. Steve Perry, "Oh Sherrie" From: Street Talk (1984)

Journey video producer Paul Flattery came up with a story-within-a-story approach that showed Steve Perry pushing back against a typically over-the-top shoot in order to film a more straightforward plea to namesake girlfriend Sherrie Swafford. The rejected high-concept portion originally had an Egyptian motif, but they couldn't find a suitable location, so they switched to a Shakespearean approach. ("I like to think of it as 'Richard III' — with Steve's hair," Flattery quipped.) On set, Perry's concluding interaction with Swafford may have provided some hint at what was to come: "The weird thing was at the very end, the first take we did, he goes: 'Hey, I kinda love you.' By take 6, it was 'I kinda like you,'" Flattery said with a laugh.

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