Top 10 Songs by Journey
Journey was formed by a number of members of Santa in the mid-1970s. The band started out primarily as a progressive rock act. Eventually the group moved to a more hard rock sound but never abandoned their progressive origins. Over the years the band has continued to sell millions of records and release a variety of memorable singles.
Over the years the Journey lineup has changed with guitarist Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory being the only constants. But what makes the band so memorable? Let’s look at a few points:
- Neal Schon has proven himself to be one of the most iconic guitarists in rock history. His virtuoso playing can be heard on every Journey album.
- The band also brings about an atmospheric sound throughout its many tracks. The great work of keyboard player Jonathan Cain has especially helped create some great tunes.
- But the most memorable part of Journey comes from former vocalist Steve Perry. The incredibly distinct voice and wide range that he brings truly takes Journey forward.
In 2017, Journey will be immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are ten of their best songs in honor of their induction.
Don’t Stop Believin’
Is this the perfect rock song? It might be, considering the powerful sound of this song. Jonathan Cain’s memorable piano intro leads into Perry’s memorable lyrics on hope. This song was heavily inspired by Cain’s father telling him to never give up on his dreams.
Any Way You Want It
Thin Lizzy, who Journey was touring with when they wrote this song, has been cited as a major influence on this song. The upbeat sound is amazing with Schon’s powerful guitar fitting in perfectly with Perry’s strong vocals. The song has been used on a number of soundtracks, the most notable being on Caddyshack’s soundtrack.
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Cain’s powerful keyboard solo that opens the song immediately brings listeners into a strong sound. The great keyboards blend with Perry’s lyrics about the end of a love affair. The song became noteworthy for being used in the Journey arcade game where a real recording of the song was used in arcade cabinets. The song’s music video is also memorable although it has long been seen as a symbol of how cheesy some videos in the 1980s were.
Only the Young
Used on the soundtrack to the movie Vision Quest, this song is all about the optimism of youth. The song was particularly shared with a teen who was dying of cystic fibrosis. He was the first person outside Journey to hear the song. When he died a day after meeting the band, a Walkman with the cassette featuring the song was in his hand. The story is a true reminder of how powerful youth can be.
Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’
This song was heavily inspired by Sam Cooke’s Nothing’ Can Change This Love. Perry’s sweet vocals about a departed lover features a memorable call-and-response vocal section. The song builds up to all members singing together to create one of the greatest songs in the band’s discography.
Message of Love
Even in the last days of Steve Perry’s tenure in the band, he still knew how to carry out great vocals. This beautiful song features an intense sound that carries the emotion of love together. It also carries Schon’s guitar forward.
The last song to feature original keyboard player Gregg Rolie, this heartbreaking song was used in the soundtrack to the Japanese film Dream, After Dream. It perfectly mixes the progressive roots of Journey with the harder edge that the band has held ever since. The emotion of the track comes with many great sounds all around.
Cain wrote this memorable ballad about being on the road and missing the woman he loves. The song remains one of the band’s greatest ballads. The imagery of Cain’s lyrics is especially conveyed well by Perry.
In My Lonely Feeling/Conversations
Journey made three albums prior to Perry joining the group. Each album has a number of impressive songs that still sound fresh. This two-part song features introspective vocal from Gregg Rolie while Neal Schon and original backing guitarist George Tickner pair together for a powerful solo.
Look Into the Future
This song, which features lyrics co-written by Valory’s wife Diane, is one of Schon’s greatest centrepieces. Much of the song is dedicated to Schon’s powerful guitar with an intense solo in the second half of this eight-minute song. Rolie’s vocals especially cut through perfectly.
|Don’t Stop Believin’||Escape||Perry, Schon, Cain||1981|
|Any Way You Want It||Departure||Perry, Schon||1980|
|Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)||Frontiers||Perry, Cain||1983|
|Only the Young||Vision Quest Original Soundtrack||Perry, Schon, Cain||1985|
|Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’||Evolution||Perry||1979|
|Message of World||Trial by Fire||Perry, Schon, Cain, Bettis||1996|
|Little Girl||Dream, After Dream Original Soundtrack||Perry, Schon, Rolie||1980|
|In My Lonely Feeling/Conversations||Journey||Rolie, Valory||1975|
|Look Into the Future||Look Into the Future||Schon, Rolie, D. Valory||1976|