Best Journey Songs Top 10 All-Time
Calling all Journey fans on the road tonight! We are here to list the top 10 Journey songs of all-time. Before we get to the songs we have to mention all of the band members. Journey first formed in 1973. We created a list of the best Journey’s top 10 songs of all-time.
Neal Schon – lead guitar (1973–present)
Ross Valory – bass (1973–1985, 1995–present)
Jonathan Cain – keyboards, rhythm guitar (1980–present)
Deen Castronovo – drums, percussion (1998–present)
Arnel Pineda – lead vocals (2007–present)
Gregg Rolie – keyboards, harmonica, lead vocals (1973–1980)
George Tickner – rhythm guitar (1973–1975)
Aynsley Dunbar – drums, percussion (1974–1978)
Robert Fleischman – lead vocals (1977)
Steve Perry – lead vocals (1977–1998)
Steve Smith – drums, percussion (1978–1985, 1995–1998)
Randy Jackson – bass, vocals (1985–1987)
Steve Augeri – lead vocals, guitar (1998–2006)
Best Journey Songs
1. Don’t Stop Believin’
This song is an anthem to get things going. Whether it is played at sports arenas or political speeches or even wedding receptions, the song will live on forever. Who can argue with more than 30 million views on YouTube also?
Released in 1981
On Album: Escape
Even though Steve Perry went his own way for a time being, we have to mention his most popular single released and played on the radio – “Oh Sherrie”. However, our favorite song was “Strung Out”. We also have to mention our favorite current song by Journey is “After All These Years” and from their current album Eclipse is City Of Hope.
The Birth of Journey
Every great band has a great origin. Journey is no different. Journey evolved from another successful band, Santana. Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie were important pieces of Carlos Santana’s band until they decided to form their own group. With Santana’s blessing, Schon and Rolie embarked upon a musical project that would make them legends.
The pair were established songwriters, but they needed a stellar vocalist to sing the Journey songs that would put the band in the record books. Steve Perry was handpicked by the founding members because of his vocal stylings and range. To this day you can instantly recognize Journey songs on the radio thanks to Perry’s distinctive voice.
Rolie would eventually leave Journey to purse his own interests, leaving Schon and Perry to dominate the rock scene of the 80s with Journey classics like “Don’t Stop Believin'”, “Open Arms”, and many other huge hits.
The Secret to Journey’s Success
There are many elements that account for a successful rock band. One of these is chemistry between members. Neal Schon and Steve Perry combined their talents to create the Journey songs the world knows and loves.
Schon is one of the greatest rock guitarists to ever pick up the instrument. Likewise, Perry is a unique vocalist that is unlike any other. For these two talented individuals to work together there was a great willingness to share the spotlight. Neither musician allowed their ego to get in the way of Journey’s success.
The large library of Journey songs that are still played on the radio today and chosen for special events like weddings are a collaborative effort between Schon and Perry. They played to each other’s strengths in their writing, and that made Journey a legend.
Replacing Steve Perry
When Steve Perry chose to leave the band after dealing with health issues and other problems, Neal Schon made a difficult decision. He chose to find another vocalist who could do justice to the classic Journey songs. Schon’s first choice was Steve Augeri. Augeri not only sang like Perry, he resembled him as well.
Some fans did not like the replacement and felt like the band was trying to produce a Steve Perry clone. The Augeri era lasted through one album, Arrival, before Schon was again searching for a lead vocalist.
The right man was found in Arnel Pineda, a native of the Philippines who dedicated his life to matching Steve Perry’s vocal range. Pineda took the reins in 2007 and continues to deliver faithful renditions of Journey songs today. He has even been given the stamp of approval by Perry himself.
Today, Journey is still going strong and selling out concert venues. Fans come to hear all the classic music that they grew up with. If you are looking for the perfect love song to add to your wedding or other event, look no farther than this list of top Journey songs.
Journey song list curated by Matthew Campbell