The popularity of Journey‘s 1981 “Don’t Stop Believin'” shows absolutely no signs of fading with the band’s signature tune now passing streams of 1 billion on Spotify, according to Loudersound.com. Back in 2009, the track made history by becoming the first catalog digital track to reach 2 million downloads. Today, the song boasts over seven million digital downloads.

Neal Schon, Journey’s co-founding guitarist and co-writer of the track posted on social media, “Wow!!! Thank you Fans!! We are over 1 Billion Streams on Spotify ‘Don’t Stop Believin” QUEEN is the ONLY other band at this point. Congratulations guys . . JOURNEY and QUEEN the only 2 bands ever to attain more then (sic) 1 billion Streams individually for ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Cheers Friends.”

FAST FACTS

  • Journey‘s Escape was released on July 17th, 1981 and topped the Billboard 200 albums chart for one week starting on September 12th, 1981.
  • The album featured five hit singles — including “Open Arms” which topped out at Number Two, “Who’s Cryin’ Now” which hit Number Four, “Don’t Stop Believin'” which hit Number Nine, “Still They Ride” peaked at Number 19, and “Stone In Love” which hit Number 13 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

SIDE NOTES

  • Last year, during the height of the Covid pandemic, Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'” was blasted daily at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital and in the “Big Apple” at New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital as patients slowly recover.
  • Veronica Hall, a resident nurse and president of the president of Henry Ford told The Detroit News: “The song is a sign of hope, a reminder to patients to never give up and a motivational thank-you to tired, never-stop-trying team members.”
  • At the time, Steve Perry, tweeted: “I wanted to share a little cheer from New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital in NY. They play ‘Don’t Stop Believin” every time a COVID-19 patient is discharged. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get through this together. #DontStopBelievin.”
  • Jonathan Cain also posted a message and a video: “Love this from a hospital in NYC where people are being released after beating Covid-19 while they played our song.”

CHECK IT OUT: Journey on November 6th, 1981 performing “Don’t Stop Believin'” live in Houston: