'Glee' propels Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" to go on and on and on and on

Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believin’" hasn’t just taken on another life, it’s going to outlive us all. What started as a top-10 power ballad back in 1981(it peaked at no. 9 on the pop charts) has become the song with more lives than nine cats. The most notable return to the pop culture zeitgeist came, of course, with the Sopranos series finale, but it’s also turned up in the current Broadway show Rock of Ages, as well as Laguna Beach (which landed the song on to iTunes Top 10 back in 2005) — even the memorable roller-rink scene in 2003’s Charlize Theron Oscar bait Monster.

And just when we’d thought we’d escaped the grasp of Steve Perry’s epic plea to "hold on to that fee-eee-ee-lin’" Fox’s Glee came along and put the ultimate earworm back in its rightful place: the number-one spot on iTunes. Of course, it sounds slightly different in this Freaks and Geeks meets High School Musical pilot, but it’s a good kind of different. Even if you aren’t one for show choirs (which, is quite frankly, shocking), it’s pretty damn hard to resist. What do you think, Music Mixers? Are you loving Glee‘s take on "Don’t Stop Believin’," or are you ready to ship it back on the midnight train goin’ an-y-where?

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  • Lauren

    I downloaded their version. I love it. I can’t stop listening to it. Now it’s stuck in my head. I suspect I need some sort of Don’t Stop rehab right now.

  • J C

    Well that USED to be a great song. Now its just a bunch of lousy kids singing for a pretentious “critic’s darling” comedy.
    I can’t wait for this show to get cancelled (which wont take long), so that this awful cover will be forgotten, with the exception of various “worst covers ever list” spread around the internet.

    • me

      Agree with JC 100%.
      I JUST found out that there was a glee cover. Listened to it. Now I’m listening to Journey-Greatest Hits album just to cleanse my ears from this fallacy.

      • Tonzone21

        Yeah it’s definitely not going to be cancelled anytime soon. This show is amazing and the cover by Glee has been certified Gold. And some of the “lousy kids” you talk about have been on Broadway for the better part of their lives, including the female lead in this song Lea Michele. Don’t post if you don’t know what you’re talking about…

    • cin

      haha. Guess you were wrong.

  • Rebecca

    LOVE it! Can’t get it out of my head.

  • A-Go Go

    I loved the show and their big finale, loved the back up voices on this song.

  • Jenn

    Also the big finale number of Broadway’s Rock of Ages and heavily used in the show’s promos.

  • DW

    The Glee version of the song is amazing. And if someone thinks this show is “pretentious,” they obviously don’t know the meaning of the word. Glee is anything but.

  • chris

    it’s a good cover, but Petra Haden’s COMPLETELY acapella version is 100 times better and it was done in 2007!

    • Von Trap


  • justin

    this cover of Don’t Stop Believin’ is insanely good. Its catchy, energetic, and it just makes you feel on top of the world. I blasted this song as I rode out on my last day of high school. and for those who are crying blasphemoy about this song being redone and calling it another High School Musical retard, then obviously you haven’t seen the show which is ten times better then any HSM movie can ever be and this song is a THOUSAND times better then any crappy song from those movies, cause unlike them, this one actually gives emotion. hands down, this is going to be blaring on my radio all summer.

    • Rebecca

      i totally agree justin :)

      • me

        i totally disagree

  • Patty

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the song, but I’m getting a little sick of hearing it everywhere. Not only that, but once I do hear it I cannot get it out of my head. I would appreciate it if the song was given a bit of a rest.

  • Sienna

    I don’t care for Journey, and while I can’t deny the infectiousness of “Don’t Stop Believin'”, it’s not a song I listen to with any regularity. But I love–*love*–the “Glee” version.

  • bengrimm

    Petra Haden’s version is inventive and fun, but unfort. her voice is only half as good as Lea Michele’s from Glee. Glee version rocks.

  • Dominick

    I’ve listened to it soo many times already. Definitely obsessed with it and I have a feeling I will be for a while

  • bdog

    Looooove it.

  • Keri

    I was born the year this song came out, and I don’t think I was really into it until I heard it in “Monster” during the scene at the roller rink. Then I suddenly remembered the other times I’d heard it “somewhere” and suddenly had to have it, and have been crazy for it since.
    I haven’t seen “Glee” yet, but it is on Do-Not-Delete mode on my TIVO. I’ve been so overloaded on 2-hour finales this week, I need a break before I (very likely) enjoy this show. I did, however, immediately check out the clip of the song on I-tunes and liked those 30 seconds enough to download it ASAP. I listened to it once and thought, “Oh cute, a duet.” And then a couple days later, I listened to it over and over… oh dear God. Now I’m obsessed. And it’ll be so much easier to enjoy lip-syncing to this song with a girl in lead vocals.
    Can’t seem to get tired of this d@amned song. Even though it’s a top 10 on my Ipod, I still squeal when it comes on the radio & I am forced to turn up the volume LOUD!

  • Keri

    PS– D@amn you, EW! You just forced me to listen to it again! CURSE YOU, ENABLERS!

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