journey_infinityJourney – “Wheel in the Sky” – (1978)

From 1978’s Infinity we have “Wheel in the Sky,” the album’s first single. It was the band’s first song to chart on the Hot 100, peaking at #57. The song was co-written by Robert Fleischman, the band’s singer prior to Steve Perry. But it’s Perry’s vocals (he replaced Fleischman prior to recording this album) that really put Journey on the map.

#20 – Journey – “Lights” – (1978)

This was Journey’s second major hit (after “Wheel in the Sky”) and both came from Infinity, the bands fourth album. But it was the first album with Steve Perry howling behind the microphone. What a difference one guy can make, huh? This song actually got more popular as time has passed, because it wasn’t a huge hit upon its initial release. But today it stands as one of Journey’s best and it might be their most recognizable song after “Don’t Stop Believin.'”

#6 – Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’” – (1981)

This song was a top ten hit upon its initial release (#9). It’s been a mainstream radio staple for 30 years and its popularity in the past 10 years is equal, if not greater than, when it was first released. This song is in the top 25 most downloaded (iTunes) songs of all time. This song has been in too many movies and TV shows to list, although I will say that it was famously in the final scene of The Sopranos. The opening keyboard gives this song away immediately, and when Steve Perry’s blasting vocals build to that final crescendo, you really feel it. People, and I’ve noticed this a lot among younger and younger generations, love this song. Rightfully so.