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‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ By Journey Is Now The Biggest Song Of All Time

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According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Journey’s hit song “Don’t Stop Believin’” has been certified 18 times platinum, solidifying its place as one of the most successful songs in history. Recently, Forbes recognized it as the biggest song of all time, leading to excitement among fans and band members alike.

Celebrating the Collaboration behind “Don’t Stop Believin’”

Neal Schon, the guitarist of Journey, took to Twitter to share the news with the band’s supporters. Expressing his delight, he wrote, “We now officially have the biggest song in the world ever in the history of music! Congratulations to all.” Schon also reached out to Steve Perry, the former lead vocalist of Journey and co-writer of the song, to congratulate him on the achievement.

In a screenshot shared by Schon, his message to Perry read, “Congratulations Steve, we got it more than right.” When a fan asked if Perry responded to the message, Schon humorously replied, “Lol, no. But I’m tired of everyone saying you left Steve out. Jesus, everyone knows he wrote it with us. I said congratulations to all.” This exchange highlights the collaborative effort that went into creating the iconic anthem.

Steve Perry has always recognized the potential of “Don’t Stop Believin’” and its enduring appeal. In a 2009 interview with CBC, Perry reflected on the song’s meaning and its resonance with listeners. He described it as a powerful message about perseverance, youthfulness, and the search for hope in difficult times. As Perry put it, “It’s about having hope and not quitting when things get tough because I’m telling you things get tough for everybody.”

 

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Controversy of “Don’t Stop Believin’”

While “Don’t Stop Believin’” has achieved incredible success, it hasn’t been exempt from controversy. At an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers, Journey performed the song with altered lyrics, replacing “South Detroit” with “Born and raised in San Francisco.” This change upset many Detroit supporters, leading to a wave of criticism on social media. Despite this incident, the immense popularity and cultural impact of the song remain intact.

Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” has become the anthem of hope and resilience for countless individuals around the world. Its lasting impact on popular culture is a testament to the band’s musical prowess and ability to create timeless songs. The recognition of this track as the biggest song of all time by Forbes further solidifies its place in music history.

The success of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” as the biggest song of all time showcases the lasting power of a well-crafted and emotionally resonant piece of music. The collaborative efforts of the band members, including Steve Perry, Neal Schon, and Jonathan Cain, led to the creation of a song that continues to inspire and uplift listeners across generations. With its universal message of hope and perseverance, “Don’t Stop Believin’” remains a beloved anthem that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

Written by: Best Classic Bands Staff

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