Millions of TV viewers who watched the finale of HBO mafia hit The Sopranos remember this as the last sounds of the series. Chicago White Sox fans still pump their fists with pride when they hear this rock ballad, the unofficial theme song of their 2005 championship season.

When America's quintessential rock band, Journey, released the single "Don't Stop Believin'" in the early '80s, they had no idea how many karaoke singers, partygoers and bad wedding dancers would also make this song their own.

In the '80s and '90s, Journey dominated the charts. They sold 80 million records, released multiplatinum albums and filled stadiums across the country. Then, in 1996, lead singer Steve Perry left the band.

For more than 10 years, the band struggled to find a singer who could recreate Steve's distinctive sound. "It's a tenor voice, with soul and emotion," guitarist Neal Schon says.

The members of Journey—Neal, Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory and Deen Castronovo—had no idea how the lyrics of "Don't Stop Believin'" would continue to inspire them more than 20 years after its release.


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