Many of us at some stage will have had that hypothetical question about if you were stuck on a desert island what would you take with you. In a similar vein I will be sharing all the songs that I would put in my own personal jukebox, not necessarily to take to a desert island, you understand, but just the many songs that would make me sad should I never hear them again. In order to make things a little interesting I’m going to permit myself just one song from each group or singer, which will be something of a test but one I’ll embrace. I hope you enjoy some of my choices and would be intrigued to hear selections from your own personal jukebox, these days MP3s or Ipods, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me on this occasion.
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981)
The opening track on Journey’s Escape (1981), Don’t Stop Believin’ is also the group’s most famous song and was a big success on its release, landing at no.6 in the UK Top Ten in a decade where such music was more chart friendly than it is today.
The opening to the song describes a boy and girl from different towns and boarding ‘the midnight train going anywhere.’ Despite setting the scene for two lost souls to find one another, Don’t Stop Believin’ soon takes on a more generic meaning with the lines, “Some will win, some will lose, some were born to sing the blues,” describing those who are unlucky in finding love but the song’s title is a universal message that there is always hope for everyone no matter how much they are struck by misfortune.
From that memorable piano intro onwards this song is an absolute pleasure throughout. Don’t Stop Believin’ slots into the modern consciousness featuring in the likes of Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, The Sopranos and X-Factor. Some might argue it’s corny but most will agree that it’s simply a classic rock song that I’m sure will continue to endure.
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