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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