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Journey’s Greatest Hits: 11 of Their Best Songs, Ranked

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Journey’s greatest hits? That’s a tough question when you consider that lead singer Steve Perry, lead guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, rhythm guitarist George Tickner, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, and drummer Aynsley Dunbar — collectively known as Journey — have had 25 albums go gold and platinum.

Journey hit its highest career points between 1978 and 1987, with their most popular album being Escape (1981), which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and features some of the band’s most well-known songs.

To check them out for yourself, read on (and listen to!) Journey’s greatest hits!

11. “Stone in Love” (1981): Journey’s greatest hits

Neal Schon came up with the idea for “Stone in Love” (featured on Escape) at a house party, writing the signature riff and structure, while Steve Perry, with the help of Jonathan Cain (who replaced Rolie in the band as keyboardist), finished the song. However, you can hear Perry’s influence on the song during the guitar solo towards the end. 

10. “Just the Same Way” (1979) 

Written by Gregg Rolie, Schon and Ross Valory, this song appeared on Journey’s Evolution album (1979). With catchy lyrics and memorable beats, this song is the epitome of the kind of music the band is best known for. 

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9. “Ask the Lonely” (1983): Journey’s greatest hits

Reaching number 3 on the Billboard charts in 1984, this track has just the right amount of rock and roll infused into it. It featured in the film Two of a Kind and appeared on its soundtrack. It was written by Perry and Cain. 

8. “Who’s Crying Now” (1981) 

Another amazing song written by Cain and Perry. This song debuted at number 4 on the Billboard charts and was the Bang-highest charting single in the UK until “Don’t Stop Believin'” was released later that year. This track appeared on the Escape album and highlighted Steve Perry’s impressive vocal range. 

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7. “When You Love a Woman” (1996): Journey’s greatest hits

Appearing on the band’s 10th album, Trial by Fire (1996), the love song “When You Love a Woman” hit number 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for four weeks, while also finding itself nominated for a Grammy Award. It was co-written by Perry, Schon and Cain, and was one of Perry’s last songs as lead vocalist for the band. 

6. “Someday Soon” (1980) 

Originally written by Ian Tyson and sung by him and Sylvia Fricker in 1963, Journey debuted their version of this song in 1980. With hard-hitting drum beats and stunning background vocals, this cover version really makes the band shine in a brand-new way. 

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5. “Be Good to Yourself” (1986): Journey’s greatest hits

“Be Good to Yourself” was the band’s first song in over three years due to Perry’s solo tour. It was written by Perry, Cain, and Schon — the only ones to appear on the track as the band was dealing with losing Ross Valory and Steve Smith at the time of its recording. 

4. “Anyway You Want It” (1980) 

Written on a tour bus by Perry and Schon, this song earned its place in music history after appearing in the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack. Over the years, it has also been heard in The SimpsonsCharlie’s Angels 2: Full Throttle and Glee. 

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3. “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin'” (1979): Journey’s greatest hits

Released in 1979, this song takes listeners on a wild ride as they learn that a woman is cheating on a boyfriend, but it ends with them learning he is cheating on her, too. Written by Perry, this one has heartfelt lyrics and a slower, more soulful beat. 

2. “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” (1983) 

Appearing on their 1983 Frontiers album, this song spent six weeks on the Billboard charts. However, some fans heard about it in 1982, when the band decided to play it on their Escape tour. Most recently, the song appeared in the Season 4 finale of the hit Netflix show Stranger Things

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1. “Don’t Stop Believin'” (1981) Journey’s greatest hits

Arguably their most famous song, “Don’t Stop Believin'” was the second song released from the Escape album. It was a top 10 hit worldwide in 1981 and later became the band’s signature song. Written by Cain, Schon and Perry, in 2009 it became the top selling track in iTunes history up to that point.

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