When the band Journey formed in 1973, it brought together former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. In 1977, band members replaced lead singer Robert Fleischman with Steve Perry.
Sales of Journey albums have garnered two gold albums, eight multi-platinum albums and one diamond album. The band has had eighteen Top 40 singles in the United States. The eighteen Top 40 hits include six that reached the Top 10 and two that reached number one on various Billboard music charts. But out of all of those, what are the five best Journey lyrics or verses?
“Wheel In The Sky”: This was the first song released by Journey with Steve Perry as the lead vocalist. The song was included on Infinity, the band’s fourth studio album. It reached the number 57 spot on the Hot 100 and number 45 on Canada’s RPM 100. The best verse of the song is, "I've been trying to make it home. Got to make it before too long. I can't take this very much longer. I'm stranded in the sleet and rain. Don't think I'm ever gonna make it home again. The mornin' sun is risin'. It's kissin' the day."
“Don’t Stop Believing”: Described by one critic as a “perfect rock song,” the single peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. It was included on Journey’s 1981 album Escape. Re-released in 2009, the song went to number six on the Billboard charts. The best verse of the song is, "A singer in a smoky room. A smell of wine and cheap perfume. For a smile they can share the night. It goes on and on, and on, and on. Strangers waiting up and down the boulevard their shadows searching in the night. Streetlights, people, living just to find emotion. Hiding somewhere in the night."
“Faithfully”: The most recognizable song released by the band reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The power ballad was written by Jonathan Cain. “Faithfully” was released as the second single from the Frontiers album. The best verse of the song is, "They say that the road ain't no place to start a family. Right down the line it's been you and me. And lovin' a music man ain't always what it's supposed to be. Oh girl you stand by me. I'm forever yours, faithfully."
“Who’s Crying Now”: Released in 1981 as the first single from the Escape album, the song reached the number four spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. It was co-written by the band’s piano player Jonathan Cain and lead singer Steve Perry. The best verse of the song is, "So many stormy nights, so many wrongs or rights. Neither could change their headstrong ways. And in a lovers rage they tore another page. The fightin' is worth the love they save. One love feeds the fire. One heart burns desire. I wonder, who's crying now? Two hearts born to run. Who'll be the lonely one? I wonder, who's crying now?"
“Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”: Journey created a concept video for MTV, and has been called one of the worst videos ever. “Separate Ways” was released as a single in January 1983 from the band’s Frontier album. Though the video may be considered the worst ever, the song continues to be one of the most popular. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it remained for six consecutive weeks. “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” also spent four weeks at number one on the Top Tracks chart. The best verse of the song is, "Someday love will find you. Break those chains that bind you. One night will remind you how we touched and went our separate ways. If he ever hurts you, true love won't desert you. You know I still love you. Though we touched and went our separate ways."