When Steve Perry, Jon Cain, and Neil Schon began writing Don’t Stop Believing in 1980 I truly believe that they didn’t know that 30 plus years later the song would be used in so many different ways. The song began life on Escape released in July of 1981, it became a number 9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release. It was in the Sopranos final show, its been the rally cry for many sports teams including the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The song has for years been commonly played at Detroit Red Wings hockey games; at Red Wings home games (especially during the last minutes of playoff victories), the recording is turned down during the line “born and raised in south Detroit” so the home fans can sing the line from the song.
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 07: (L-R) Inductees Jonathan Cain, Ross Valory, Neal Schon, and Steve Perry of Journey onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017 in New York City. The event will broadcast on HBO Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm ET/PT (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Prior to the beginning of the 2014 season Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen asked the DJ at Davis Wade Stadium to play “Don’t Stop Believing” between the third and fourth quarters of each Bulldog home game. MSU fans immediately took to the song and began to sway and ring the cowbells that they traditionally bring to home games in sync with the beat while singing along
This is what the song sounds like with MORE COWBELL!