15 Best Journey Songs: Their Top Song Will Surprise You

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JOURNEY, Live in Minneapolis, MN on September 16, 2008, L-R: Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain, Arnel Pineda, Neal Schon, Deen Castronovo. Photo by Matt Becker, on Wikimedia Commons.

Last updated on March 19th, 2023 at 08:42 pm

Journey songs defined a generation. From “Don’t Stop Believin’” to “Separate Ways,” there’s a Journey song for every occasion, whether you are headed on a road trip or are closing down the local bar.

No matter which Journey songs are your favorite, we’ve made a list of the top 15 songs out of the hundreds they’ve published. Read on to learn about the best Journey songs based on popularity and see if your personal list matches up.


15. “After The Fall” (1983)

Of the Journey songs on this list, “After the Fall” is probably the least known of their popular songs.

Released in 1983, this song managed to make it to #23 on Billboard’s 100, where it stayed for an impressive 12 weeks.

While it fell off into oblivion after, this is still one of their best songs, in our opinion.


14. “Any Way You Want It” (1980)

You are probably surprised to see “Any Way You Want It” at position 14.

Although this song is still played frequently today, for some reason, it didn’t make it much further than “After The Fall.”

This song also only hit 23 on the charts when it was released in 1980, staying on them for a total of 15 weeks.

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13. “Send Her My Love” (1983)

“Send Her My Love” was released just 2 months after “After The Fall” and quickly climbed to #23 on the charts. It was a hit song for 15 weeks.

This is another on our list of Journey songs that didn’t stand the test of time, however, as most of the Gen Z can’t recognize this tune when they hear it.


12. “Suzanne” (1986)

Suzanne” was another surprise on this list of Journey songs, as it was the band’s 12th most popular song of all time.

Released in 1986, it climbed to 17 on the top charts and stayed on them for a total of 13 weeks.


11. “Girl Can’t Help It” (1986)

“Girl Can’t Help It” was written by the Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, Vocalist Steve Perry, and Neal Schon, who were conveniently the only members of Journey in 1986.

While this band has had many members over the years, these core members really knew how to write the best songs.

“Girl Can’t Help It” made it to position 14 on the charts after its release and is still recognized today for its catchy melody.


10. “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” (1979)

While Journey wrote most of their hits in the 80s, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’” was one of their top songs in the 70s, having been released in 1979.

This song managed to make it to 16th on the top charts and remained on them for 20 weeks.


9. “I’ll Be Alright Without You” (1986)

As far as Journey songs go, “I’ll Be Alright Without You” was a bit of a surprise.

It was released as a single in December 1986 and quickly rose to 14 on the charts. It remained on the charts for 21 weeks, which is quite long when compared to other journey songs.


8. “Faithfully” (1983)

Many diehard Journey fans are used to seeing this song much higher on lists of Journey songs.

But the reality is, “Faithfully” was as much of a hit when it was first released. It only made it to 12th on the charts and only stayed there for 16 weeks. But in the years since, this is a fan-favorite which is why many rank it higher than when it truly lies.  


7. “When You Love a Woman” (1996)

By the 90s, Journey was definitely slowing down. They were still putting out new music, though not at the same rate as before.

Much of this was due to internal turmoil and the fact that the band was on a complete hiatus from 1987-1995.

This song hit big in 1996, however, hitting 12th on the charts and lasting there for 22 weeks, longer than any other Journey song.


6. “Be Good To Yourself” (1986)

“Be Good To Yourself” was a bit of a surprise, considering it reached #9 on the charts and stayed on them for 15 weeks.

While this song has lost some popularity over the years, it is a fan favorite from the Raised on Radio album.


5. “Only The Young” (1985)

Right alongside “Be Good To Yourself,” “Only The Young” also made it to #9 on the top charts just a week earlier. This song stayed on the top charts for 16 weeks, which is interesting when you consider the fact that Journey sold this song to another band, Scandal.

It was originally intended for Journey’s Frontier album, but in the days when disk space was at a premium, it was pulled to make room for other songs.


4. “Don’t Stop Believin’” (1981)

Surprised not to see this song as the #1 Journey song? While “Don’t Stop Believin’” has become synonymous with the band over the years, this song just wasn’t as popular as some of their others.

This song only reached #9 on the charts and was only there for 16 weeks.

It has a long legacy, though, and most bars use it as their last song of the night. There is nothing quite like belting out these lyrics when you’re 5 drinks in and about to catch an Uber to go home!

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

Perhaps our favorite on this best Journey songs list, “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” has the same jam feel as “Don’t Stop Believin’” without the connotation of being a bar song.

This song is fairly popular today thanks to the movie Yes Man which featured it in a scene with Jim Carrey on a Motorcycle in a hospital gown.


2. “Who’s Crying Now” (1981)

Journey’s “Who’s Crying Now” is actually their second-highest-ranking song on the charts. It hit position #4 and stayed there for 21 weeks.

Regarded as one of their original hits, this song hasn’t lasted the test of time like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” but it is still a great jam to blast on a Saturday afternoon.


1. “Open Arms” (1982)

Are you surprised? We are.

“Open Arms” is Journey’s top song based on popularity. When it was released in 1982, it reached #2 on the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.

This song has been covered by many other artists (including Mariah Carey) over the years and is known by people around the world. Most Millennials recognize it thanks to The Land Before Time Series featuring a cartoon dinosaur which used this song for its end credits.

Named one of the greatest love songs of all time, “Open Arms” is a power ballad, and there isn’t another song in this world like it.

While it didn’t hit #1 in the US, it did on charts around the world and is still a popular song on most Streaming services today!

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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