I have long been convinced that the TV show “Glee” made the song “Don’t Stop Believin'” the most iconic rock song of all time. The original song was recorded by the rock group Journey in 1981, and was a hit, reaching #9 on the Billboard Charts. But it wasn’t until 2009, when the cast of “Glee” sang it in the pilot episode that it was introduced to a whole new generation.
“Glee” was such a global phenomenon (despite having entire orchestras magically appear to accompany their supposed a cappella arrangements) that the original Journey single was re-released in 2009 taking full advantage of the show’s rabid cult following.
Steve Perry has always had one of the best, and certainly one of the highest, voice in the history of rock. Even the late, great Michael Jackson jumped into his falsetto when singing in Perry’s register, which is why “cover bands” (like mine) have always had to have the female vocalist sing his songs.
“Don’t Stop Believin'” is so universally recognizable that it was playing in the background during the very last scene of the finale of “The Sopranos.” I guarantee Journey never thought they were writing a dance song, but when was the last time you were at a wedding and didn’t hear the song that made South Detroit a vacation hotspot?
I recently wrote a blog about how “people will invariably dance to songs they can sing along with.” The post was about the pop tune “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon, and how they repeat the phrase “Shut Up and Dance” 15 times. Bachman Turner Overdrive‘s 1973 Rock hit “Taking Care Of Business” repeats the title phrase 50 times. And that’s with a fade-out…
Here is the actual chorus: And I’ll be takin’ care of business every day Takin’ care of business every way I’ve been takin’ care of business, it’s all mine Takin’ care of business and working overtime, work out.
This song definitely meets at least two of my prerequisites for a guaranteed successful (wedding) dance song: 1. An instantly recognizable instrumental guitar hook; 2. And easily acquired “sing-alongability.” It’s really is perfect to add to our Classic Rock repertoire.
Let me know what you think. -Doug