“Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey’s power ballad originally released in 1981, has just become the first “catalog” song in history to sell 2 million times, according to SoundScan. Titling it a “catalog” track means it was released before mp3s were invented and available for sale online through venues like the iTunes store.
It was placed in iTunes Store catalog on April 28, 2003, and has been a top-seller ever since, especially in June 2007, when it served as the background for The Soprano family’s final goodbye. It’s also a pretty sweet driving song and good for gym soundtracks, too. We admit, it’s cheesy as Steve Perry’s mullet but it’s the ultimate ironic (and not so ironic) rock ballad: perfect for drunken karaoke singalongs, road trip mixtapes, and tech-nerd lipdubs.
We wonder if Obama’s win gave it that final push into the big leagues, with all those supporters making those Election Night playlists.