The popularity of Journey's 1981 “Don't Stop Believin'” shows absolutely no signs of fading with the band's signature tune now passing streams of 1 billion on Spotify, according to Loudersound.com. Back in 2009, the track made history by becoming the first catalog digital track to reach 2 million downloads. Today, the song boasts over seven million digital downloads.
Neal Schon, Journey's co-founding guitarist and co-writer of the track posted on social media, “Wow!!! Thank you Fans!! We are over 1 Billion Streams on Spotify 'Don't Stop Believin'' QUEEN is the ONLY other band at this point. Congratulations guys . . JOURNEY and QUEEN the only 2 bands ever to attain more then (sic) 1 billion Streams individually for 'Don't Stop Believin' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Cheers Friends.”
The ongoing massive success of “Don't Stop Believin'” doesn't surprise co-writer and former-Journey frontman, Steve Perry, who told us he was aware of the sing's potential by the reaction it received in the concert halls: “It's a funny thing, because though those other songs were hits — bonafide radio hits — whenever we played 'Don't Stop Believin'; if you see the Journey DVD live, it's 1981 Houston, it's called. If you see that DVD that was filmed in Houston back then, that song gets a response like it's getting now to the live audience. So my, point is, during the live shows that song always got a great response — it just wasn't a radio hit.”