This year is the year that Journey will finally be eligible to be forever enshrined into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Who would have thought in the 1980’s that NWA would make it into the Rock Hall before Journey? The answer is no one because it is the Rock and Roll hall of fame, not the music hall of fame.
Believe it or not Journey has more songs than “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Anyway You Want It.” Isn’t that crazy? Who knew? Of course I am being sarcastic, there are alot of hardcore Journey fans that know for a fact they made more than just two good songs.
Journey deserves to be in the Rock and Roll hall of fame because they were among the first to use what I call “synth rock”, it is similar to rush in the way that in a lot of songs the keyboard is at the forefront (see “Separate Ways”). They almost monopolized the soft rock sector overshadowing bands like Survivor from the spotlight.
They are one of the most recognizable bands purely based off of the music, not because they had funny costumes or wore women’s makeup. A lot of people would hear the tone of the voice of Steve Perry in “Open Arms” and be able to recognize instantly that they were listening to a Journey song.
Now let’s bring in the stats, Journey has two gold albums and one diamond album. In order for an album to reach diamond status it has to have 10 plus million certified albums and singles.
The album that reached diamond status in Journey’s case was actually their greatest hits album they released in 1988. It went 15x Platinum, a mark that is greater than Abbey Road from The Beatles (13x platinum). According to the Record Industry Association of America, Journey is the 25th best selling band in America. Worldwide, Journey has sold over 90 million albums. To me those are easily hall of fame numbers.
Make sure to vote who you think should get into the rock and roll hall of fame by visiting vote.rockhall.com.