58. Journey

58. Journey
How can a band that has not had a new hit in nearly twenty years and reviled by so many still be one of the most downloaded artists today? Despite the criticism that Journey did receive, of the “Arena Rock” bands, it can be argued that only the Steve Perry group has the ability to re-release a song and have it sound like it was produced recently.   After a few failed albums, Journey hired the vocally talented Steve Perry to be their lead singer and altered their sound to produce radio friendly hits. The move proved fruitful immediately as Journey would go on to sell millions of records with each album generating a hit. They would sell out arenas full of fans eager to listen to their power ballads. While the style of music they championed may be detested by some, it has spawned many an imitator and maybe this is why they have a more timeless quality than any other of their generation. Induction however would have to come from the many critics who have always despised them. The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2000   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (San Francisco, CA)   Why They Will Get In: They remain popular years after they were successful.   Why They Won’t Get In: As popular as they remain, they were never darlings of the music critics.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Infinity (1978) Departure (1980) Escape (1981) Frontiers (1983)     Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Lights (From Infinity, 1978) Wheel in the Sky (From Infinity, 1978) Any You Want It (From Departure, 1980) Don’t Stop Believin’ (From Escape, 1981) Separate Ways (From Frontiers, 1983)   www.journeymusic.com {youtube}barLaHrtvoM{/youtube}{youtube}gFC8sDTXlng{/youtube}{youtube}te1CVVlaJzA{/youtube}{youtube}bHHHmi_8Bhs{/youtube} {acepolls 108}

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