Journey is an Arena rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California.
The band has gone through several phases since its inception by former members of Santana. The band's greatest commercial success came in the early 1980s with a series of power ballads and soaring classics such as "Don't Stop Believin'", "Any Way You Want It," "Open Arms", "Separate Ways" and "Wheel in the Sky".
In the 1980 movie Caddyshack, the Rodney Dangerfield character's golf bag has a stereo that plays "Any Way You Want It" at an inopportune moment.
This reference was used again in the "Simpsons" episode 'Burns, Baby, Burns' (#157, 1996), where 'Any Way You Want It' is played in the final scene as Dangerfield's character, Larry Burns, proclaims 'let's party'.
Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the animated comedy South Park, have chosen to use references to the band Journey, Steve Perry, and their music as jokes in both their television shows and movies. In Episode 909 of South Park, entitled "Erection Day," a little girl playing piano in the talent competition begins to sing the opening to "Open Arms," beginning "Lying beside you, here in the dark...," before the show cuts onto another aspect of the plot.
In the movie BASEketball, a Stone and Parker movie, one of the competitors in the game of baseketball, in an attempt to "psyche out" his opponent, is heard singing "And I should've been gone", a line from the Steve Perry song, "Oh Sherrie." Upon his opponent missing his shot, he declares, "Dude, I thought we said no more Journey psyche-outs."
In the fourth season episode of Family Guy entitled "Don't Make Me Over," Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland, and Joe sing "Don't Stop Believin'" with a karaoke machine, inspiring the quartet to form a rock band, "Fat, Horny, Black, and Joe." Incidentally, the airing of the episode coincided with a spike in iTunes online music sales for the song, placing it in the Top 10 most downloaded tracks for that week and the Top 25 for that month (August 2005). Since then it has remained highly downloaded and is still in the Top 5 most-bought for "Rock Music." The popularity and its resultant newsmaking further served to renew interest in the band and its recordings.
Further encouraging nationwide downloads of the song, MTV's Laguna Beach aired a segment featuring the teens singing to "Don't Stop Believin'" in 2005.
The Chicago White Sox baseball team adopted "Don't Stop Believin'" as their theme song for their playoff push towards the 2005 World Series , after players Joe Crede and A.J. Pierzynski went to a bar and screamed "Play some freakin' Journey!" to a bad lounge singer. On October 28, 2005, Steve Perry led the team and the crowd in an a capella rendition of the song, on the podium at the World Series Championship celebration in Chicago.
In the "The Shield" season three episode "Safe", Detective Ronnie Gardocki comments that he was planning to go see Journey in concert when asked by one character as to his evening plans.
In the third season episode of Scrubs entitled "My Journey," JD mentions to Carla that he knows a great Journey cover band called "The Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin's" and that she should book to play at her and Turk's wedding reception. He then begins to sing the first verse of "Don't Stop Believin'." The episode concluded with the song played in full.
"Don't Stop Believin'" was also featured in the 2003 film "Monster," starring Charlize Theron, who won an Academy Award for her performance.
Popular Fox Network television show The OC has featured Journey numerous times as character Ryan Atwood's favorite artist. A Journey poster can be seen on the wall of the character's "beach house" living space.
In the movie The Wedding Singer, the scene in which Adam Sandler's character, Robbie, is left at the altar features a string ensemble at the wedding playing "Don't Stop Believin'."
On the "Tsst" episode of South Park, Cartman sings a part from "Don't Stop Believin'."
On an episode of Saturday Night Live, "Don't Stop Believin'" is played by the studio band. The skit was about a man who loved himself so much, he re-recorded all of his favorite music with his own voice.
In the film Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle, the song "Anyway You Want It" is played at the end before the credits
The song "Wheel in the Sky" is played at the end of the second season episode "Bust Out" of the popular HBO drama "The Sopranos".
On an episode of tv-series Yes, Dear, "Don't Stop Believin'" is sang by actor Mike O'Malley when his little kid manages to use the toilet instead of diapers.
In the movie "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006), "Faithfully" is played in the bar when Susan (actress Amy Adams) convinces Ricky Bobby (actor Will Ferrell) in an impassioned speech to resume his NASCAR stock car racing career. His former assistant, Susan then professes her love for Ricky, and they start to kiss, with Ricky warning the other customers not to watch, "because we're gonna start making animal noises".
Randy Pearson,a fictional character from the 8th season of That '70s Show enjoys listening to Journey.He represented the change between 70s rock music (other characters from the show listened to Led Zepellin,Ted Nugent,etc) and 80s popular rock.He therefore represented the change between the '70s mindset to that of the '80s.In the opening credits to season 8,he was seen banging his head (something most people attribute to metal music,made mainstream in the '80s)
"Don't Stop Believin'" provided a touching plot device in Dave Eggars' novel, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
Steve Perry is portrayed in several episodes of the mockumentary series Yacht Rock
In the movie "A View From the Top" starring Mike Myers "Don't Stop Believin'" is played during the intro.