"Don't Stop Believin'" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat cover skews younger than the TV show it comes from.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

One subtle yet unmistakeable allusion to sex: "For a smile they can share the night."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking in a club: "A singer in a smoky room / Smell of wine and cheap perfume."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the premise of the TV show Glee is the escapades of a high-school choir, both the show and the songs it includes are a little mature. The lyrics to this optimistically named song actually paint a less rosy portrait of young adults trying somewhat unsuccessfully to find their ways in the world.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bywillowfaierie July 15, 2009
Pablo sings along to it a LOT.
Parent of a 13, 14, and 16-year-old Written bydemondonkey25 May 29, 2009


Kid, 12 years old January 2, 2021

Best Glee song

Glee sings good songs!
Kid, 11 years old June 30, 2011


i love this !!!!!!!!!!! it is such a great song!

What's the story?

In their pilot episode, the cast of Fox's new TV show Glee covers several hit songs, including DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' by Journey -- the classic-rock supergroup that became one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. The show will continue its covers theme when it starts in earnest this fall, and as with "Don't Stop Believin'," those covers will become available for download through iTunes the same night each show airs.

Is it any good?

This show takes a satiric approach to its subject matter, so seen in that light, the cast's kitschy rendition of this classic rock song is mildly entertaining. But on its own merits, the performance is pretty mediocre, with thin vocals that could never match the power of Steve Perry's (Journey's lead singer on this track). Still, the arrangements give the song new life. Keep in mind that the song itself is fine for tweens, but the show is aimed at teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether it works for contemporary artists to cover classic songs. Does hearing a huge hit re-interpreted by another artist diminish the song, or simply add to its overall appeal?

Music details

  • Artist: Glee Cast
  • Release date: May 19, 2009
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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