Trip have been through their share of incarnations over the past five decades—some of them respected but low-selling, some of them bestsellers that were critically ignored. To help guide you through these periods, we’re counting down all of their studio albums from worst to best.
Through it all, guitarist and co-founder Neal Schon, the only member to appear on every Journey album, has soldiers. He started Journey in the mid-70s as a fusion-focused group with others Santana product Gregg Roleybut that was only after Steve Perry joined as they began to build a platinum-selling legacy. Then Jonathan Cain came over from Babies replacing Rolie on keyboards, and his pop smarts and songwriting skills helped launch Journey to superstardom in the early ’80s.
But at the end of the decade, Perry, who established a parallel solo career with the 1984s Street Talk, began an on-again, off-again relationship with the band—much to the chagrin of all the new fans Journey had made in the meantime. After their last split in the late ’90s, Schon and Cain went through two other frontmen before settling on the current singer Arnel Pineda. He has since helped Journey rebuild its commercial fortunes, keeping the band a reliable draw on the road while leading them to two Top 15 releases along the way. But which one tops them all? See our ranking of Journey’s albums below.
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Some Journey lineups were respected but low-selling, while others were bestsellers that were critically ignored. But which one was the best?
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