When Journey released “Don’t Stop Believin'” on the Escape album back in 1981, it was a decent-sized hitting the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The UK was kinda meh on the song back then. It didn’t even trouble the bottom of the top 40 charts. But after it was featured in the finale of The Sopranos and was covered by the Glee kids, the track took off in an insane way.
When iTunes came along, “Believin'” became the top-selling digital track of all time, moving more than seven million copies. It’s been seen on YouTube more than 153 million times. And now it’s a massive streaming success on Spotify.
One BILLION streams is a pretty solid milestone for a song that’s 40 years old. The only other band of that vintage to reach a similar milestone is Queen with “Bohemian Rhapsody.” However, that’s not enough for it to crack even the top 100 of the most-streamed songs of all time.
Want to work out the math on how much money this has generated? Using the Streaming Royalty Calculator, the number seems to be US$4,000,000. Keep in mind that that’s just the Spotify figure and doesn’t include Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon, or any of the other streaming platforms.