Writers: Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain
Original Release: July 31, 1981
It is the power ballad to end all power ballads. For Journey, the gate to immortality is "Don't Stop Believin'" (see this post) and for good reason. However, "Open Arms" was actually the band's highest charting single, climbing to #2. It's a perfect match between singer and song. The big leaps and soaring melody are perfectly suited to Steve Perry. If ever there were a tune that cried out for an a cappella cover, this is it. And yet, none of the ones I could find were quite right. Boyz II Men and EXO, two of the most successful vocal groups ever have both covered it and despite admirable efforts, Steve Perry still wins.
Judge for yourself. First, the original:
I think I'd pick EXO as a close second:
That said, I'll happily listen to these guys harmonize anytime, and they're way better without all of the production garbage behind them:
Naturally, the Eastman kids are pretty good: