Journey’s power ballad “Faithfully” dates back to 1983, and was the second single off the band’s album Frontiers. It certainly isn’t their rockin’-est tune, nor was it their biggest charting hit. In fact, the video below is a bit lame by today’s high-tech standards.
So…why is it on the Rock Rewind this week? Because over time, “Faithfully” has become Journey’s most recognizable tune, and for good reason. It’s not just that the song is beautiful; it’s also what the song is about. It strips back all the glitz, glam and pyrotechnics of the rock scene to reveal the loneliness that comes with months spent on the road, telling us that sometimes behind the facade is a guy who just loves and misses his wife, and is willing to forego the temptation of instant gratification to stay faithful to her. No wonder this song was played at almost every wedding in the 1990s.
“Faithfully” has become timeless because it makes a statement that flies in the face of rock & roll culture with its fast living and willing groupies: true love is possible, even for a rock star.