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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: (L-R) keyboard player Jonathan Cain, guitar player Neal Schon, singer Arnel Pineda, drummer Deen Castronovo, and bass player Ross Valory of the band Journey performs at the 2011 Today Summer Concert series at Rockefeller Plaza on July 29, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Journey: “Who’s Crying Now”

The Hook: Is singing into a mini-cassette recorder while driving safer than texting?

Album: Escape

Year: 1981

Writers: Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry

Stats: Peaked at number-four on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.

Background: Singer Steve Perry says it was indeed a journey that prompted him to start writing “Who’s Crying Now,” which he soon completed with the help of keyboardist Jonathan Cain.

Former Journey singer Steve Perry on co-writing “Who’s Crying Now” with the band’s keyboardist, Jonathan Cain. OC:…real quick. :18

“The chorus came into my head one day, driving down the freeway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. And I had a mini cassette player in my hand, and I had the hook line in my mind. You know, (sings) ‘One love feeds the fire’. This whole chorus was in my head. Got together with with Jonathan, and we finished the song, just real quick.”