Who's Crying Now

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"Who's Crying Now"
Single by Journey
from the album Escape
B-side "Mother, Father"
Released July, 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 1981
Genre Soft rock, jazz rock, jazz fusion
Length 5:01
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry
Producer(s) Kevin Elson, Mike Stone
Journey singles chronology
"The Party's Over (Hopelessly in Love)"
"Who's Crying Now'"
"Don't Stop Believin'"

"Who's Crying Now" is a million-selling, RIAA Gold-certified single by the American rock band Journey. It was written by Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry. It was released in 1981 as the first single from Escape and reached #4 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. The song charted at #46 in the UK Singles Chart, and was the band's highest charting single in the UK until "Don't Stop Believin'" (also released as a single from the Escape album in 1981) incurred a resurgence in worldwide popularity in 2009.

The song is highlighted by Steve Perry's lyrics (with a vocal riff highly reminiscent of Sam Cooke) and piano playing by Jonathan Cain which segues into a bass riff by Ross Valory, and other guitars. At the end of the song, Neal Schon plays a repeating guitar solo that sounds similar to Santana. According to Schon on In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an entire episode to the making of Escape), originally he recorded an aggressive, experimental guitar solo which he liked but Perry and Cain did not. He then recorded a second solo, the "simplest thing he could play off the top of his head" as recalled by Perry. That one was appreciated much more by the rest of the band. Steve Smith's drumming is only found in the choruses and towards the end of the song.

Cover version(s)[edit]

Internationally known singer, Randy Crawford, did a soulful version on her 1992 album Through the Eyes of Love.[1] Her cover of this song also features jazz pianist Joe Sample of The Crusaders.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[2] 65
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Singles[3] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[4] 3
Radio Luxemburg Singles[5] 29
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 46
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 14
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 4
US Cashbox Top 100[8] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[9] 40
US Billboard Hot 100 56
US Cashbox Top 100[10] 26


  1. ^ Through the Eyes of Love
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.0413&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=hvofnu3mioio82lnef0gji0li7
  4. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.0400&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=hvofnu3mioio82lnef0gji0li7
  5. ^ http://umdmusic.com/default.asp?Lang=Czech&Chart=F&ChDay=&ChMonth=&ChYear=&ChBand=Journey&ChSong=
  6. ^ "Journey: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  7. ^ http://musicvf.com/songs.php?page=artist&artist=Journey&tab=songchartstab&sort=pointsup&filter=all
  8. ^ http://cashboxmagazine.com/archives/80s_files/19811017.html
  9. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?brws_s=1&file_num=nlc008388.4689&type=1&interval=24&PHPSESSID=n53p45gda414ttqb7qulh3mq35
  10. ^ http://cashboxmagazine.com/archives/80s_files/1981YESP.html

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