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"Who's Crying Now" is a song 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.

"Who's Crying Now"
Who's Crying Now cover.jpg
Single by Journey
from the album Escape
B-side"Mother, Father"
ReleasedJuly 1981
GenreSoft rock
Journey singles chronology
"The Party's Over (Hopelessly in Love)"
"Who's Crying Now"
"Don't Stop Believin'"

The song is highlighted by Steve Perry's lyrics (with vocal riffs 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.

Billboard Magazine praised "Who's Crying Now" as "one of Journey's strongest and classiest records," and "one of the most appealing love songs" of 1981.[1]

Cover version(s)Edit

Internationally known singer, Randy Crawford, did a soulful version on her 1992 album Through the Eyes of Love.[2] Her cover of this song also features jazz pianist Joe Sample of The Crusaders.


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1981) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[3] 65
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Singles[4] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[5] 3
Radio Luxemburg Singles[6] 29
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 46
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 14
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks 4
US Cashbox Top 100[9] 3

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1981) Position
Canadian RPM Top Singles[10] 40
US Billboard Hot 100 56
US Cashbox Top 100[11] 26


  1. ^ "Top Single Picks". Billboard Magazine. July 18, 1981. p. 75. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  2. ^ "The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions". 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  6. ^ "Ultimate Music Database". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  7. ^ "Journey: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  8. ^ "Journey Songs ••• Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography ••• Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-01-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2014-05-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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