Check this out: iTunes most downloaded songs of the week.

1. Rihanna – “Pon De Replay”
2. The Click Five – “Just The Girl”
3. Fall Out Boy – “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”
4. Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
5. Cast Of Rent – “Seasons Of Love”
6. Lifehouse – “You And Me”
7. Pussycat Dolls – “Don’t Cha (w/ Busta Rhymes)”
8. Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’”
9. Weezer – “Beverly Hills”
10. Foo Fighters – “Best Of You”

That’s right, JOURNEY. Why? It was featured in the season premiere of Laguna Beach.

Never underestimate the influence of Stephen’s car stereo.

As for the question on all viewers’ minds: Is the show actually real? Jess and Neel get some answers. Sort of.

Previously: Steve Perry Hearts Ben Gibbard.

UPDATE: Astute readers note the Journey anthem popped up in Family Guy too. So we won’t give all the credit to Laguna.

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Comments (163)
  1. clashed  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2005 0

    yay! first!

    it was also on Family Guy last sunday …
    never underestimate the power of Brian The Racist Dog

  2. sisi  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2005 0

    I’ve always wondered about the level of reality in that show. Actually, I’ve always wondered about the level of reality in any so-called reality show. LB explains the Journey song in the top 10, but what’s with “Seasons of Love”? “Rent” the movie doesn’t come out until X-Mas. Is it cool to like musicals now? ‘Cause if it is, maybe I can finally sit at the cool table! I’ll bring the “42nd Street” soundtrack and my tap shoes and we can all shuffle off to Buffalo. Jazz hands!

  3. Hmm I downloaded “Don’t Stop Believin’” this week, but it was because I saw it on Family Guy, definitely not any influence from Laguna Beach.

  4. Justin  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2005 0

    There’s no way it’s real. Just watch any interior scene, they have multiple cameras set up (NOT handheld) to take different angles, and the kids are perfectly framed in almost all of the shots. Not only that, but the cameras occasionally anticipate the movement of of characters way too precisely to be spontaneous.

    Now compare that with, say, The Real World, where the cameras are all handheld, often miss alot of the important action, characters are constantly moving out of frame, etc. Ever wonder why the rooms in the Real World house are so big? It’s so they can get multiple camera crews in the room. If they ever have to shoot at a “normal” location, say an office, there’s always one camera.

    It’s not real.

  5. zach  |   Posted on Aug 5th, 2005 0

    wasn’t “separate ways” also on an episode of the OC at one point?

  6. Are we supposed to pretend we watch this show? Does anyone over the age 15 still watch anything on this network? Has it gotten to the point where hipsters claim to watch this stuff ironically, or is it just that hipsters have outcooled themselves out of any normal enjoyment of decent popular culture, such that MTV is the only remaining form of entertainment that has been sufficiently pre-masticated for them to digest.

    And, yes… if there was a mad rush to download Journey this week, you better believe it was because of Adult Swim showing repeats of a recent Family Guy episode that featured a very funny karaoke version of the song. It sure as hell wasn’t due to some episode of the newest pile of shit MTV has chosen to pile onto the existing pile of shit that is their program schedule.

  7. sarah  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2005 0

    i fucking love laguna beach. i’ve watched it faithfully since it began. i adore kristen. she’s so real, you know? and i loved the “since you’ve been gone” montage this past episode. nice picture!

  8. hey, don’t stop believing is an awesome song. and the ability to buy it on itunes without buying the rest of an awful journey record likely made it a hot seller. or not. maybe their record company promised celine dion tickets to steve jobs.

  9. Scott  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2005 0

    Don’t stop Believin’ has totally been my ringtone for the past 2 months. Why is laguna beach always ripping me off?

  10. Scott  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2005 0

    Oh, BTW, if anyone else wants the ringtone, go to the web browser on your phone and point it to:

    If you phone supports it, it should download it for free…

  11. seleena  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2005 0

    god, will everyone stop with the fucking journey.

  12. Edwin  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2005 0

    I hate the “I know a guy who knows (insert douchebag celeb here) and he said…” stories as much as the next guy, but a friend of mine went to school with Kristin when she used to live in Chicago (and calls her to get that taste of C-list celebrity every once in a while) and claims that the show is basically exaggerated re-enactments of real things that happened in their oh-so-dramatic lives as rich young adults. I’ve never heard of a more retarded idea, but everyone still freaks the f out when there’s a new episode.

  13. Mat  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2005 0

    also don’t discount the fact that Journey never stopped rocking me or rocking you

  14. Edwin  |   Posted on Aug 6th, 2005 0

    The power still can’t be denied: It turns out that the no. 2 song on iTunes by the Click Five happens to be from Laguna Beach as well… Go Family Guy?

  15. Carter  |   Posted on Aug 7th, 2005 0

    joey headset… you’re an idiot. plain and simple

  16. calliwell  |   Posted on Aug 7th, 2005 0

    He’s not an idiot, he’s just ranting. Anyways isn’t Laguna Beach supposed to be the real O.C? Much like on the O.C. the characters watch a mock show called the Valley and they have a reality show called something “beach”?

    They’re so ontop of things on that show.

  17. kathye  |   Posted on Aug 7th, 2005 0

    THANK YOU(for finally confirming my thoughts on this show) I caught some of it last summer, and was vaguely intriuged. But the more times i saw the recent rebroadcasts the more annoyed i got at myself for ever getting sucked in, cause it seemed so contrived. The montages are the WORST!
    What’s really funny is how half the time the songs they play(if you listen to the words) contradict whats actually happening, or supposedly happening.Case in point: at the very end of season 1 when lauren and steven “drive off into the sunset together” they play that Maroon5 song abt a girl who “always belonged to someone else” when it was her who’d been pining for him.
    God, I AM SUCH A LOSER FOR HAVING NOTICED the FLAW in such cheese!!!!
    Guess i’m not a “hipster”- JOURNEY NEVER STOPPED ROCKIN”!!!!!

  18. Evan  |   Posted on Aug 7th, 2005 0

    The only thing more annoying than this show is that stupid “Super Sweet 16″ or whatever it’s called. Rich kids with arbitrary problems! Yay! Yet I still find myself watching. It’s like a car crash.

  19. Lauren  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0

    ok first off, all you a-holes who think laguna beach is fake- seriously, then why do you watch it? If your ranting about how stupid and “retarded” it is, then dont watch it, and also keep your comments to yourself if you really hate it that much. For the viewers who do believe its real, just let it be. I happen to be one of them and i really like the show. It seems real and for a lot of teenagers, it can compare.

  20. kathye  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0

    NO self-respecting high school studen woyld believe that LC,s parent just put her on a plane to go to college(4 hrs away!) To.. to .. to waht find her own ride to her new dorm from the airport? Yeah Right! And that metro-sexual STE-PHEN just magically appears! It’s bullshit – 10 yr. olds know it’s bulshit!(and being as in tune with pop-music, as the MTV set is, they should pick up on the ass backward way they try to present the music(with the exception of JOURNEY) L.B. clearly had some sort of “arrangement” with Keen and Maroon5 for season1, and we’ll see who’s songs the misuse for season2
    You should check out ZOEY 101 on Nickelodeon- It’s just as REAL!! Jamie Lynn isn’t much less convincing as these kids. (to a 10 yr old!!!)

  21. Poodles  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0

    Joey Headset, I think I love you. You preach the truth! This crap is just so annoying.

    This website used to be cool, but now it’s like reading “Oh No They Didn’t” for the tired hipster set. Even DataLounge laughs at this place. Seriously.

  22. Ashley  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0

    Good lord L.B. is fake! I mean i’ll admit if it’s on i’ll watch it but not religiously or anything..for all the people out there that still believe it’s “real” look at this website It’s Rayne (LO’s) page.

  23. Beth  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0

    Actually, I know people who flew to college… without their parents… and made it out alright. That said, I think the show is total bs.

  24. Bert  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0

    Is the college a four hour plane ride away or a four hour drive?

  25. calliwell  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0


    How the hell to you mispell “would”? I don’t even care if you’re 10 years old (I only assume that because of the many times you’ve mentioned that age), how do you expect to pass Language Arts mispelling “would”?!

  26. not kathye, but  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0

    ha. you misspelled “misspell”. twice.

  27. I’m more of an “Any Way You Want It” guy personally.

  28. also not Kathye  |   Posted on Aug 8th, 2005 0

    Did you misspell do? “How the hell to you mispell would”…Just sayin’

  29. Justin  |   Posted on Aug 9th, 2005 0

    The other thing that proves it’s fake (at least to me) is the fact that there aren’t any popular jocks. I know it’s Orange County, but come on. Granted, the most popular dude pretty much looks like a model, but the rest of his friends are a bunch of pussies who would get the shit kicked out of them by the popular guys at pretty much every high school in the country.

  30. Carly  |   Posted on Aug 9th, 2005 0

    Who cares if its fake – it gives an hour of entertainment and isnt that what TV is for… I love the drama!

  31. bobby laserface  |   Posted on Aug 9th, 2005 0

    yes, to answer your question, zach…separate ways was on a season 2 OC episode, with Ryan driving in an SUV! just like when Stephen was driving an SUV!…

    it’s like an elaborate cover version of a tv show…

  32. Anyone who is convinced that Laguna Beach is fake because of that whole “rayne’s webshots” deal is retarded. It is a proven fact that their names on the show are their real names, because people have seen their yearbook on Lo, if that webshots is actually even created by her, probably changed around the names so that people wouldn’t just search “lo stephen lauren kristen” and immediately find the “Laguna Beach Webshots” treasure chest. Idiots.

  33. Ashley  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2005 0

    Yeah Kevin and clearly on the show LC and Kristin hate eachother, but there are pictures of them hugging eachother on Lo’s webpage……explain that?

  34. lance uppercut  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2005 0

    Can’t find the pics you’re referring to ^^

    LC is so hot…

  35. Matt  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2005 0

    Ok first off i live in the “LB” and honestly the show is a complete hack. Nothing is based on reality. I only watch the damn thing because either the people on the show are retarded or the lines were just given to them… Peace out playas

  36. 82 girl  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2005 0

    However contrived the show is, the people do exist, at least Lo is, seen the bitch at ucsb

  37. shirley  |   Posted on Aug 11th, 2005 0

    what is the name of the song that steven and elsie are listening to after there date?

  38. chelsea  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2005 0

    hey, whats that song called when stephen & LC are coming back from dinner & their singing it in the car?

  39. malika  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2005 0

    hey sarah if you adore kristin so much, then how come you spelled her name with an ‘e’?

  40. kathye  |   Posted on Aug 13th, 2005 0

    the song is “Don’t stop Believing”-by Journey- it’s really old, but good!

  41. Big Dave  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2005 0

    First off any1 that talks shit on Laguna Beach it out of control. The show is kick ass with mad hot bitches. You are all posers, if you hate the show so much why watch it and then have the balls to make a comment on it at the website.

  42. Big Boss Peez  |   Posted on Aug 17th, 2005 0

    Laguna beach is the shit…i have to agree with big dave…dont watch the show if ur gonna complain about it..and there are so many hott girls on it…LC if u r reading this…LC i am in love with u…other then that laguna beach is the shit…LC we will meet someday it is destiny..screw all u posers

  43. AshleyY  |   Posted on Aug 18th, 2005 0

    0mG!!!!! I <3 L@guna BeaCH!!!!1 LOL!!!! STFU IF U D0n’t LIek it okay??!?!?!?!??!???!!

  44. becca  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2005 0

    does anyone know where to find a website for the realtone of Dont Stop Beleivin’? i’ve found some other Journey songs but not that one except for one with arnold schwartzenegger :( ~thanx for any help ♥

    …yea i think it was Family Guy that started the popularity of that song on itunes cuz i never knew who wrote it and doesn’t Cleveland or someone mention that it was a Journey song? idk

  45. casey  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2005 0

    whats the name of the song in the third episode of the second season at the end when stephen is leaving and part of it goes “am i the old habit you’re too tired to break”????

  46. sambo  |   Posted on Aug 21st, 2005 0

    I just watched my first episode of the show, and it was so obviously a fake.

    It had a guy named Jason surfing with another mate (actor), they get out of the surf and talks to 2 other cast members who just happen to be walking past (2 girls who invite them both to a card night) and he only sports a goatee.

    Then later on the same day he sports a full beard on his way to the card night. I don’t mind if stuff is fake, but why the charade. The show made a big deal in the opening credits about how it was all real.

    This is probably the worst show in history – a soap opera advertised as being real, when it clearly as fake as it gets.

    MTV, more like fakeTV.

  47. I have an erection.  |   Posted on Aug 23rd, 2005 0

    Look look look…seriously, fucking look! Next time you see your favorite LB star looking sexy on the beach or at a party (there’s so damn many), look at their ass or hips; oftentimes, you’ll spot a voice-enhancer wired up their ass like a bomb. Now, these have a range of roughly 40 m, so you know the camera crew isn’t far…

    I would drink LC’s sweat, btw…

  48. Becca  |   Posted on Aug 25th, 2005 0

    Hey can someone please tell the name of the song when LC is leaving Stephen’s house and he is on his way back to college. I have looked every where for it and can’t seem to get anywhere. Thanks!

  49. betsy  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2005 0

    YOu dont know crap!!!

  50. Hunter  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2005 0

    The song playing as Stephen is going back to school is “Closer to Me” by Dar Williams

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