“After All These Years” is a power ballad by the band Journey, the first single from their 2008 album Revelation. It peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart on September 20, 2008, giving the band their first top-ten hit in twelve years. It stayed on the chart for over 23 weeks. This is the first single from Journey to feature lead vocalist Arnel Pineda.
Revelation is the thirteenth studio album by American rock band Journey and their first with lead singer Arnel Pineda. It features 11 new songs (“Faith in the Heartland” was previously recorded with Steve Augeri), 11 re-recorded greatest hits (all featuring Pineda) and a DVD (North American version only) featuring the current lineup’s March 8, 2008 concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. Three singles penned by Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain were released to radio: the distinctively Journey-sounding “Never Walk Away,” “Where Did I Lose Your Love,” and the power ballad “After All These Years.” “Where Did I Lose Your Love” and “After All These Years” both found success on the adult contemporary charts; “Where Did I Lose Your Love” peaked at No. 19, while “After All These Years” peaked at No. 9 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and stayed on the charts for over 23 weeks.
On May 14, 2008, MelodicRock.com reported that Journey and Frontiers Records agreed to add “an exclusive original bonus track, “Let It Take You Back”, a mid-tempo rocker, to the European release to close the album.
On its first week of release, Revelation sold over 105,000 copies, marking a 1,400% increase over the first week sales of the band’s 2005 release Generations. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, No. 2 on Billboard Rock Album chart, and No. 5 on the Billboard 200, where it remained for 42 weeks. The album was not only a huge success in the United States but also reached the charts in 9 different countries.
Revelation was nominated for Album of the Year in Classic Rock Magazine’s annual poll.
On December 18, 2008, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA, making it Journey’s first such certification since their 1996 album Trial by Fire. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Revelation has sold more than 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. as of November 2009.