Stephin Merritt’s bubblegum picks

Years before “The Sopranos” made everyone realize Journey’s ’80s megahit “Don’t Stop Believin’” wasn’t nearly as cheesy as the era from which it hailed… this week’s guest of honor Stephin Merritt was calling it an unheralded masterpiece. So when we spoke this week, I asked the Magnetic Fields frontman to name a few others. Here’s what he said:

And here’re the tunes he picked: