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Bon Jovi

After ushering in the era of pop-metal with their 1986 blockbuster Slippery When Wet and its hit singles "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "Living on a Prayer," Bon Jovi wound up transcending the big-haired '80s, withstanding changes in style and sound to become one of the biggest American rock bands of their time -- selling over 120 million albums worldwide and sustaining their popularity well into the new millennium. As the times changed, so did the band's sound. They slowly peeled away the arena rock guitars of the '80s, occasionally scoring on the adult contemporary charts and sometimes singing country music without ever rejecting hard rock, a move that illustrated how they never abandoned their roots and became second only to Bruce Springsteen in defining the sound and spirit of New Jersey rock & roll.

Bon Jovi took their name from lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (born Jon Bongiovi), who spent his adolescence playing in local Jersey bands with David Bryan (born David Rashbaum). Jon's cousin Tony Bongiovi owned the celebrated New York recording studio the Power Station and Jon spent many hours there, working as a janitor and recording demos after hours, sometimes supported by members of the E Street Band or Aldo Nova. One of those demos, "Runaway," became a hit on local New Jersey radio and led to the formation of Bon Jovi the band, as Jon and Bryan were supported by guitarist Dave Sabo, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres. "Runaway" spurred a major-label bidding war, leading to a contract with Polygram/Mercury in 1983. Before the group entered the studio, though, Bon Jovi replaced Sabo with Richie Sambora, a working guitarist with a long résumé including a stint as a member of Message.

Bon Jovi released their eponymous debut album in 1984, generating a Top 40 hit with the original version of "Runaway." The following year, 7800° Fahrenheit was released and went gold, all serving as a prelude to the band's 1986 breakthrough, Slippery When Wet. Paul Stanley had given Jon and Richie the phone number of professional songwriter Desmond Child, and together they wrote two of the album's biggest hits in Richie's parents' basement. The trio composed 30 songs in total and auditioned them for local New Jersey and New York teenagers, basing the album's running order on their opinions. Supported by several appealing, straightforward videos that received heavy rotation on MTV, the record took off on the strength of “You Give Love a Bad Name,” followed quickly by "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive." Those three Top Ten Hits helped propel Slippery When Wet to sales of nine million in the U.S. alone, establishing Bon Jovi as superstars in their home country. Their fame was not limited to the U.S., though, as the album also turned into a significant hit in Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

Bon Jovi built upon Slippery When Wet's formula with 1988's New Jersey, which shot to number one upon its release. New Jersey was only slightly less successful than its predecessor, selling five million copies and generating two number one singles, "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You," as well as the Top Ten hits "Born to Be My Baby," "Lay Your Hands on Me," and "Living in Sin." Following the completion of an 18-month international tour, the band went on hiatus. During the time off, Jon Bon Jovi wrote the soundtrack for Young Guns II, which was released in 1990 as the Blaze of Glory album. The record produced two hit singles -- the number one title track and the number 12 "Miracle" -- and earned several Grammy and Oscar nominations.

The following year, Bon Jovi reunited to record their fifth album, Keep the Faith, which was released in the fall of 1992. While the album didn't match the blockbuster status of its predecessors, it did produce a hit with "Bed of Roses," an adult contemporary-styled ballad that helped sustain the band's popularity. A greatest-hits album called Cross Road appeared in 1994 and yielded another Top Ten ballad, "Always." Around the same time, bassist Alec John Such left the band; Hugh McDonald, who appeared on Bon Jovi recordings stretching back as far as "Runaway," became his unofficial replacement and featured prominently on the band's next album. Released in the fall of 1995, These Days turned into another U.S. Top Ten, as well as a popular European hit. After appearing in the 1996 film Moonlight and Valentino, Jon Bon Jovi released his first official solo album, Destination Anywhere, in the summer of 1997.

During the tail end of the '90s, the members of Bon Jovi engaged in different projects -- Sambora released a sophomore solo set called Undiscovered Soul in 1998 -- before easing back into work in 1999 via a song for EDtv, then beginning work on a full-length record. The resulting album, Crush, appeared in 2000 and constituted something of a comeback in America thanks to the smash single "It's My Life," a cross-platform hit single with long legs. "Thank You for Loving Me" also turned into a hit, helping Crush go double platinum in the U.S. and selling eight million copies worldwide. Bon Jovi quickly followed Crush with their eighth studio effort, Bounce, which appeared in fall 2002, and supported the record with another international tour. In 2003, the band re-recorded many of its most well-known songs for the acoustic-based release This Left Feels Right, which also saw an accompanying DVD in 2004.

The ambitious outtakes and rarities box set 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong arrived in November of that year, followed by the all-new Have a Nice Day -- the first of several albums produced by John Shanks. That album's success was aided in part by the single "Who Says You Can't Go Home," featuring guest vocals from Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, which eventually won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals -- as well as topping the charts in Japan, Australia, Europe, and Canada. The band spent the following year in the studio, putting the finishing touches on a collection of pop-infused heartland country anthems. The resulting Lost Highway, which featured duets with LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich, arrived in the summer of 2007 and grabbed the band a healthy new country music fan base in the process. Lost Highway's cross-genre formula proved to be quite potent, securing the band its third number one album in the U.S. Bon Jovi returned to rock shortly thereafter, though, with the release in 2009 of a somber, searching album titled The Circle. One year later, Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection offered plenty of hits along with two new tracks, "No Apologies" and "What Do You Got?"

In the first years of the 2010s, the members of Bon Jovi pursued solo projects, the most notable being Sambora's 2012 solo album Aftermath of the Lowdown. In November 2012, two months after Sambora's album, the band issued Inside Out, a live album for video, recorded at London's O2 Arena, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, and New York's Madison Square Garden. In March of 2013, Bon Jovi returned with What About Now, their first studio album in four years. In similar thematic and musical company to The Circle, it reached number one on the Billboard Top 200, along with topping the charts in Australia and Canada and reaching two in the U.K.; despite its high debut, What About Now was their first album to not reach gold certification in the U.S.

Soon after the release of What About Now, there was evident turmoil in the Bon Jovi camp. Sambora left the supporting tour in 2013, citing "personal reasons" -- he was replaced by guitarist Phil X (Phil Xenidis) -- and then Tico Torres had to undergo gallbladder surgery. Torres returned to the fold but Sambora did not. In November 2014, the guitarist and band announced they had parted ways; Phil X became his unofficial permanent replacement. Next up for Bon Jovi came 2015's Burning Bridges, a record that was dubbed as a "fan album," meaning it was a collection of odds and ends intended as a stopgap as the group completed its first full-fledged post-Sambora album; that record, entitled This House Is Not for Sale, appeared on Island in October of 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography


Track List: Burning Bridges

1. A Teardrop To The Sea

2. We Don't Run

3. Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning

4. We All Fall Down

5. Blind Love

6. Who Would You Die For

7. Fingerprints

8. Life Is Beautiful

9. I'm Your Man

10. Burning Bridges


Track List: What About Now (Deluxe Edition)

1. Because We Can

2. I'm With You

3. What About Now

4. Pictures Of You

5. Amen

6. Thats What The Water Made Me

7. Whats Left Of Me

8. Army Of One

9. Thick As Thieves

10. Beautiful World

11. Room At The End Of The World

12. The Fighter

14. Into The Echo

15. Not Running Anymore


Track List: Lost Highway

1. Lost Highway

2. Summertime

3. (You Want To) Make A Memory

4. Whole Lot Of Leavin'

5. We Got It Going On

6. Any Other Day

7. Seat Next To You

8. Everybody's Broken

9. Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore

10. The Last Night

11. One Step Closer

12. I Love This Town


Track List: Have A Nice Day

1. Have A Nice Day

2. I Want To Be Loved

3. Welcome To Wherever You Are

4. Who Says You Can't Go Home

5. Last Man Standing

6. Bells Of Freedom

7. Wildflower

8. Last Cigarette

9. I Am

10. Complicated

11. Novocaine

12. Story Of My Life

13. Who Says You Can't Go Home (feat. Jennifer Nettles)


Track List: 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong

Disc 1

1. Why Aren't You Dead?

2. The Radio Saved My Life Tonight

3. Taking It Back

4. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night (Original Demo)

5. Miss Fourth Of July

6. Open All Night

7. These Arms Are Open All Night

8. I Get A Rush

9. Someday Just Might Be Tonight

10. Thief Of Hearts

11. Last Man Standing

12. I Just Want To Be Your Man

Disc 2

1. Garageland

2. Starting All Over Again

3. Maybe Someday

4. Last Chance Train

5. The Fire Inside

6. Every Beat Of My Heart

7. Rich Man Living In A Poor Man's Heart

8. The One That Got Away

9. You Can Sleep While I Dream

10. Outlaws Of Love

11. Good Guys Don't Always Wear White

12. We Rule The Night

Disc 3

1. Edge Of A Broken Heart

2. Sympathy

3. Only In My Dreams (feat. Tica Torres)

4. Shut Up And Kiss Me

5. Crazy Love

6. Lonely At The Top

7. Ordinary People

8. Flesh And Bone

9. Satellite

10. If I Can't Have Your Love (feat. Richie Sambora)

11. Real Life

12. Memphis Lives In Me (feat. David Bryan)

13. Too Much Of A Good Thing

Disc 4

1. Love Ain't Nothing But A Four Letter Word

2. Love Ain't Nothing But A Four Letter Word (Original Demo)

3. River Runs Dry

4. Always (Unreleased Demo)

5. Kidnap An Angel

6. Breathe

7. Out Of Bounds

8. Letter To A Friend

9. Temptation

10. Gotta Have A Reason

11. All I Wanna Do Is You

12. Billy

13. Nobody's Hero

Disc 5

Track List: This Left Feels Right

1. Wanted Dead Or Alive (Alternate Version)

2. Livin' On A Prayer (Alternate Version)

3. Bad Medicine (Alternate Version)

4. It's My Life (Alternate Version)

5. Lay Your Hands On Me (Alternate Version)

6. You Give Love A Bad Name (Alternate Version)

7. Bed Of Roses (Alternate Version)

8. Everyday (Alternate Version)

9. Born To Be My Baby (Alternate Version)

10. Keep The Faith (Alternate Version)

11. I'll Be There For You (Alternate Version)

12. Always (Alternate Version)


Track List: Bounce

1. Undivided

2. Everyday

3. The Distance

4. Joey

5. Misunderstood

6. All About Loving You

7. Hook Me Up

8. Right Side Of Wrong

9. Love Me Back To Life

10. You Had Me From Hello

11. Bounce

12. Open All Night


Track List: Crush

1. It's My Life

2. Say It Isn't So

3. Thank You For Loving Me

4. Two Story Town

5. Next 100 Years

6. Just Older

7. Mystery Train

8. Save The World

9. Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars

10. She's A Mystery

11. I Got The Girl

12. One Wild Night


Track List: These Days

1. Hey God

2. Something For The Pain

3. This Ain't A Love Song

4. These Days

5. Lie To Me

6. Damned

7. My Guitar Lies Bleeding In Your Arms

8. (It's Hard) Letting You Go

9. Hearts Breaking Even

10. Something To Believe In

11. If That's What It Takes

12. Diamond Ring


Track List: Cross Road

1. Livin' On A Prayer

2. Keep The Faith

3. Someday I'll Be Saturday Night

4. Always

5. Wanted Dead Or Alive

6. Lay Your Hands On Me

7. You Give Love A Bad Name

8. Bed Of Roses

9. Blaze Of Glory

10. Prayer '94

11. Bad Medicine

12. I'll Be There For You

13. In & Out Of Love

14. Runaway


Track List: Keep The Faith

1. I Believe

2. Keep The Faith

3. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

4. In These Arms

5. Bed Of Roses

6. If I Was Your Mother

7. Dry County

8. Woman In Love

9. Fear

10. I Want You

11. Blame It On The Love Of Rock & Roll

12. Little Bit Of Soul


Track List: New Jersey

1. Lay Your Hands On Me

2. Bad Medicine

3. Born To Be My Baby

4. Living In Sin

5. Blood On Blood

6. Homebound Train

7. Wild Is The Wind

8. Ride Cowboy Ride

9. Stick To Your Guns

10. I'll Be There For You

11. 99 In The Shade

12. Love For Sale


Track List: New Jersey (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Lay Your Hands On Me

2. Bad Medicine

3. Born To Be My Baby

4. Living In Sin

5. Blood On Blood

6. Homebound Train

7. Wild Is The Wind

8. Ride Cowboy Ride

9. Stick To Your Guns

10. I'll Be There For You

11. 99 In The Shade

12. Love For Sale

13. The Boys Are Back In Town

14. Love Is War

15. Born To Be My Baby (Acoustic Version)

Disc 2

1. Homebound Train (Demo)

2. Judgement Day (Demo)

3. Full Moon High (Demo)

4. Growing Up The Hard Way (Demo)

5. Let's Make It Baby (Demo)

6. Love Hurts (Demo)

7. Backdoor To Heaven (Demo)

8. Now And Forever (Demo)

9. Wild Is The Wind (Demo)

10. Stick To Your Guns (Demo)

11. House Of Fire (Demo)

12. Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore? (Demo)

13. Diamond Ring (Demo)

Disc 3

Track List: Bon Jovi

1. Runaway

2. Roulette

3. She Don't Know Me

4. Shot Through The Heart

5. Love Lies

6. Breakout

7. Burning For Love

8. Come Back

9. Get Ready


Track List: (You Want To) Make A Memory (Radio Single)

1. (You Want To) Make A Memory


Track List: Because We Can (Single)

1. Because We Can


Track List: Born Again Tomorrow (Single)

1. Born Again Tomorrow


Track List: Knockout (Single)

1. Knockout


Track List: Slippery When Wet (Remastered)

1. Let It Rock

2. You Give Love A Bad Name

3. Livin' On A Prayer

4. Social Disease

5. Wanted Dead Or Alive

6. Raise Your Hands

7. Without Love

8. I'd Die For You

9. Never Say Goodbye

10. Wild In The Streets


Track List: This House Is Not For Sale (Deluxe)

1. This House Is Not For Sale

2. Living With The Ghost

3. Knockout

4. Labor Of Love

5. Born Again Tomorrow

6. Roller Coaster

7. New Year's Day

8. The Devil's In The Temple

9. Scars On This Guitar

10. God Bless This Mess

11. Reunion

12. Come On Up To Our House

13. Real Love

14. All Hail The King

15. We Don't Run


Track List: This House Is Not For Sale (Single)

1. This House Is Not For Sale


Track List: We Weren't Born To Follow (Radio Single)

1. We Weren't Born To Follow


Track List: What Do You Got? (Radio Single)

1. What Do You Got?


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Dont get no better. Amen
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I LOVE THIS SONG !!!!��������
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awesome song =Dead or Alive
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i think runaway is better than livin on a prayer xD
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DIDN'T READ THIS you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Now that you have started reading this don't stop. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you're done press the space bar and your crush's name will appear in big letters this is so freaky it actually works
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Bon Jovi...Never Say Goodbye❤
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DINT READ THIS you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. If you ever read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you're done press space bar and your crush's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so freaky it actually works
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Bon Jovi with all this Beautiful Rock Songs!!! ❤��������! Bon Jovi Rocks Your A** Off\m/
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@melosion: Doofus, scammer, and lovesick fool. That is what you must be.
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I think this Bon Jovi song is better than "Livin' on a Prayer"!
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life now you've started don't stop this is so freaky but if you you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 144 mins when your done push the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Your to late!
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this house is not for sale
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This is like the only song i like by Bon Jovi sadly
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@mountndewme Okay, I realize that people are entitled to their own tastes of music but I'm not sure what corrupt crimes Bon Jovi is committing. :/ Can somebody please fill me in on this one.
I notice that the band just donated to save and maintain American Founder; Ben Franklin's gravestone though.
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Billy the kid
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What's the best rock song
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Cloudy here too whannn
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Suck it Bon Jovi!!! You and the corrupt, lying Witch you rode in with. A fan since 83, a fan no longer! Station created in 09 is now deleted. I now have space for another station.
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Miss me miss me hope youre gonna ��
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7171 I hear you you 7272
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He's a DOUCHE! Remember the kid that you WOULDN'T give an autograph to..
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these days rippa of a song (intro)
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LOVE BON JOVI you give love a bad name
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I love Bon Jovi��������
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Living on a prayer��
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I am a Jon Bon Jovi junkie
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Kkkkkkkkkllk o j j k l k k j l j o light junkh hi l jkk
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Same as hpape05
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Bon Jovi's BEST SONG!!!!!!!
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I am 42 and 80s are the best songs ever for me that's to all for that
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Better songs written , maybe..... better songs preformed, again maybe ...... But ever change the channel hear it. I doubt it. ,it's impossible. Can't be done.
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Awesome song! !!
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Love this song. Wanted Dead or Alive great Bon Jovi song.
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I love Daylen
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Bob J one of the GREATEST
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I love rock so much I like the 80's 90's and early 2000's
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Love it love the 80s
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I love this song
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This is a great song!❤️
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