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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 charts. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

Awesome !!!
he's from iron maiden
bruce dickinson has cancer
And the memories come flooding back !!!awesome song !����
Love this song Living on a Prayer...nev e r gets old!
Megadeth is my favorite band.
Who says just can't go back...
Really loved this song
Hell I Look Like I'm 13 years old on
Acid !
Thank you dad for raising me on 80s rock music lol
Love them so much have listened to them since I was in kindergarten and I am only 11 years old. My dad has influenced this music on me and I love it. I am a girl too. I am just on my dads account. Still amd will always love thus kind of music. Hair bands love them!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! :-)
dwalker7229, please no language? I like them LOVE their song Living On A Prayer;)
Awesome band it's my favorite
Host907 go F**KING DIE IN a ditch bon jovi is a bad a** band
the song you give love a bad name is like my old girlfriend
julessanchez 9 7
Bon jovi I like ur music
I'm not hating on Bon jovi awsome band
I'm 11 and I know like all the rock bands best rock band ever is def lepard if u guys tell me there not u are stupid ther drummer has one arm he lost it in a car wreck and he still is a better drum than the Ac doc drummer..kee p rockin def lepard you f**king rock gods
This is an awsome work out song it gets you pumped
I'm 31
Great
I LOVE THEM EVEN IF I'M ONLY 15 years old
Host907 go screw ur self
One of my favorite 80s band love this song I'm a Dallas cowboy
Im 15 and love this band thanks to my parents (no sarcasm)
Bon jovi in French means, Boston!! You know ONE ALBUM WONDER!!! OH-VER-RAY-T E D ! ! ! (Please don't say that's NOT how you spell it) but I forgot....Yo u r Bon Jovi fans!!!!
I love all of Bon Jovi's music, this is one of my favorites.
I like lots and lots of songs from all types of bands.
BON JOVI #1 , LOVE THIS BAND! You give love a bad name. v & j .
2-14-94
Only bon Jovi song I like!
Only bon Jovi song I like!
I'm just a gigolo
falling from destiny's higher fate but not from heavens holy place a wh*r*s life giving her all to dogs listening to worldly gaud paying the price to live in strife while playing in sins ungodly light all the time never being kind to unappealing guys that don't meet up to her expected type only pretending grace if they pay her to stay making their loneliness go away in pretence of a date as more suductive mongrels play for free giving to her every lewd way she runs night and day for all to see
They rock! They rule!
AWESOME!!!!! ! !
Cindy Crawford
Bon jovi is awesome
Jon was smokin hot in the 80's had posters of him all over my wall.
This song can be played a thousand times and I wouldn't get tired if it. It is a good freaking song and when it comes on in school I start singing abd I get stared at ☺* blushing*
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now stared reading this don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 mintues when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on big letters. This is scary because it actually work. Don't read this because it actually
Bonjovi areosmith Queen all these bands 60. 70 80s all bring back such good memories
This song is something else....
I remember my music teacher played this song and I knew it bc my dad listen to it and I started sing the lyrics and she was shocked
y boo......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Bon jovi kicks a**
5th fav band 1 st disturbed 2 Aerosmith 3 Metallica 4 black sabbath name urs
How is he not in the Hall of Fame?
8 albums have gone at least platinum with 1 going diamond & the rest gold. All but the first 2 were top 10s with 5 being #1s including his last 3 albums. His 1st live album hit #20. 3 of his compilations made the top 20 with 1 making the top 5. 1 of them has gone multi-platin u m while another went gold. A box set went gold. 9 top 40 hits in the 80s, 8 of them top 10 & 4 of them #1s. 5 top 40s in the 90s with 2 top 10s and 1 top 5. 3 top 40s since 2000. 4 singles have gone at least gold.
sheppersonly n d s e y
October 5 2015 Chris
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