Lost Highway

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Lost Highway by Bon Jovi

“Lost Highway”

“Summertime”

“Make A Memory”

“Whole Lot Of Leaving”

“We Got It Going On”

“Any Other Day”

“Seat Next To You”

“Everybody’s Broken”

“Stranger (feat. Leann Rimes)”

“The Last Night”

“One Step Closer”

“I Love This Town”

Have A Nice Day

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Have A Nice Day by Bon Jovi

“Have A Nice Day”

“I Want To Be Loved”

“Welcome To Wherever You Are”

“Who Says You Can’t Go Home”

“Last Man Standing”

“Bells Of Freedom”

“Wildflower”

“Last Cigarette”

“I Am”

“Complicated”

“Novocaine”

“Story Of My Life”

“Who Says You Can’t Go Home”

This Left Feels Right

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This Left Feels Right by Bon Jovi

“Wanted Dead Or Alive”

“Livin’ On A Prayer”

“Bad Medicine”

“It’s My Life”

“Lay Your Hands On Me”

“You Give Love A Bad Name”

“Bed Of Roses”

“Everyday”

“Born To Be My Baby”

“Keep The Faith”

“I’ll Be There For You”

“Always”

Bounce

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Bounce by Bon Jovi

“Undivided”

“Everyday”

“The Distance”

“Joey”

“Misunderstood”

“All About Lovin’ You”

“Hook Me Up”

“Right Side Of Wrong”

“Love Me Back To Life”

“You Had Me From Hello”

“Bounce”

“Open All Night”

Crush

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Crush by Bon Jovi

“It’s My Life”

“Say It Isn’t So”

“Thank You For Loving Me”

“Two Story Town”

“Next 100 Years”

“Just Older”

“Mystery Train”

“Save The World”

“Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars”

“She’s A Mystery”

“I Got The Girl”

“One Wild Night”

These Days

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These Days by Bon Jovi

“Hey God”

“Something For The Pain”

“This Ain’t A Love Song”

“These Days”

“Lie To Me”

“Damned”

“My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms”

“(It’s Hard) Letting You Go”

“Hearts Breaking Even”

“Something To Believe In”

“If That’s What It Takes”

“Diamond Ring”

Keep The Faith

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Keep The Faith by Bon Jovi

“I Believe”

“Keep The Faith”

“I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”

“In These Arms”

“Bed Of Roses”

“If I Was Your Mother”

“Dry County”

“Woman In Love”

“Fear”

“I Want You”

“Blame It On The Love Of Rock & Roll”

“Little Bit Of Soul”

New Jersey

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New Jersey by Bon Jovi

“Lay Your Hands On Me”

“Bad Medicine”

“Born To Be My Baby”

“Living In Sin”

“Blood On Blood”

“Homebound Train”

“Wild Is The Wind”

“Ride Cowboy Ride”

“Stick To Your Guns”

“I’ll Be There For You”

“99 In The Shade”

“Love For Sale”

Slippery When Wet

Rolling Stone magazine declared 1987 the year of the heavy rock invasion. The cover featured Mötley Crüe, who had released Girls Girls Girls, but it was also the time of Metallica, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Europe, Def Leppard, and Whitesnake, to mention but a few. And Bon Jovi was at the top of the list.

Meanwhile in Europe, teen magazines sold the virtues of two of the leading sex-symbols of the moment: the frontman of Europe, Joey Tempest, and the frontman of Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi.

Slippery When Wet led them to big arenas worldwide, where the singer opened the shows swinging down on a rope over the audience. Bon Jovi did well in 1984, supported by “Runaway”, one of their classic hymns (with “Livin’ On A Prayer” and “It’s My Life”), but their second album, 7800º Fahrenheit, was generally disappointing.

Bouncing back, Slippery When Wet was brutal, commercially and artistically. It went to number one in the US and the top five in the UK. By the time of the album’s release, they had the looks, the Bruce Springsteen-style singing, the social awareness, and the catchy rhythms and choruses to become superstars — not to mention the vital touches of Desmond Child and Bob Rock.

Slippery When Wet is the Bon Jovi album you should choose if you had to choose just one from the band, because it sums up Bon Jovi’s best without getting cheesy.

Bon Jovi — Slippery When Wet: Track-by-track review

1. “Let It Rock”
The song starts like an engine and mixes with the keyboards of David Bryan that seem stolen from the Phantom of the Opera, in an opening as surprising as that of “Lay Your Hands On Me” would be when New Jersey was released. Richie Sambora shows his guitar hero status with a fantastic solo in a song dedicated to the magic of rock ‘n’ roll, and the happiness it brings.

2. “You Give Love A Bad Name”
An angel’s smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven, then put me through hell

Jon Bon Jovi points a barbed, accusatory lyric at a bad girl, at a time when he was posing for pictures in jacuzzis and seemed surrounded by strippers. Because of the opportunities to take advantage of his massive fame, magazines would wonder how he could stay true to his wife, his high school girlfriend.

Jorge Salan, ex-guitarist of Mago de Oz, covers this song in his solo concerts.

3. “Livin’ On A Prayer”
The beginning of “Livin’ On A Prayer” is as famous as any use of the vocoder. The song is the story of Gina, who works in a diner, and her boyfriend Tommy, who used to work at the docks but is out of work due to a union strike. This is the life of the working class in hard times, and illustrates a test of how far true love can go, like a classic Springsteen tale.

Gina says:

We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
We’ve got each other and that’s a lot
For love, we’ll give it a shot

But sometimes she can’t stand the pressure of the situation, and that’s when Tommy consoles her — they will get through.

Gina dreams of running away
When she cries in the night, Tommy whispers
‘Baby, it’s okay…
Someday…’

Swedish hard rock group Talisman covered “Livin’ On A Prayer” on their farewell tour in the summer of 2007.

4. “Social Disease”
Love is the disease, the one nobody can escape from and the one that can’t be cured, not with the help of police, doctor, or even death. “You can’t hide when infection starts” — love is the kind of thing you “can’t live with … but you’ll die without it.”

The intro to “Social Disease” is a parents’ advisory, references faking an orgasm, and then hits us with the mischievously unclear line “in some places it comes in thirty-two flavors”. It’s as ambiguous as the cover of the album, which has the title written over a misted window, and as ambiguous as the girls on the inside of the album packaging: rescued, almost, from a wet T-shirt contest.

5. “Wanted Dead Or Alive”
Fellow 1980’s rockers Cinderella wrote “Gypsy Road” to describe the unique life of successful popular musicians, calling themselves gypsies. Bon Jovi used the term cowboys, riding “steel horses”, better known as motorcycles.

And, like cowboys, musicians are loved whether they’re dead or alive, because it is the closeness that fans long for. Jon would follow the classic cowboy image to his first solo album, the soundtrack to Young Guns II.

The video for “Wanted Dead Or Alive” shows the band members’ lives both on and off stage, facing a jumbled life of the ecstasy of playing live, and the drudgery of meeting fans through tiredness and boredom.

6. “Raise Your Hands”
This song is something to warm up audiences in concert; an easy chorus and strong guitars, and a prototypical 1980’s rock anthem.

7. “Without Love”
According to legend, Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” started the tradition of rockers including ballads in their repertoire (because the Crüe hit the charts with it), and Bon Jovi followed in the footsteps.

Right then, they didn’t overuse power ballads, and weren’t cloying. They provided rockers, famous for not dancing, a chance to pick up girls during the slower parts of the show. The narrator of “Without Love” learns from the mistakes of the people he knows: heartbreak is unbearable, but living without love is even worse.

8. “I’d Die For You”
Playing the tough guy can be hard sometimes, when it seems you don’t care about the girl. But under the façade, there’s a love stronger than everything, and capable of anything.

I might not be a savior
I’ll never be a king
I might not send you roses
Or buy you diamond rings

… but even so,

I’ll die for you, I’ll cry for you
I’ll do anything, I’ll lie for you
You know it’s true, baby
I’ll die for you

9. “Never Say Goodbye”
One of Bon Jovi’s most powerful ballads. Is it dedicated to Jon’s wife? “Never Say Goodbye” brims with memories about high school and the promise of eternal love. “Remember when you lost the keys and you lost more than that on my backseat, baby?”

There are emotional memories of fights, and how love can solve anything if it is for real.

Remember the prom that night?
You and me, we had a fight
But then they played our favourite song and
I held you in my arms so strong
We danced so close, we danced so slow
And I swore I would never let you go
Together forever

A song to melt the heart of any rocker girl.

10. “Wild In The Streets”
Being young is not easy, and parents forget about how they used to behave before becoming parents: the most forbidden is the most interesting. This song is about good girls messing around with the wrong guys and discovering pleasure in back seats.

Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi

“Let It Rock”

“You Give Love A Bad Name”

“Livin’ On A Prayer”

“Social Disease”

“Wanted Dead Or Alive”

“Raise Your Hands”

“Without Love”

“I’d Die For You”

“Never Say Goodbye”

“Wild In The Streets”

7800° Fahrenheit

7800° Fahrenheit is Bon Jovi’s second record and it’s probably their most underrated. It certainly contains some of the best AOR tracks ever written by Jon and the band and had set the ground for their next record: the masterpiece “Slippery When Wet”. It was released during the flourish of Hair Metal, so you can expect big drums and keyboard-driven songs.

Bon Jovi — 7800° Fahrenheit: Track-by-track review

1. “In And Out Of Love”
Great fun rocker, starts the album with shouting vocals and it builds the party mood with Sambora’s riff.

The chorus is anthemic and it is for sure one of the band’s best.
The instrumental part is very simple,but it is a tricky song for bands to play live,since the backing vocals during the chorus are very well portrayed here.

It’s a typical hair metal rocker and the video is also a lot of fun to watch and it’s the only song from this album to appear
steadily on the band’s set. A classic track from an era where big hairs were ruling MTV.

2. “The Price Of Love”
AOR melodic rocker with passionate vocals by Jon.It mixes pop and rock in a good way, the chorus is well built like a Bubblegum song and so the acoustic guitar during the verses. Sambora shreds a little during the solo, showcasing a little bit of his talent. One of the best tracks from the album.

3. “Only Lonely”
A fan-favourite. Mid-tempo track with David Bryan’s keyboards guiding the song. The vocals here are very emotional, mainly because of the lyrics.

Jon was having a bad time in his relationship with Dorothea, so the lyrics are very deep. The guitar solo is very inspired and this song contains one of the best bridges ever.

It was recently played during The Circle Tour, making the fans really happy, since this album is often overlooked by the group. A video was also made showing the band being ripped-of by some scammers.

4. “King Of The Mountain”
This song is very similar to “The Stroke” by Billy Squier. Jon once admitted to be a big Squier fan. Even the riff is almost identical.

Great anthemic song, even though it sounds
just like most 80’s hair bands like Keel, Helix and a few others.

The big drum concept was hot during that period and expect to hear a lot of reverb , even though through the album Tico’s drums are close to an organic sound, instead of flowing through eletronic stuff that was surrounding other band’s records.

5. “Silent Night”
A beautiful ballad, even though it wasn’t a hit and also as powerful as “Never Say Goodbye” on the previous record. It is still a very good song.

The bridge showcases the band’s capacity of building a nice atmosphere before the chorus. Most new bands should learn this for them. The chorus is simple and to the point, like a good ballad should be.

6. “Tokyo Road”
A great rockin’ song…one of the band’s best, that’s for sure. They should include this back into their setlist since it’s a pure hard rockin’ gem.

The band was inspired when they came from their fist Japanese tour and wrote this. The middle part with the pumping bass it’s just classic. It’s the kind of song that you should crank it up the volume and rock along with it. It’s a shame that they don’t do such kind of songs like this one anymore.

7. “The Hardest Part Is The Night”
This song sounds a lot like the stuff from their first album, and in my opinion sounds a lot like Survivor too. The background vocals resembles Motown and it has an AOR kind of keyboard lead.

The chorus is fantastic and it was recenlty played some rehearsals for The Circle Tour. Very good song indeed. Tico Torres’ drum groove before the solo showcases his talents on latin drumming a bit. He is often underrated. A shame since he is a very good drummer.

8. “Always Run To You”
This is a hard rocker with a great drum intro by Tico, using and abusing of cowbells. The riff is simple but very effective and the pause for Jon to start singing “The clock strikes ten” it’s very well-delivered.

The chorus is very melodic even though they used a lot of effects on the backing vocals, sounding a bit dated nowadays.

Richie’s solo is a little bluesy in the beggining before he starts to shred, showing a lot of his talent as usual. It is a bit more up-tempo but it’s still an easy listening track.

9. “To The Fire”
This song sounds like a soundtrack to some 80’s action flick. It’s the most different track on the album and it contains more eletronic elements than any other song.

Jon’s vocals sound raspy and strong and the drums are a bit tribal, giving an interesting and unusal rhythm for the song. The guitar solo is full of effects like delay and there are some overdubs in it, too.

The bridge’s vocals are a bit dramatic and the chorus is full of huge harmonies. An interesting song, even though it’s a lot different from the rest of the material.

10. “Secret Dreams”
The closing song has a big guitar riff, very melodic and powerful. Tico uses cowbell again during the verses and the melody is well constructed with some screams from Jon.
It is a typical 80’s hard rocker with a lot of punch and groove.

The chorus is brilliant and catchy, the melodies flown in stereo with the bv’s and David Bryan adds some keyboards as an extra touch.

The solo is full of harmonics and wisely they’ve included some rhythm guitar for an extra crunch. A great ending for a very underrated album.

7800° Fahrenheit by Bon Jovi

“In And Out Of Love”

“The Price Of Love”

“Only Lonely”

“King Of The Mountain”

“Silent Night”

“Tokyo Road”

“The Hardest Part Is The Night”

“Always Run To You”

“To The Fire”

“Secret Dreams”