What could we say about Bon Jovi that hasn’t already been said?
The band led by the charismatic musician John Francis Bongiovi, better known as Jon Bon Jovi, has been reaping international success since 1983. What’s more, we are talking about one of the rock bands that has sold the most albums in history. Behind them, some 2,000 concerts around the world. And they continue to fill stadiums. And they continue to generate expectations wherever they go.
Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in New Jersey by frontman and vocalist Jon Bon Jovi. The current lineup is completed by keyboard player David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, bassist Hugh McDonald and guitarist Phil X. The latter replaced guitarist Richie Sambora, who left the band in 2013 after thirty years in the band.
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Bon Jovi sprouted in the New Jersey of the eighties with the glam sounds backbone of all their compositions. That’s how they created true wonders like the album of the same name, New Jersey or Slippery When Met. However, during the nineties everything would change: the hegemony of alternative rock pushed the American band towards those airs. A softer, less hard-hitting sound was then deployed. But nothing changed. They kept topping charts, selling records and filling concerts in the same way.
In the end, talent is talent. And nothing else, but Jon Bon Jovi and company have plenty of talent. Proof of this are some of the band’s many songs that have dominated the radio in recent years. Today we are going to remember some of them, true rock music anthems.
Bon Jovi – Runaway
Let’s put ourselves in position: Bon Jovi is a band with only a year of trajectory, they publish their first album and give the first radio hit with the first song of that album: Runaway. The curious thing is that that first song was not recorded by the original members of the band. It was previously recorded by Jon Bon Jovi with the band The All Star Review. Pure glam metal at the service of a story of rebellion, fears and problems.
Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name
You Give Love a Bad Name was the first of the two singles that made up Bon Jovi’s third album: that Slippery When Wet which is a real collection of hits. In fact, it was the band’s first album to reach number one on the US Billboard 200. This song also climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
Bon Jovi – Livin’ on a Prayer
Livin’ on a Prayer was also a smash hit. And it also reached the top of the most important music charts in the country. No doubt, the guys from Sayreville had a very good eye. Livin on a Prayer, full of energy, ended up becoming one of the most popular songs of the 1980s. And, well, of rock history.
Bon Jovi – It’s My Life
We could spend hours writing about Bon Jovi’s mythical songs. We end this brief review with It’s My Life. Unlike the previous ones, this song belongs to Crush, their seventh album, already much more alternative and poppy. Although It’s My Life in particular retains more hard rock sound than the rest. Released after five years of silence, it acted as a sort of bridge between the two eras of the band. To this day, it is the biggest hit in Bon Jovi’s history, isn’t it?