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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,”“WantedDead or Alive,” and “Living on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi wound up transcending the big-haired ‘80s, withstanding changes in style andsound tobecome one of the biggest American rock bands of their time, selling over 120 million albums worldwide, and sustaining theirpopularity wellinto the new millennium. As the times changed, so did the band’s sound. They slowly peeled away the arena rock guitars ofthe ‘80s,occasionally scoring on the adult c ...read more

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,”“WantedDead or Alive,” and “Living on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi wound up transcending the big-haired ‘80s, withstanding changes in style andsound tobecome one of the biggest American rock bands of their time, selling over 120 million albums worldwide, and sustaining theirpopularity wellinto the new millennium. As the times changed, so did the band’s sound. They slowly peeled away the arena rock guitars ofthe ‘80s,occasionally scoring on the adult contemporary charts and sometimes singing country music without ever rejecting hard rock, amove thatillustrated how they never abandoned their roots and became second only to Bruce Springsteen in defining the sound and spirit ofNew Jerseyrock & roll.

Bon Jovi took their name from lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (born Jon Bongiovi), who spent his adolescence playing in local Jersey bandswithDavid Bryan (born David Rashbaum). Jon’s cousin, Tony Bongiovi, owned the celebrated New York recording studio the Power StationandJon spent many hours there, working as a janitor and recording demos after hours, sometimes supported by members of the E StreetBand orAldo Nova. One of those demos, "Runaway," became a hit on local New Jersey radio and lead to the formation of Bon Jovi the band,as Jonand Bryan were supported by guitarist Dave Sabo, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres. “Runaway” spurred a major-labelbidding war leading to a contract with Polygram/Mercury in 1983. Before the group entered the studio, though, Bon Jovi replaced SabowithRichie 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 followingyear,7800° Fahrenheit was released and went gold, all serving as a prelude to the band's 1986 breakthrough, Slippery When Wet. PaulStanleyhad given Jon and Richie the phone number of professional songwriter Desmond Child, and together they wrote two of the album'sbiggesthits in Richie's parents' basement. The trio composed 30 songs in total and auditioned them for local New Jersey and New Yorkteenagers,basing the album's running order on their opinions. Supported by several appealing, straightforward videos that received heavyrotation onMTV, the record took off on the strength of “You Give Love a Bad Name,” followed quickly by “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “WantedDead 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 assuperstars intheir 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 wasonlyslightly less successful than its predecessor, selling five million copies and generating two number one singles, "Bad Medicine" and "I'llBeThere 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 completionofan 18-month international tour, the band went on hiatus. During the time off, Jon Bon Jovi wrote the soundtrack for Young Guns II, whichwasreleased in 1990 as the Blaze of Glory album. The record produced two hit singles -- the number one title track and the number12"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 albumdidn'tmatch the blockbuster status of its predecessors, it did produce a hit with "Bed of Roses," an adult contemporary-styled ballad thathelpedsustain 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 backas faras “Runaway,” became his unofficial replacement and featured prominently on the band’s next album. Released in the fall of 1995,TheseDays turned into another U.S. Top Ten, as well as a popular European hit. After appearing in the 1996 film Moonlight and Valentino, JonBonJovi 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 setcalledUndiscovered Soul in 1998 -- before easing back into work in 1999 via a song for EdTV, then beginning work on a full-length record.Theresulting album, Crush, appeared in 2000 and constituted something of a comeback in America thanks to the smash single “It’s My Life,”across-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.andselling eight million copies worldwide. Bon Jovi quickly followed Crush with their eighth studio effort, Bounce, which appeared in fall2002,and supported the record with another international tour. In 2003, the band re-recorded many of its most well-known songs for theacoustic-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 later that November, followed by the all. newHave a Nice Day -- the first of several albums produced by John Shanks. That album's success was aided in part by the single “WhoSays YouCan’t Go Home,” featuring guest vocals from Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, which eventually won the Grammy Award for BestCountryCollaboration with Vocals -- as well as topping the charts in Japan, Australia, Europe, and Canada. The band spent the followingyear in thestudio, putting the finishing touches on a collection of pop-infused heartland country anthems. The resulting Lost Highway, whichfeaturedduets with LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich, arrived in the summer of 2007 and grabbed the band a healthy new country music fan basein theprocess. Lost Highway's cross-genre formula proved to be quite potent, securing the band its third number one album in the U.S. BonJovireturned to rock shortly thereafter, though, with the release of the somber, searching The Circle in 2009. One year later, Greatest Hits:TheUltimate Collection offered plenty of hits along with two new tracks, “No Apologies” and “What Do You Got?” « hide

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LPs
Burning Bridges
2015

2.4
27 Votes
What About Now
03/08/2013

1.7
88 Votes
The Circle
2009

2.2
135 Votes
Lost Highway
2007

2.1
179 Votes
Have a Nice Day
2005

2.6
271 Votes
Bounce
2002

2.4
146 Votes
Crush
2000

2.8
207 Votes
These Days
1995

3.4
135 Votes
Keep The Faith
1992

3.4
184 Votes
New Jersey
1988

3.6
229 Votes
Slippery When Wet
1986

3.4
473 Votes
7800 Degrees Fairenheit
1985

2.8
119 Votes
Bon Jovi
1984

3
142 Votes
EPs
Have a Nice Day Tour: Live
2006

Wanted Dead Or Alive (2003) CVS Promo
2003

3.5
12 Votes
Live Albums
Inside Out
01/01/2012

One Wild Night: Live 1985-2001
2001

3.5
30 Votes
Compilations
Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection
2010

3.6
49 Votes
100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong
2004

2.8
30 Votes
This Left Feels Right
2003

2.4
67 Votes
Crossroad
1994

3.7
148 Votes

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