Bon Jovi songs continue to dominate the airwaves and even influence the rock scene today. From Jon Bon Jovi’s captivating stage presence, to Richie Sambora’s superb guitar solos, there are plenty of reasons to love this band. Let’s revisit the songs that made them one of the most legendary rock bands of all time!
Bon Jovi Songs | Top Songs You Should Listen To
1. Livin’ On a Prayer (1986)
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There is a good chance that even if you’re not a Bon Jovi fan, you know this song. Thanks to its fist-pumping lyrics, trademark talk box, and powerful lyrics, “Livin’ On A Prayer” goes down as the band’s most popular song. To sweeten things even more, this song reached triple platinum and recharted in the Top 100 in 2013.
2. You Give Love a Bad Name (1986)
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Think break-up songs should sound sad and depressed? Well, “You Give Love a Bad Name” throws that stereotype out of the window. Thanks to its appealing lyrics and kickass guitar riffs, it was the band’s first Billboard topper and continues to be one of the most iconic songs in rock music history.
3. Born To Be My Baby (1988)
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“Born To Be My Baby” is an upbeat and fast-tempo song which also became one of the band’s biggest hits thanks to its simple and relatable lyrics. It was renowned worldwide and peaked as high as third on the Billboard 100.
4. It’s My Life (2000)
This song is one of the band’s most commercially successful songs, as it enjoyed success in the US and cracked several charts around the world. It also re-introduced the band’s 80s sound to the new millennium and was made even better with an adrenaline-pumping music video.
5. Bed of Roses (1992)
While “Always” can also make a case for this spot, “Bed of Roses” had more of an impact on the masses. You will frequently hear this song in karaokes and the radio. Its intimate and passionate vibes are the reason behind its success, which earned it a spot in the top 10 of the Billboard 100.
6. Runaway (1984)
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“Runaway,” the song that paved the way for Jon Bon Jovi, was written before the band was even formed. He initially recorded it with studio musicians and decided to re-record it for the band’s self-titled album. It was their first single and hit and also became a staple in their live sets.
7. Wanted Dead or Alive (1986)
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The band is not only popular for their glam metal sound. “Wanted Dead or Alive” is a testament that country music can be infused with hard rock. Moreover, it has a great call-and-response appeal that audiences find irresistible to sing along to.
8. Bad Medicine (1988)
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Penned by Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Childs, “Bad Medicine” is another song that landed in the #1 spot on the Billboard 100. On top of the frontman’s rapid-fire vocals and Sambora’s guitar shredding, the song’s lyrics are just that catchy.
9. I’ll Be There For You (1988)
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Co-written and sung by Bon Jovi and Sambora, “I’ll Be There For You” became one of the most popular power ballads during its time. To solidify that claim, it reached the top of Billboard Top 100 and served as a preview of the band’s signature sound.
10. Never Say Goodbye (1987)
This power ballad is probably the theme song of teenagers from thr 1980s due to its romantic and rebelious lyrics. It tackles the love story between two teenage sweethearts who just wants to runaway with each other.
Here’s a brief history of the band courtesy of Watchmojo.com:
Arguably one of the most iconic rock bands of all-time, Bon Jovi is not hanging up the gloves. They continue to make new material for their fans. Although it will be hard to beat the Bon Jovi songs mentioned above, their style and sound remain the same, and their fan base remains loyal. Check out their newest album, “This House Is Not for Sale” and see how it compares to their previous works!
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