Bon Jovi is set to release their 15th studio album, 2020, on May 15th, which is more proof that the New Jersey rockers are built to last despite some line-up changes over the years.
Jon Bon Jovi got the ball rolling by writing and recording the songs that led to the band’s 1984 self-titled debut. 7800 Fahrenheit followed a year later, and then the band exploded with Slippery When Wet in 1986.
Bon Jovi has placed 25 songs on the Billboard 100 during their career, with 10 of them cracking the top 10 and 4 going all the way to number one.
Here’s a look back at the 7 biggest Bon Jovi songs ranked by peak chart position and number of weeks on the chart. Interesting note: the song that spent the second most weeks on the chart, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” did not make the list because it only peaked at #23.
7 WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE
From 1986's Slippery When Wet, it peaked at #7 during a week "You Keep Me Hangin On" by Kim Wilde topped the chart. The band used the idea of a wandering cowboy as a metaphor for their life on the road.
From 1994's Cross Road, it peaked at #4 during a week "On Bended Knee" by Boyz II Men was #1. "Always" is one of the band's most successful power ballads, and it was a new song featured on a greatest hits album.
5 BORN TO BE MY BABY
From 1988's New Jersey, it peaked at #3 during a week "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul ruled the chart. The song feels like a sequel, both musically and lyrically, to "Livin' on a Prayer."
4 BAD MEDICINE
From 1988's New Jersey, it edged out "Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club to reach #1 on 11/19/88. "Bad Medicine" spent a total of 20 weeks on the chart and was featured in the 2001 film "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."
3 LIVIN' ON A PRAYER
From 1986's Slippery When Wet, it soared past "Open Your Heart" by Madonna to reach #1 on 2/4/87. "Livin' on a Prayer" spent a total of 22 weeks on the chart and has become one of the most enduring rock anthems of all time.
2 I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU
From 1988's New Jersey, it edged out "Like a Prayer" by Madonna to reach #1 on 5/13/89. "Ill Be There For You" spent a total of 22 weeks on the chart. Guitarist Richie Sambora co-wrote the song, contributed prominent backing vocals, and sometimes sung it live.
1 YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME
From 1986's Slippery When Wet, it beat "Human" by The Human League for the #1 spot on 11/29/86. "You Give Love a Bad Name" spent a total of 24 weeks on the chart and was the lead single from their breakthrough album.