In the late 1980s, New Jersey’s Bon Jovi released a single that would take them to the top of the charts: Livin’ on a Prayer.
The second single released from the October 1986 album Slippery When Wet, the single was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child.
Initially Bon Jovi didn’t like the song, and Sambora reworked the bass to make it more of a rock song.
Little did they know it would become their biggest hit from the album, hitting the Billboard Hot 100 top spot in February and holding it for three weeks.
The song’s lyrics have been analyzed by many, some saying its anti-union, some saying its nonsensical. But fans love it all.
The song led the band to the top of the Billboard rock chart for the first time and with its distinctive music video, led to endless viewing by teen and young adult fans on MTV and MuchMusic.
Fans from around the world embraced the song, making it top 10 in several countries including New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, UK, Ireland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and Australia.
As their now signature song from the album, its consequently become a popular song and was named one of the Billboard Hot 100 50th anniversary songs.