'Always' was originally written for the film 'Romeo is Bleeding,' but the movie was not up to snuff for Bon Jovi, so it was eventually released on the band's 1994 album 'Cross Road.' The song became a best-selling single on the album, and hit No. 4 on the US Billboard chart. Because of its extreme vocals, the song took its toll on Jon Bon Jovi's voice, which is why 'Always' is rarely performed live.
'Born to Be My Baby'
Peaking at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, 'Born to Be My Baby' was the second single from Bon Jovi's seminal album 'New Jersey.' The low-budget black-and-white video for the song features Jon Bon Jovi's high school sweetheart and current wife of nearly 22 years, Dorothea Hurley, who Bon Jovi secretly married in Vegas while on tour for the 1988 album.
'Lay Your Hands on Me'
'Lay Your Hands on Me' was the fourth single from Bon Jovi's chart-topping album 'New Jersey.' Incorporating a long, over-the-top introduction, the anthemic song has been long heralded by fans. In 2003, the band re-recorded the song for 'This Left Feels Right' in a smoother, acoustic style, featuring the mandocello front and center.
'I'll Be There For You'
Beyond becoming a staple for couples skate in the '80s, 'I'll Be There For You' hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1989, and has since been regarded as a beloved power ballad. The song was Bon Jovi's fourth No. 1 single, and helped make 'New Jersey' a major commercial success.
'Bad Medicine,' the lead single from 'New Jersey,' topped the charts in 1988, and continues to be in radio rotation today. The No. 1 single was also included in the band's greatest hits album, 'Cross Road,' and is a staple in Bon Jovi's live set -- the band has been known to incorporate a one-minute interlude of the Isley Brothers' 'Shout' during the song.
Jon Bon Jovi released 'Runaway' in 1983, but after winning a local radio contest with the song, it became a huge hit. 'Runaway' was the band's first single from their self-titled debut, and became Bon Jovi's first Top 40 single in the US. It has since been featured in a Mastercard commercial, as well as in the film 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop.'
'It's My Life'
The first single from Bon Jovi 2000 album 'Crush' incorporates a reference to Tommy and Gina, a fictional couple that is referred to in 'Livin' on a Prayer.' The song was a No. 1 and platinum-selling single in several countries, but only peaked at No. 11 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.
'Wanted Dead or Alive'
In a 2009 interview, Jon Bon Jovi said rock groups are like "a young band of thieves, riding into town, stealing the money, the girls, and the booze before the sun came up." 'Wanted Dead or Alive' was a tribute to that lifestyle, and was intended for an Old West-themed album that was eventually scrapped. The song has been featured in dozens of films and movies since its 1987 release.
'You Give Love a Bad Name'
'You Give Love a Bad Name' was the first single from Bon Jovi's smash album, 'Slippery When Wet,' which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts just a few months after it was released in 1986. Over the last 25 years, the song has been embraced by pop culture -- Dwight Schrute makes reference to it in an episode of 'The Office,' and it was recently covered by the modern rock band Atreyu.
'Livin' on a Prayer'
When one thinks of Bon Jovi, 'Livin' on a Prayer' instantly comes to mind, and with good reason. In 1987, the song spent four weeks at the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and has become a mainstay over the last two decades. The definitive song topped VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s; is prominently featured in video games such as 'Guitar Hero World Tour' and 'Rock Band 2'; and is now the No. 1 Bon Jovi song, as voted by AOL Radio listeners.