I love Bon Jovi when they ROCK!! That may give you insight about how my list below will look like.
Iam a fan of Bon Jovi especially during their hard rock years 80’s – mid 90’s when they rocked the world very hard, and of course Jon still possessed that high-pitched voice which sadly he lost during the 90’s.
Not that I am bashing their current musical style endeavors since “It’s My Life”, but these exploration – which is admirable for a band not just rely on old style – just not on my book. However some great songs are there, and a few I put onto this list.
And I am also not very fond with Bon Jovi ballads, those love songs that I think kind of alienated their old fans since “Runaway era”. To some extend I agree that those ballads are responsible for eradicating ‘hard rock’ from current Bon Jovi’s house. However there are so many my fellow Indonesians and other Asian countries that love those ballads. I noticed that so many disappointed after their Jakarta concert because the band did not play “Always”, “Bed of Roses”, “I’ll be There . I mean that Jakarta concert could be still successful if Bon Jovi’s set contain all ballads with only Prayer, Love a Bad Name, and It’s My Life as uptempo songs lol 😀
Still many consider this band as one of the biggest band today, selling arenas and stadiums all over the world. I remember when Bon Jovi cut his iconic glam metal long hair in early nineties, the CNN put that as their headline news lol :D. So nevermind their adventurous musical styles, I put out this list. Enjoy :)_
1. I’ll Sleep When I’m Death (Keep the Faith 1992)
I always think this song epitomizes all about Jon Bon Jovi’s life…an incredible hard-working person, perfectionist (which unfortunately Alex John Such and Ritchie Sambora couldn’t follow it any longer – as Jon admitted himself that no one must follow his work ethic 😦 ). It is a fun, feel-happy song, that you can shake your body through the song.
2. Wanted Dead or Alive (Slippery When Wet 1987)
The Bon Jovi’s national song. They ALWAYS play this song in their concerts. Masculine, cowboy’s song, bluesy, typical rock ballad (building up slowly and exploded in the end). I feel Bon Jovi as a real man band when listening to this song.
3. Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night (Crossroads 1994)
This is the very first Western Song I heard in my life, and I still feel the same sensation when listening to it today as to 20 years ago. Spirit of Youth.
4. Next 100 Years (Crush 2000)
Coming of off the 2000 “Crush” album, I rate this epic song as the Best Bon Jovi song after the millenium. Sorry guys but I always skip “It’s My Life” and instead really fond on this perhaps the only real hard rock song on this album. The high point is the long Ritchie Sambora guitar solo, which is reminiscent of his 80’s guitar works.
5. I Love This Town (Lost Highway 2007)
Bon Jovi went country bluegrass in their 2007’s Lost Highways, some songs I like, some don’t. But this is my favorite, reminds me of Garth Brooks / Eagles, inspiI love this song, and they always play this as their set closer in many concerts.
6. Because We Can (Because We Can 2013)
It is an optimistic song, one reason enough to get me into listening. And it is sounds very good, harmony is superb and the lyric is uplifting. Sometimes I do not realize that this is coming from 2013.
7. Wild On The Streets (Slippery When Wet 1987)
David Bryan really shines on this upbeat track, my favorite track from their perhaps the most important and biggest-selling album.
8. Who Says You Can’t Go Home
The melody, it has the same spirit with Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night. But the 2nd thing that makes me fond of it is the lyric’s sentiment (“yes you can go home!”). Country-flavored, another feel-happy song just like other Bon Jovi uptempos, and no wonder it becomes fan favorite during concerts. They even re-recorded it with Jeniffer Nettles as a country-duet song which become more successful than the original version (I favor the original btw)
9. 99 in the Shade (New Jersey 1988)
A non-single track but I always go rockin’ mode about it. Kicking ass from the start until the end. The bridge chord-progression is my favorite part, I just couldn’t get it out of my head.
10. Hearts Breaking Even (These Days 1995)
Jon sings in bluesy style is very interesting. He got that kind of hook inside his voice that makes this slow-tempo track so enjoyable (“it’s been a long long long long long long time…”)