Bon Jovi Guitar Chords

Bon Jovi

Biography

After ushering in the era of pop-metal with their 1986 blockbuster Slippery When Wet and its hit singles "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Wanted Dead or Alive," and "Living on a Prayer," Bon Jovi wound up transcending the big-haired '80s, withstanding changes in style and sound to become one of the biggest American rock bands of their time -- selling over 120 million albums worldwide and sustaining their popularity well into the new millennium. As the times changed, so did the band's sound. They slowly peeled away the arena rock guitars of the '80s, occasionally scoring on the adult contemporary charts and sometimes singing country music without ever rejecting hard rock, a move that illustrated how they never abandoned their roots and became second only to Bruce Springsteen in defining the sound and spirit of New Jersey rock & roll.

Bon Jovi took their name from lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (born Jon Bongiovi), who spent his adolescence playing in local Jersey bands with David Bryan (born David Rashbaum). Jon's cousin Tony Bongiovi owned the celebrated New York recording studio the Power Station and Jon spent many hours there, working as a janitor and recording demos after hours, sometimes supported by members of the E Street Band or Aldo Nova. One of those demos, "Runaway," became a hit on local New Jersey radio and led to the formation of Bon Jovi the band, as Jon and Bryan were supported by guitarist Dave Sabo, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres. "Runaway" spurred a major-label bidding war, leading to a contract with Polygram/Mercury in 1983. Before the group entered the studio, though, Bon Jovi replaced Sabo with Richie Sambora, a working guitarist with a long résumé, including a stint as a member of Message.

Bon Jovi released their eponymous debut album in 1984, generating a Top 40 hit with the original version of "Runaway." The following year, 7800° Fahrenheit was released and went gold, all serving as a prelude to the band's 1986 breakthrough, Slippery When Wet. Paul Stanley had given Jon and Richie the phone number of professional songwriter Desmond Child, and together they wrote two of the album's biggest hits in Richie's parents' basement. The trio composed 30 songs in total and auditioned them for local New Jersey and New York teenagers, basing the album's running order on their opinions. Supported by several appealing, straightforward videos that received heavy rotation on MTV, the record took off on the strength of “You Give Love a Bad Name,” followed quickly by "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive." Those three Top Ten Hits helped propel Slippery When Wet to sales of nine million in the U.S. alone, establishing Bon Jovi as superstars in their home country. Their fame was not limited to the U.S., though, as the album also turned into a significant hit in Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

Bon Jovi built upon Slippery When Wet's formula with 1988's New Jersey, which shot to number one upon its release. New Jersey was only slightly less successful than its predecessor, selling five million copies and generating two number one singles, "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You," as well as the Top Ten hits "Born to Be My Baby," "Lay Your Hands on Me," and "Living in Sin." Following the completion of an 18-month international tour, the band went on hiatus. During the time off, Jon Bon Jovi wrote the soundtrack for Young Guns II, which was released in 1990 as the Blaze of Glory album. The record produced two hit singles -- the number one title track and the number 12 "Miracle" -- and earned several Grammy and Oscar nominations.

The following year, Bon Jovi reunited to record their fifth album, Keep the Faith, which was released in the fall of 1992. While the album didn't match the blockbuster status of its predecessors, it did produce a hit with "Bed of Roses," an adult contemporary-styled ballad that helped sustain the band's popularity. A greatest-hits album called Cross Road appeared in 1994 and yielded another Top Ten ballad, "Always." Around the same time, bassist Alec John Such left the band; Hugh McDonald, who appeared on Bon Jovi recordings stretching back as far as "Runaway," became his unofficial replacement and featured prominently on the band's next album. Released in the fall of 1995, These Days turned into another U.S. Top Ten, as well as a popular European hit. After appearing in the 1996 film Moonlight and Valentino, Jon Bon Jovi released his first official solo album, Destination Anywhere, in the summer of 1997.

During the tail end of the '90s, the members of Bon Jovi engaged in different projects -- Sambora released a sophomore solo set called Undiscovered Soul in 1998 -- before easing back into work in 1999 via a song for EDtv, then beginning work on a full-length record. The resulting album, Crush, appeared in 2000 and constituted something of a comeback in America thanks to the smash single "It's My Life," a cross-platform hit single with long legs. "Thank You for Loving Me" also turned into a hit, helping Crush go double platinum in the U.S. and selling eight million copies worldwide. Bon Jovi quickly followed Crush with their eighth studio effort, Bounce, which appeared in fall 2002, and supported the record with another international tour. In 2003, the band re-recorded many of its most well-known songs for the acoustic-based release This Left Feels Right, which also saw an accompanying DVD in 2004.

The ambitious outtakes and rarities box set 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong arrived in November of that year, followed by the all-new Have a Nice Day -- the first of several albums produced by John Shanks. That album's success was aided in part by the single "Who Says You Can't Go Home," featuring guest vocals from Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, which eventually won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals -- as well as topping the charts in Japan, Australia, Europe, and Canada. The band spent the following year in the studio, putting the finishing touches on a collection of pop-infused heartland country anthems. The resulting Lost Highway, which featured duets with LeAnn Rimes and Big & Rich, arrived in the summer of 2007 and grabbed the band a healthy new country music fan base in the process. Lost Highway's cross-genre formula proved to be quite potent, securing the band its third number one album in the U.S. Bon Jovi returned to rock shortly thereafter, though, with the release in 2009 of a somber, searching album titled The Circle. One year later, Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection offered plenty of hits along with two new tracks, "No Apologies" and "What Do You Got?"

In the first years of the 2010s, the members of Bon Jovi pursued solo projects, the most notable being Sambora's 2012 solo album Aftermath of the Lowdown. In November 2012, two months after Sambora's album, the band issued Inside Out, a live album for video, recorded at London's O2 Arena, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, and New York's Madison Square Garden. In March of 2013, Bon Jovi returned with What About Now, their first studio album in four years. In similar thematic and musical company to The Circle, it reached number one on the Billboard Top 200, along with topping the charts in Australia and Canada and reaching two in the U.K.; despite its high debut, What About Now was their first album to not reach gold certification in the U.S.

Soon after the release of What About Now, there was evident turmoil in the Bon Jovi camp. Sambora left the supporting tour in 2013, citing "personal reasons" -- he was replaced by guitarist Phil X (Phil Xenidis) -- and then Tico Torres had to undergo gallbladder surgery. Torres returned to the fold but Sambora did not. In November 2014, the guitarist and band announced they had parted ways; Phil X became his unofficial permanent replacement. Next up for Bon Jovi came 2015's Burning Bridges, a record that was dubbed as a "fan album," meaning it was a collection of odds and ends intended as a stopgap as the group completed its first full-fledged post-Sambora album. That record, entitled This House Is Not for Sale, appeared on Island on November 4, 2016 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
Genres: glam metal, rock

Guitar Chords:

99 In The Shade
All About Lovin You
All About Lovin You (ver. 2)
All About Lovin You (ver. 3)
All I Wanna Do Is You
Always
Always (ver. 2)
Always (ver. 3)
Always (ver. 4)
Always (ver. 5)
Always (ver. 6)
Always (ver. 7)
Always (ver. 8)
Always (ver. 9)
Always On My Mind
Amen
Amen (ver. 2)
Another Reason To Believe
Any Other Day
Any Other Day (ver. 2)
Any Other Day (ver. 3)
Army Of One
A Teardrop To The Sea
Bad Medicine
Beautiful World
Because We Can
Because We Can (ver. 2)
Because We Can (ver. 3)
Bed Of Roses
Bed Of Roses (ver. 2)
Bed Of Roses (ver. 3)
Bed Of Roses (ver. 4)
Bells Of Freedom
Bitter Wine
Blind Love
Blood On Blood
Blood On Blood (ver. 2)
Blood On Blood (ver. 3)
Born Again Tomorrow
Born To Be My Baby
Born To Be My Baby (ver. 2)
Bounce
Breathe
Brokenpromiseland
Brokenpromiseland (ver. 2)
Bullet
Burning Bridges
Burn With Me
Cama De Rosas
Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars
Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars (ver. 2)
Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars (ver. 3)
Captain Crash And The Beauty Queen From Mars (ver. 4)
Come Back
Come On Up To Our House
Come On Up To Our House (ver. 2)
Como Yo Nadie Te Ha Amado
Complicated
Crazy Love
Diamond Ring
Diamond Ring (ver. 2)
Dirty Little Secret
Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore
Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore (ver. 2)
Drift Away
Dry County
Dry County (ver. 2)
Dry County (ver. 3)
Every Beat Of My Heart
Everybodys Broken
Everybodys Broken (ver. 2)
Everybodys Broken (ver. 3)
Everybodys Broken (ver. 4)
Everyday
Everyday (ver. 2)
Everyday (ver. 3)
Fast Cars
Fingerprints
Flesh And Bone
Get Ready
God Bless This Mess
Gotta Have A Reason
Gracias Por Amarme
Gracias Por Amarme (ver. 2)
Hallelujah
Happy Now
Have A Little Faith In Me
Have A Nice Day
Have A Nice Day (ver. 2)
Have A Nice Day (ver. 3)
Have A Nice Day (ver. 4)
Have A Nice Day (ver. 5)
Hearts Breaking Even
Hey God
Hook Me Up
Hook Me Up (ver. 2)
Hush
I Am
I Am (ver. 2)
I Am (ver. 3)
I Believe
Id Die For You
Id Die For You (ver. 2)
If I Was Your Mother
If Thats What It Takes
I Get A Rush
I Got The Girl
Ill Be There For You
Ill Be There For You (ver. 2)
Ill Be There For You (ver. 3)
Ill Be There For You (ver. 4)
Ill Be There For You (ver. 5)
Ill Be There For You (ver. 6)
Ill Sleep When Im Dead
I Love This Town
Im With You
Im With You (ver. 2)
Im Your Man
In And Out Of Love
In These Arms
In These Arms (ver. 2)
In These Arms (ver. 3)
Its Hard Letting You Go
Its My Life
Its My Life (ver. 2)
Its My Life (ver. 3)
Its My Life (ver. 4)
Its My Life (ver. 5)
Its My Life (ver. 6)
Its My Life (ver. 7)
I Want To Be Loved
I Want You
I Will Drive You Home
I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas
Joey
Just Older
Just Older (ver. 2)
Just Older (ver. 3)
Keep The Faith
Keep The Faith (ver. 2)
Kidnap An Angel
Knockout
Labor Of Love
Labor Of Love (ver. 2)
Last Chance Train
Last Cigarette
Last Man Standing
Lay Your Hands On Me
Learn To Love
Lets Make It Baby
Lie To Me
Lie To Me (ver. 2)
Little Bit Of Soul
Live Before You Die
Living In Sin
Living With The Ghost
Livin On A Prayer
Livin On A Prayer (ver. 2)
Livin On A Prayer (ver. 3)
Livin On A Prayer (ver. 4)
Lonely
Lonely At The Top
Lost Highway
Love Aint Nothing But A Four Letter Word
Love For Sale
Love Lies
Love Me Back To Life
Love Me Back To Life (ver. 2)
Loves The Only Rule
Lucky
Maybe Someday
Memphis Lives In Me
Miss Fourth Of July
Misunderstood
Misunderstood (ver. 2)
Misunderstood (ver. 3)
Misunderstood (ver. 4)
Misunderstood (ver. 5)
Mr Big Time
My Funny Valentine
My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms
My Guitar Lies Bleeding In My Arms (ver. 2)
Mystery Train
Never Say Goodbye
Never Say Goodbye (ver. 2)
Never Say Goodbye (ver. 3)
New Years Day
No Apologies
No Apologies (ver. 2)
No Apologies (ver. 3)
Nobodys Hero
No Regrets
Nothing
Nothing (ver. 2)
Novocaine
Old Habits Die Hard
One Step Closer
One Step Closer (ver. 2)
One Wild Night
Only Lonely
Open All Night
Open All Night (ver. 2)
Out Of Bounds
Pictures Of You
Postcards From The Wasteland
Put The Boy Back In Cowboy
Real Life
Real Life (ver. 2)
Real Love
Reunion
Rich Man Living In A Poor Mans House
Ride Cowboy Ride
Right Side Of Wrong
Roller Coaster
Room At The End Of The World
Room At The End Of The World (ver. 2)
Runaway
Runaway (ver. 2)
Satellite
Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning
Save The World
Save The World (ver. 2)
Say It Isnt So
Say It Isnt So (ver. 2)
Scars On This Guitar
Seat Next To You
Seat Next To You (ver. 2)
Seat Next To You (ver. 3)
She Dont Know Me
She Dont Know Me (ver. 2)
Shes A Mystery
Shot Through The Heart
Silent Night
Someday Ill Be Saturday Night
Someday Ill Be Saturday Night (ver. 2)
Someday Ill Be Saturday Night (ver. 3)
Someday Ill Be Saturday Night (ver. 4)
Someday Just Might Be Tonight
Something For The Pain
Something To Believe In
Something To Believe In (ver. 2)
Stand By Me
Stand By Me (ver. 2)
Standing
Stay
Stick To Your Guns
Stick To Your Guns (ver. 2)
Stick To Your Guns (ver. 3)
Story Of My Life
Summertime
Summertime (ver. 2)
Summertime (ver. 3)
Superman Tonight
Superman Tonight (ver. 2)
Superman Tonight (ver. 3)
Sympathy
Taking It Back
Te Estaré Esperando Allí
Te Estaré Esperando Allí (ver. 2)
Temptation
Thank You For Loving Me
Thats What The Water Made Me
The Distance
The Fighter
The Fire Inside
The Fire Inside (ver. 2)
The Last Night
The Last Night (ver. 2)
The More Things Change
The More Things Change (ver. 2)
The One That Got Away
The Price Of Love
The Radio Saved My Life Tonight
These Arms Are Open All Night
These Arms Are Open All Night (ver. 2)
These Days
These Days (ver. 2)
These Open Arms
Thick As Thieves
Thief Of Hearts
This Aint A Love Song
This Aint A Love Song (ver. 2)
This Aint A Love Song (ver. 3)
This Aint A Love Song (ver. 4)
This House Is Not For Sale
This House Is Not For Sale (ver. 2)
This House Is Not For Sale (ver. 3)
This Is Love This Is Life
Thorn In My Side
Thorn In My Side (ver. 2)
Till We Aint Strangers Anymore
Till We Aint Strangers Anymore (ver. 2)
Till We Aint Strangers Anymore (ver. 3)
Two Story Town
Two Story Town (ver. 2)
Undivided
Undivided (ver. 2)
Undivided (ver. 3)
Walk Like A Man
Walls
Wanted Dead Or Alive
Wanted Dead Or Alive (ver. 2)
Wanted Dead Or Alive (ver. 3)
Wanted Dead Or Alive (ver. 4)
Wanted Dead Or Alive (ver. 5)
Wanted Dead Or Alive (ver. 6)
Wanted Dead Or Alive (ver. 7)
We Can Dance
Wedding Day
We Got It Going On
We Got It Going On (ver. 2)
Welcome To Wherever You Are
Welcome To Wherever You Are (ver. 2)
Welcome To Wherever You Are (ver. 3)
Welcome To Wherever You Are (ver. 4)
We Rule The Night
We Werent Born To Follow
We Werent Born To Follow (ver. 2)
We Werent Born To Follow (ver. 3)
What About Now
What Do You Got
What Do You Got (ver. 2)
What Do You Got (ver. 3)
Whats Left Of Me
Whats Left Of Me (ver. 2)
Whats Left Of Me (ver. 3)
Whats Left Of Me (ver. 4)
When We Were Beautiful
When We Were Beautiful (ver. 2)
When We Were Us
Whole Lot Of Leavin
Whole Lot Of Leavin (ver. 2)
Whole Lot Of Leavin (ver. 3)
Whole Lot Of Leavin (ver. 4)
Whole Lot Of Leavin (ver. 5)
Who Says You Cant Go Home
Who Says You Cant Go Home (ver. 2)
Who Says You Cant Go Home (ver. 3)
Who Says You Cant Go Home (ver. 4)
Who Says You Cant Go Home (ver. 5)
Who Would You Die For
Why Arent You Dead
Wildflower
Wildflower (ver. 2)
Wild In The Streets
Wild Is The Wind
Without Love
With These Two Hands
Work For The Working Man
You Can Sleep While I Dream
You Give Love A Bad Name
You Give Love A Bad Name (ver. 2)
You Give Love A Bad Name (ver. 3)
You Give Love A Bad Name (ver. 4)
You Had Me From Hello
You Had Me From Hello (ver. 2)
You Want To Make A Memory
You Want To Make A Memory (ver. 2)
You Want To Make A Memory (ver. 3)
You Want To Make A Memory (ver. 4)
You Want To Make A Memory (ver. 5)
You Want To Make A Memory (ver. 6)
You Want To Make A Memory (ver. 7)