Bon Jovi has enjoyed phenomenal success throughout their three-decade career. Their catalog of records is evenly distributed over that period. They’ve released 16 studio albums, five compilation records, three live albums, fourteen video albums, and 58 music videos. This diversity has led to their reputation as one of the world’s top rock bands. Their success has inspired fans to make tribute albums, as well as release solo albums. Below are some of their best-known tunes.
Throughout the 1980s, the band continued to tour in support of their albums. In 1990, the band released their self-titled album, which peaked at number one on the Billboard 200. The Circle sold 163 000 copies in its first week. The band’s next album, The Circle, incorporated country influences and introduced a more mainstream audience to their sound. The band’s “Sex Sells” tour in 2000 was their biggest-selling single to date. The group’s first hit single, “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” appeared on the result show of rock week on The X-Factor.
Bon Jovi formed as an after-school band and began playing local clubs as opening acts. The band was originally billed as Johnny Electric, but a Mercury Records executive suggested they call themselves Bon Jovi. The band eventually released their debut album, “Seven Nation Army,” in 1984. But their success was limited, as the band had been rejected by many record labels. In the ensuing years, they had to work harder to break into the rock scene.
In 2006, the band announced that they would no longer tour. After a successful reunion tour, Richie Sambora left the band. Hugh McDonald and Phil X joined the band. The group has maintained a loyal following, and they released a number of albums after the reunion in 2017.
Before the band’s rise to fame, each member had their own personal lives. Before joining Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora had married Heather Locklear in 1994 and welcomed a daughter named Ava. The pair divorced in 2006, and their divorce was finalized in 2007. While their personal lives were largely unaffected by the split, Heather Locklear and Sambora had separate careers and were focused on Bon Jovi’s career.
During the early nineties, the band members took a sabbatical. During this period, they explored various solo projects. Jon Bon Jovi’s album, “Skywalker,” was the most successful and commercially successful. It was also used as a soundtrack for the Young Guns II movie starring Emilio Estevez. The album won the American Music Award and a Golden Globe, and the film soundtrack “Blaze of Glory” received several Grammy nominations.
In 1988, the band returned to their classic sound with Slippery When Wet, which reached number one on the Billboard 200. The album went on to become a platinum seller in the U.S., selling 12 million copies. However, the album received mixed reviews from critics. While the music was well received, some fans were disappointed with the quality. The band remained on tour, but the second album didn’t do as well.