We all have that one song from our teenage years that, when heard after a more than decade, still gives us the same feeling. Livin on a Prayer is such a song. It’s hard to believe that lead singer Bon Jovi was even apprehensive in including it in their second album Slippery When Wet. So imagine the group’s surprise when the song, not only became such a hit it that it was #1 on both Hot Mainstream Rock Chart and Billboard Hot 100, it also became the band’s signature song.
Penned by band mates Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, this iconic song tells the story of a couple named Tommy and Gina. It successfully articulates their financial and relationship struggles that majority of people can easily relate to seeing it was in the 80’s when the US and most of the world were experiencing economic troubles.
Bon Jovi’s trademark song was released in 1986, but maintained its popularity and survived until the 20th century. In fact, Livin’ on a Prayer endured such success that in 2006, it placed #1 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 80’s. And finally, Livin’ on a Prayer was # 46 in the All Time Rock Songs for the 50th Anniversary of Billboard Hot 100.
Today, years after the group disbanded, Livin on a Prayer still continues to make people rock on.