Rewinding the Charts: On Valentine’s Day 1987, Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’ Winged to No. 1

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On Valentine's Day, the band solidified its standing among the many titans of hair bands with its second Hot 100 chief.

"HARD-WORKING, HARD-TOURING pop/metallic outfit has constructed a robust core viewers and now has a breakthrough album...an exceptionally robust album that ought to take the band all the way in which."

That's how Billboard praised Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet within the Sept. 6, 1986, concern, forward of the set's debut on the Billboard 200 the next week. The critique would quickly show correct: the album turned the New Jersey band's first of six Billboard 200 No. 1s, in addition to its longest-leading (eight weeks) and top-seller (12 million copies within the United States, in response to the Recording Industry Assn. of America). Previously, the group had reached No. 43 with its eponymous 1984 debut LP and No. 37 with 1985's 7800 Degrees Farenheit.

Slippery When Wet likewise established Bon Jovi as drive on the Billboard Hot 100, as lead single "You Give Love a Bad Name" topped the Nov. 29, 1986 tally (besting the band's prior excessive of No. 39, set by its debut 1984 hit "Runaway"). Follow-up "Livin' on a Prayer" took the band to additional heights, reigning for 4 frames starting Feb. 14, 1987, marking the act's longest-ruling of 4 No. 1s to this point. The smash's legacy stays robust practically three a long time later (symbolically realizing the aspirations of its lyrical principals, Tommy and Gina), having grow to be Bon Jovi's signature tune. It even re-entered the Hot 100 (at No. 25) for per week in 2013 due to its synch in a user-generated viral video.

Meanwhile, "Name" and "Prayer" co-writer Desmond Child, who penned each songs with the band's Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora (who departed in 2013), has likewise loved subsequent success, co-authoring, together with different Bon Jovi hits, Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" and Katy Perry's "Waking Up in Vegas."

In 2016, Bon Jovi added its most up-to-date Billboard 200 No. 1, This House Is Not for Sale, and in 2018, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, performing with Sambora. Looking on the group because it obtained its honor, Jon Bon Jovi stated, "Tonight, the band that agreed to do me a favor stands earlier than you so I could make this actuality a dream."