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Bon Jovi could never catch a break with critics. When the band first showed up in the mid ‘80s, the members’ gigantic hair and toothy grins got more attention than their music. But by the end of the decade, when their hero Bruce Springsteen started scaling back and getting more introspective in his work, Bon Jovi stepped in to fill the vacancy left for an arena-packing band of New Jersey rockers stepping up for their working-class fans. Suddenly, Bon Jovi were one of the biggest bands on the planet, with the ‘Slippery When Wet’ and ‘New Jersey’ albums both going to No. 1 and selling close to 50 million combined copies. They still didn’t get much critical respect. But who cares? A quarter-century later, the group continues to pack venues, sell records (its past three albums all debuted at No. 1) and make a living without changing much.

Bon Jovi Albums Worst to Best

Bon Jovi Albums Ranked Worst to Best

We rank each of Bon Jovi's studio albums in order of excellence.

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Mercury
Mercury

The Story of Bon Jovi’s Debut Album

Seeing how they've dominated airwaves and concert arenas over the past three decades, it’s easy to forget that Bon Jovi faced odds as steep as any lottery when they released their self-titled debut album.

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Scott Gries, Getty Images

Bon Jovi Plan March Release for New Album, ‘This House Is Not for Sale’

Bon Jovi have reportedly scheduled a March release for their 14th album, titled This House Is Not for Sale.

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100,000,000 Fans Can't Be Wrong

How Bon Jovi Dug Deep on ‘100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong’

'100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong' didn't just name check his most ardent followers.

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Rob Kim / Ben Gabbe, Getty Images

Roger Waters Pens Open Letter Condemning Bon Jovi for Playing in Israel

Unable to convince Bon Jovi to join his cultural boycott of Israel, Roger Waters has published an open letter harshly criticizing the band for refusing to cancel its plans for an Oct. 3 concert in Tel Aviv.

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Suhaimi Abdullah, Getty Images

Bon Jovi Forced to Cancel Taipei Concert Due to Typhoon

Bon Jovi's star-crossed tour of the Far East has been dealt another setback, as a looming typhoon has forced the band to cancel a show in Taipei.

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10 Years Ago: Bon Jovi Bounce Back with Long-Awaited ‘Have a Nice Day’

The release of 'Have a Nice Day' in September 2005 found Bon Jovi at a crossroads.

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Robert Cianflone, Getty Images / mattoree.com

Bon Jovi Reportedly Hires New Guitarist

Matt O'Ree, a veteran of the Jersey Shore, has been hired to play guitar on Bon Jovi's upcoming tour.

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Graham Denholm, Getty Images

Bon Jovi’s First Chinese Tour Reportedly Canceled

It looks like the members of China's Ministry of Culture are not Bon Jovi fans.

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Scott Gries, Getty Images

Bon Jovi Leaves Mercury Records After Three Decades

If you listened closely to the title track of Bon Jovi's new album, you had to have seen this coming.

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