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? Decades later, the group continued to pack venues and sell plenty of records (including a string that debuted at No. 1), while earning induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
Richie Sambora on Bon Jovi Reunion: 'We're Talking a Bit'
Guitarist hasn't been part of the band since 2013.
The Day Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan and RATM All Released Albums
Radically different LPs marked career milestones for all three rock titans.
Green Day's 'Good Riddance' Was Nearly Bon Jovi-Style Rock Ballad
Band battled with 1997 hit that changed perceptions about them but eventually nailed it in 20 minutes.
20 Years Ago: Bon Jovi Grapples With 9/11 on 'Bounce'
Band had started writing material for their eighth studio album when the tragedy occurred.
Founding Bon Jovi Bassist Alec John Such Dead at 70
Such, who departed in 1994, is credited on the band's first five albums.
Bon Jovi Launch 2022 North American Tour: Set List, Videos
Band mixed classic hits with lesser-known gems during the first stop of their 2022 tour.
When Jon Bon Jovi Took a Swipe at the Replacements
Bon Jovi frontman scoffed in response to alt-rock band's critical praise in 1989.
Bon Jovi to Give Local Bands Opening Slots on 2022 Tour
One winner will be selected for each date in April.
How 'Livin' on a Prayer' Solidified Bon Jovi's Rock Chart Success
"No. 1 was great, don't get me wrong. But a No. 1 rock song - we were a rock band, ya know?"