Bon Jovi: “You Give Love a Bad Name”

ALBUM: Slippery When Wet

YEAR: 1986

WRITERS: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child

Topped the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number-9 on the Album Rock Tracks chart.

Songwriter Desmond Child had initially written a song that was the basis for “You Give Love a Bad Name” for Bonnie Tyler. It wasn’t a hit. But when he began writing with Bon Jovi he reworked the song with them into what would become their first number-one single. Child explains that they met through another group he was writing with at the time. “Bon Jovi was the opening act for KISS in Europe, and Jon loved the song that we had written, “Heaven’s on Fire.” And so he got my number from Paul and gave me a call. And I went there and the first day that I got there we wrote ‘You Give Love a Bad Name.’ Then two weeks later we wrote ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’ Not bad, right?”

Today is the 30th anniversary of the release of Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet album.


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