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->''"I've been everywhere\\
Still I'm standing tall\\
I've seen a million faces\\
And I've rocked them all!"''
-->-- '''"Wanted Dead or Alive"'''

'''Bon Jovi''' is an American hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, the group originally achieved large-scale success in the 1980s. Over the past 25 years, Bon Jovi has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, including 36 million in the United States alone.

Bon Jovi formed in 1983 with John Francis Bongiovi Jr. aka Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Alec John Such, and Tico Torres. Richie Sambora joined shortly afterwards. Other than the departure of Such in 1994 (which pared the official lineup down to a quartet - his replacement, Hugh [=McDonald=], did not become an official member until 2016), and Sambora in 2013 (replaced by touring member Phil X, who was an unofficial member until 2016 when, like Hugh, he was made an official member), the lineup has remained more or less stable. After two moderately successful albums in 1984 and 1985, the band scored big with ''Slippery When Wet'' from 1986 and ''New Jersey'' from 1988, which sold a combined 19 million copies in the U.S. alone, charted eight Top Ten hits (including four number one hits), and launched the band into global super stardom.

After non-stop touring, the band went on hiatus after the New Jersey Tour in 1990, during which time Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora both released successful solo albums. In 1992, the band returned with the double platinum Keep the Faith and has since created a string of platinum albums throughout the 1990's, 2000's and 2010's.

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!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold''', current members in ''italic''):

* '''''[[{{Theatre/Memphis}} David Bryan]]''''' - keyboard, piano, vocals (1983–present)
* '''''Jon Bon Jovi''''' - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica (1983–present)
* ''Hugh [=McDonald=]'' - bass, vocals (2016-present; 1994-2016 unofficial)
* Richie Sambora - guitar, vocals, talkbox (1983–2013)
* '''Alec John Such''' - bass, vocals (1983–1994)
* '''''Tico Torres''''' - drums, percussion, vocals (1983–present)
* ''Phil X'' - guitar, vocals, talkbox (2016-Present; 2011-2013 touring; 2013-2016 unofficial)

!!Other Members
* Bobby Bandiera [[note]]Touring only[[/note]] - rhythm guitar, vocals (2005-2015)
* ''Everett Bradley [[note]]Touring only[[/note]]'' - percussion, vocals (2016-present)
* Matt O'Ree [[note]]Touring only[[/note]] - rhythm guitar, vocals (2015)
* Lorenza Ponce [[note]]Touring only[[/note]] - viola, vocals (2007-2009)
* '''[[{{Music/SkidRow}} Dave Sabo]]''' - guitar (1983)
* ''John Shanks'' - RecordProducer (2005-present), guitar (on ''Burning Bridges'' and most tracks on ''This House Is Not For Sale''), rhythm guitar, vocals [[note]]Touring only[[/note]] (2016-present)
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[[folder:Band Discography]]
!!Studio Discography:

* 1984 - ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Bon Jovi]]''
* 1985 - ''7800° Fahrenheit''
* 1986 - ''Slippery When Wet''
* 1988 - ''New Jersey''
* 1992 - ''Keep The Faith''
* 1995 - ''These Days''
* 2000 - ''Crush''
* 2002 - ''Bounce''
* 2005 - ''Have A Nice Day''
* 2007 - ''Lost Highway''
* 2009 - ''The Circle''
* 2013 - ''What About Now''
* 2016 - ''This House Is Not For Sale''

!! Live Discography:
* 2001 - ''One Wild Night Live 1985–2001'' [[note]]Recorded between 1985 and 2001[[/note]]
* 2008 - ''Lost Highway: The Concert''
* 2012 - ''Inside Out'' [[note]]Recorded between 2008 and 2010[[/note]]

!!Compilations:
* 1991 - ''Hard & Hot'' [[note]]Released only in Australia.[[/note]]
* 1994 - ''Cross Road''
* 2001 - ''Tokyo Road: The Best of Bon Jovi'' [[note]]Released only in Japan[[/note]]
* 2003 - ''[[UnpluggedVersion This Left Feels Right]]''
* 2004 - ''100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong''[[note]]Box set that includes demos recorded between 1985-2003[[/note]]
* 2010 - ''Greatest Hits''
* 2015 - ''Burning Bridges'' [[note]]Compilations of outtakes except for "We Don't Run" and the title track[[/note]]
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[[folder:Solo Discography]]
!!Jon Bon Jovi
* 1990 - ''[[Film/YoungGunsII Blaze of Glory]]''
* 1997 - ''Destination Anywhere''
* 2001 - ''The Power Station Years: The Unreleased Recordings'' [[note]]Credited by his real-life name John Bongiovi[[/note]]

!!Richie Sambora
* 1991 - ''Stranger In This Town''
* 1998 - ''Undiscovered Soul''
* 2012 - ''Aftermath of the Lowdown''
* 2017 - TBA (with Orianthi)

!!David Bryan
* 1995 - ''On A Full Moon''
* 2000 - ''[[UpdatedRerelease Lunar Eclipse]]''
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!!"You give tropes a bad name":

* AntiLoveSong: "You Give Love A Bad Name".
-->''Shot through the heart''
-->''And you're to blame''
-->''Darlin'''
-->''[[TitleDrop You give love a bad name]]''
* AerosolFlamethrower: Used in the music video of "Always."
* AudienceParticipationSong: Let's just say the band is fond of invoking this trope, most especially in "Livin' On A Prayer" and "You Give Love A Bad Name." Justified in the former that Jon himself has rarely sung the chorus after the ''Slippery When Wet'' tour. "Wanted Dead or Alive" and "Who Says You Can't Go Home" take this up by a notch, with the ''entire'' audience singing the first verse and an audience member singing it with Jon respectively.
* AutoErotica: Referenced in "Never Say Goodbye" and "Wild in the Streets," both from ''Slippery When Wet.''
-->''We were cruising to the back-beat''
-->''Oh yeah, Making love in the back-seats''
-->'''Wild In the Streets'''
* BigHeroicRun: The "It's My Life" video.
* BoxedSet: ''100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong,'' containing 4 [=CDs=] and a DVD.
* CallBack:
** "It's My Life" explicitly refers to Tommy and Gina from "Livin' on a Prayer".
** So does "99 in the Shade".
* CareerEndingInjury: Subverted when David Bryan regained control of one of his fingers when he nearly severed it in a sawing accident during the late 90's.
* CarefulWithThatAxe:
** Can be heard throughout the band's discography. "Keep the Faith" takes it UpToEleven.
** Averted since ''Bounce.''
* DaddysGirl: Mentioned in the chorus of "Runaway"
* DarkIsNotEvil: "Good Guys Don't Always Wear White".
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''These Days'' is darker than their usual vibe.
* {{Determinator}}: Jon has been [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAaC9PBxHiw injured]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBSjQM6abkM twice]] onstage and the shows still went on. In the case of the latter, he and the band even performed 7 more shows (one of them being a three-hour set) before finally undergoing knee surgery in Dublin.
** Tommy and Gina.
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night."
* DudeWheresMyRespect: This was mostly a fan reaction to Hugh [=McDonald=] (who replaced Alec as bassist) not being made an official member, not appearing in most videos, not appearing in publicity photos etc. between 1994 and 2016 despite having been in the band longer than Alec was. [=McDonald=] himself didn't seem to have an issue with it and the band themselves have said it's wasn't a knock against Hugh but just that they agreed to never officially replace Alec when he left. Finally averted when both Hugh and new guitarist Phil X became official band members in 2016 prior to the release of the upcoming album ''This House Is Not For Sale'' where Hugh and Phil appear in the title song's video and in publicity shots for the album.
* DyingTown: Dry County.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: named after lead singer John Francis Bongiovi Jr. last name pronounced exactly like the band's name
* ElectronicDanceMusic: "Born Again Tomorrow" is a mixture of this and the band's own sound. Go back one album, and you'll get "Take Back The Night," which has a similar vibe.
* EndOfAnAge: Jon describes ''Burning Bridges'' as this.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Both "Let It Rock" and "Lay Your Hands On Me" take a minute or longer before the lyrics kick in.
* EpicRocking: "Dry County" is nearly 10 minutes long. Even its radio edit spans over 6 minutes.
** If we're talking about songs that barely went past the 6-minute mark, we have Blood on Blood (6:14), Bed of Roses (6:34), Hey God (6:10), These Days (6:33), and Next 100 Years (6:19). Fingerprints is the only post-''Crush'' track to approach this trope at 5:59.
** A lot of their pre-2000 material when played live will easily qualify as this trope, especially the ballads.
* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: Jon.
* {{Foil}}: "Who Says You Can't Go Home" to [[Music/BruceSpringsteen "Born to Run"]].
* GenreShift:
** "Who Says You Can't Go Home" is a lot softer than their normal vibe, which is why it placed higher on Adult Contemporary Charts than the Hot 100. And then they released a duet with [[Music/{{Sugarland}} Jennifer Nettles]], and that version hit #1 on the ''country'' charts.
** ''Lost Highway'' received criticism (despite selling well) from fans for being largely a country album. The album featured a lot of stripped down songs, string arrangements, and duets with country artists such as Music/LeAnnRimes and Music/BigAndRich.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Two of them, ''Cross Road'' and ''Greatest Hits'', released in 1994 and 2010, respectively.
* HairMetal: Until the ImportantHaircut.
* HeavyMeta: "Blame It on the Love of Rock & Roll".
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Jon and his wife Dorothea. They got married in 1989 and are still together.
* HymnToMusic: "Scars on This Guitar" is about songwriting.
* IDontKnowMortalKombat: Jon [[http://www.forbes.com/2011/05/17/celebrity-100-11-jon-bon-jovi-kanye-west-bieber-still-rocking.html can't succeed in singing his own song]].
* TheImmodestOrgasm: You can hear ''lots'' of moaning during the first few seconds or so of "Social Disease."
* ImportantHaircut: Jon cut his long hair short when ''Keep the Faith'' was released.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Let's Make It Baby," an out-take from ''New Jersey.''
* TheInvisibleBand: The video of "Labor Of Love" is their only one without any member showing up on it.
* IWantSong: "I Want You" from ''Keep The Faith.''
* LastOfHisKind: "Last Man Standing" ("His kind" in this case referring to "real" musicians as opposed to pop/hip-hop/etc. performers.)
* ListingCities: "Raise Your Hands".
--->''Raise your hands\\
From New York to Chicago\\
Raise your hands\\
From New Jersey to Tokyo\\
Whoa, whoa, raise your hands''
** And then there's the ending:
--->''(Raise your hands) New York!\\
(Raise your hands) Detroit!\\
(Raise your hands) Vancouver!\\
(Raise your hands) Hey London!\\
(Raise your hands) Sayreville, New Jersey...''[[note]]Their hometown[[/note]]\\
''(Raise your hands) Phoenix!...''
* LongRunnerLineUp: Type 1 + Type 2. The band has had two change since their first album in 1984: bassist Alec John Such left in 1994, and they became a quartet (officially without a bassist although Hugh [=McDonald=] played on every album since These Days and appears with them live, he finally became an official member in 2016) until Richie Sambora left in 2013 (replaced by touring guitarist Phil X who again became an official member in 2016). (only changes being for live concerts when drummer Tico Torres couldn't attend) And while Jon Bon Jovi recorded a demo with [=McDonald=] and other guys before forming the band, the closest one got to being ThePeteBest in Bon Jovi is Jon's neighbour Dave Sabo, who was his original choice to play guitar but went on to form Music/SkidRow instead.
* LoveIsADrug: "Bad Medicine".
* LyricalColdOpen: "Shot through the heart! And you're to blame! Darlin' you give love a bad name!"
** "In and Out of Love" begins with this, repeating the title four times before the drums kick in. "God Bless This Mess" is a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] example.
* LyricalDissonance:
** "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night": all the characters mentioned within are either desperate, suicidal, abused, or all three, but eventually they will be like a Saturday Night. This could either mean they they will be jubilant and free of oppression (indicated by the bouncy and joyous tune and vocals), or it could mean that they'll be like Saturday Night in terms of it being at the end of the week, all the bad stuff having happened and no more is going to come. These people are essentially looking forward to the sweet release of death!
** "Always" is a love song with the singer declaring his ever lasting dedication to his one true love. The release video, along with the correct interpretation of the lyrics, makes it perfectly clear that he has been abandoned and is pining for someone he can never have again.
** "One Wild Night" seems like a description of a great night out partying. Listen carefully, and it turns out that the singer is actually some kind of lecherous predator slipping into a crowd with the express intent of fleecing rubes for their money ("Take 'im for a coupla weeks pay") suggesting sexual favours from their victims' girlfriend in lieu of an unaffordable monetary debt ("If ya lose this roll/ I'll take ya girlfriend home/ Well, alright!"). One could even go so far as to make a link between the lines "Blinded by the moonlight/ Twenty-four hours of midnight/ I stepped into the Twilight Zone" and being rendered blind and mindless by a drug or alcohol induced fugue...
* MarkedBullet: "Love Lies" from their first album.
-->''Scratched a picture of a heart on a bullet and took his life away.''
* MeaningfulName: The band's stage during their 2013 tour is called [[{{UsefulNotes/Bulgaria}} Sofia]] because it was the first city they toured using that stage.
* MemeticMutation: An in-universe example. The smiley face in the music video for "Have a Nice Day".
* {{Mondegreen}}: Jon's pronunciation of "like Frankie said, I did it my way" in "It's My Life" has been misheard by some fans as "like Frank and Sid, I did it my way". This would have been a DoubleMeaning (since the Music/SexPistols recorded a cover of Sinatra's "My Way" with Sid Vicious "singing"), except Jon has gone on record clarifying that it really is "like Frankie said".
** "It doesn't make a difference if we're ''naked'' or not."
* MinisculeRocking: Ride Cowboy Ride clocks in at 1:24.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Being a band that underwent changes in style while retaining their core hard rock sound, the band's discography can vary wildly from as low as 1 to as high as 7. Sometimes these changes occur within albums.
** "If I Was Your Mother" is perhaps their heaviest song, scratching Level 7. The live "[[CarefulWithThatAxe jungle versions]]" of "Keep the Faith" can shoot up to a 6, as well as "Hey God", "Undivided", and "I Could Make A Living Out of Lovin' You."
** The first three albums are pretty consistent at Level 5, though the two [[PowerBallad power ballads]] ("Silent Night" and "Never Say Goodbye") fall a bit lower on the scale. ''New Jersey'' is a rather mixed bag, while most tracks fall at level 5, it has two power ballads ("Living in Sin" and "I'll Be There For You"), and two tracks that fall even lower ("Ride Cowboy Ride" and "Love For Sale" are definitely at 1).
** From TheNineties up to 2005, Bon Jovi falls mainly to 5 or 4, with a few exceptions (The first two aforementioned level 6 and 7 tracks are from ''Keep the Faith'', ''Bounce'', and ''These Days'', respectively, and ballads like "Bed of Roses" and "Always" are much lower).
** ''Lost Highway,'' being a primarily country album, is on average at 3.
** Albums from ''The Circle'' onwards are on average at 3-4, though "The Devil's In The Temple" from ''This House Is Not For Sale'' scratches 6.
* MusicAtSportingEvents: "This Is Our House" was primarily designed for this; the National Rugby League in Australia used it as their theme song for a time, and the New Jersey Devils started playing it for goals in October 2013 (ironically, this triggered a campaign demanding that they [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks put back Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll"]]. And they were ''booing it'' too! In retrospect, New Jersey's hockey fans seem to be hostile to their state's ''own music.'')
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: "Wanted Dead or Alive"
* NewSoundAlbum:
** After having had a country hit before ("Who Says You Can't Go Home?") and having previously recorded songs tinged with a country and western vibe/themes, ''Lost Highway'' was the group's attempt to make a full-fledged country album, even collaborating with country artists Music/BigAndRich and Music/LeAnnRimes on two songs.
** Another case that maybe justified as the line-up underwent a slight change and lead singer/writer Jon aged and mellowed a little - and they went after the changing tastes of ladies more their own age (HairMetal always being, in the end, all about the ladies)... but, the stylistic shift experienced between the classic but ironically titled ''Keep The Faith'', and newer, more pop-oriented, and mushier ''Crush'' (with "These Days" as a confused, halfway turning point, and "Crossroads" being a sort of "this is the ''Best Of the OLD Bon Jovi'', now watch as we ''change it all"'') is still a heck of a jolt for male fans who enjoyed the heavier, more traditional rock flavour of their first 15 or so years. Those two start the BrokenBase, with women (stereotypically) liking the new phase and rockers (of both genders) the old one.
* OdeToYouth: "Livin' On A Prayer"
* OlderThanTheyLook: It's often joked that David Bryan has stopped aging in TheNineties. Having retained the same look for over 20 years helps.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Phil X first met Jon in 1991, joining them for Aldo Nova's tour which was promoting an album produced and partly written by JBJ. [[https://youtu.be/MO5CsFsLGC4?t=22m31s He's the other guitarist with the really long whammy bar]].
* PastInTheRearViewMirror: "Lost Highway".
* PerformanceVideo: "You Give Love A Bad Name," "Blood on Blood," "Lay Your Hands on Me," "When We Were Beautiful," "No Apologies," "What About Now," and the second half of "Livin' On A Prayer."
** GreatBallsOfFire: "You Give Love A Bad Name" and "Lay Your Hands on Me."
** DressRehearsalVideo: The first half of "Livin' On A Prayer."
* PowerBallad: Quite a few of them - "I'll Be There For You," "Bed of Roses," "(You Want To) Make a Memory," "This Ain't A Love Song," "Always," "Wanted Dead Or Alive," etc. Averted in ''Bon Jovi'', ''Burning Bridges'', and ''This House Is Not For Sale''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: ''This House Is Not For Sale'' is greatly influenced by the events that happened during the band's 2013-16 period, including Richie's departure, Jon's trouble with the label and the release of ''Burning Bridges'', and the ensuing CreatorBreakdown that happened.
* RearrangeTheSong: You have ''This Left Feels Right'', which is basically composed of acoustic rearrangements of their songs. Then you have David Bryan rearranging "In These Arms" on both of his solo albums, both instrumental and with vocals.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: "You Give Love A Bad Name"
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Shot Through the Heart" is completely different from "You Give Love A Bad Name." The former came from their self-titled album while the latter is from ''Slippery When Wet.''
** The fact that they both begin with "''shot through the heart''" doesn't help.
* ReligionRantSong: "Hey God", one of the band's DarkerAndEdgier moments, falls squarely under this trope.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: On December 19, 2011, rumours spread on the Internet that Jon Bon Jovi had died. It got so widespread that news sites had to post articles confirming that he was not dead.
* RhymingWithItself: "Wanted Dead Or Alive" does this:
-->I walk these streets, a loaded six string on my back
-->I play for keeps, 'cause I might not make it back
* RockstarSong: "Wanted Dead Or Alive."
* RooftopConcert: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkVQs8M-kA4 At the rooftop of the O2 Arena in 2010.]]
* {{Scatting}}:
** The "na na na" chorus at the beginning and end of "Born to Be My Baby".
** "One Wild Night" from ''Crush'' and "Judgement Day" from ''New Jersey Deluxe Edition.''
* SelfDeprecation: You have Jon poking fun at his own [[VocalRangeExceeded voice problems]] in "God Bless This Mess."
-->''My voice is shot, I'm going grey''
* SelfParody: Done in "Burning Bridges," considering the band has always created anthems.
-->''Here's one last song you can sell''
-->''Let's call it "Burning Bridges"''
-->''It's a singalong as well''
* SelfTitledAlbum: The first one.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Jon and Richie.
* SequentialSymptomSyndrome: Provides the page quote with lyrics from Bad Medicine.
* ShoutOut: From "It's My Life":
--> ''"My heart is like an open highway / Like Music/{{Frank|Sinatra}}ie said, I did it my way."''
** ''100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong.'' The title and the cover art is an obvious one to [[{{Music/ElvisPresley}} Elvis Presley's]] greatest hits album ''50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong.''
** The house at the end of the video for ''This House Is Not For Sale'' and the album cover itself is one for Jerry Uelsmann's [[https://jeremylopez1.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/jerry-uelsmann3.jpg photomontage of a tree with a house on top of it]].
* SilverFox: Jon's hair started to grey around 2014, and since then [[http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2015/news/150223/bon-jovi-800.jpg hasn't dyed it back to blonde.]]
* SpokenWordInMusic: Jon does a monologue after the guitar solo in "Keep The Faith."
* StylisticSuck: "Ride Cowboy Ride" is recorded in mono and is pretty much scattered with noise.
* SubduedSection: Quite a lot - You Give Love A Bad Name, Keep The Faith, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Bed of Roses, Lost Highway, and Because We Can.
* TakeThat: "Last Man Standing" to music other than rock and roll.
** "The More Things Change" is a swipe against the record industry.
** The title track off ''Burning Bridges'' is another example, this time directed at their label. And on a similar note (against ExecutiveMeddling), "Devil's in the Temple."
* TeamHandStack: Used in the album cover of ''Keep The Faith.''
* ThatSyncingFeeling: Zigzagged. During the opener ("This House Is Not For Sale") of the April 2017 Mohegan Sun show, a downtuned alternate version of the song can be heard playing over the band, which was only noticed after said track went out of sync and went straight to the bridge, while the band was playing the second chorus. It can be clearly seen that whatever the band was hearing on their in-ear monitors is different from what is blaring over the PA system, though they noticed it sometime later when Jon and David looked at each other while Tico was trying to catch up with the track. Jon's brother Matt blamed the incident on the track used to sync with the lighting during the soundcheck (which was supposed to be closed) not being closed by the time the band was performing. Only a soundboard mix of the show (which, along with nearly every other THINFS gig, is being sold by the band) can prove/disprove that Jon lip-synced throughout the song, considering he was the only one who wasn't heard through the PA system. Which is likely the reason they ditched the backing track before the solo in "Livin' On a Prayer" the following show.
** The band experienced a similar situation at Osaka in 2006, where the "Livin' On a Prayer" click track containing backing vocals was triggered earlier than usual and threw them off in the key change.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Lay Your Hands on Me".
* TitleTrack: "Keep The Faith," "These Days," "Bounce," "Have A Nice Day," "Lost Highway," "What About Now," and "This House Is Not For Sale."
* TrainSong: "Homebound Train" from ''New Jersey.''
* TranquilFury: If any member screws up onstage, Jon gives them the [[DeathGlare stink eye.]]
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Livin' On A Prayer" and the demo of "Always".
* UnpluggedVersion: Their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLuv3wMCrAY performance]] of "Livin' on a Prayer/Wanted Dead or Alive" at the 1989 Video Music Awards and possibly the TropeCodifier.
** ''This Left Feels Right'' is a whole album of this.
* VocalEvolution: Jon started out in the 80s with a smooth but aggressive voice and had a tendency for using his then-powerful falsetto when he can. That falsetto voice started petering out by the time ''Slippery When Wet'' came out, then his ''entire'' singing voice gave out in late 1986 or early 1987, causing him to take steroids just so he can sing. His voice had gotten a bit rougher in ''New Jersey'', and virtually their entire catalogue had to be down-tuned half a step live. He maintained most of the grit in ''Keep the Faith'' and got smoother by the mid-90s when he picked up smoking. He started losing his range in the 2000s, causing his voice to be shot for some part on the ''Bounce'' tour and re-arranging ballads to suit his voice on the following one. As early as 2006, he started showing signs of switching his style to a more nasal one, which became more prominent as he regained part of his range in ''Lost Highway'' onwards, well at least until the middle of the 2013 ''Because We Can'' tour when his voice rapidly declined to the point that he's struggling to sing "You Give Love A Bad Name" and desperately clinging himself to the mic stand, a state which he hasn't recovered from since.
* VocalRangeExceeded: Try watching any show they've performed in 1987.
** Probably the reason why Jon lets the other members and the crowd sing the high parts of the chorus of "Livin' On A Prayer".
** One can only wonder how his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-Vu_q1Fv9g voice]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i-v3pSCVw8 deteriorated]] in a span of 9 months during the Because We Can tour in 2013. Still on the same level [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-MNAqq355s two years later.]]
** It's quite evident that Jon was avoiding high notes left and right then went for a lower register at the end in the demo of "Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?" that was released on ''New Jersey Deluxe Edition.'' There's another demo of that song where [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxHpYj9blio he is hitting those notes.]]
* WackyMarriageProposal: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb1oFIqBVzA All About Lovin' You.]]
* WordSaladLyrics: Present in the first verse of "Who Says You Can't Go Home"
-->Like a blind dog without a bone\\
I was a gypsy lost in the Twilight Zone\\
I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold
** "Bed of Roses" is much worse:
--> With an iron clad fist, I wake up\\
and french kiss the morning.\\
While some marching band keeps its own beat in my head\\
while we're talking.
** Or this doozy from "I'll be There For You"
--> I know this time you're really leaving\\
I heard your suitcase say goodbye.
* YourCheatingHeart: The music video for "Always", which has a pair of lovers cheat on each other over the course of the video before the woman leaves in tears.
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