[[caption-width-right:350:Bon Jovi in later years. From left to right: Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres.]]

->''"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 line-up down to a quartet. His replacement - Hugh [=McDonald=] - has never become an official member), and Sambora in 2013, the line-up 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 and 2000's.

!!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)
* Richie Sambora - guitar, vocals, talkbox (1983–2013)
* '''Alec John Such''' - bass, vocals (1983–1994)
* '''''Tico Torres''''' - drums, percussion, vocals (1983–present)

!!Other Members
* Bobby Bandiera [[note]]Touring only[[/note]] - rhythm guitar, vocals (2005-2015)
* ''Hugh [=McDonald=]'' - bass, vocals (1994-present)
* ''Matt O'Ree'' [[note]]Touring only[[/note]] - rhythm guitar, vocals (2015-present)
* Lorenza Ponce [[note]]Touring only[[/note]] - viola, vocals (2007-2009)
* '''[[{{Music/SkidRow}} Dave Sabo]]''' - guitar (1983)
* ''Phil X''- guitar, vocals, talkbox (2011-2013 touring, 2013-present)

!!Studio and Live Discography:

* 1984 - ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Bon Jovi]]''
* 1985 - ''7800° Fahrenheit''
* 1986 - ''Slippery When Wet''
* 1988 - ''New Jersey''
* 1992 - ''Keep The Faith''
* 1995 - ''These Days''
* 2000 - ''Crush''
* 2001 - ''One Wild Night Live 1985–2001'' [[note]]Recorded between 1985 and 2001[[/note]]
* 2002 - ''Bounce''
* 2005 - ''Have A Nice Day''
* 2007 - ''Lost Highway''
* 2008 - ''Lost Highway: The Concert''
* 2009 - ''The Circle''
* 2012 - ''Inside Out'' [[note]]Recorded between 2008 and 2010[[/note]]
* 2013 - ''What About Now''
* 2015 - ''Burning Bridges''
* 2016 - ''This House Is Not For Sale''

* 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]]
* 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''
!!"You give tropes a bad name":

* AntiLoveSong: "You Give Love A Bad Name".
-->''Shot through the heart''
-->''And you're to blame''
-->''[[TitleDrop You give love a bad name]]''
* AerosolFlamethrower: Used in the music video of "Always."
* AudienceParticipationSong:
** "Livin' on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name".
** "Wanted Dead or Alive" became this as well, with Jon letting the crowd sing the entire first verse.
** "I'll Be There For You" has the audience singing "woooaaaahhh"s.
** "Who Says You Can't Go Home" has Jon repeating "It's Alright!" along with the audience. Sometimes a fan will be asked to sing this with him.
* 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'''
* BawdySong: "Bad Medicine"
* 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 is 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, not being brought up to take a bow at the end of concerts etc. despite now being in the band longer than Alec was. [=McDonald=] himself doesn't seem to have an issue with it and the band themselves have said it's not a knock against Hugh but just that they agreed to never officially replace Alec when he left.
* DyingTown: Dry County.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: named after Jon Bon Jovi.
* EndOfAnAge: Jon describes ''Burning Bridges'' as this.
* 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).
** 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.
* 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]].
* 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.''
* 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.)
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection.''
** The UpdatedReRelease of ''New Jersey'' in 2014 is the Deluxe Edition. The Super Deluxe Edition has a DVD on it.
* 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) until Richie Sambora left in 2013. (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.
* 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.
* 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"
* 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. In fact, every album has at least one.
* 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."
* 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.
* 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.''
* 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.''
* 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.
* TeamHandStack: Used in the album cover of ''Keep The Faith.''
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Lay Your Hands on Me".
* TitleTrack: "Keep The Faith," "These Days," "Bounce," "Have A Nice Day," "Lost Highway," and "What About Now."
* 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.
* 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
* 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.