->''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 lead singer John Francis Bongiovi Jr. aka Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, bassist Alec John Such, and drummer Tico Torres. Other than the departure of Alec John Such in 1994 (which pared the lineup down to a quartet), the lineup has remained the same for the past 25 years. After two moderately successful albums in 1984 and 1985, the band scored big with Slippery When Wet (1986) and New Jersey (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 1990s and 2000s.

* Jon Bon Jovi - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar (1983-present)
* David Bryan - keyboards, piano, backing vocals (1983-present)
* Richie Sambora - lead guitar, talkbox, backing vocals (1983-present)
* Tico Torres - drums, percussion (1983-present)

* 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: [[NewSoundAlbum Lost Highway]]
* 2009: The Circle
* 2013: What About Now

!!"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]]''
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Livin' on a Prayer" and "You Give Love a Bad Name".
* BawdySong: "Bad Medicine"
* CallBack: "It's My Life" explicitly refers to Tommy and Gina from "Livin' on a Prayer".
** So does "99 in the Shade".
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Can be heard throught the band's discography. "Keep the Faith" takes it UpToEleven.
* DaddysGirl: Mentioned in the chorus of "Runaway"
* DarkIsNotEvil: "Good Guys Don't Always Wear White".
* 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.
* EgocentricTeamNaming: named after Jon Bon Jovi.
* EpicRocking: "Dry County" is nearly 10 minutes long.
* {{Foil}}: "Who Says You Can't Go Home" to [[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 200. And then they released a duet with 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 dialed down songs, string arrangements and duets with [=LeAnn=] Rimes and Big & Rich.
* 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.
* ImportantHaircut: Jon cut his long hair short when ''Keep the Faith'' was released.
* LastOfHisKind: "Last Man Standing" ("His kind" in this case referring to "real" musicians as opposed to pop/hip-hop/etc performers.)
* 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.
* 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".
* 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 BigAndRich and [=LeAnn=] Rimes on two songs.
* PastInTheRearViewMirror: "Lost Highway".
* 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.
* 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"
* ReligionRantSong: "Hey God", one of the band's DarkerAndEdgier moments, falls squarely under this trope.
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: On December 19, 2011, rumors 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.
* {{Scatting}}: The "na na na" chorus at the beginning and end of "Born to Be My Baby".
* SelfTitledAlbum: The first one.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Jon and Richie
* ShoutOut: From "It's My Life":
--> ''"My heart is like an open highway / Like Music/{{Frank|Sinatra}}ie said, I did it my way."''
* TakeThat: "Last Man Standing" to music other than rock and roll.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Lay Your Hands on Me".
* TitleTrack: "Keep The Faith," "These Days," "Bounce," "Have A Nice Day," "Lost Highway," and "What About Now."
* 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. "This Left Feels Right" is a whole album of this.