Ranking the 12 Bon Jovi Albums

There have been more than 12 Bon Jovi albums, but live albums and compilations don’t count over at JoviTalk, the biggest Bon Jovi community on the internet where they are currently ranking the albums. Bon Jovi have been my favourite band since listening to Slippery When Wet in 1986, and while I have periods of not listening to their stuff, I always go back to the boys from New Jersey, especially particular albums. Instead of just posting my reply over on the JoviTalk forum, I thought it might be nice to post it here too, with a bit of extra chat too.

Bon Jovi Albums

The number one spot is always hotly contested for me, between the aforementioned Slippery When Wet and the album that came after it, New Jersey. Slippery When Wet was what made me a Bon Jovi fan, but it was also the first album that I ever truly loved, which at 12 years old some may consider quite late. I’d listened to lots of music before then, but more odd songs here and there, and whatever was played in the car by my parents. It was Slippery When Wet that made me appreciate the album, and listening to it from start to end.

Bon Jovi Albums

New Jersey felt like the natural progression, with Bad Medicine being almost as much of anthem for the band as Livin’ On A Prayer. It was a landmark album for me too, being the first I ever owned on CD. I remember putting it in my Step-Dad’s CD player for the first time and hearing the long drum intro, wondering when we were going to get to the meat of the song, full of anticipation and impatience of what this 4th Bon Jovi had in store. Some days I’ll have Keep The Faith jostling for the top spot too, and with songs such as the title track, In These Arms, Bed Of Roses and the fan favourite Dry County, that’s no surprise.

So, on with the ranking..

  1. 7800
  2. Bon Jovi
  3. Bounce
  4. Lost Highway
  5. What About Now
  6. The Circle
  7. Crush
  8. Have A Nice Day
  9. These Days
  10. Keep The Faith
  11. New Jersey
  12. Slippery When Wet

Slippery When Wet just means so much to me to not take the number one spot, but New Jersey is as close that top spot as can be, without actually being there. Crush would probably go above Have A Nice Day if the latter didn’t have Last Man Standing on it, which is one of my favourite Bon Jovi songs. Without that it would lose points for having Last Cigarette and Wildflower, two of my least favourites. Worth adding that if solo albums were included then Jon Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory would be in fourth place, possibly even third.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Richie Sambora going AWOL from the band – will he return, and will we get another Bon Jovi album with him? Only time will tell.

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