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Songs I like- by Artists I Don’t- “It’s My Life “- Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi over the past thirty years has been a very popular band. Their hit making days seem to be long over but back in the mid 80’s to around the turn of the century they had a string of hits- they have had 17 Top 40 hits and 4 #1’s- the #1’s being-“You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Livin’ On A Prayer”, Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You.” I have never cared at all for the Bon Jovi brand of rock music. I won’t say I am indifferent to them – I never liked them. One of their lesser hit songs though I love- “It’s My Life” went to only #33 in 2000 on the Hot 100. The song was written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and songwriter Max Martin. The song mentions another native of New Jersey- Frank SInatra ” “My heart is like an open highway / Like Frankie said / I did it ‘My Way‘. Bon Jovi said when he and Richie Sambora had a disagreement over the Sinatra line- “Sinatra made 16 movies and toured till he was 80. This is my role model.” He [Sambora] said, “You can’t write that damn lyric. Nobody cares about Frank Sinatra but you.” And I wrote it anyway. I have heard all of the Bon Jovi hits- and this one is the standout- it sounds different than the rest. I also will admit to liking another Bon Jovi song from that era 2002’s- “Bounce” which didn’t chart at all as a single. Even though It’s My Life wasn’t that big of a hit- it is the most viewed Bon Jovi video on youtube. Of course it’s not the best song with that title- that distinction goes to The Animals.

The first time I heard either of those songs- one summer on a camping trip the people near us- the guy had Bon Jovi playing loud into the evening. It was annoying- I had heard all that garbage over the years on the radio before- I didn’t need to hear it all again. Then after all the bad hits from the 80’s and 90’s- back to back was “It’s My Life” and “Bounce”- wow even Bon Jovi can come up with a couple gems.




  1. I admit I liked Bon Jovi when I was a youngen. As I grew up I quickly got sick of listening to their old hits. I agree ‘It’s my Life’ holds up pretty well. One song you didn’t mention of theirs which I think is pretty darn good. ‘Wanted dead or Alive’.

  2. I never liked Bon Jovi either – 80s hard rock/glam metal isn’t really my thing, generally speaking. Not really a fan of Jon Bon Jovi’s voice either. Like Eclectic Music Lover, I think a lot of their songs sound the same. I remember hearing “It’s My Life” a lot as a kid – my teachers would play it a lot in class.

  3. I just came up with a good metaphor for Bon Jovi music. It’s like a box of Legos. I don’t dislike them but no matter what you build with them, you’ll never transcend the reality that they are Legos. Legos with no colors. lmao

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