Every band has albums that definied their careers, maybe because they were the records that made them famous or that meant something special for them as musicians. During a live session with fans on Facebook (Transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage) back in 2016, Jon Bon Jovi picked two albums of Bon Jovi’s career as important and explained the reason why they are so special to him.
Formed in 1983, Bon Jovi had released 15 studio albums and sold an estimated amount of 130 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
The two albums of his career that Bon Jovi listed as important:
“Slippery When Wet” (1986)
“Everytime I make an album it’s your favorite album. It’s the best record you could make at that time. The question I think it would be ‘which ones stand the test of time?’. With that in mind I guess we will always be remembered for ‘Slippery When Wet’ (1986),” Jon Bon Jovi said.
Released in 1986, “Slippery When Wet” was Bon Jovi’s third studio album. It was an instant commercial success, spending 8 weeks at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Some of the most classic tracks are: “You Give Love a Bad Name”, “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Never Say Goodbye”. Still is the Bon Jovi album that sold the biggest number of copies. Also is one of the top 100 best-selling albums in the United States.
“I think ‘Crush’ (2000), obviously was a rebirth for the band,” Jon Bon Jovi said. As the musician said, “Crush” released in the turn of the century was a new successful album of the band after many years. The commerical success came especially for the hit ‘It’s My Life” that had a classic video produced at the time that was extensivly played on MTV.
That record also had other tracks like “Say It Isn’t So”, “Thank You for Loving Me” and “One Wild Night”. “Crush” was produced by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Luke Ebbin. It was the first album of the band in five years, since their latest one at the time was “These Days” (1995).
During that hiatus Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora had released solo albums.