Song Of The Week #3 Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
I have a fondness for this song, it was a milestone for my music preferences, when I’ve heard that first time. Bon Jovi is one of my favorite singers, not only with his 80s’ songs. I’m gonna to describe him in close future. So, let’s look at the ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’.
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
Certainly, this song is the greatest Bon Jovi’s track. I guess, that it’s one of the most recognized Glam Metal songs. Mostly, my friends know it.
What the song is about?
The song is about a fictional working class couple, Tommy and Gina, who struggle to make ends meet and maintain their relationship. Tommy “used to work on the docks” because “union’s been on strike, he’s down on his luck”. Gina works at a diner, “workin’ for her man”.
While some have loosely interpreted the lyrics to be anti-labor, inferring that the striking labor union are the catalyst for the troubled chain of events for Tommy and Gina, others have pointed out that the song does not clarify the circumstances behind the strike, and the lone, vague reference does not equate with an anti-union political message. In fact, Jon Bon Jovi explained that he “wrote that song during the Reagan era and the trickle-down economics are really inspirational to writing songs”.
Music video consists of two parts, first part is black-white and shows preparation to concert, second part is in color – it presents performance with crowds of fans.
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer – 2001 Giants Stadium
Song still becomes high ranks on worldwide charts.
In 2006, online voters rated “Livin’ on a Prayer” #1 on VH1’s “list of The 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s”. More recently, in New Zealand, “Livin’ on a Prayer” was #1 on the C4 music channel show’s “U Choose 40”, on the 80’s Icons list. It was also #1 on the “Sing-a-long Classics List”. After Bon Jovi performed in New Zealand on January 28 2008 while on their Lost Highway Tour, the song re-entered the official New Zealand RIANZ singles chart at number 24, over twenty years after the initial release.
Australian music TV channel MAX placed this song at #18 on their 2008 countdown “Rock Songs: Top 100”. In 2009, the song returned to the charts in the UK, notably hitting the number-one spot on the UK Rock Chart.
In 2010 the song was chosen in an online vote on the Grammy.com website over the group’s more recent hits “Always” and “It’s My Life” to be played live by the band on the 52nd Grammy Awards telecast.
In the Billboard Hot 100 Anniversary 50, “Livin’ on a Prayer” was named as 46 in the All time rock songs.