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Ev­ery Bon Jovi al­bum ranked, from worst to best

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Bon Jovi’s 13 Al­bums Ranked

“it’s about time,” jon bon jovi said as his band was in­ducted— fi­nally—into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

He has a point. If the rock band from Sayre­ville, New Jersey, formed in 1983, were a per­son, it would be old enough to run for pres­i­dent. No other ar­ti­fact from the hair-metal era has shown the same per­sis­tence. If you’re a Bon Jovi fan, such as­ton­ish­ing longevity is a gift that makes its dis­ci­ples happy and its singer very rich. And if you hate Bon Jovi—well, you ought to give the band some credit for piss­ing you off for this many years.

Bon Jovi’s bot­tom­less ap­petite for crunchy riffs and love­struck bal­lads has been doc­u­mented on 13 stu­dio al­bums. Front­man Jon Bon Jovi’s grav­elly voice and knack for soar­ing, arena-ready hooks, cou­pled with re­li­ably bom­bas­tic pop-metal riffs, made the band an in­deli­ble hit ma­chine. Some­times de­rided as the poor man’s Spring­steen be­cause of its shared Jersey roots, Bon Jovi de­serves re­spect (no, re­ally!) for com­bin­ing the Boss’s work­ing-dude ap­peal with hard-rock sleaze and manag­ing to evolve and en­dure. When Jon says he’s “seen a mil­lion faces and rocked them all,” it’s tech­ni­cally an un­der­state­ment.

In honor of the band’s cur­rent tour, we ranked all the stu­dio al­bums, not count­ing Burn­ing Bridges (a com­pi­la­tion) or the acous­tic re­hashes of This Left Feels Right. Let the hag­gling be­gin!

THANK YOU, MA’AM GLAM, BLAM, Tico Tor­res, Samb­ora, drum­mer Orig­i­nal mem­bers 1984. David Bryan in and key­board player

Alec John Such

Bon Jovi, bassist

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