I just purchased Bon Jovi’s album Greatest Hits: The Ultimate Collection. This is a compilation album consisting of two discs. The first disc is a collection of the Band’s top hits as well as two new songs: “What do you Got?” and “No Apologies.” The second disc is a collection of fan favorites as well as two more new songs: “This is Love, This is Life” and “The More Things Change.” Listening to the album song by song gives me goosebumps. I remember as a teenager hearing my very first Bon Jovi song…”Wanted Dead or Alive.” When I first heard Bon Jovi on the radio…I was instantly hooked. I have since then purchased every studio album that the band has produced. Just like the living legend…”Bruce Springsteen- “The Boss”…the band Bon Jovi originated in New Jersey. The band’s debut album was self titled Bon Jovi. “Bon Jovi was recorded at the Power Station in New York City and was released on January 21, 1984. Bon Jovi made 43 on the Billboard 200 Chart List. The most famous single from this album is “Runaway”, which truly put Bon Jovi on the MAP. It was Bon Jovi’s very first Top 40 Hit and reached #39 on the charts. The Debut album has sold over 3,500,000 million copies worldwide and 2x Platinum in the US. Bon Jovi went on to release their second album 7800 Degrees Fahrenheit on March 27, 1985. The album reached #37 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and reached platinum status in the United States. This album has sold over 2,500,000 million copies worldwide. The number one hit from this album is the single “In and Out of Love.” Slippery When Wet…the Third Studio Album released by the Band on August 18, 1986 was an instant CLASSIC. The album spent 8 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200, was named the Top Selling Album for 1987, has went 12x Platinum in the US and sold over 28 million copies worldwide. This album is so famous that its featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Three of Bon Jovi’s top hits came from Slippery When Wet: You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin’ on A Prayer, And Wanted Dead or Alive.” Slippery When Wet ranks in my Top 10 Albums of all time. This album is truly one of the soundtracks of my life. The follow up release to this album was “New Jersey,” which was released on September 13, 1988. New Jersey went 7x Platinum in the US and has sold over 18 million records world wide. New Jersey debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200, and reached #1 the following week where it spent four weeks at the top. New Jersey actually holds the record for a hard rock album with the most Top 10 Hit Singles at 5. No other hard rock band has ever equaled or broken this feat. “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll be There For You” both hit #1 on the Billboard 100, while “Born to be My Baby”, “Lay Your Hands on Me” and “Living in Sin” all made the Top 10. “Blood on Blood” even made the Top 20 giving the album a whopping 6 Top 20 Hits, a feat that may never be equaled by a hard rock band. The Fifth Studio Album by Bon Jovi, “Keep the Faith” was released on November 3, 1992. This album saw both a style and image change for Bon Jovi. Keep the Faith peaked at Number Five on the Billboard 200. The title track Keep the Faith reached 29 on the Billboard Charts, while Bed of Roses reached #10. Keep the Faith was followed up by “These Days” (Sixth Studio Album), “Crush” (Seventh Studio Album), “Bounce” (Eighth), “Have a Nice Day”, “Lost Highway,” and “The Circle.” Their next album “What about Now” is due out in March 2013. In total, Bon Jovi has sold over 135 million albums world wide putting them right behind Def Leppard near the top all time. As I sit here listening to The Greatest Hits compilation the music still gives me goosebumps. Most people think if Slippery When Wet and New Jersey when they hear Bon Jovi, but all of their material is top notch. Their style and image may have changed, but Bon Jovi is still a Rock Legend that will definitely be a first ballot hall of fame selection when the time comes. The song “It’s My Life” is one of my all time favorite anthems. Just listen to the lyrics. It hits everyone that has been through trials and tribulations to the core. My other personal favorite is “I’d Die For You” from Slippery When Wet. Bon Jovi is not only one of the Top Bands to come out of New Jersey…but also one of the Top Bands of all time. When you think music and New Jersey…Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Skid Row are at the top of my list. Bon Jovi may not be at the top everyone’s must hear list, but in the past twenty years there have not been too many bands to influence rock n roll much more than Bon Jovi. Livin on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Wanted Dead or Alive are the staples. However, you can listen to every Bon Jovi track and you can relate to the themes and lyrics in one way or another. BON JOVI is truly a Legend of New Jersey.