80s Song of the Day: Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi was released on October 31, 1986, with Wild in the Streets as the B side. It was the second single from the band’s multi-platinum album Slippery When Wet.

The song – about a fictional working class couple, Tommy and Gina – spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and two weeks at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart. 

Livin’ on a Prayer is considered Bon Jovi’s signature song and one of the most popular of the 1980s.

The music video for the song was recorded on September 17, 1986 at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.


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