Jon Bon Jovi didn’t expect “Livin’ On A Prayer” becoming a hit

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In a recent interview with the Irish Times, Jon Bon Jovi revealed that he didn’t think that “Livin’ On A Prayer”, which was released in 1986 on the album “Slippery When Wet”, would become such a massive hit. Actually, he didn’t think it had a place in the album.

“That song, God bless it. But, my God, who knew? Not us, I can assure you. It was created on a day when none of us had any ideas. We just had a conversation, and it came out of that. I’m sure happy my name’s on it!”

When he was asked whether he thought that “Livin’ On A Prayer”, which he co-wrote with guitarist Richie Sambora and hit songwriter Desmond Child, would be a hit, the singer said: “Not at all. I remember walking out of the room with Richie and I said, ‘Eh, it’s okay. Maybe we should just put it on a movie soundtrack.’ Richie looked at me and said, ‘You’re an idiot. It’s really good.’ I said, ‘I just don’t know where it’s going.’ But it didn’t have that boom-boom-boom bassline yet, so it sounded more like The Clash.”