You Give Love a Bad Name
When Bon Jovi erupted onto the scene with “You Give Love a Bad Name” in the fall of 1986, we knew that these guys were something different.
Sure, they’d had a minor hit with “Runaway” a couple years earlier, but dude, this thing was huge. From the a capella opening to the killer axe solo by Richie Sambora, it was hard rock at its finest, and it was especially welcome after a year marked by the domination of pop divas like Madonna and Whitney Houston. Plus, having cutie-pie Jon Bon Jovi strutting his stuff in that jean jacket/scarf combo only added to the fun.
The song was the brainchild of (pardon the pun) super-songwriter Desmond Child, who collaborated on it with Jon and Richie. Originally (as the story goes) they were writing the song for Loverboy, but when the guys loved it so much themselves, they decided to hang onto it. Now, whether or not Jon’s breakup with actress Diane Lane served as the inspiration is still anyone’s guess, but who really cares, in the long run?
In all, “You Give Love a Bad Name” spent 24 weeks on the charts, finally peaking at number one on November 29th. But it was only the beginning. Bon Jovi’s biggest hit was yet to come– just a few weeks away. But that’s a story for another time.
We ♥ You Give Love a Bad Name.