Happy 51st birthday, Jon Bon Jovi! The steel-horse-riding, six-string-slinging frontman of Bon Jovi has seen a million faces and rocked them all, but today the only number he has to worry about is blowing out 51 birthday candles.
In order to properly celebrate the legacy of New Jersey’s prodigal son, we here at VH1 put our heads together to come up with this list of the 51 best songs that JBJ has ever had a hand in writing or recording. Below, you can listen to our special Spotify playlist, the 51 Greatest Bon Jovi Songs. On it, you’ll find the biggest hits he worked on with Richie, Tico and the rest of the boys (like “Livin’ On A Prayer”, the #1 single, natch), singles from his solo career (shout-out to “Blaze Of Glory”), and even a standard or two (his blues-y take on “Please Come Home For Christmas” is our favorite version of that song).
What song is YOUR favorite?