Happy anniversary Tommy & Gina: Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” went to #1 30 years ago this week

Paul Natkin/Getty ImagesLast year, Bon Jovi‘s landmark album Slippery When Wet marked its 30th anniversary, but this week marks the 30th anniversary of one of it’s best-known songs, “Livin’ on a Prayer,” topping the charts.

The album’s first single, “You Give Love a Band Name,” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1986, while “Livin’ on a Prayer” reached #1 on February 14, 1987, and stayed there for four weeks. It’s the band’s longest-running #1 hit, and its lead characters, Tommy and Gina, have become part of rock mythology. In fact, Jon Bon …read more


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