Year 2, Album 15: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
- Let It Rock
- You Give You A Bad Name
- Living On A Prayer
- Social Disease
- Wanted Dead or Alive
- Raise Your Hands
- Without Love
- I’d Die For You
- Never Say Goodbye
- Wild In The Streets
About the Album
Slippery When Wet is the third studio album from New Jersey natives, Bon Jovi. It was released in September of 1986 and is certified twelve-times platinum in the United States. The album also peaked at number one.
Thoughts on the album
So, we arrive at the album that contains three of Bon Jovi’s most recognizable songs: Living on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, and Wanted Dead or Alive. With those most recognizable anthems, the rest of Slippery When Wet could have been lowly filler, (which most of it is) AND still sold millions of copies. Not only was this album a breakthrough one for Bon Jovi but I’d argue one for the hair metal genre in general. This was the album that rocketed Bon Jovi from “just another 1980s band” into official rock superstar status.
Obviously, I could talk about the three most recognizable and pretty such synonymous songs for days on days. All three (Living on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, and Wanted Dead or Alive) are instant arena rocking anthems that majority of people (if not everyone) know the lyrics to and sing along to or air-band along with. These three songs alone have been featured in video games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, thus have been introduced to a completely new generation of music lovers.
Lead guitarist Richie Sambora’s guitar album is almost second to none. The guitar dominated rock anthems are filled to the brim with heavy and catchy riffs, and still manage to keep a level of complexity that shows how the band has matured into serious musicians.
As for the tracks NOT named Living on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, and Wanted Dead or Alive, there are a few gems. The keyboards in the opening track, Let it Rock spicy up the track, even though the keyboard intro may turn off listeners at first listen. The guitar solo is top notch and the highlight of the song… outside of Jon Bon Jovi’s vocals of course. Songs like Raise Your Hands and Wild In The Streets are tracks that will instantly make you get a feeling of “get up and jump.” Raise Your Hands may just be the most underrated track in the Bon Jovi catalog, not just on this album.
As for the three most recognizable songs on this album, I don’t think I really need to give you my thoughts on them, because you’ve probably already heard the tracks before! Therefore you already know about them! You either love them or hate them, there is no in between.
Slippery When Wet is arguably Bon Jovi’s best album to date. Since then, the New Jersey rockers have dumped the glam rock/1980’s hair metal look for a more mainstream look (and sound), but they still know how to make music. Slippery When Wet is the perfect album to blast with the windows down or the top down on a beautiful spring or summer day. I also guarantee that at some point you’ve heard either You Give Love a Bad Name, Living on a Prayer, or Wanted Dead or Alive and started either singing along or rocking out to it.
That my friends is a the mark of good album.