Jon Bon Jovis Highest-Grossing Albums, Ranked

To be awarded the title of “Sexiest Rock Star” by People magazine, you would have to be an outstanding talent in the entertainment industry. And that is exactly what Jon Bon Jovi was, especially during his prime. Often compared to other distinguished names in the Rock and Roll world, such as Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones and the Aerosmith rock band, Jon Bon Jovi has etched his musical talent into the reserves of history and was even inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in 2006 as well as the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Over the span of his career, Jon Bon Jovi has recorded and released at least 16 studio albums, which has awarded him a net worth of a whopping $410 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Here are 10 of his highest-grossing albums, ranked from best to worst.

 

9 Slippery When Wet – 28,000,000 Copies

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In the same way that movies are evaluated on how successful they are based on box office sales, music albums are given a success rate based on their album sales and the fan’s response to the music, which is something both fans and music icons in the entertainment business know about. Created in 1983 by Jon Bon Jovi, the band Bon Jovi consisted of its creator as the lead singer, David Bryan as the keyboardist, Tico Torres as the drummer, lead guitarist Richard Samboa, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald. Their third studio album as a band called Slippery When Wet was released in 1986 and sold 28 million album copies worldwide since then, making it the group’s highest-selling album, according to This Day In Music.

 

8 New Jersey – 19,000,000 Copies

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After Slippery When Wet went viral, so to speak, the band name Bon Jovi became a popular name in the music world. With today’s streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, it’s much easier for music artists like Rihanna or Bruno Mars to have reached millions in views or online album sales. However, Bon Jovi did it the old-fashioned way and sold 19 million copies, which includes over 7 million in the United States and 600,000 in the United Kingdom. Two of the album’s singles, Bad Medicine and I’ll Be There For You made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and, according to Best Selling Albums, ranked #3 in 1988 among other best-selling albums.

 

7 Keep The Faith – 12,000,000 Copies

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At first, hearing the name Keep The Faith might have you mistake this rock album for a Gospel sermon by one of the world’s famous celebrity preachers. But that’s not quite the case as this is the name of the band’s fifth album, which was released on November 3, 1992. Since then, the album has sold in excess of 12 million copies and was even featured in the Classic Rock & Metal Hammer’s The 200 Greatest Albums of The ’90s. According to Last.Fm.com, the album was written by Jon Bon Jovi after the band completed their New Jersey album tour. During this time, not only did Jon write the material for their upcoming album during a two-year hiatus, but he also wrote the soundtrack for the 1990 Western film, Young Guns II, starring the famous Hollywood actor Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Christian Slater.

 

6 These Days – 8,726,000 Copies

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No matter how popular a rock band or independent artist becomes, the risk of a flopped album is always a reality as there are countless one-hit wonders that never made it past their debut single. So when Bon Jovi released their sixth studio album in 1995 titled These Days, they weren’t an exception. The album reportedly sold a total of 8,760,000 album copies in addition to reaching platinum status all over the world. In the United States, the album saw over 1 million sales while in Europe, sales reached up to 3 million. However, it wasn’t as successful as other albums as it only managed to reach No. 9 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

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5 Crush – 8,100,000 Copies

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Marking the start of the New Millennium, the band released Crush in June 2000 and sold over 2 million copies in the United States alone. However, this album would be a bit different from the rest as Jon Bon Jovi would be taking a more managerial position over the band and, along with lead guitarist Richie Sambora, decided to include a co-writer named Bill Falcon, who had little previous major accomplishments to his name, to assist in the project. The gamble paid off, and the album made a total of 8,100,000 album copies worldwide.

 

4 Have A Nice Day – 6,000,000 Copies

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It’s often said that sarcasm is a dish best served cold, which Jon Bon Jovi had every intention of doing with the band’s ninth studio album, Have A Nice Day. Co-written again by Richard Sambora, the album’s lead single of the same name, Have A Nice Day, only peaked at 53 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 but managed to peak at No. 6 on the European Hot 100 Chart. While there are many theories behind the choice of name for the song as well as the album, many fans believe that it was a sarcastic expression of Jon Bon Jovi’s disappointment with George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004.

 

3 Bounce – 5,000,000 Copies

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Throughout history and especially in recent times with the rise of social media, music artists have been given a platform where they are given much influence and, in some cases, are regarded as the voice of the people. In 2002, the band released Bounce, which was chosen strategically as it referred to New York City’s and the United States’ ability to bounce back after the vicious September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A few of the songs on the album were inspired by other legendary music artists, such as Elton John, which is probably why it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, making it the band’s highest debut in history with 5 million album copies sold worldwide.

 

2 Lost Highway – 3,600,000 Copies

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Most rock bands and hot music artists are known to make their biggest impact during their prime in their younger years, but Jon Bon Jovi and the Bon Jovi band have only seemed to excel as they aged. The band’s tenth studio album, entitled Lost Highway, was released in June 2007. With the help of their loyal fans, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 3,600,000 copies sold worldwide. This was a defining moment in their history as a band since it marked the first time an album made the No. 1 spot since their New Jersey album in 1988 as well as their venture in country music. That year, Bon Jovi out-performed the late great Amy Winehouse, Lincoln Park, and Paul McCartney on the Billboard chart, according to Access Online. 

 

1 The Circle – 2,180,000 Sales

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Things indeed came full “Circle” for Bon Jovi with the release of their eleventh studio album, The Circle, in November 2009. The album marked the band’s return to rock and roll after a brief venture into western music with their previous album, Lost Highway. Their return to the genre, however, was a welcomed one as the album debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart and sold 163,000 copies in the first week. It also debuted at No. 1 in Japan, Canada, and Germany with a total of 2,180,000 copies sold worldwide. Not even the pop princess Taylor Swift’s Fearless was able to steal the spot in 2009. Bon Jovi’s latest album release titled 2020, was in May 2020 and the album’s tour was re-scheduled until 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the George Floyd protests.

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Sources: Access Online, Last.Fm.com, Best Selling Albums, This Day In Music, Celebrity Net Worth

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