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"Bon Jovi," 1984 - The group's first album was essentially put together to showcase the single "Runaway," which had become a hit on New York area radio. Also features the songs "Shot Through the Heart" and "Get Ready."
Though the songs on the album are simplistic and prone to cliche, the album was an energetic debut, which established the band in the "hair metal" genre of the '80s.
"7800 Fahrenheit," 1985 - Includes the songs "In and Out of Love," and "Hardest Part of the Night."
The group's sophomore album was critically panned. But it contained the group's first gold album and showed signs the band was evolving into the super group it would become with the release of their next album.
"Slippery When Wet," 1986 - The group's breakthrough album catapulted it to superstardom. Features the singles "You Give Love a Bad Name," "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive."
Many critics will say the success of the album had more to do with videos that showcased Jon Bon Jovi's good looks than the music, but the album still features a competent mix of pop and rock that turned out to be exactly what the audience was waiting for.
"New Jersey," 1988 - Following "Slippery When Wet" was no easy task, but "New Jersey" shows Bon Jovi at the height of its arena-rock popularity and is loaded with crowd-pleasing hooks and refrains. Essentially, the album is a love fest between the group and its fans. Features the songs "Lay Your Hands on Me," "Bad Medicine" and "Born to Be My Baby."
"Keep the Faith," 1992 - After a break of more than four years, the band returned with this album featuring "Keep the Faith," "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" and "Bed of Roses." The band also sported a new look: shorter haircuts. The album represents an attempt by the band to shake things up and perform more substantial songs. Much of this new seriousness fell flat, but there is plenty to remind fans of the glory days.
"These Days," 1995 - It doesn't take long in the music business to go from hot pop act to veteran adult contemporary act. In this case, 10 years is just about right. With songs such as "This Ain't a Love Song," "Lie To Me" and "Diamond Ring," the band seemed more comfortable with love ballads and working class anthems than traditional pop rock tunes.
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