Jon Bon Jovi maintains that he had serious doubts about Bon Jovi's 1986 signature tine — “Livin' On A Prayer.” Bon Jovi co-wrote the tune with bandmate Richie Sambora and noted songwriter Desmond Child — and maintains its success took him by surprise.
In a new interview with The Irish Times, he said, “That song, God bless it. But, my God, who knew? Not us, I can assure you. It was created on a day when none of us had any ideas. We just had a conversation, and it came out of that. I’m sure happy my name’s on it!”
He went on to recall, “I remember walking out of the room with Richie and I said, 'Eh, it’s okay. Maybe we should just put it on a movie soundtrack.' Richie looked at me and said, 'You’re an idiot. It’s really good.' I said, 'I just don’t know where it’s going.' But it didn’t have that boom-boom-boom bassline yet, so it sounded more like the Clash.”